This past Sunday we visited a co-worker’s church to interpret the message and baptismal service for a Deaf couple who sometimes attend.
It’s not uncommon for a Japanese church not to have a baptistry. Growing up Mark ‘s father held baptisms at the ocean, and Mary Esther’s father held baptismal services by a river. Some churches will borrow a larger church that has a baptistry. Or some use a portable baptistry that can be assembled the day before; there’s something of a bucket brigade involved in the process which adds to the feeling of everyone being a part of the celebration. This particular church rents a basement room on Sunday mornings , so their solution: the local public bath house.
Please pray for the the two women who against many obstacles took this step of obedience in following Christ.