How to Make Believer Popsicles

Last night we celebrated our church’s three year anniversary. And we celebrated as only the Body of Christ can: with baptism and the Lord’s Supper. It was awesome. One of the Chinese guys preached and supervised the Supper, and another one of them baptized a couple guys from the Bible study that he runs on Sunday nights. A few girls were baptized as well, which isn’t too bad when the temperature outside is below zero.

In the past we’ve tried to make a big deal of Christmas and fill the place up with visitors. Which has worked pretty well – we’ve had some great services, but none of our places are really big enough to hold a lot of new people (if we try to put all our services together, our biggest place is already full).

So this year we did two Christmas things: one big event to invite new people to, and one more family-ish service (which was last night). The big one was a couple weeks ago, and we rented a big conference room at a nearby hotel. Our workers did a great job organizing it, our members did a great job inviting, and we had a full house with more than 300 people. It was really amazing. By far the most public thing we’ve ever done, and there weren’t any signs of problems. Makes you wonder if we shouldn’t… (more on that someday)

Don’t think I’ve written about our baptism pool before. We were running out to the mountain each summer for baptism, and we really needed a solution for baptizing more regularly. One of the guys got online and found a plastic pool for about thirty or forty bucks. ‘Kiddie pool’ really wouldn’t do this thing justice! It’s deep enough for baptizer and baptizee to stand in together. If it ruptured, it would pretty much destroy everything in the house! Takes a few hours to fill it, and even longer to warm it, but it has made baptism way more practical for us.

So a late Merry Christmas to all of you. Thanks for praying and keeping up with us.

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2 Comments on “How to Make Believer Popsicles”

  1. gardnerinperu December 28, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Awesome stuff man, so glad to see you writing again. David

  2. Katie Moreland December 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    So exciting to hear what’s going on there…God is really amazing! Merry Christmas to you guys! ~ Katie

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