Taking bold steps of faith and obedience in Palermo

June 28, 2013

Aurora, 23, and her brother Manuel, 21, grew up in the Centro Agape church of Palermo. Through the years they’ve participated in the church’s youth group and other initiatives for young believers. They have become an important part of the church’s youth group, and both contribute to it in their own unique way. They are […]


Seven joyful baptisms in Trinidad

February 24, 2011

On January 30, Margaret and I had the privilege of participating in the baptism of seven people. The baptism was scheduled for Saturday, but it was raining most of the day and at noon we learned there was a warning out that people should not go in the ocean because of dangerously rough water, so […]


From religion to relationship

January 24, 2011

When Francesco, a young man who attends Centro Koinonia, Bari, Italy, began a new job, he immediately connected with Luigi, a colleague, who questioned him, “Who are you? I can see in your face that you are different!” Two years earlier Luigi had left the religious sect he was part of, having discovered who Jesus […]


Three baptized in Kemishtaj, Albania

January 3, 2011

The Adriatic Sea wind whipped our faces but the bright sun beamed upon the group of believers from the Lajmetaret e Jesus Krishtit (Heralds of Jesus Christ) church of Kemishtaj, Albania, gathered for the baptism of Lazi, Ilir, and Eva. A deserted beach-side food stand sheltered us from the wind as Allen Umble, VMM worker […]


Baptism as remembering

December 8, 2010

I attended a baptismal service again recently. Four members of the Daniel family went “under the water” as the pastor put it. Father, mother, and two sons all gave verbal witness to their faith in Jesus Christ and accepted the sacrament and sign of baptism in the presence of God and a company of people. […]



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