Baptisms at the beach

The seaside at Bar, Montenegro, is normally a place for sunbathing and watersports. But one day in the summer of 2016, God answered numerous prayers as He rolled back the clouds for the sun to shine through on a very special gathering on the beach.

The young, but growing, “Mozaik” church which OM has pioneered, had congregated to baptise seven new believers into their midst, and hearts were full as they sang worship songs on the beach, prayed, and celebrated communion together. It was indeed a time of rejoicing, and even their bus driver meandered over to join in the excitement.

The people in the water came from various backgrounds and walks of life, reflecting the Mozaik in the church’s name: a woman bursting with the joy of her testimony, shared a song she had written, while her atheist husband looked on, not quite knowing what to think.

A teenage boy, wrestling through owning his faith and not relying on his parents, found new maturity in the Lord to fully embrace what his heart believes.

A couple from Ukraine was present, who finally understood the truth of the gospel.

A missionary kid made a stand to love and serve the Lord alongside his parents in this nation.

A woman, eager to show others how God had changed her life.

Lastly, the mother of another church member, so touched by the positive change she’d seen in her son over the past three years, who excitedly allowed her son to immerse her in the sea, rising up as a picture of the resurrection God had brought to her own heart.

The people that day were varied, but were united by this truth: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6, NIV)