A brilliant full immersion baptism took place this week at Manley Mere. We were all thrilled that YPF member Naomi Rushton took this step to declare her personal faith in Jesus.
Having recently come back from the Christian teenage camp Aquasports, it was fitting that the baptism was at Manley Mere and was following by a picnic and fun on the water.
Naomi grew up in a Christian family and said that in the past year she found God and Jesus for herself. In particular, she said that during the small and informal prayer sessions in a tent in a field at Aquasports she felt the presence of God for the first time.
In her testimony, Naomi said, “While I was at Aquasports, through praying with leaders and enjoying time on the water, I knew that I feel closest to God when I am outside, on the water or up a mountain. In the bible, it says ‘what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptised and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ (Acts 22:16) – Therefore to make a public declaration of my faith, I wanted to be baptised, outside in a lake, surrounded by my friends and family.”
We especially hold Naomi in our prayers as she continues her journey of faith.