In our blog of September 24th we first visited the village of Tshitenge and met the Saints living there. On this our second visit we came for the first baptisms.
|Eight-year old son of the Branch President. He would be one of those baptized today. |
This young man, whose name is Willie like me, almost never left my side.
|Missionaries teaching under the mango tree (where the mother hen brought her chicks on our first visit). Most of the teaching is done in Tshiluba, not French.|
|We all walked to the "Waters of Mormon" along this sandy road (about 30 minutes and 2 kilometers). Those to be baptized carried their baptismal clothing.|
|Baptismal clothing needn't hinder the holding of hands.|
|We passed the railroad station of Mbuji-Mayi. Only problem is that the rails were never extended here. It's the mission president's dream to establish rail service.|
|Also making use of the "Waters of Mormon" is this brewery. We will turn left, down the hill, turn right and descend to the lake.|
|This sister has her hymn book. We didn't sing any hymns but she was prepared.|
|Half-way to the lake, Little Willie clasped my hand and we walked together. After his baptism he was thrilled to ride back to the branch sitting on my lap in the truck.|
|The water was clear and people were catching fish.|
|We gathered for the baptism. About 100 locals curiously looked on. Other Christian denominations use this spring for baptisms too.|
|Little Willie after his baptism.|