Easter 2019 Baptism Testimonies


easter 2019 baptism

Easter 2019 Baptism Testimonies

Sarah Martin Hall, 9 years old

I’ve heard about Jesus for as long as I can remember from going to church and from my
parents. But now I know Jesus better and I see Him at work in my life. I know Jesus is above
all things in my life. I’ve prayed about being baptized and I want to get baptized because I have
opened my heart to Jesus. I love Him and believe in Him with all my heart.

Mother of Sarah Martin, Jo Alice Hall

There is nothing more important to me as a parent than to see My children grow to know Jesus
Christ as their Lord and savior and to have a personal relationship with Him. Sarah Martin has
had a hunger for God’s word since she was very young. But over the last year I have seen her
relationship with the Lord grow deeper. I have seen her faith mature more as she had learn to
seek the Lord on her own. It’s amazing to see the Lord actively working in your child’s life and
to see her longing to know Him more. I am so thankful that she has chosen to share what the
Lord has done in her heart with everyone today. I have often prayed this verse over Sarah
Martin “I pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from
his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his spirit. Then
Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into
God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand as all God’s
people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep his love is. “ Ephesians 3:14-18

Christopher Rhodes Robinson, 11 years old

When I first found out about Jesus, I thought it was really cool that we always had someone watching over us.  I was always told that no matter what, Jesus was right beside me.  Even though I was christened as a baby, now I truly know and understand how much HE loves me, even at my worst,  and that he died my our sins. I want to get baptized today to show that I am committed to Him and that I’m giving myself to God, for I am his son.

Mother of Christopher Rhodes Robinson, Kelly Montalvo

We actually learned that Rhodes had made the decision to be baptized on Easter Sunday from John Hugh. Rhodes has been thinking about it for quite some time, seeking to understand God’s plan.  He has always been an inquisitive child, not just accepting an answer, but wanting to know how and why.  Rhodes has always been self assured, he knows who he is and what he wants and we admire him for making the decision to accept Christ as his Lord and  Savior today.  We are so proud of Rhodes for the young man he has become and excited to celebrate this day with him and watch him continue to grow in his faith and love for the Lord.

Vivienne Renee Howard , 7 years old

Vivienne has always had a sensitive spirit to the things of The Lord and has had a natural love for Him since she could verbalize it. She speaks of His Love for us when she sees rain and nature. Vivie accepted Jesus 2 1/2 years ago and has always asked when she would be “bathtized”. As her parents we wanted to make sure she truly realized what it meant to show the public that she is proclaiming her death to sin and life in Christ. She loves that she will one day get to go be with Jesus in Heaven!!

Aaron Andrew Howard, 11 years old

When asked about how he feels to have Jesus in his heart Aaron said “I feel lucky”. Before Aaron accepted Jesus as his Savior he struggled even at ages 5 and 6 with questions about faith in tangible ways. He sees things in a concrete way and it was a struggle to have the faith to know that even though we can’t see God we know He is there. We knew he was ready to accept and believe when a close relative passed away and he was brought closer to home with the idea of what happens after we die. His walls came down and he chose to believe. Fears and anxiety prevented him from being baptized but he began to ask a lot of questions about what it is and what it means last summer. He has worked through his fear and is ready to show his proclamation of Faith to the world. We as his parents see the value in continuing his growth in his own Christian walk.

Lorena Maxine Barnett Moody

As a lot of people can say down here in the south, I grew up in the church. A small United Methodist Church in Columbus where my parents and my grandparents attended. My mom especially was involved and had me there every time the doors were open. I was involved in Sunday School, Youth, and Choir. I was baptized (dedicated) as an infant and confirmed at age 12. 
Also as a lot of people can say down here in the south, once I went to college I hardly ever went to church. I still considered myself a Christian. I tried to be a “good girl” and work hard on my studies.
Bill and I were married in 1997. We moved to the Jackson area to start building our life together. We found an apartment. We found jobs. We found a church home (United Methodist) where we plugged into Sunday School, choir, and orchestra. We found some friends. I thought we were on our way to the life I had dreamed about. 
We took our first risk in 2002 when we went on our first mission trip to Honduras. Risk was not a word we used growing up. Never. After that, God started to turn my little built up world upside down.
We struggled with infertility. Never did I ever think we would not be able to get pregnant. I checked all the boxes and did all the “right” things. I didn’t know anyone struggling with infertility (now I know lots). I asked myself “God, how am I going to get through this???”
Four adopted children later, God has answered my prayers.
I struggled to find my place in my profession. Nothing made me feel at peace. Nothing looked like how I thought it would while taking all those tests. Two years ago I made the decision to take a manager position at a large store. The year after that was the worst year professionally I have ever had. 
One year ago, my mom died. My friend. My advocate. The one person in this world who believed in me as much as my husband was gone. The last year has been the worst year personally I have ever had.
But God… He used the death of my mom to save me from destruction. I was headed down the wrong path. My stress level was at an all time high. I have a peace now that I haven’t had in a long time.
I want my kids to see the outward manifestation of my inward change. To see their mom being willing to be vulnerable (thank you Linda for that word). So much of their life they have seen a mom trying to control her life and the lives of those around her. They haven’t seen a Spirit-filled Mom.
Which leads me to my baptism. Looking back, I was never truly baptized. I checked the boxes and hung onto the faith of my grandmother and my mother. Now is the time to truly own my faith for the body of Christ.
On this Easter Sunday, one year to the day after I buried my mom.
One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism