Saturday, November 13, 2010

Noah's Baptism - at the river

For a year now Noah has expressed spiritual desires and interest. Starting 6 months ago he stated that he would like to believe and he prayed almost every night for just such a thing. At that point he said, "I want to believe but I am not sure whether I do or not." So he continued to pray for true faith and true repentance. He often told me, "I don't know if I can go to heaven because I am not very good and I know I don't deserve heaven."

The last 3 weeks, however, he has initiated many conversations with me and was very very happy and told us that he is saved now, and that now he knows. Along with this seems to have come a greater love for Jesus too and a real joy. When he is playing alone he sings to himself ("how I love Jesus...because he first loved me..") and has even prayed at non-set times and un-encouraged by us. He wants to pray for sick kids here in the village and when he sees a naked kid or a particularly poor looking kid, he asks us to give the kid some of his own limited toys or clothes or some of his candy out of his (limited) candy supply.

There seems to be a sensitivity and a conviction for sin. For most of this year he stated "I cannot go to heaven by myself because I do bad things sometimes." Now he states that even though he knows that he cannot do enough good things to get to heaven, that he knows Jesus paid for his sin and Jesus is perfect so that he can go to heaven because of what Jesus did. When he does something wrong, he has come and reported it to us, and even when he doesn't know we are watching and he has accidently bumped into Alethea or when Alethea tests him or hits him (she is a bruiser) Noah has tried to apologize or hug or teach Alethea. One time when he thought he hurt a local tribal kid (they were playing rough) he came and sat and wept and told us that he was afraid that he hurt him and he didn't want to hurt anyone. He seems to be a very sensitive soul.

There is also a desire to hear more about God and the Bible. His ears perk up and he requests us to read the bible together. He likes to lay and talk at night and asks many theological questions.

He wanted to be a soldier earlier this year, but now since he has been saved he says that he desires to tell people about Jesus.

He says, "Daddy, you are old and will probably die sooner than me. But I am young and I might live a long time. This means that God can use me a lot longer. I want God to use me"

When talking about persecution that happens in many places here in this country, Noah has stated "It is better to die than to not tell people about Jesus. Daddy, if I tell people about Jesus and they kill me, then we don't have to worry because I will go to heaven."

Teresa teaches him daily and they pray together several times per day.


Mack Tomlinson said...

We are rejoicing with you at the news of Noah's salvation in Jesus Christ, and obeying Him in baptism!
Mack, Linda and Tomlinson Family

Puritan said...

Rejoicing as our family read this

missionsnewsletter said...

Glorious! How amazingly beautiful is the salvation of the LORD!

Till He returns,


Lori Edwards said...

Wow! God is just so awesome! He never ceases to amaze me! What character & maturity already in such a little fella! Only Christ can produce these fruits in a FIVE year old... And I know five year olds, they don't act or talk like that! Way to go mom & dad for all the godly teaching & training, too!

Anonymous said...

This is so encouraging to hear! Praise God! God is just so amazing!

I just read this today because I am catching up on all my email so I know I am pretty late on the wonderful news. Thank you for sharing this with all of us!

Anonymous said...

This is so encouraging to hear! Praise God! God is just so amazing! I just read this today because I am catching up on all my email so I know I am pretty late on the wonderful news. Thank you for sharing this with all of us!

Nedelka said...

Oh Trevor, this has inflated my faith in a tremendous way, may the Lord save our children, not only ours, but many at GCC! Thank you so much for sharing this about Noah! Please know that we will be praying for him, as we earnestly pray in 2011 for all GCC children, we desire to see the Lord move in this mighty way! There is nothing impossible for our GOD!

J B said...

How very sad, and why dont you leave the papua people alone as well

Newblogger said...

Praise the Lord God for His grace!!
Our two girls have also believed in Jesus for their salvation and were baptized on Jan 15, 2012.
Our daughter Julie 18yrs and Rachel 14yrs.
Tracy and I have seen many evidences of grace in them both since. Wow,we rejoice with you!!

kezia.ratih said...
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kezia.ratih said...

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth - 3 John 1:4

Rejoice with the Johnson! :') Praise God!