Baptism Testimony (Elva Deng)
Growing up, I felt lost and like I was missing a piece of myself. Though I knew Jesus as a child, my lack of understanding made me more vulnerable to the ways of the world. I attached myself to temporary things and for years drifted through life without a sense of meaning. But nothing I did quenched my thirst for a true purpose.
During this time, I felt lonely, even in good company. But God was present and sent many faithful servants to guide and welcome me home. He drew me to church, where it became apparent I needed to re-examine my faith. Between attending Sunday worship and reading the Bible, I was able to get so many of my questions answered. Curious about the history of Christianity, I dove into apologetics, and when I found that there was evidence for the resurrection, I professed Jesus as my Lord and savior and started to build a relationship to Him with prayer.
Soon after, I realized that the attitude I had prior to attending church felt foreign to me. No longer did I feel fearful of church, but full of hope, and I knew He was working in my life and had a plan for me. Never before had I felt more grounded and calm. Wishing to share this newfound peace with those around me, I felt committed to change my ways, live according to Scripture, and learn to be more like Him.
Baptism is my outward confession and symbolizes my lifelong commitment to Him. Jesus died for my sins and I wish to make a born-again life. My aspiration for the future is through showing faith, become more versed in the Bible, give back to the community, and share the Gospel with more people. I also hope to have a God-centered marriage and to lead my children by example. In the end, I hope to live a life that glorifies God.
Author: Elva Deng