Kari and I had one of the greatest joys of being parents happen a few weeks ago. Karson came to us and wanted to accept Jesus into his heart. Everett was with him and they both wanted to accept Jesus together. It was an amazing evening for us! We had been discussing with the boys about what it means to truly be a Christian and about accepting Jesus as their Savior. However, we did not want to push them, we wanted it to be totally their decision and on their own time. We had just started thinking about settling down for the evening when the boys came to us. Right there in the middle of our bed the boys prayed together to accept Jesus as their Savior.
Kari and I had discussed how nothing as parents scared us more than having children that did no have a relationship with Christ. We were not scared moving them across the world, we were not scared having them grow up in Africa, but we were scared that somehow they would not accept salvation. All of our fears for the boys were taken away that night. We have the joy of knowing that not only do we get this brief time with them here on Earth as their parents, but we get to spend eternity with them in the Kingdom of Heaven. They are our sons and now our Brothers in Christ. There truly is no better feeling as a parent!
We also had the joy of getting to baptize them in the Nile River or “babatize” as Everett would say. We loaded up and went to our favorite place on the Nile River to baptize them. I talked with the boys and made sure they were ready and understood everything that was going to happen. As it got closer to evening we loaded up on a boat and went out into the Nile, we found a great spot to pull over and the boys were baptized right there on the banks of the Nile River. It was such a joy to be able to share this moment with Meme and our good friends from the US, Michelle Skow and Holly Downs. What a joyous day, I have never been prouder and more excited for my boys. Hadlee asked when it was her turn, so the seeds have been planted with her as well.
God is so good to us and the boys have quit a testimony to share about accepting salvation together and then being “babatized” in the waters of the Nile River. I am so thankful for the gift of Salvation and even more excited that the boys received this gift!
“And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like and dove and coming to rest on him; and hehold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17