On Sunday morning, I got up before 6:00am. I arrived at the church to find a group of people already headed to the beach. Five young people and one adult were about to be baptized.
As we left town on foot headed south to the ocean, the sunlight of a new day was enough for us to easily see our way. But, the sun had not yet peaked above the trees on the eastern horizon.
The six baptism candidates had trusted their lives to Christ at some point recently. A new day was dawning for them, but the public declaration of faith was still ahead...just ahead now.
As the ground under our feet turned from rich soil to sand, the sun was beginning to appear in all of its glory. By the time I walked out onto the beach and looked east, the whole sky was glorious with light. The dawn had given way to day.
Six people were baptized as the sun began its trek across the sky. Their lives in Christ had just begun. It is a new life, a new day. The new day had actually begun earlier, but this was a dramatic and key event. The sun was now visible. Their commitment to Christ was now public and clear. They died with Christ and rose again with Him.
I am humbled by every baptism I attend here in Haiti. It is a blessing to see people profess faith by receiving baptism.
May God bless each of them...all day long.
Missionary in Haiti.