Tessa Leensvaart Baptism Testimony

Tessa Leensvaart was baptized on November 27, 2016 in front of her parent’s church family. Following is her confession of faith in Christ. We pray that you are as encouraged as we are to see the continuing to prove Himself faithful and good.

“My name is Tessa and I’m getting baptized because I want you to know what Jesus has done for me. Jesus died on the cross for my sins so I don’t have to die forever. I know I need Jesus because I am a sinner and I know I am a sinner because I lie and sometimes I think bad things about my sisters. When I sin, I know I can ask for forgiveness from God and from others.
One of my favorite bible verses is found in Proverbs 3:5-8 and it goes like this ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones'”

If reading this makes you wonder what baptism is and why anyone would even consider doing it…please contact us at office@greenvillegrace.org and allow us to answer your questions!

Savannah Crist’s Baptism Testimony

Savanah Crist was baptized on November 13, 2016 in front of her parent’s church family. Following is her confession of faith in Christ. We pray that you are as encouraged as we are to see the continuing to prove Himself faithful and good.

“I’ve always been taught the gospel and when I was 8, I recognized my sin and my need for a savior. I prayed for forgiveness and accepted Christ into my heart as my savior, seeing that His death on the cross paid for my sin. I have walked with him for 3 years and counting, and have loved Him and learned about Him through reading the Bible and doing devotions with my family. I feel that God has drawn me to be baptized today, as a sign of the faith and grace He’s granted me. I want the whole world to know Christ, and to love Him.”

If reading this makes you wonder what baptism is and why anyone would even consider doing it…please contact us at office@greenvillegrace.org and allow us to answer your questions!

Samuel Kerns Baptism Testimony

Samuel Kerns was baptized on July 17, 2016 in front of his parent’s church family. Following is his confession of faith in Christ. We pray that you are as encouraged as we are to see the continuing to prove Himself faithful and good.

“I am getting baptized because Jesus gives me grace. When I do something wrong Jesus forgives me. Jesus died on the cross for my sins and Acts 16:31 says ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.’ By getting baptized I am showing everybody that I love Jesus, and that He has saved me from my sins.”

If reading this makes you wonder what baptism is and why anyone would even consider doing it…please contact us at office@greenvillegrace.org and allow us to answer your questions!

Daniel Kerns Baptism Testimony

Daniel Kerns was baptized on July 17, 2016 in front of his parent’s church family. Following is his confession of faith in Christ. We pray that you are as encouraged as we are to see the continuing to prove Himself faithful and good.

“I’m getting baptized because I want everyone to know that I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart because Jesus revealed himself to my heart. Everyone needs saved because we all sin and sin is when you do things that are wrong. Jesus forgives our sins. I have trustede him and want you to all know that I have.”

If reading this makes you wonder what baptism is and why anyone would even consider doing it…please contact us at office@greenvillegrace.org and allow us to answer your questions!

Baptisms :: Summer 2015

August 30th

Madison Coate
One Saturday night I was scared that Jesus would come back or I would die so I asked my parents to explain the gospel to me. They explained that I am a sinner and would need to repent. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” They also explained that Jesus died and rose again the third day to save me from my sins. John 3:16 “For God so loved he world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus had to die for my sins because he is perfect and I am not. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Today I’m getting baptized because I want everyone to know that I truly believe that Jesus is my Savior and Lord. Read more

Baptisim | Sunday May 24th

Noah King

My name is Noah King I was 10 years old when I accepted Christ in my heart. The reason I am getting baptized is to let everybody know that I am a Christian and that I have accepted Christ in my heart. My family went through a hard time about a month ago when we took in a child for respite care. He just turned 7 this month and is in 1st grade. We got him because he had a horrible life his mom did not care for him, and they were living in a homeless shelter, and he behaved horribly. Read more

Baptisim | Sunday December 14th

Vaughn’s Testimony

Vaughn – I came to know Jesus this year from a sermon after hearing Danny preach and he said “there is only one true God and He is the Lord of Lords”.  It was then I realized that I need to repent of my sins and I asked for His forgiveness.  John 3:17 says…

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 7 of 7

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Friday morning march 8, 7:05 am

I’m at the front of the score complex reflecting upon the day yesterday. We started out with a half day clinic at La Cruz. This town felt less evangelized than the other towns — less people claimed to be Christians and in a half day clinic we had a few more people follow Christ. One of the SCORE missionaries started a church there last year. I hope that in years coming we may be able to help this church thrive.

After leaving La Cruz, we went back to Aleman and dropped off bags of food for their village (graciously paid for by one of the churches in the states). While the poverty level is not shockingly low (at least compared to other countries), I imagine that these bags will be a great help to those who get them.

Last night the missionaries at score cooked an authentic argentine barbeque for us. It was An amazing meal; 4 different kinds of meat! But the best part was hearing 4 or 5 testimonies of men and women brought to faith in Jesus. It’s exciting to see others excited about Jesus. I find that being here gives me more desire to spread the word of Christ at home. I’m hoping that God allows our team to be fruitful even after we go home.

Friday march 8, 3:01 pm

I’m looking at the most beautiful beach I have ever seen and I’m reminded that this is a world of stark contrasts.

While I was staring out into a beautiful scene a man came to me and offered me some tourist trappings. In speaking with him, he has 10 children…10. He makes his living by selling jewelry to tourists. I bought two for far more than what their worth. My kids will love them. But he still has many more bracelets to sell to meet his families needs.

But the most beautiful thing about this island is its people. There is a joy in them, especially who would call themselves “chrisitiana”. I remember one of my translators commenting on that; we got to the point in our evangelism that we could tell how a conversation was going to go by looking at their face when they sat down across from us. Those who were in Christ wanted to hear more. One individual told us they were Christian but wanted to hear us tell the gospel anyway, because it meant so much to them.

In the absence of material possessions, I wonder if we’re forced to deal with the reality of our need before God. This seems to be the case here. These Dominicans don’t get offended by the truths of the gospel like Americans do. Most of my job in evangelism in the US is convincing people who think they are good with God that they really aren’t. Most Dominicans that I’ve talked to know that what they’re doing is an offense to God and would even tell you that His death is the only way to pay for sin. But they’re unwilling to repent of sins and follow Him. A life that is Christian must be submitted to His Lordship.

Tomorrow, we go home. While I’m saddened to leave I’m also excited to see my family. It has been an abundant blessing to be here for 9 days but now it is time to go back. I have to remind myself that the purpose is the same in the DR as it is in Ohio; God’s glory shown through the gospel.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 6 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Physical healing & an eternal Message | part 2 [/headline]

Tuesday, march 5 11:09 pm

Today we went to do a clinic in…well..honestly i’m not sure. When we got to the church we set up quickly and collected together to pray and sing before the clinic began. Crowds of people waited outside to recieve medical attention.

Running the evangelism station has been interesting. Dominicans will sit across from you and tell you that they are not Chrisitians. They know that they have broken God’s commands, that punishment for the sin is death, and that Christ is the payment for their sin. Yet, intuitively they know that a decision to accept Jesus means a change of life. And so, many have been unwilling. It’s as if there is a barrier between them and hearing the truth of he gospel.

I’ve told many people this week that running the evangelism station has been practical theology. I can see the scriptures come to life in every rejection—Satan has blinded the minds of men and women (2 Cor. 4). But also see the beauty of a sinner reconciled to God by faith in Jesus Christ, like Lazarus raised from the dead. In each instance I can see myself, hardened in sin or softened by grace. Thank God that He has overcome in Christ.

Tomorrow we will go to a church in John 3:16. I’m hoping to see more men and women place faith in Jesus. Today we had a few. But in the gospel tomorrow holds endless possibility for the kingdom.

Wednesday march 6 7:20 am

It’s Wednesday morning and I can’t believe we’re half way done with clinics. The last two days have gone by so quickly. Today we go to John 3:16–which I guess is the name of the town. I’m exhausted in a good way–spent for the purpose of gospel proclamation. Noah told me at the beginning of the week that once clinics start the week will fly by. This has proven true.

Everyone on the team is in good spirits, which is amazing for the amount of work which has been done. I hope that today brings more conversions, but I recognize that those who hear and reject may not always reject. And even if they do, it is to God’s glory.

Wednesday march 5, 7:55

Today we went to John 3:16. Praise God for an incredibly fruitful day of ministry! 8 people came to saving knowledge of Jesus– many of which were adults. The best part was that the pastor of the church was there with us. So any of those who trusted Christ went on to meet the pastor. He intends to follow up with those men and women.

One decision in particular stands out. A young man, about 18 to 20 years old sat down on the bench in front of us. He seemed nervous; his eyes would only look at the floor. Our translator starts into a gospel presentation. The further he got into be presentation the faster the young man was breathing. When the translator asked if he would like to accept Jesus, he shyly nodded his head.

I can tell that people here know that accepting Christ anticipates a changed life. The problem is that many of them think that a changed life must happen before they can ask Jesus for forgiveness. In that way, I think the true gospel can have a great impact here.

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Jason’s Journal | Part 5 of 7

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[headline h=”1″]Physical healing & an eternal Message | part 1 [/headline]

Monday march 4 6:30 am

“I wait for The Lord, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope”- psalm 130:5

We have our first clinic today and I must admit that I’m a bit nervous. These verses are calming to me–god forgives and does His work through His Word. I’m just left to wait like a servant waits for His master’s orders. Lord, use today for Your greater glory. Let Your gospel bear fruit and increase as You’ve said it would.

Monday march 4, 11:09 pm

What a day! Today we went to Aleman to host our first medical clinic. When we arrived, there was already a line forming (with some 20-30 people) outside of the church. We set up our equipment in three seperate rooms– 8 stations all together. We have general medical stations as well as dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy. After the people are funneled through the medical systems they come outside to go to 1 of 2 evangelism stations.

I remember Bob saying often that they didn’t want to send healthy people to hell– meaning it was highly possible to meet physical needs and overlook the spiritual needs that lay within a person. It is amazing to see the lengths to which SCORE medical goes to make sure this doesn’t happen. Even in talking to Bob I can tell that he recognizes this priority. I’m growing more and more convinced that coming to the DR would be worth it if only to talk with Bob and Anna.

Along those lines, tonight we looked at Matthew 9 where Jesus looks out upon the people with compassion because they were like sheep without a shepherd. The heart of Jesus’ compassion was to help their spiritual state but he still meet physical needs. Too often, what we call compassion becomes centered around the physical or the spiritual. Jesus did both.

I’m immensely thankful to see how score how has emulated the heart of Jesus on these outreaches. I’m hopeful that the handful of people who decided to follow Jesus are not the seed that fell along the rocky path but are the fruits of compassion submitted to Christ– the beginnings of a new harvest for which God is raising up workers.

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[styled_image size=”small” align=”left” link=”” icon=”” lightbox=”” alt=”Grace Blog”]http://www.greenvillegrace.org/ggbc_files/Web/Graphics/BRADSHAW_JASON_MUG.png[/styled_image]Jason Bradshaw currently serves as the Pastor of Worship and Counseling at Greenville Grace Church in Greenville, OH where he resides. We have had the joy of benefiting from his giftedness as a musician and resident theologian for a little over 8 years. It is our prayer that what you read conveys his love for the body of Christ…wherever she finds herself. If  you’d like to interact more with Jason, feel free to contact the church office at office@greenvillegrace.org and we’ll get you in touch with him.

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