I was in shock when she raised her hand accepting the final call to be baptized. While she was walking to meet me, I was looking around to all the members with big open eyes and expressing happiness to God. There were so many people shocked and happy at the same time.
I’m pretty sure that no one else has taken so much of my time than Tanya. I spent time with her over the phone, texting, talking, and meeting her in different places. She has been involved in many challenging situations relating to her family, her work, her feelings, and her spiritual life. Many times I thought about quitting my conversations with her because it seemed I was not seeing the results I was expecting in her life. My experience was the same as some other members of the church.
Almost every day, I prayed for Tanya and her family and I never asked her to be baptized. Why? Because she was attending another Christian church and I feel that the Holy Spirit is the one to call people to a real and genuine encounter with God through baptism. Once again the miracle, of the Holy Spirit working in a marvelous way, was in front of my eyes and the congregation.
In the waters of the Columbia River, I baptized Tanya in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Once Tanya was baptized, I asked for others to follow her example and three more people said yes to God. That was a precious night, my last night as the pastor of Hermiston and Pendleton Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church. Thank you, God, for such a privilege!