So far this year, we celebrated 14 baptisms. One recent baptism is a story of grit and faith. Richard served two tours in Iraq, including Fallujah, as a US Marine. Richard started getting involved at GCC through our men's ministry. Eventually, he came to Christ and powerfully received God's grace. God working in his life was amazing; he couldn't wait for his baptism. Unfortunately, the week before his baptism, Richard's jeep ran over his left leg, injuring his knee with severe ligament and cartilage damage. He came in that Sunday morning on crutches. I assumed he would want to reschedule his baptism. "There's no way I am missing this," he told me. "And no, I don't want any help getting in the tub. I walked off the battlefield on my own, and I'm getting in that on my own.”
When it was Richard's time to be baptized, the pain on his face as he climbed into the baptismal was palatable. Nevertheless, he went under the water a victor in the battle for his eternity. Richard's baptism was a powerful testimony to everyone at GCC. Our faith as a church grew that day. Life's battles can leave us scarred and even limping. Don't use that as an excuse to sell out for Jesus. Fight the good fight; win the race.
Richard's testimony is just one of many examples of what Jesus is doing at GCC. We are committed to helping others in the church and community become biblically literate. Pastor John's work without Kids is challenging them to know the Bible. We're launching a Bible Quizzing ministry for kids. We held our first VBS. Our Youth are growing in their faith, and most of them serve in ministry at GCC in some form. Grace's Table offers free meals to our community, and there are two other ministries taking meals and ministries to local shelters. These ministries are led by Christ-followers who once questions if God could use them. Our work in Guinea-Bissau Africa is transforming lives as 110 children have started attending classes in their school in their village.
Transformation, both individually and corporately, can be slow and sometimes even painful. Yet, we walk daily in the assurance that Christ will faithfully complete the work that he started. That final work is eternal and also our hope during the refinement.
Thank you for sharing this powerful testimony and story!
Reading these stories of transformation of people into LIFE in Christ through the ministry of GCC thrilled my heart and soul. Praise the Lord!
Powerful testimony of this man and of Grace Community. Blessings to you all.