RATON, N.M. – With all of the challenges that we encountered last year, it has been incredible to find resourceful methods to adapt. For example, conducting Bible studies through video chats proved to be a blessing, especially for one young man from the Raton Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In early 2020, Will Warder, 12, expressed interest in taking Bible studies and baptism. We were looking forward to studying together; however, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from meeting in person. Fortunately, the Texico Conference Youth Department began to provide weekly virtual programs through Zoom. Will quickly became an active participant. Will and I were able to start doing our own Bible studies through Zoom and we met weekly to dig into the Bible. Each time, we had great discussions and Will always wanted to be sure he understood the topic and asked questions to gain a deeper understanding of God’s Word.
When we reached the end of our studies, I asked Will why he wanted to get baptized.
He said, “At first I wanted to get baptized because I knew I wanted to commit my life to Jesus. But now I realize that I not only want to be in a committed relationship with Jesus, but I also know that Jesus is coming soon. I want to serve Him and share the Gospel with others.”
Will was baptized at the Raton church on Oct. 3, 2020. With so much uncertainty in our world, it was amazing to see a young man be so decisive about his dedication to Jesus.
By Isaí Ramírez, Pastor