There’s nothing like a night baptism!

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.” 1 John 1:5-6

Levi shines his light. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

Last night, amidst the darkness of the Hilo night, a bright light shone brightly on one area of Hawai‘i Island.

Brian was baptized last night at Four Mile Beach.

The church gathered at the popular beach hangout at an unpopulated time, seven o’clock at night. It was supposed to be the night of the inaugural Men’s Night Out midweek service, but the baptism festivities were held instead.

A turtle swims to get a better look at the baptism. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

Singing shattered the silence as the church sang and clapped songs and praises to God. Kyle gave a short Bible lesson to charge up the church.

Then the church walked a short distance near a calm section of water, and soon they discovered that they were not alone. Two large h?nu, or turtles, had swum into the shallow water even before the baptizers and baptize, probably to see what all of the singing was about.

Kyle, Evan and Levi raise up Brian from the Four Mile water. (photo by Chris Directo)

Everyone bubbled with excitement as different people shared about Brian and his quest to find his relationship with God. Flashlights tried their best to illuminate happy faces and Scriptures that spoke to the congregation.

Some of Brian’s close friends from college attended the event.

The brothers, Kyle, Evan and Levi, all walked Brian into the water. The sight was breathtaking, as four lone figures glimmered in the gloom, with the two h?nu being the only sources of movement as the four men prayed. Then Brian was baptized, and the church cheered on with glee.

The place was dark, but the glow of God’s love was growing.

Everyone celebrates at Hilo’s own Ken’s House of Pancakes. (photo by Chris Directo)

After the baptism, everyone celebrated at Hilo’s own, world-famous Ken’s House of Pancakes.

The food was awesome, almost as much as the fellowship.

But not as awesome as seeing Brian getting baptized, having his sins forgiven, and witnessing the love of God.