BAPTISM JUNE 2017
The following are the testimonies of those baptized June 4, 2017 at Lititz Springs Park during Sunday in the Park.
I’m Kylee Barshinger. I’m 11 years old and live with my dad, mom, and brother. I’ve always grown up in a Christian family and have gone to church. I gave my life to Christ when I was about 4 years old. I remember sitting down with my parents on the couch and praying about it.
Ever since then, Jesus has changed my life in many ways. I’ve had multiple friends who have had their houses burn down and God has given me a compassionate heart to help them in their time of need. I have cystic fibrosis and I do not fear because I know that God is with me. Cystic fibrosis is a disease that affects your lungs. God also gave me the ability to competitively swim when most CF kids can’t. I can possibly be the first CF swimmer in Paris or Los Angeles at the Olympics in 2024, so watch for me J.
I’m here today to make a public announcement that I am living my life for JESUS!
My favorite verse is…
Jeremiah 29:11For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
I tried really hard to make this not too long, but it was kind of difficult, because I have a great story to tell!
I didn’t grow up going to church other than on the occasions I went with friends, from what I can remember. I always wanted to believe in God, but being the type of person who has always asked a lot of “why”questions, and needing to have concrete answers, I struggled with my belief.
2 years ago, while my husband Bob and I were turkey hunting in Tennessee, we were hunting a the property of a guy he knows. The guy allowed us to use his old farm truck to go to the top of the mountain to a field. As we were driving up the switchbacks on the side of the mountain, I was so terrified that we were going to go off the side of the narrow road and down the steep mountain. I even got out and walked most of the way. Once we got to the top and began hunting, it began to pour down rain. I was beside myself with anxiety, which really isn't unusual for me. I was so sick with worry about how we were going to get that truck down that narrow and now muddy dirt road, without going over the side and I began to pray about it. This was the first time in my life I prayed this way, and I told God that I’m giving it to Him, and to please keep us safe. I immediately felt this overwhelming sense of peace that I have never felt before when I prayed about something I was worried about. We finished hunting and got in the truck to go back down the hill. We made it no more than 100 yards and the mud sucked us right off the road into the woods. Fortunately it was right at the beginning of the trail and it was not steep at that point. We got out, we were both frustrated, had a little argument of course, and I convinced Bob that there was no way we were making it down that mountain in this truck while it was still wet. I have to admit, I was a bit frustrated with God at the moment, because I thought “God, I thought you had this?”…so jumping ahead 2 days, we were hunting the bottom of that same mountain, where a field backed up to the woods. As I was sitting in the woods hunting, I saw a yellow balloon that was mostly deflated, laying not far from me. I began to think how I’ve always thought it would be neat to find a balloon with a note in it. When we were finished hunting, I picked up the balloon and sure enough, there was a note in it. It was a note from a little boy, and on it was his name and address and in his writing “God loves you”and John 3:16. In that moment, my eyes were opened and I know without a doubt, that God was with us that day on that mountain, and although He did not allow us to make it down the mountain in that truck, He stopped us at the top to keep us safe. I sent a letter to the boy who wrote that note and sent it in the balloon, and got a reply from his grandfather. He sent that balloon on Easter Sunday from approximately 200 miles away. Monday is when we had the incident with the truck, and Wednesday was when I found that balloon and note. That balloon was meant for me to find it, I have absolutely no doubt about it.
Since that day, the fire inside me was ignited, but I still didn’t know what to do with it. A year ago in April, we suffered the tragic loss of our son, and honestly, I had and still have so many questions that I know will never be answered. I can’t imagine how any of this could be a part of God’s plan, and my newfound Faith was rattled.
This past winter, God presented himself to me once again. In the summer a friend and her husband had hosted and are now in the process of adopting 2 orphans. I was so inspired by their story. She kept asking me if we would want to host these two brothers over the holidays. I honestly could not wrap my brain around something like that. She asked a couple times, and sent me pics, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Then one morning I woke and looked at Facebook, and there was this picture of this beautiful little boy, who I swear resembled my husband, along with a post from her pleading for someone to host him and not leave him behind. He was fro the same orphanage as her girls. There was something that immediately drew me to that little boy and by the end of the day, absolutely everything had worked out for us to host him. From his hosting fees being paid by somebody we didn’t even know, to the logistics of me needing to reduce my work schedule and my boss allowing it, to his real name being almost the same as our son’s, who we lost that same year, to the charm I found at the bottom of my Christmas decorations that day, that read ‘Children are the greatest gifts of all”, that I swear I have never seen before in my life.
We have fallen in love with our sweet Sasha and are hoping to be able to adopt him. This process has fueled that fire within me that was ignited 2 years ago. My Fatih has grown in leaps and bounds, and I am forever grateful to our Lord for opening my eyes and my heart to Him. Every day I see His work in my life. Some days it’s big things, and other days it’s small things, but without a doubt, I know it’s Him
I grew up in a Christian home, and was a Christian all my life. I believed the bible as it is written. I was baptized at the age of thirteen. I was unprepared for the water running down my face and into a puddle in my skirt and I laughed, along with the other girls. The “holy Kiss” followed as the wives of the bishop, the preachers, and deacons took my hand to help me stand up. We had a hell-fire preacher who planted doubt and fear into my heart and every alter cal l for decades continued to cement the doubts and fears. In 1972 on a trip to Israel I passed up an opportunity to be baptized in the Jordan River. I feel that this today is appropriate as I renew my commitment to Jesus as my lord and Savior. I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.
Hi my name is Rachel Clinton. I’m in 8th grade at Manheim Township Middle School. My parents and LEFC have taught me about Jesus all my life. When I was 5 ½ years old, my mom prayed with me and I accepted Jesus into my heart.
I have had a rough school year. Besides other things going on in school, a friend who sat next to me in two classes committed suicide in March. It was hard on the whole school. But it was sad to me to see everyone move on so quickly with their lives. I had a hard time focusing in class. Some of my teachers were not understanding because they did not have him in their class.
Through that dark time in my life I was questioning how God could let something this terrible happen. My mom kept reassuring me that God has a plan and a reason for everything He does. Even though I don’t know if my friend was a believer or not, I know God will bring good out of this bad time.
A Bible verse that helped me through this tough time is Lamentations 3:32-33:
‘For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness. For He does not afflict willingly, or grieve the sons of men.’
Another Bible verse that has helped me since I was little is Psalm 4:8: ‘In peace I will lie down and sleep for You alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.’
Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead for my sins. Jesus forgives my sins so that I can go to heaven. I want to get baptized today to show my love for Jesus Christ and that I am a child of God.
I was around 5 or 6 when I gave my life to Christ. I was in the car with my mom and just sprung the question randomly and when I got home I asked Jesus into my heart. I didn’t realize how being a Christian could change me for the better until around this year. This year I’ve heard more bad language, inappropriate comments about sex, and rude racial comments. I look at the people who say these things and I do not like how they act. I know when you say these things you are not respecting the people around you and you are not respecting God. Being a Christian changes you for the better. I can guess who most of the Christians are in my class because they act differently. A favorite bible verse of mine is Isaiah 41: 10-11, “so do not fear for I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and uphold you with my righteous right hand. All those who rage against you will be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish.” This verse is my favorite because it shows that God will always be there to protect you.
Last year, life was rough. Being surrounded by the different opinions in public school got in my head and it made me depressed and confused. I was snapping at my family all the time, and hanging out with people I shouldn’t have. My connection with Jesus was fading away, and it looking like there was no way out. I denied that I was ever a Christian when people would ask, and I was questioning if God really existed. Being col and accepted at school mattered more to me than Jesus, and I wanted the easy way through life. Thank God that Jesus led my parents’ hearts in the right direction.
My family decided to cyber school my brother and I think year instead of going back to public school. This dramatic change allowed me to focus on the two things that were breaking down in my life: my relationship with my family and my relationship with Jesus. I’ve been reading my Bible much more, paying (more) attention in church, and praying all the time. I am so much happier and alive now than ever before, and I pray my relationship with Jesus keeps growing.
I know that it’s not going to be like this for the rest of my life. I’ll have to eventually face other’s opinions and beliefs again, but I’m prepared. I want to get baptized today not only to show the world that I love Jesus, but to also thank him for leading me through those dark times.
My name is Garrett Heller. I am eleven years old.I accepted christ on November 22, 2010, when I was four years old. When I was five years old, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and I was wanting to sleep all of the time and had rashes all over my body. It was a challenging time because i didn't feel like doing anything. I had to take lots of medicine and felt better for awhile. But then it came back. It kept going on and on for a few years. We prayed alot that God we help me feel better. Then God answered our prayers and we found treatment that really worked. I feel so much better now.
Recently, i realized that God was calling me to be baptized. I realize that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and i want to be baptized as a sign that i accepted Jesus into my heart and i want to publicly commit my life to him. I like the way baptism represents the NEW LIFE we have as a child of God. In addition to my parents, I am thankful for my grandparents showing how to live for God and the good role models they are for me. I also thankful for Zac joining me today and for teaching my class for the last few years. He has had a positive impact on my life AND he makes us laugh!
Mt favorite verse of the Bible is Isaiah 40:31...“but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 ESV
Hi everyone my name is Ellie. I'm 20 years old. I'm very excited to get baptized today. I've been waiting a very long time for this. I grew up in a Christian family, I accepted Jesus on my own when I was around 6 or 7 years old. Growing up in a Christian family isn't easier than growing up in any other family though. When I was young we attended a very small and tight knitted church. When I was maybe 10 or 11 the property was sold and we lost our church and everyone went there separate ways which was hard on my family. We began Church hopping on Sundays, found one and stuck there for awhile but no one was happy so we just quit going. A couple years later we started Church hopping again and found The Worship Center. Some of us liked it. Some of us didn't. My family began putting on a face at church and then the second we got into the car chaos would break loose and one of us would end up walking home in anger. Nothing was going well. We barely attended church, we fought constantly over serious and Insignificant things. We each had our own battles and instead of leaning on each other for support, we pushed each other away. I kept myself at a distance for a very long time. Letting my mom in periodically to keep me sane from my own struggles. But one person who I constantly leaned on was God. Growing up I had a hard time staying on the his path when things were good and I'd constantly mess up and fall off for awhile but I always found my way back, he is the only reason I am here today. Some days I'd have to pray every couple of minutes to make it through even an hour of my day. Up until highschool I kept everything I felt to myself. It wasn't until I started going to TNT my freshman year that I actually let people know that I wasn't happy all the time, I was actually pretty miserable. There I met Kurt Zimmerman. Right of the bat he acted like he knew me already, not hesitating to strike up conversation and ask me how I was. Threw me off at first but I began to appreciate it. Then I me his at the time girlfriend ( and now wife) Faith. She and I clicked instantly and she became someone I trusted with my struggles both serious and regular teenage problem and constantly pushed me to be better and dig deeper into the life that God would want me to have. I can't begin to describe the difference they made together in my life and how unbelievably thankful I am that God put them in my path to help. From meeting them I then began attending other youth groups and going to LEFC which is the first church I've ever attended that I actually felt accepted and truly welcomed at. I still have a hard time focusing on where I need to be and for awhile My perspective on baptism hadn't always been clear, for a really long time I felt unworthy and not ready to be baptized. Not ready in the sense of, I wasn't fixed yet, I still had so many issues to work through and fix. I wasn't the perfect Christian yet. That's when I came to learn, that won't exist. I'll never be perfect, I'll never be over sinning or messing up and that's okay because no matter how much I fall off the path or mess up I know that I want to be in God's hands. I know whatever he holds in my future is what I want. I want to be on the path consistently, and he is who I want in my life, and that's what getting baptized is all about. Letting him see me let everyone know that I'm a daughter of Christ and I couldn't be more proud and happy that he loves me.
Isaiah 40:31 ~
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
I grew up here in Lititz attending LEFC ever since I was a kid. I remember saying a prayer twice, once when I was 6 and then again at age 13, during a Seventh Day Slumber concert. I grew up thinking I was saved mostly because I went to church, was a pretty good kid and I didn’t go out and party. Yet through my teenage years I was arrogant and prideful, falling into sexual sin and consumed with the idol of baseball. I received a scholarship to play baseball down at Liberty University and was eager to attend. During my freshman year through the Bible classes we had to take I began to do some deep reflection. I began to realize that everything I was writing about for papers and class was not exactly what I deeply believed. Over Christmas break I was lifting and got a herniated disc and when it was time to go back to school it only got worse. I was in constant pain and on some fairly heavy drugs. I would get up and barely sit through class then lay on the training tables at the baseball stadium. It was through this time that the Lord kept me from playing baseball, my biggest idol. I had nothing to fall back on, my strength was gone, I was bed ridden, and baseball was out of the question. As the Lord began softening my heart I began to attend a Wednesday night gathering on campus called Campus Church. A pastor from Iraq shared his testimony of persecution and perseverance then prayed for the whole student body in his native language of Arabic. During his prayer, in a language I did not know or comprehend the Spirit of God convicted me of my sin, and brought me to a point of repentance for my sin. The question, “what am I doing with my life?” kept popping into my mind. I knew it was right yet had rebelled against it. At this point I surrendered my life, my sin and my future to the Lord and asked him to change me. I repented and placed my faith in Jesus that day yet everyday since then I am reminded that it is the same good news of Jesus that changes me still to this day. Praise be to God who is full of love, mercy and grace.
My name is Lucas Phongxaysanith and I am 8 years old. One morning in November of 2015, we were doing devotions and it was talking about Jesus dying on the cross for our sins. It was asking me if I wanted to trust Jesus to save me from my sins. I suddenly understood that I couldn’t do enough or would not be good enough to fix my own sins. Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – I understood that I was a sinner and I needed to trust Jesus to make me clean. My mom prayed with me. Right after that, I said “I feel free.” My heart felt clean.
I still have trouble being afraid of many things especially in my bed, but now I pray and I can usually fall back asleep. I think the Holy Spirit helps me feel peace. The Holy Spirit also helps me when I want to lie – if I stop and pray, He helps me not to lie. I am thankful that He lives in me now. Thank you for listening
I am growing up in a Christian family. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 5 years old with my Dad. Although I believed in Jesus, I would sing songs about the glory of God, but never knew the true meaning of them. I would listen to the stories at Sunday school, trying to listen but never really getting the big idea. All the while, Christ worked in my life through my family and friends. Before reaching middle school, most of the people around me were Christians who wanted to help me grow in the knowledge of what he did for us. As I entered middle school, my friend circle expanded to some kids that didn’t know Christ. These people do care about me but are sometimes doing things that go against what I believe. And there are those other people who want me to do things that I should not be doing regardless of my faith. Constantly I remind myself of the verse from Corinthians. Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” When those people tell me these things or say things that aren’t honoring God, I think of this verse and remind myself to do everything in a way that will honor God.
This is what I might have turned out to be if I hadn’t accepted Jesus into my life. Before I accepted the Holy Spirit into my heart, I was wandering around in the dark on a trail that lead to nowhere good. But Jesus brought light into my life, and led me on the path that would someday lead me to eternal life with God.
Hi my name is Devin weaver. I am 14 years old. Believe it or not i came to know jesus by seeing my grandmom and dad live totally different lives than my moms. They demonstrated a love that I wanted, my grandmom would read me stories from the bible and we even read through the bible together. We would make shadow puppets on the wall I told my grandmom I wanted to be saved, my grandmom read to me how christ died for my sins and that he is coming again. My dad and grandmom both shared how we are all sinners and god gives us all a chance to choose to ask him to forgive us of all of our sins and to come in live within our heart’s. I learned that I can't but god can do anything I just need to trust and obey him in all that I am. When I was 8 years old I chose to be a follower of christ this means to love and obey him above everything. I love the verse 2 timothy 2:15- study to show thyself approved unto god, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Because It encourages me to do my best.
I grew up in a home that my parents believed in god but that was about it. We didn’t go to church. The only time I went to church was with my friends .
8 years ago my husband died of cancer, I was very angry I was mad at god for a long time. Then 5 years ago this young man walked into my life and showed me the way back. He had me understand all the things that I should know about Jesus, he encouraged me to go to church and read my bible.I started to understand what jesus meant to me. As I started this journey I became a lot happier and not angry anymore. A year later I knew it was time for me to give my heart to jesus and I was saved, it was the best day of my life. Now I feel that jesus walks by my side everyday.I feel that if that young man didn’t come into my life and help me and my daughter we wouldn’t be here today. I am so much happier now that jesus is in my life!!
Hello, I am Tara Will and I have come before you all to get baptized. One of the Bible verses I live by is Romans 8:18 which says "I consider our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us." I say this verse because God has given me a lot to overcome. He would place a mountain before me and I would try to overcome it but something always pulled me back down. This year I re-gave my life to Christ because I realized what was holding me back was my unfaithfulness in Christ. I also did not want to climb my mountains alone and unguided. I decided to get baptized because I want to live through and for the way of Christ.