The songwriter declares that, “His truth still marches on” and no better illustration of this declaration can be seen than that which transpired on Sabbath, July 18, at Orchard Beach in Bronx, New York. Pierre Eddy Laguerre, Mount Vernon church senior pastor, baptized seven people into the kingdom of Jesus Christ.
The candidates’ ages ranged from 16 to 66. They came from varied backgrounds, yet one thought prompted them to be on Orchard Beach on that Sabbath morning—being baptized in Jesus. During the pandemic, Bible worker Beverly Rowe, along with her associate, Cardene Wallace, kept their Bible studies alive through the telephone lines. Truth traveled through fiber-optic lines until the Spirit opened the eyes of the candidates to the realities of a blessed life in Christ Jesus.
Along with Gregory Nelson, the church’s associate pastor, Laguerre took the seven to the watery grave and gave public witness to the transformative power of God even in these dark times. Onlookers clapped and cheered as the newest members of Mount Vernon church gave their lives to the Lord, because, regardless of the day or the hour, His truth marches on.
“The exigencies of COVID-19 have forced us to find new ways of doing the essentials for God’s kingdom. We reverted to baptism in the sea. The public, unaccustomed to the display of God’s grace in such manners, marveled. Maybe we need to explore more creative avenues through which God’s ways can be shown and taught to our neighbors. We will really be making friends for Jesus,” Laguerre said.
—Communication staff, Mount Vernon church