A Modern-Day Andrew and Peter

August 21, 2023

BATON ROUGE, LA. – Like the biblical Andrew, who upon learning of Jesus ran to his brother Peter to tell him about his newfound friend, the Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church of Baton Rouge is proud of its own Andrew in member David Howard (pictured on the left, center image). Howard’s “brother” was one of his own roommates, Dennis Caston. They met two years ago when they both became residents of a group home. 

Howard became a member of the Berean church and like the biblical Andrew, he refused to be content with being silent as to why he now awakened each Saturday, got dressed and headed down his own street to the Berean church. Noticing the look of curiosity on his friend’s face one day, Howard posed the question to his roommate and friend, “Would you like to go to church with me this coming Saturday?” Without a moment’s hesitation, Caston accepted his invitation. 

“He loved church so much that it was just a matter of time before he responded to the pastor of the Berean church, T. Ron Weegar’s invitation to learn more about the church and to be baptized,” reports Howard. He then continued with sharing Caston’s excitement. When asked why he was joining the Berean church, Caston’s reply included “I just love the friendly people, the fellowship and the way the pastor preaches.”

It was a glorious Sabbath as Howard stood in place of his friend’s family and watched his entrance to Berean’s own “Pool of Bethesda.” Weegar and others are convinced that the mission for our modern-day Andrew is not over and wouldn’t be surprised if Howard and Caston’s love for Jesus results in the conversion of the remaining three roommates in their group home. Join us in praying to this end. 

By Evelyn Edwards