Hello everyone and God Bless, I started pastoring about 4 month ago and I will be performing my first baptism this coming Sunday. I'll be baptizing a young girl (17) who was saved at a youth seminar that our church attended. I love seeing young people step up and not be ashamed of God. I've seen a lot of growth in this girl and I know she has struggled with her decision for a long time. It was great to see her finally give in to God. We're a small church and we do not have a baptistry. I have a friend who pastors a larger church and I was going to use his baptistry but this teenager has chosen to go to "The Creek". I think it shows a lot of commitment on her part to not take the easy route. We've had snow and ice here for the past week and the temps have been in the teens. We're supposed to have a high of 35 on Sunday. I've attended several baptisms and assisted in a couple at "The Creek" and there were times when it was cold and even been snowing before, but nothing like this. It might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but her choice really shocked me and encouraged me at the same time. She didn't even hesitate and I even said "are you absolutely sure. It's going to be cold, very cold". She said that she " was absolutely positive that she wanted to go to the river". I had to correct her and tell her that it wasn't a river but a small creek and she said that "it didn't matter, river or creek she wanted to go". I guess I just assumed that she would pick comfort but that was my mistake for prejudging the situation. We, oftentimes, short sale our youth, but instances like this, should show us that our youth are still worth the effort and they are willing to make sacrifices for God. So, think of us Sunday. I hate cold water more than anything but this is one time that I'm actually looking forward to getting in there.