On Wednesday, April 4, the entire South Region of the Greater Hartford Church gathered to sing, pray and learn more about God. Certainly the highlight of the night was the baptism of Mildred Brickhouse. Mildred is the mother of Nate Brickhouse, a long-standing member of our congregation who also runs the New Britain Food and Resource Center.
Though Mildred has known many in our church for quite a while, she only began attending regularly within the past year. A few months ago, she began studying the Bible with Alison Whitley, Barbara Oberle and Anita Allen. Over the course of time, her heart and knowledge has grown to the point where one special day recently she said, “I’m ready.”
So following the opening songs, announcement and prayer – Nate, Barb and then Mildred all shared of their love for God and each other. Mildred even gave a bit of a charge to the young people in the room to continue to live out their faith “because you are our future!” Finally she stated her faith in Jesus and even went with a little twist in her good confession: “The Lord is Jesus.” Though somewhat afraid of water, Mildred overcame those feelings and pushed herself to die to the old self and raise up a new woman in Christ.
The night did not end there as an amazing benevolence contribution was given for JamQuest (HOPE worldwide Kenya), a 3-on-3 basketball tournament started by Nick Shoff of our church. Between the two regions, over $1,100 was collected to help the poor in Africa.
Jimmy Allen closed out the evening before discipleship groups with a quick charge to be bold in sharing with others, especially on the week of Easter. As the service concluded, many headed downstairs for a reception to honor Mildred. Quite a few members of the Brickhouse family also came to support her.
In the end, another soul was added to God’s kingdom. Poor children in Kenya will be helped because of disciple’s sacrifice. We read from God’s Word and talked with each other. It would be hard to have a better night than that.
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