Not too long ago there was a baptism at our church. Anya and Alexey were baptized Anya is a teenager and the Lord saved her through one of the annual summer camps. Her parents are not believers but she is very faithful to be at church on Sundays and seeks to serve in any way she can. Alexey was a drug addict until the Lord saved him from this awful lifestyle. His wife left him because of the drug abuse and even when he came to know the Lord she still didn't want anything to do with him. They have a little boy and Alexey gets to spend some time with him every once in a while.
Some little facts about baptism in the Russian Baptist Union (the denomination that we work with)
- most churches don't have a baptismal. Often times people are baptized in rivers. Our church has a portable baptismal made out of wood!
- one can not be baptized until 1 year after their salvation
- one can not take communion until they are baptized