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Arkansas Valley Church celebrates four baptisms
We had four people join the Arkansas Valley Church recently.
Al Tofoya (left) was a surprise, although I knew he had been considering joining by profession of faith, as we had talked about it before. When I called the others up for their introduction to the church and baptismal vows, he asked if he could join, too, by profession of faith. He was baptized years ago, then quit attending, and didn't feel the need to be re-baptized.
The next one is Mary Quackenbush, another profession of faith who Lynne Schwab, our treasurer, has been studying with for a while. Mary also says she was baptized many years ago in Michigan. She has been attending off and on since I arrived in the district, so I am glad to see her finally rejoin God's family.
Then we have Carmen Graham. Her sister, Nina Quimby, of Pueblo, had a lot to do with this, and she read a poem after the baptism when we were all back in the sanctuary. This was a very emotionally happy day for Nina. Carmen also wants to learn how to be a soul-winner, so I will be taking her through the "Winsome Witnessing" DVD series and coaching her on the techniques I learned to find Bible studies from Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism (AFCOE).
Finally, on the far right, is Dennis Hecker. His wife, Lauryce, transferred from Durango, Colo., when they moved here a few years ago. He attended with her now and then, and knew from Lauryce what our message is, but has now surrendered to the Lord's will in his life and decided to give up those things he was holding onto before. Dennis tells me he would like to attend the spring 2014 AFCOE so he can learn be a soul-winner, too.
I told the church today that I did not do one Bible study with any of these people who joined the church today, but others did the work in that regard. And I told them that this is how the church is supposed to work, with everyone doing what they can to win souls to Jesus.
To me it is another example of something I have observed before in soul winning, even before I felt the call to ministry. I have noticed that when you put forth effort to win souls for Christ, through Bible studies and such, that sometimes nothing comes directly of those efforts but God blesses your efforts anyway in ways that are not so directly connected to the efforts made earlier. I have given a lot of Bible studies in this area, since I have been here, and there have only been two baptisms from these efforts. So I see these additions to our church family as my reward for my efforts during the last 3.5 years in this area. God is faithful, and His Word will not return void!