Remember the African slave song “Michael row the boat ashore, Alleluia. Michael row the boat ashore…”? One verse says, “River Jordan is deep and wide… milk and honey on the other side.” an allusion to the Children of Israel crossing the Jordan River to reach the promise of peace and plenty. A further verse says… “River Jordan is chilly and cold.. Chills the body, but not the soul”. That song is about our most recent baptism.
Three more of our young Africans decided to go for the ‘milk and honey’ on the other side. Through the ancient rite of baptism and through their faith in Christ they have entered the true ‘promise land’ which is Christ. Our water was very cold… but you can also see the warmth in their soul as well.
As their peers, the children and other adults looked on, you could almost hear the angels rejoicing.
“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”” Luk 15:10
Livingstone, Stella, and Stella were transitioned and transformed into their new tribe.
After lunch and much fellowship, the children were asked to carry the chairs back to the storeroom and head home. It was a delightful day with at least one angel watching over their departure. Not quite a guardian angel … but an angel none the less. (‘Angel’ is what we named our puppy)