The shores of Bill Baggs Cape State Park are about to come alive with the Gospel testimony of Jesus as hundreds gather to celebrate being ‘One Family’ in Christ through baptism.
Today’s baptism celebration is the culmination of nearly a year of planning, as pastors from African-American, Haitian, Hispanic and American congregations have been meeting together to find better understanding and break down racial and ethnic divides.
“We are as diverse as we can be but our common bond is Christ,” said Erik Cummings, pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Carol City and one of the pastors whose heart was to see people come together, rallying around Jesus as the tie that binds us all.
John Voltaire, Haitian catalyst for the Florida Baptist Convention, said many Haitian churches are excited about today’s event and are eager to take part.
Noel Lozano, pastor of Turning Point Baptist Church in Miami, said this event has the potential to bring about real change in the church and in the community.
“In our city we have obstacles between [our] communities, but everything starts with the church,” Lozano said. “We need to show them.”
Check out the One Family video below and be sure to check www.flbaptist.org all through the weekend to see the baptism celebrations that will be taking place all around the state!
Rejoice with us! Here are the baptism totals for this morning:
Galilee Haitian Baptist Church – 12
Greater Mercy Missionary Baptist Church – 5
Kingdom Covenant Baptist Church – 3
True Vine Missionary Baptist Church – 2
Northside Baptist – 12
Iglesia Bautista Doral – 8
Miami Shores Baptist Church – 5
Iglesia Bautista de Kendall – 4
Turning Point Baptist Church – 16
New Life of Carol City – 9
Restoring Grace – 1
The Rock Fellowship – 1
Hallelujah! Praise God for the 78 believers who followed Jesus in baptism today!