Camp Meeting Baptisms 2015!
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Below are short testimonies from individuals baptized at camp meeting 2015. God has led in each of their lives and we praise God for their commitment to Him. The testimonies are organized alphabetically by the pastor who baptized them.
Pastor Carlos Ancheta
Zeburia Byiramyucyo said, "When our pastor told us about June 20th – World Baptism Day, he invited me to prepare and make my decision to follow Jesus all the way in baptism. Praise His name!"
Angela Jean Guidry said, "When I was first baptized nine years ago, I had the head knowledge of our Lord and Savior, but I didn’t let Him work on my heart. Over a year ago, a very dear friend came into my life. Through thoughts, words and actions, I saw the love of God shining through her as His love came alive to me for the first time. 'You will seek me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.' Jeremiah 29:13-14 Today I reaffirm my decision to live for God and allow Him to continue transforming me. As my old self and body of sin is done away with, I am no longer a slave to sin, no longer captive, but freed from sin by Christ. Now I may fully live with Him, not only in this life, but also eternally with Him in his kingdom."
Brent Alden Muhlenbeck said, "My parents Jim and Amy Muhlenbeck have always lead my step toward heaven since birth. I currently live in Blossburg PA, and our pastor Marvin Humbert has prepared me for this big day with Jesus. As the Muhlenbeck clan is from Wisconsin, I want to be baptized at camp Wakonda."
Cheril Cleveland said, "In February of 2015 I asked my district pastor, 'Would you baptize me at camp meeting?” and he said, “Absolutely!' I have been blessed with Bible studies with Bonnie Tillman and Estie Murany."
Marcia Ann Josker said, "Our district pastor told me that Cheril would be baptized today, then he asked me if I would be interested in make my decision to become part of His remnant church and my answer was “Yes!”
Pastor Rick Binford
James Michael Hoier said, "Pathfinders was a big influence in my life. Also my brother and dad were baptized last year. My cousin Jacob and Joey gave me Bible studies and now I’ve been taking Bible studies with pastor Rick. My favorite scripture is 1 John 4:7. 'Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.'"
Pastor Jean-Marcel Clouzet
Kurtis Lam said, "I got baptized at a young age without really understanding the importance of my choice. After years of falling away from Jesus, I decided I would like to recommit my life to Him. This last year I’ve become so much closer to God. I understand now the importance of making this choice to stand up and say I love Jesus and I want to follow Him. I want to share my love for Him with the world. 'Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.'" 1 Timothy 4:12
Greg Davison said, "I was baptized when I was 14, but I feel like I dropped the ball along the way. Now I believe the Lord wants me to rededicate my life to His service. 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.'” Proverbs 3:5-6
Pastor Michael Ehm
Isaiah Sachse said, "I've be in transition moving between Chattanooga and North Carolina. Through going to church with Grandma and Grandpa, listening to Bible stories that Mom reads to me, I have decided to be baptized."
(Officiating for Pastor Thomas) Mylia Nicole Mensah loves going to church and she has been looking forward to being baptized. She loves Jesus, prays often, and likes to make God happy. She has an awesome family that she loves very much. She credits her mother for showing Jesus to her by reading the Bible with her. She loves Mom and Dad and is glad they are here. "I know that you can do all things, and no purpose of yours can be thwarted." Job 42:2
Adeline Mae Minett said, "God is a big part of my life and I want to learn more about Him! My family and pastor were the ones who influenced me to get baptized. My favorite Bible verse is John 1:3 'All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.'"
Aliyana YeVonne Hurt has been going to church for a long time. She’s been waiting to baptized. She said, "This is a very special day for me for I have accepted Jesus into my heart. My mom and I thank you for keeping me in Jesus’ arms. I also thank my pastor for teaching me about Jesus. I am looking forward to having pastor Michael and Billy baptize me today. I love Jesus."
Caden Minett “The Lord Himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not strike you by day nor the moon by night.” Psalms 121:5-6 I choose this Bible verse because it tells me God will protect me from danger. I choose to follow Him."
Pastor Samuel Garbi
Zane Parker said, "'Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.' Psalm 23:4 I’ve always been good at a lot of things and as a result, I’m always confused of what to do with my God-given talents. The word of God has taught me that my purpose in life is for greater than I can possibly imagine: 'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways, says the Lord. For so the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.' Isaiah 55:89 So I have decided to follow the true calling in my life; to follow Jesus Christ, and follow the truth that is and will be forever in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Amanda Willcox realizes that in the midst of troubles, trials, and concern, the Lord sent angels to help her, and He promises her: “You will not have to fight this battle! It is not yours but the Lords'. He will fight for you and deliver you”. 2 Chronicles 20:17 This verse is her favorite Bible passage, and her favorite hymn is, “The Old Rugged Cross.
Nathaniel Silvia started to learn about Jesus from his parents Adam and Donita as they read the Bible in their home. They also took him to church and to many church programs such as Vacation Bible School. He also learned about Jesus from watching his favorite Christian movie series, The Veggie Tales. Nathaniel often received a new Bible every couple of years from his family and he witnessed prayer before every meal at home and at his grandparent’s farm. He has stated how he is a Christian and wishes he could help his friends at school become Christian too. Nathaniel has recently attended and volunteered at Christian camps in Wisconsin. He has now decided to take the next step in his walk with Jesus by being baptized.
(Officiated by Stanley Hughes) Borshita Nicolic said, “Hello everyone and thank you for being here today at this baptism. In 1980 I was not yet a Christian; I liked to go dancing and drinking. Then I met a Baptist pastor who became my friend, and I joined the Baptist church in Belgium. In 1990 I moved to Florida, where I lived for 10 years before moving to West Bend, WI. It was there that I met Stanley Hughes and studied with him and made my decision to join the SDA Church. I then met with pastor Garbi as we prepared for today’s baptism. My favorite hymn is Amazing Grace, and my favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 5:25-26 which describe Christ’s great love for the church. My desire is to give my life to the Lord in all things by joining the Adventist Church.”
Pastor David Guerro
Frank Johnson is a rebaptism. He said, “I want it to be clear. I am rededicating my life to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I declare my decision to follow the health message as contained in the Spirit of Prophecy. The Lord has freed me from my bondage and I declare my decision to follow Him wherever He may lead. ‘Now it came to pass the same night that the Lord said to him, take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it: and build an altar to the Lord your God on top of this rock in the proper arrangement, and take the second bull and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the image which you shall cut down.’ Judges 6:25-26 I declare my intent to tear down all the altars to Baal in my life and build up altars to the Lord in each ones place. Amen.”
Rick Felts said, “Today I am here by the Spirit’s leading. After a series of events I met Ken Wilson of the Almond Church. His friendship and love led me to thirst for what he had. I began to attend church and the love and care and acceptance of the Almond church was amazing! The Tess family, the Ferguson family, the Anderson’s and Doug Durham took me in and showed me the love of Jesus! My friendships with Doug, Mike and Matt Riggle have been a blessing. I finally resolved to become a member and set up a meeting with pastor David. Pastor David met with me and kindly and Biblically answered all my questions and I made my decision to join the worldwide SDA Church. He continues to disciple me and today I am ready to give my public confession to the glory of God!”
Pastor Eugene Kitney
Gianna Lorbeck said, “I’m ready for this next chapter in my life and I want God to show me the way. ‘Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’ Matthew 5:16”
Orisa Santiango said, “I am ready to be baptized because I believe that the Lord will show me the way in my life and I believe I am a child of God and that Jesus loves me. ‘I will praise the Lord while I live: I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.’ Psalm 146:2 ‘Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.’ Psalm 119:105”
Pastor Titus Naftanaila
Kiran Potts’ parents prayed for a child and God immediately answered their prayer. In fact, Kiran’s mother knew she was pregnant with Kiran the very next day. The meaning of Kiran’s name is “ray of light” in Hindu and in Arabic it means “Horn of Beauty and Strength.” She enjoys playing the piano and composing her own songs. From a very early age Kiran has loved singing. She enjoys singing praise songs. Her parents can always tell she is happy when she’s singing. Kiran is an avid reader and she likes to read from the Bible to her family. She also likes to listen to her parents and others read from the Bible. Besides reading, she enjoys drawing very detailed pictures and has a strong interest in computers. She is also looking forward to getting her Red Cross babysitter certificate this summer. She delights in being around little children and helping her mom in the kitchen. Kiran is looking forward to helping her parents babysit her little sister. She is a student at the Three Angels Christian School and attends Madison East SDA Church. She has also completed the friends level as a member of the Madison Mustangs Pathfinders group.
Alexis Jade Ellis is a 6th grader at Three Angels Christian School and goes to Madison East Church. She has been wanting to be baptized since her 1st year at Three Angels. Lexi is a hard worker who enjoys singing up front in church. She works hard and loves Jesus! She wants to thank Pastor Jean Marcel, Pastor Titus, and Pastor Greg Taylor for their pivotal role in her decision. Lexi loves the story of Queen Esther because of her bravery and her favorite Bible text is, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
Anika Ditto is a very special person/daughter. She has been raised in an Adventist home all her life and now at 11 years old has made the most beautiful and unselfish decision to follow Jesus. Anika was involved in Adventurers and this last year decided to join Pathfinders. She loves to attend summer camp every year at Camp Wakonda. Her hobbies include gymnastics, swimming, and crafts.
Ellie Brittain is the daughter of Paul and Jenney Britain. She attends Madison East SDA Church and will be in the 6th grade at Three Angels Christian School next year. She started studying for baptism with Pastor Jean Marcel Clouzet and continued with Pastor Titus Naftanaila and her classmates this spring. Her interests include playing music on the piano and ukulele, singing, listening to adventures in Odyssey, and being with friends. Ellie wants to be baptized because she wants a lifetime friendship with Jesus. Two of her favorite verses are Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you,” and Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Pastor Bill Oches
Evelena M. Payette is a freshmen. She goes to Pulaski school district and she goes to the Green Bay SDA Church. Pastor Billy Otto and her foster mom Terrie taught her to love God and to trust in Him. She loves to work with the little kids at VBS. She also likes to help special needs kids. She came into a foster home with a loving family to care for her. She has been there since January 2012. She loves to learn about God. She also likes to read the book of Revelation.
Pastor Rowell Puedivan
Marques McKnight said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that who so ever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.’ John 3:16. I want to be baptized because there are so many people who need to know about Jesus. When I’m baptized I will want to spread the word about Christ to the world. People that have impacted me are my pastor, my mom, my pathfinder group, and The Thunder in the Holy Land Bible studies.”
Pastor John Redlich
Estela Marie Shirkey (Marie) was born in the Philippines, and married Paul Shirkey 3.5 years ago. She immigrated to the states a little over two years ago. Marie and Paul have completed a set of studies with Pastor John. Marie said that she most appreciated the truth of the Sabbath and the resurrection at the second coming. Both Paul and Marie will be members of the Clear Lake Church.
Pastor Ko Saelee
(Officiated by Abraham Swamidass) Pao Vang was a refugee from Laos. He met Pastor Ko Saelee when his family moved to a home in the country north of Madison. When his wife filed for divorce and he could not live at home, he became very ill, but by attending church, he was impressed with Jesus’ command to forgive seventy time seven times. Through the prayers of the Saelee family and the encouragement of the church members he recovered from his illness and decided to commit his life to God and be baptized.
Jong Thao (John) had the opportunity of attending Three Angels School in Madison and Milwaukee SDA School. In Madison Pastor Jean Marcel taught Bible to John and helped him want to be baptized so he could go with Jesus when He comes to take us home. John has wanted to be baptized for quite some time, but did not have a chance. He is glad that now he can be baptized. His favorite Bible text is John 3:16.
Pastor Nate Skaiffe
Gracie Devalk learned from her Grandma about Jesus. She is excited about coming back to tween camp to tween camp to learn more about Jesus.
Brandon Coon watched Roger Morneau’s testimony on YouTube. It made a big impact on him. Because of the video he looked up the Waukesha church online and decided to go. He began regularly attending the Bible studies. He loved the studies as well as learning about the Lord! Brandon says he wants to follow the Lord for the rest of his life!
Pastor Nestor Soriano
Kylan Klemp said, “I love Jesus because He created me and because he died on the cross for us even though He could have stopped it at any time. I want to thank everyone at my church for being so kind to me, especially Miss Sandy for taking her time to help me.”
Pastor Abraham Swamidass
Danielle Elmer said, “Bible study program series, junior camp meeting program, Pastor Swamidass’ sermons, Darwin and Tammy’s prayers and Josh’s example all influenced my decision.” His favorite Bible verse is John 3:16.
Pastor James Van Arsdale
Maria Karch said, “When people asked me in the past what religion I belonged to I always said Catholic, but in reality I did not belong to any church or religion. All I knew about God was what I heard from the pulpit in the Catholic church that I attended when I was very young and from the catechism. I never read or owned a Bible. Then my sister gave me one. It landed on a shelf and there it stayed for many years. About four years ago I thought maybe I should take a look into this book on my shelf. Little by little I began to understand the amazing promises our heavenly Father gives us and the high price Jesus paid for my iniquities. It changed my heart and filled the emptiness I felt all of my life with hope, knowing now that someday, Jesus will return to take me to a new life that will never end. What a glorious day that will be! Jesus promises us, saying, ‘I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also.’ That will be my happiest day, meeting Jesus face to face, walking and talking with Him. Thank you Lord for your never-ending patience with me.
Edna Dockham said, “I did not grow up in a Christian home. We had no Bible in our home. By the strong influence of my aunt who would take me to church whenever I agreed to go I made the decision for baptism when I was around the age of 10 or 12. By that same influence I attended Maplewood Academy for a couple of years. It was there that I met the love of my life, LeeRoy, and was later married. With no Christian influence in my home and at my young age I did not fully understand the full meaning of baptism. I love the Lord with all my heart and want to continue to serve Him in a more deep and meaningful way. My greatest desire is to tell others about Jesus’ love and His soon return. ‘And lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world.’ Matthew 28:20”
Kimberly Block said, “I was raised Catholic with Adventist influence from my grandmother and Aunt Esther. I have always prayed and talked with God and He has been faithful to stay with me through a life of abuse, rebellion and dark forces of spiritualism. He has made His presence known through many life saving interventions. Yet I continued down a path of self-destruction. When I prayed for truth I was taken on a journey through the occult, losing everything including myself. Through all this I continued to pray as God protected and directed my path back to the Adventist faith. I choose now not only to talk and pray to the God of Heaven but to walk with my Father in the truth of a victorious Jesus in service to His Will. 1 Cor. 12:4-7 and Ephesians 6:10-20.
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