P. Nathan & Meagan Bath serve on field staff in southwestern Idaho, and Nathan is program director of Shiloh Bible Camp, http://www.shilohbibleconference.com. Please pray for the Baths as they share the gospel of Jesus Christ through the varied ministries of Shiloh Bible Camp and by encouraging and assisting churches and rural communities of their area with camps, Bible studies, VBS, pulpit supply, prayer, and more....
Our newest InFaith Pictures film looks at life with autism through interviews with parents and caregivers of those affected by the disorder. One in sixty-eight American children is on the autism spectrum, and raising a child on the spectrum is not easy. It takes a lot of patience, kindness, and willingness to let go of the desire to control every nuance of life – qualities and character traits that few (if any) parents possess within themselves apart from Jesus. To image Jesus to a child with autism means relying on the Holy Spirit every day for strength, grace, and love.
Every year, our church, Sanctuary Church in Beaumont, California, does a baptism service in the lake up at Forest Home on a Sunday afternoon. We all go to church, and then about 3:00 we gather for a great picnic lunch, lots of water sports, activities for the kids, people connecting, and fellowship. It is awesome and very, very fun to watch our people enjoy being together.
Then, late in the afternoon, we baptize people. The pastors are standing in the water, and people come out, sometimes in groups – maybe a father and daughter, a whole family, a group of young people who know each other – and we pray over them, hear their testimonies, and baptize them. There’s something very cool about baptism in a lake instead of a baptismal at a church, something powerful about being more public.
It is really wonderful. We have about 350 people there, with lots of energy and live music. It’s the way baptism should be. But this year there was one particular person who was just incredible to baptize.
A couple in our church went through a rough time: their son had been in prison, and he’d had issues with drugs. But he has had an amazing turnaround. We can see in his face, in his demeanor, and who he is that he has been redeemed. He has been changed from the inside out. All of the baggage, all of the stress, and all of the horrible things he had been involved in are gone.
For some reason, he and I relate very well, and so he asked me if I would baptize him. I was just overcome with emotion. It was fun to baptize him and then celebrate with his wife and him. It was a great time and a life-changing experience for all of us.