We love baptisms and everything they mean. The decision to get baptized is a big decision for anyone — you are identifying with Christ’s burial and resurrection in a profound public statement. In Japan, it’s an even bigger statement, as only 1% of the Japanese are Christians. The social pressure to not do anything outside of the “normal” is immense, and my hat goes off to these two wonderful young people. God is truly doing an awesome work here, as after this very public and fun baptism at the beach, a number of other people from church decided to get baptized, including two people from our cell group!
I made this video with my good friend and fellow missionary John to try to capture a bit of the excitement here in Japan. At the time of this writing, it has over 350 views, which is more than our attendance! Enjoy!