When I was eight years old, my church children’s group visited Biola University for a summer youth ministry outreach program. It was at this program that I realized that although I had been raised in the church, I had not actually ever asked for forgiveness of my sins or accepted Christ as my own savior. When I made this realization, I was very concerned and approached my pastor who helped me through the prayer steps necessary to receive salvation.
Sitting on the steps outside the chapel, I prayed for forgiveness of my sins. I asked the Lord to live in me and use me as an example of His love to others. I thanked Him for being my sacrifice, without which salvation would be impossible.
One year ago this month the Pastor that helped me pray this very prayer was murdered. I have struggled with my decision to be (re)baptized since first attending HDC almost 6 years ago. I want to be obedient. I want to follow Christ’s example. I want to live a Godly life. I want to be baptized in the same way Jesus was. I want to follow in His footsteps and lead my children by example.