On Sabbath, 1st November 2014, Swansea Seventh Day Adventist church members and fellow Welsh worshippers were honoured to welcome five Swansea residing youth into the Seventh Day Adventist church. Three young people originally from Zambia, Wallace Hacuma, sisters Nalishuwa and Lubona Ikachana, and Sasha Lee and Shannon Joy Cranfield, twin sisters from Cape Town, South Africa, publicly proclaimed their love for Christ, expressing their commitment to follow him through baptism. The youth were delighted to be baptised by “their” Pastor, Jovan Adamović, in the Swansea Waterfront Community Church. Once baptised, each had the opportunity to share their testimony in song or verbal testament, such an overwhelmingly poignant experience. What a blessed day, what an emotional day, what an absolutely inspiring day, what a very proud day for us as parents to watch our children express their commitment to God. Youth from around Wales, from as far as Bangor, and as close as Cardiff, and Newport, congregated at the Swansea Waterfront Community Church for the Welsh Mission Youth Day. The British Union Conference Youth Ministries Director, Pastor Nathan Stikland’s thought provoking morning sermon inspired all; what a privilege it was to witness the baptism of five, talented and loving, Swansea youth.
An afternoon “question and answer” program provided the youth with an excellent opportunity to “put the pastor on the spot” via technology savvy means. Short text messages sent via mobile phones, kept streaming in to “question the pastor” and receive “impromptu” answers to some delicate questions. The backdrop for the day was a live band, with heart-warming singers, who lifted their voices in worship and praise.
As parents, fellow worshippers and church members, our fervent prayer for our newly baptised youth is “May the Lord give His angels charge over you, to guide you in all your ways” Psalm 91:11.
We thank God for the blessing of these five newly baptised youth and urge them to hold on to the guidance given in 1 Timothy 4:12 “…don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity”.
Dr Desireé Joy Cranfield