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One of the most sacred moments in life is the exchange of vows in a marriage ceremony, taken in the presence of witnesses and before God.

This covenantal vow is not only understood to be binding, but it also lays the foundation  for a new life together in holy matrimony.  In very much the same way, the baptismal vows binds believers into a covenant of love with Jesus Christ, and sets the stage for their new life together, forever.

Such was the case on November 16, 2013, when five new believers stood before their new church family and uttered words of commitment to their Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Without hesitation, they avowed their love to Him, and committed to serve Him unreservedly for time and eternity. 

For these precious individuals, this was one of the most momentous and joyous occasions in their lives.  So too for those who were present to witness this solemn ceremony. 

The joy of both the new believers as well as our church family was overwhelming.  Perhaps as much as half of the congregation moved forward and stood by the baptismal tank to watch the immersion of each individual. 

As each was buried with Christ in baptism and raised as new creatures to walk in the newness of life, the joy of our church family was expressed in songs of praise and thanksgiving. 

A solemn atmosphere of gratitude to God pervaded the congregation as we celebrated the new birth of our friends and loved ones, realizing that heaven was also rejoicing with us.

Each of the five believers came from widely different backgrounds, reflecting the rich diversity that is a hallmark of the Richmond SDA church.

In addition, all of them were lead to Christ through the friendship and personal effort of someone in our congregation.  We look forward to what God will do in our church this year as we continue to take seriously the Great Commission enjoined upon us by our Lord.

NEW MEMBERS:
  • Sis. Joanne Ogawa, married, and mother of three (and recently blessed with her first grandchild, a baby girl).  She was invited to Bible study by her long time friends, Ken and Peggy Takahashi.
  • Sis. Yan Di Wang, a recent arrival to Canada from China was invited to Bible study and guided by Sis Annie Gao, Richmond Church's resident Chinese Bible worker.
  • Br. Daniel Su, a student who was seeking the learn about Jesus Christ was guided into his decision by Br Darren Gallvitz.
  • Br. Hawking Tan, a young student and homestay resident with Br Richard Watson was brought to Jesus through the personal witness of the Watson’s family.
  • Br. Ray Hoglin was a former believer who decided to recommit his life through baptism after he was befriended and encouraged by Br. Israel Fisher, a vibrant member of the Richmond church.

" THE MISSION OF THE RICHMOND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH IS TO BE A LIGHT TO THE COMMUNITY BY UNRESERVEDLY FOLLOWING CHRIST'S EXAMPLE AND COMMISSION (MATTHEW 28:19-20), SERVING CONTINUALLY, STUDYING CONSTANTLY AND LOVING ALL UNCONDITIONALLY."

Here at the Richmond church, we are committed to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, so that as many of our friends and neighbors as possible may come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.

By Iris Wong, Richmond Seventh-day Adventist Church Clerk

Richmond 2013 Baptism

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