Nathan Wells and Parker Clouse are two good friends of ours who have “guest posted” on this blog, now have their own blog. A week after we got back from summer camp they wrote a blog on the significance of baptism. I love this blog because I know the students involved. The awesome part of this story is that they girl who was baptized started coming to church and getting involved by watching her brother and “wanting the joy he has in his life”. Here’s a tease below, the rest can be found here.
The Significance of a Baptism
If you watched the video in the last post which recapped one of the days at our summer camp, there is a moment that is only 3 seconds long in that video, but that makes my heart smile every time I see it. I snapped that scene from the video to use as the image of this post.
The boy in the photo is one of the students that I have had the great honor of mentoring for the past two years. In those two years, I’ve seen him build his own relationship with Christ, share in his baptism, and watch how he has continued to challenge himself in building his personal relationship with Christ. I’ve watched as he has gone from unsure new believer the summer before his freshman year of high school, to a leader who waves the banner high over his head with pride for God. He began to see the impact God was having on his life, but God immediately started using him to make an impact on someone else’s life as well.
The girl in the photo is a volunteer of mine. She serves on our high school live production team and has a great heart. This is the summer before she starts high school. Before this, church was a casual occurrence for her. She was unsure why to go, that was until she began to see the impact God can have in the life of an individual. Quietly she observed for two years as she witnessed her brother’s life begin to transform. As she put it, I want what he has. I see the change in him and so I started coming to church because if this is what God is like, I want God in my life too. (I’m paraphrasing).
The rest of this story can be found here.
Parker Clouse and Nathan Wells are both on the staff at Saddleback Church and volunteer with High School Ministry. They are good friends of Steven and Matt and are just as crazy as we are.