Yesterday was the big day. We were thrilled to have two of the boys' past teachers join us, as well as our friend Monica who runs the multipurpose center. The boys brought an older brother and two friends along, and Malcolm, Roberto, and Heidi also joined us, making for about 20 in attendance! We were able to use a friends' pool for the baptism and then celebrated with cake and ice cream at our house following.
Geoff shared a bit with everyone before the baptism. Martha (below) helped to translate and make sure the boys were understanding all that was being said. She is so wonderful!
Ok, this pool was ICE cold. Can you tell?
I'm SO sad our video didn't work, but trying not to dwell on it.
In all, eight boys ended up being baptized, even those who we thought were coming as guests.
Love this one. They are showing their new necklaces we gave them. They would never smile like this for me, but Geoff was behind me dancing around like an idiot…it worked.
This morning when Geoff and I returned from the store, they were all waiting at the gate with their grades from last term (we are now on school holiday). There is LOTS of room for improvement, but three of them had one B and the two oldest had near perfect attendance so we were pleased with that. Thankful for all that God has done, and continues to do. Please pray for these boys, that God would continue to draw them to Himself and that they would grow in their love for Him. I know that many of you have prayed for them, and all that has happened in the past week is surely a result of your prayers. We are so thankful that the Lord allowed us to be a part of this.