Five of the 35 local congregations in the Ecclesiastical District of Northern Midwest, namely Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kansas City, Kansas; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; and Louisville, Kentucky simultaneously conducted baptisms for the month of September on the 26th. The other local congregations held this holy rite on other scheduled dates.
From the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which served as the host site, Brother Arthur Agag, assistant district supervising minister, taught the would-be-members a Bible-based lesson about the importance of membership inside the Church. He also exhorted them to not take lightly but hold in the utmost regard the holiness of the true baptism they were about to receive.
“It was hard especially during Bible studies. But with God’s help, I have reached my baptism,” Henriane Brazil, one of the newly baptized brethren, said. She shared that she persevered in pursuing her Church membership even though she was persecuted because of it. According to her, she fought for her faith because she knew it was the right thing to do.
Brother Arthur explained in an interview that the great blessings Henrianne, and other newly baptized brethren received “through the true baptism” include being counted as “a true disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ,” receiving “the gift of the Holy Spirit,” the “forgiveness from all our sins,” and the promise of salvation on Judgment Day.
The Northern Midwest district in the US comprises of 35 local congregations, two group worship services (GWS), and one extension in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. — With reports from INC News Section