Rain makes things grow in Hilo!

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The Christians try to stay dry as they share good news before the baptism. (photo by Chris Directo)

The rain couldn’t keep people away from a baptism.

On Monday night, Christmas eve, some of the church showed up at Queen Lili‘uokalani Gardens to witness Jordan’s baptism.

Despite the rainy weather, cold wind and dark night — on top of all that, short notice of the event — the disciples showed up in good spirits for Jordan’s big day.


Everyone got together and formed a circle in order for all to hear the sharing and to keep warm. After Chris led a fired up church song, the men talked about the awesome path that Jordan has taken.


The guys get set for the baptism as the rain continues to fall. (photo by Chris Directo)

Jordan is a student at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He mainly studied the Bible with Levi and Evan.

The crowd of witnesses was unusually small due to a big part of the church away on off-island trips during the Christmas break.

There was still a good company of Christians present to watch the baptism, with only a couple of umbrellas available to shelter everyone from the rain.

Jordan wasn’t the only one who would get wet this day, as if everyone were sharing in the baptism in more ways than one.


Jim, Levi, Jordan and Evan (l-r) stay warm in the cold weather. (photo by Chris Directo)

Jim, Evan and Levi all led Jordan to the rocky beach near the popular park. The water was a little rough, and cold.

But the men did not seem to mind.

As they headed into the water, the rain stopped, almost all of a sudden. The surf seemed to calm a bit.

After the four said a short prayer, Jordan was baptized into Jesus Christ.

Almost immediately, the surf seemed to clap against the shoreline again as the church applauded the newborn-Christian.

The rain fell again, too, just as the baptism was over. As if God were reminding the church that only God makes things grow.