Posted by: everynation | November 4, 2007

Changed Lives

by Scott Douma

scottdouma1.jpgNothing greater than changed lives. I love baptisms. It is the celebration of the most wonderful gift of God. The fact that we are allowed to be made all over again and be renewed.

We baptized five this morning. Grandma and Grandpa Yamaguchi are in their 70s. Both have dramatically met the Lord and walked with him. Age doesn’t matter to God.

baptism.jpgVal is a young man who received the Lord at VCF Alabang, his job moved him here to Japan where he has been discipled. He is growing in his career and spiritual life. Yutaro and Nozomu are two young Japanese men raised in Christian homes. They both had an encounter with the Lord at our summer Youth camp.

These five show a wide spectrum of what the Lord can do. Old….young…Japanese….Filipino…..churched…..unchurched. Doesn’t matter to Him. He wants to change us all. I love Titus 3 where the former killer of Christians writes that we were fools, disobedient, deceived, and enslaved…..we hated and were hated… BUT when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared….according to His mercy He saved us. Regenerated and Renewed.

pido-and-avic.jpgI love it. It is great to be a part of seeing lives changed. This is one of those days where you wish you could put the feeling in a bottle, so that you can open it up and smell it on the days that aren’t so good.

An add on to this is another changed life. Brother Pido. He received the Lord here in Yokohama almost a year ago. He was here on a scholarship along with one of our mighty sisters from Manila. Avic. Pido found Jesus and the Lord changed his life around. He not only gave him new life he gave him a wonderful future mate. We were able to announce the engagement of Pido and Avic today. Great Great Great joy in the House of the Lord.

Scott Douma is the Senior Pastor of Yokohama Grace Bible Church. He is married to Naomi. They have two daughters, Sarah and Irene. He is the author of Blue Eyes in Japan.

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