Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011 in Hong Kong

Easter has come! The angel has rolled away the stone... and sat on it for good measure!! (Matthew 28:2)
Go quickly and tell his disciples: He has risen from the dead! (Matthew 28:7)
Three baptisms today: two babies and ...
one very beautiful new born grandmother!("How can anyone be born when they are old?" -- "I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit." -- John 3:4-5)
This newly baptized little girl is blessed with two sets of grandparents, all eager to see her grow in faith and love.
What a different world little Mariam will be growing up in, from that of her grandmother. But our God is the same: "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments"  -- Deuteronomy 7:9
The intern at our church is a student from LTS (Lutheran Theological Seminary of Hong Kong) Ruth does a lot of translating for me, too, so I am very thankful to her.
Upon seeing the baptisms, this little boy told his grandmother that he wants to be baptized, too!
Looks like we'll be having another baptism at Christmas (This church schedules baptisms for Christmas and Easter)  
41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” --The Apostle Peter, speaking in Acts 10

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