By Janine van den Tillaart
Five teenagers from Kununurra made a stand for Jesus when they were baptised at Swim Beach, part of the Ord River, on Sunday 13 May.
Family and friends supported Carolyn, Jonathan, Elise, Rebekah and Bethany as they gave their testimonies and were baptised by BCA Field Staff Daniel Faricy.
The five teens serve at St James’ Kununurra in kids’ church as well as in the music and production teams. Carolyn is a leader at KNX Kids – a weekly program for kids from pre-primary to Year 5 who are taught about Jesus in a fun and engaging way.
Fifteen-year-old Carolyn, was blessed to be brought up in a Christian family.
“My family is part of Christian short wave radio station Reach Beyond,” says Carolyn. “Reach Beyond used to be based in Ecuador, South America (where I was born), but moved to Kununurra eight years ago.”
Carolyn, the youngest of four kids, has been a Christian for more than ten years: ”I decided to ask Jesus into my heart when I was around four years old. I was with one of my older sisters and she helped me pray.”
In the lead up to their baptisms, the five teenagers did weekly studies with Daniel and wrote their testimonies.
“Being baptised with three of my best friends and my brother was amazing!” says Carolyn. “And our dads got to be part of it too! After the baptism some went for a swim and others just stood around chatting and had afternoon tea. It was great. So many people came. It was so encouraging.”
“When these youth put up their hand for baptism, it was such an encouragement that they wanted to make a stand for Jesus,” says Daniel. “Many of them are shy but they still publicly gave their testimony sharing of how their relationship with Jesus is the most important thing for them. I think it goes to show that God’s word is living and active – discipling youth is important. Many in our church community could see the fruit of their labour having played a part in their discipleship. It is also a good witness to our community – where there are a number of social concerns for youth – that Jesus’ good news is changing lives of teenagers.”