A Special Sabbath

Choctaw Church Welcomes New Members
March 8, 2021

CHOCTAW, OKLA. – Oct. 31, 2020, was an extra special Sabbath at the Choctaw Seventh-day Adventist Church. Not only did we welcome a new member, but a future member took one of his first steps toward an eternity in God’s family.

Samson Sembeba, pastor, had begun Bible studies with Gavin Akins several months ago, but in the midst of the studies the church closed its doors for several weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Sembeba was transferred to the First Seventh-day Adventist Church of Tulsa soon after we reopened. However, even with these interruptions, the studies continued and this fall Gavin was ready for baptism.

Samson Sembeba was able to return to Choctaw church to baptize Gavin. This was a wonderful day indeed, as Gavin was welcomed into the Choctaw family with open arms.

Walter Martinez, pastor of Choctaw church, was present and participated during this great occasion. Kristen and Jared Stanphill requested that Sembeba dedicate their son, Theo, who is nearly two years old. This dedication was an important step for Theo in his journey with God.

Sembeba delivered the sermon, which was a treat for the Choctaw members who consider him part of their family and have missed him a great deal since his departure.

It was a joy to have both pastors for this momentous occasion. Even though they are still adjusting to a “new normal,” God is taking good care of the Choctaw church.

By Robin Sagel