Updated: May 2
I want to share some great news with you about the kids at Open Arms Village.
On Sunday, 27 kids were baptized!
Over the past two months, the 27 children (ages 9 to 15) were taught the importance of baptism. “It is important to us that the children understand the meaning of baptism before they are baptized”, said Pastor Okeyo. “Open Arms is on a mission to transform Africa one life at a time. Baptism is a sign of change and transformation that is taking place inside the individual.”
After the church service on Sunday, the children walked down to the river with the pastor and their houseparents and were baptized in the river that runs through the Open Arms property. Parents stood by their children as one by one, they were baptized. Though the water was quite cold on that day, the children were all smiles!
One of the teens said “I had a tough life before I came to Open Arms. My mother passed away, my health was poor and I was worried about getting food and other basic needs. Since I have been here, I have received help for both my body and for my soul. We go to church and fellowship with our families. When I was going to be baptized on Sunday, I was anxious because the river had a lot of water. My parents were there and they told me that everything would be ok. I am happy about my baptism. I know that sometimes the harsh waters we encounter are meant to wash us clean”.
Thank you for making all of this possible for these children. Lives are being changed because you are investing in them!
God bless you,
Kaytie Fiedler Executive Director, Open Arms International U.S.
P.S. Joining the Circle of H.O.P.E., our monthly giving program, is a great way to assure that these children continue to receive all the care they need to grow into world changers. And right now, every new Circle of H.O.P.E. partner will have their gifts doubled up to $25,000! To learn more, click here.