Three baptisms are thrice as nice!

By HiloICoC•org Webserver.

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” Mark 10:29-31.

The church praises God for such a beautiful day for the baptisms of Steve, Laura and Mardiore. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

Queen Lili‘uokalani Gardens was a little crowded this past Sunday.

Aside from all of the park-goers taking advantage of the great weather to picnic at the park, nearby Coconut Island had an event that attracted a lot of people.

To further crowd the place, the church decided to have, not one baptism, and not two, but three baptisms.

Steve and his girlfriend Laura were baptized this past Sunday, as well as Mardiore.

The day was a glorious one. By the time church was over at almost noon, the park was abuzz with activity, as people overran the place with their barbecue grills, pop-up canopies, sunscreen, fishing poles, lawn chairs and sunglasses.

Different people take turns sharing about the love of God. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

By the time members of the church started arriving for the baptisms, all of the typical parking stalls were taken. Members had to scramble far and wide to maneuver or get creative to find parking.

Some members had to hike from their cars to the often-used baptism spot, but they all knew that the trek would be worth it.

Everyone was excited to see Steve, Laura and Mardiore get baptized.

Steve was once a basketball player for the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans, so he knew Kyle and Evan. He and his girfriend recently started studying the Bible, and they wanted to get baptized.

It’s always good to pray before you do anything. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

Mardiore started studying the Bible with Joan. She also made the all-important decision to get baptized.

The church met at the typical baptism spot near the ocean at Lili‘uokalani Gardens and circled up for some songs. Those swimming and fishing nearby gladly accomodated our gigantic and giddy group.

Everyone involved in the baptisms happily shared about the difficult yet fulfilling journey up to this point. This big group excitedly took turns to talk about God.

“I played ball with Steve on the UH basketball team,” Evan shared just before the baptism. “Steve was the last guy I’d expect to get baptized. But it’s awesome to see you here.”

High fives are handed out in celebration of the triple-baptism. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

“I came here [to Hilo] just for a minute to take care of some things. It’s crazy. Little did I know that I’d end up here and studying the Bible with Kyle and getting baptized,” Steve said.

Laura shared, “I had some feelings towards God that weren’t good, but after studying the Bible, I now know that God is awesome!”

Mardiore gave her testimony, too. “I’d just like to thank Joan for studying the Bible with me. I’m really happy to be here.”

The three walked into the water, along with their entourage of baptizers as the rest of the church sang beautiful hymns, praising God.

(l-r) Mardiore, Steve and Laura soak up the “Son” right after their baptisms. (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

You could say that the shoreline was packed with “fish” and “fishermen!”

The small group systematically baptized one another. Steve was even able to participate in baptizing Laura.

It was an inspiring event, seeing three people get baptized. The park was packed, and because of the baptism, so was the ocean near the park.

It’s always trememdous when people get baptized!