Kara is 16 years old, the daughter of Joe and Sara Hochstetler, and was baptized on August 4, 2019 at Oasis Tabernacle.
"First of all, I’m very excited to get baptized today. And I’m so thankful for all that God is doing.
"I was born again when I was 7 or 8. I obviously knew I always need Jesus, but there would be times in my life when I felt like I could do it on my own. And I felt like Jesus didn’t care about small details of my life. I was willing to follow Him but felt like I wasn’t willing to give Him my all.
"But about two years ago, things really started to change for me and I started to get to know Jesus on a whole new level. And I began to realize that He truly does care about every little detail of my life and He began to set me free from so many things that held me back in my past and he truly just took my heart and set it on fire for Him. "So I want to get baptized today as a statement that Jesus is Lord over my life and I choose to follow him for the rest of my life.
And I read something the other day about baptism and I just wanted to share it. It said, baptism is a picture of death, burial, and resurrection. It means going public with our faith in Jesus and symbolizes that once we come out of the water, we are not the person we were when entering in. We are no longer defined by our sin, but brought to new life with Jesus like he resurrected into new life.
"So this is why I want to get baptized today. I want to get baptized out of obedience to Jesus and to let Him know I’m willing to give Him my all. Jesus gave everything for me. He gave everything for you. So today I’m ready to give everything for him."