Baptism declares to the world you’ve trusted Jesus, joined God’s family, and made a commitment to follow Jesus!

Below you will find testimonies from individuals who have decided to be baptized this Easter Sunday.

Submitted by Leanna Ihry:

I grew up in a Christian home and believed in God since I can remember. I was baptized as an infant, asked Jesus into my heart as a young child and went to church and Sunday school each week. I did all the religious things a good Christian girl was expected to do.  I talked the talk. But as I look back to my high school, college and even young adult days, I recognize that I did not walk the walk and did not walk with the Lord. I didn’t have a relationship with Him. I was caught up in fitting in with the popular crowd, boyfriends and partying.  I’d squeeze Jesus into my life on Sundays and when it was convenient for me. I thought that was enough. Afterall, I was a believer. He was my Savior, but he wasn’t the Lord of my life. 

In 2011 my mom passed away from cancer at the age of 56. She was a beautiful soul and the strongest Christian woman I have ever known. She loved God. She loved all people.  She truly lived her life for the Lord. 

During her last days and following her death, an anxiety came over me unlike anything I had ever experienced before. It was a darkness and a pain that overtook me and left me feeling helpless and afraid. During those dark days, I drew close to the Lord more than I ever had in my entire life. I fell to my knees daily crying out to Him; I read, recited and memorized scripture; and I prayed, and prayed and prayed some more.  As I think back, they were the most trying, dark and despairing days of my life, but I am thankful for them. It was then I learned who my God really is, as I developed a true relationship with Him.  

He is faithful. He is my rock. He is my redeemer. He is my friend. He is my salvation. He is my Father. He is my savior. And He is my Lord.  

I know in my remaining days here on Earth I will have many more trying times and I will also have many joyful times. My soul rests in knowing the one who is, and was, and always will be, is with me through it all.

I am being baptized today to publicly declare that I am a child of God. Believing in Him was good; but having a relationship with Him and walking with Him every day through the highs and lows, the ups and downs of life; now, that is unbelievable. The joy in truly knowing Him far surpasses any temporary joy this world could bring. The joy found in Him is eternal. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here.” I am thankful to God for fighting for me all those years. I am thankful for His unfailing love and for the ultimate gift of Jesus dying on the cross for my sins.

I have a peace that passes all understanding knowing that no matter what this life brings, God will be with me and carry me through. And when I get to Heaven one day and see Him face to face, I can’t wait for Him to say, “Well done, my child.”  

Dear friends, if you stumble and fall, if you drift away, if you aren’t sure about God, it’s ok. He is there waiting for you and He loves you so, very much.  His mercies are new every morning and His grace is more than enough.  Ask Him in and make Him a part of your day, every day.  It is the best decision you will ever make.