EFC-Mambayaan Holds 7th – Year Baptism Amidst the Pandemic
By Mia Grace Idusma.
“So, in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (New International Version, Galatians 3:26–27)
Due to the epidemic, things were not looking good as the year 2021 began. Nonetheless, the Lord’s goodness and mercy are always manifested in the lives of His people. It was with thankful hearts and full of faith that Evangel Family Church-Mambayaan held its baptism last November 21, 2021, at Charleslotte Beach-Sigaoc, Kauswagan, Lagonglong.
Baptism is a public declaration of one’s faith and devotion to Jesus Christ, our Savior, as well as an act of obedience to God. The audience was gathered in excitement, nevertheless they also observed safety norms and processes. The service started with a short, yet powerful praise and worship led by Bro. Jeff Galdo. It was then followed by Pastor Brian Calalin’s sharing of God’s word.
“What makes your life?” he questioned in his short lecture, prompting the assembly to carefully consider the items and values in which they should focus their time. He went on to say that baptism will not transform a person’s life, but it should serve as a reminder to Christians that God should be their top priority.
It moved and touched the hearts of those who were present that day. It also encouraged both the baptized and the soon-to-be baptized to walk in the newness of life. Among those who were baptized were Pepe and Joy Galdo, Samuel Pamisa, Prince Jarren Limocon, Shiela Mae Sandoval, Kheanne Miguel, Aida Adajar, Jackielou Mag-abo, Mike Olalo, and Edmarie Daguimol.
It was undoubtedly a watershed moment for the ten baptized Christians, as they submerged themselves in the water, burying their old sins and rising with a renewed mind and heart to announce their confidence in Christ Jesus as their personal Savior.
The evening ended with excitement and thanksgiving for their friendship, and everyone went home full of hope and trust. Truly, when a Christian’s heart burns for God, neither restrictions nor the pandemic can stop its fire from blazing. Soli deo Gloria!