The church goes “cross-country” for this miracle!

“I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.” Philemon 4-7

The brothers share about how awesome God really is. (photo by Chris Directo)

Richardson was the hot spot again this week, as Stefano was baptized there this past Sunday.

Stefano first studied the Bible and came to church thanks to Brian. Brian and Stefano are both on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo cross country team.

“I thought that other things were what made life good, but after reading the Bible, I realized that God is what makes life good,” Stefeno said before his baptism.

Before the baptism, the church held worship service at the minister Bartholomew household, followed by a potluck lunch.

After the baptism, everything is all high-fives. (photo by Chris Directo)

A lot of people spending the day at the beach stopped to see what the church gathering was about. Some even got into the singing.

Stefano and some of the guys shared some Scriptures and expressed how God has been working.

Then the men strolled into the chilly yet beautiful water. They said a long prayer to themselves, then positioned Stefano for the momentous occasion.

Stefano was then baptized, to the delight of the rest of the church, as well as to all of the wandering bystanders.

Everyone cheered and greeted the newly-baptized disciple in Christ.

The church formed the receiving line and gave Stefano lots of hugs and well-wishes. Stefano grinned his usual smile from ear to ear in gratitude.

This is a gathering of athletes! (photo by Chris Directo)

Immediately after the awesome event, most people joined Stefano in having some fruit smoothies at the local Jamba Juice.

The group of people at the shop relished in sharing all of the “fruits” of God’s grace, in more ways than one.

Everyone who was there drank in the fellowship with smoothies of a variety of flavors. For a fired-up day like that day, the cool drinks were a welcome refreshment.

But Stefano was the most refreshed of all, as he delighted in God’s love a lot that day!