Sell a Fish, Gain a Fish

An Online Fish Sale Leads to Baptism
December 21, 2020

CONROE, TEX. – Buddy Olvera (being baptized below) wanted a taxidermy fish to display in his home. Finding one for sale online, he first verified it was from a bona fide seller. Searching seller Tabita Stomberg’s (bottom right) profile, he noticed she frequently posted “Happy Sabbath” on her timeline. That intrigued him. He and his family kept the Sabbath at home for several years, ever since they learned about it viewing Bible videos online. He had no idea that other people kept the Sabbath, especially in the Conroe area where they lived.

Buddy contacted Tabita and told her he was interested in the fish. He then asked her about her “Happy Sabbath” posts. She said, “I’ll tell you all about it when you come to pick up the fish.” When he came by her workplace to pick up the fish, she invited him in and told him about the Sabbath. He was so interested that the conversation led to Tabita sharing about the Seventh-day Adventist message and inviting Buddy and his family to the Conroe Seventh-day Adventist Church in Conroe, Tex., the upcoming Sabbath.

Buddy and his family accepted the invitation and were able to witness the baptism of Tabita and her husband Steve’s son the next Sabbath. They also discovered an entire church family that was as serious about following Jesus and all His Bible truths as they were.

A few months later, on Sabbath, Aug. 15, 2020, Buddy, his wife, Leslie and their son, Buddy Jr., were baptized and united with the Conroe church family. “Who knew you could sell a fish and gain a fish,” Tabita shared.

By Dan Serns, English Evangelism Director