Our family here at Fearless is growing! From one year ago to last Sunday, we have seen many people make decisions for Christ, and this past Sunday we had baptisms at Dockweiler Beach. Seeing lives transformed by God is one of the most exciting things to us! Sally, who had the opportunity to get baptized, shares her story with us below…
“Hi guys! My name is Sally and just last Sunday I got baptized and proclaimed my love and life devotion to Jesus Christ. WOOO! If you would have told me that at the age of 23 I would get baptized, I would have never believed you. Let me give you a little bit of insight as to why.
I grew up within a Catholic family, and as tradition I got baptized when I was about 3 years old. At that age, who really understands what a baptism symbolizes, right? Well, about 4 years ago my family was going through really hard times, and around the same time, my father accepted the Lord back into his life. Not too far later, my mother did as well. My father would always invite me to attend church with him and I would always resist. I would try to have these arguments with him about how I didn’t need to go because I knew I had a relationship with the Lord and didn’t need to be part of a church to prove that. I thought I could do it alone. I was so wrong.
Fast forward to the end of 2013, beginning of 2014, something tragic happened to me and although I blamed myself for it (and it’s something I still battle with and pray for every day), I knew it wasn’t my fault. Sometime later I realized that the path I was in just wasn’t right. Something really important was missing. I didn’t have a relationship with God like I had said; I was far from it. I was determined to learn more and rebuild this relationship with Him. In March I attended my first ever core meeting at the Fearless offices and it changed my life. That night I knew Fearless would be my home. The following Sunday I accepted God back into my life once and for all and couldn’t be happier.
As I continued attending services and reading my Bible, the want and desire to get baptized kept popping into my mind and heart but I didn’t know what to say or who to ask. Then God answered my prayers as I saw that baptisms would occur at the beach the following Sunday (how awesome is HE!). Within the blink of an eye I instantly filled out the form. Later that night I told my father I was going to get baptized but I was starting to get filled with doubt that I might not be ready since I hadn’t been saved for a long time and he says to me, “You ARE ready! When you ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins, accept Him as your one and only Savior, and you strive to live a life of obedience for Him, then you are ready. You have already done that. You could have been saved today and have been baptized today as well. You are more than ready.” He was right.
When the moment finally came last Sunday for me to walk into the water I got filled with so much emotion. Having my parents there, especially my dad, made that moment even better. I was leaving my old ways behind and proclaiming my love and devotion for Him in front of everyone to see. To me this means I am no longer the girl I was a year ago. I now know the love that the Lord has towards me and all of us is unconditional. When I walked back to the shore and hugged my dad we both broke out in tears of joy and he said he was so proud of me to have taken this step. At that moment though, I felt like it wasn’t just my father in the flesh telling me he was proud but it was God. It was such an amazing day that I will never ever forget. And I am so happy to have everyone in Fearless, my friends and family to help me and support my growth in this journey.”
We are so expectant for the many more lives that will come to know the love that God has for them. This is just the beginning!
See it all in action by watching this video