Friday, May 25, 2007

"Take me to the river.."

I just returned from Ukraine where I attended our national conference, where once a year all of our sister churches throughout the country get together for a 4 day retreat outside of Kyiv. The highlight for me is always the baptisms.

Just as a marriage ceremony doesn't make two people love each other, it merely celebrates their love and declares it to others; so baptism doesn't save but merely makes a proclamation of faith to both the seen and unseen world and celebrates the passing from death into life for those who are in Christ.
And like a wedding, these times are filled with joy, celebration, music and love! (The only thing missing is the food!)

Here Pastor Alosha Satenko baptizes his daughter Marguerita. :)

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