Nine people took the milestone step of being baptized in an event held at Jordan’s Place on July 13. As always, it was a time for Candlewood members to celebrate the rebirth of these lives.
Tanner Malsam said that he was very confused before becoming a Christian and being among those baptized that night. “It always seemed like that there was something missing. I was never satisfied with anything,” Malsam said. “I just felt lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do (or) how to be happy, but once I found Christ, it just all made sense.”
Benji Parish followed in the footsteps of his older brother, Jacob, in entering the waters in the event. “It’s like a rebirth almost,” he said. “I wanted to give my all to Him. He has so much to offer, (so) why would you pass that up?”
Rafael Domeiciano was among the students from Brazil that have been walking Candlewood’s hallways. Baptized as a Catholic, he said that he was baptized for the first time as a Christian.
Another highlight of the night was Paul Fortmeyer’s baptism, which was immediately followed by him baptizing his wife, Beth.
All of these people made a choice to be baptized, and it is a choice they will surely not regret. Baptism is a public declaration of one’s identity as a Christian, and their lives will never be the same.