Celebrating Nayeli's Baptism
I've known that Nayeli Leyva was a special kid since early on in her first trimester in Kids Adelante. She and her brothers began coming to Kids Adelante in the summer of 2007 after a group from Emmanuel Baptist church came to our neighborhood for a week to do a VBS-like program for kids in our neighborhood. The group of mostly high school and college kids went door-to-door handing out flyers to kids in a six-block radius around our home. Nayeli and her brothers came as a result of that invitation and have been coming ever since.
Nayeli had an early impact on the other kids in Kids Adelante. She was the first in her small group (10-12 year olds) to begin coming with her Bible verse memorized each week. By the end of the trimester others in the group had begun to follow her lead. It was because of this leadership and influence among her peers, as well as her consistency and positive attitude, that Nayeli was selected to participate in our pilot Leaders-In-Training (LIT) this year.
This Sunday, after nearly two years of involvement with Kids Adelante, a whole school year of participation in "LIT", and a number of ups and downs, Nayeli, along with five others, will be baptized. Nayeli's story is exciting for a number of reasons beyond the obvious celebration of a new life in Christ. Her journey includes investments made by many people, beginning with her mother and grandmother, who will be baptized this Sunday as well. The Emmanuel Baptist group made the first invitation. Several Kids Adelante volunteers have poured into her life. Our summer interns last year spent a lot of time with her. And more recently LIT volunteers have given her guidance and tutoring. Each one has played an important role in Nayeli's decision to follow Christ and her growth as a new believer.
Nayeli has a lot of hurdles to overcome in life, but I believe that God is constructing a foundation in her life that will be solid enough to build the kind of life on that will glorify Jesus. Please pray with us for the baptism event this weekend and for Nayeli as she continues to learn how to follow Jesus.
In Other News
- Our Volunteer Team meeting will be held this Monday night, April 6 at 6:30 P.M. Volunteers in ESL, Kids Adelante and LIT are encouraged to attend.
- Our Spring Party will held at Bethany Community Center on Saturday, April 18th at 5:30 p.m. We would love for you to come and bring your family!
Please pray for our Baptism Event this Sunday night. Pray that God would use it to draw people to Himself and to create a new of passion and purpose in the lives of those being baptized.
Resource Center Needs
- Diapers, wipes and baby items
- Staple Food items like rice, beans, sugar and cooking oil
- Praise God for a donation of 300 lbs. of rice, beans, sugar and flour