I baptize with water, “John replied, 
“but among you stands one you do not know.  
He is the one who comes after me, 
the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
John 1:26,27

As we stood in the ice-cold water of the Waimakariri River, surrounded by friends, family and creation, I couldn’t help but think of John the Baptist.

He once stood in the river Jordan proclaiming the Messiah, calling people to repent and to give their hearts to God.

Such a beautiful picture of surrender, service and dying to self! It was a privilege to stand with Pastor Ben Rae, as Pam and Lilliana publicly expressed their love for God, and their acceptance of Jesus as their personal Saviour. What a celebration of resurrection and life!

What a contrast to the world around us! What hope we have in the growing family of God and the soon return of our Most High King!

– Pr Sarah-Jane Riley, SNZC Youth Director

Below a couple of photos from Pam and Lilliana Freeman’s Baptisms.