Baptisms - 8/4/2019

Testimonies


 
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Jay Mast

 

Jay is 15 years old, the son of Micaiah and Stefanie Mast, and was baptized on August 4, 2019 at Oasis Tabernacle.

"I was eight years old when I became born again. I didn’t really become born again out of the fear of going to hell. I was more, I knew that without something, without a change in my life I wasn’t going to have anything happen that’s going to be worth of value. Through that I became born again—with my dad—my dad helped me through. Me and my sister, Sheri.

"Through that all slowly I let my own will come back into my life and it slowly led into sin. I kind of lost my fire for God. Through this I learned a lot of heartache. I just dealt with a lot of depression, and a lot of things I couldn’t overcome by myself.

"Then slowly I learned again the need for God. It was a tough process. It was a lot of breaking. But as God broke me He poured into my life.

"The healing process was definitely worth the breaking. It hurt. It hurt a lot. But I’d say He has poured more into me over these last few months than I’ve ever felt before. I want to praise Him. I want to bless Him to have the full blessing that God has planned for me in my life. And to fulfill the plan I need to surrender myself completely and baptism, in my eyes, is a symbol of dying to myself and leaving my old self and my old man behind. I’m excited to see what God has planned for me."

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Kara Hochstetler

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."

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Mikayla Weaver

Mikayla Weaver is the daughter of Mike and Arie Weaver and was baptized on August 4, 2019 at Oasis Tabernacle.

"I was born again when I was nine years old. And I guess the biggest thing that God’s dealt with me in my life since then is just accepting that I’m forgiven and that my past is in my past.

"I used to think that it was just hopeless for me that I just made too many mistakes. But God showed me that I didn’t, and He could still take care of me and that He loved me. I just want to be baptized because I want to be faithful to Him and commit my life to Him. And it commands it in the Bible. And I want to give the glory to Him."