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I’m baptised!

After months of doing Discovery Bible Studies with Sue, Havva decided she wanted to be a Jesus follower.

 

Knowing that it’s generally better to baptise someone together with their closest community, the women pondered whether to wait for Havva’s husband to come to faith too. And where could they hold the baptism? Bathtubs are rare in their part of West Asia. They brought these matters before God.

 

When Havva remembered a public pool she once visited, she called immediately. “Okay, I’m just going to tell you straight,” she said to the owner. “I’m going to be baptised, so I want to come when no one else is around.”

 

“Oh really?! I’m so happy for you!” the man said. “Yes, please come early. We open at ten, but you can come at nine before anyone else arrives. We’ll be waiting for you.”

 

Havva and Sue were not expecting that response! On the contrary, a more expected reaction in a 99%-Muslim country would have been anger and a lecture on why she shouldn’t do it. They were amazed! God had made a way.

 

Later that day, Sue saw a man with a Matthew 28:19 T-shirt walk past … in the middle of Islamic West Asia. “All I could do was gawk as he walked by,” Sue says. “When I finally collected myself, I breathlessly read the verse to Havva, and in [Havva’s language] the verb ‘baptise’ is written in the command form. It hit me like a ton of bricks: the Father is confirming His will to us: ‘Do it.’ I had been worrying, but God had given us a place and a command.”

 

The following morning when they were in the warm pool waters, Sue got momentarily caught up in the mechanics of how to baptise someone in a pool with no shallow end. “But Havva was focused and got it done,” Sue recalls. “She said, ‘In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I’m baptised!’ And then she dipped under the water and popped back up.”

 

“I love that Havva was so determined that she didn’t need me to say or do anything; I just put my hand on her back as she went underwater. It was such a joyful morning! Our Father showered us with His kindness and care because we’re His beloved daughters.”

Source: Beyond

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