Out of all the pics we took at Give Kids The World Mission Trip, I choose this one. Kaylyn Tomlinson (her good friends call her KK) recently graduated from Pelham High School and will attend Troy University in just a few weeks. KK is an incredible blessing to all who know her.
Late Friday night, following our devo in the hotel, I noticed KK slip outside, and it was obvious she was in deep thought as she wiped away tears from her eyes. Her best friend, Claire Clemmons, found her sitting on the curb and they began chatting. Claire sent me a text shortly after, that I should join their conversation, so I did. For about 6 months, we three have been studying together, and on Friday night, KK was at the breaking point of giving her life to Jesus Christ. She was ready. Although it was 1:45 a.m., it should have been simple. Open the gate of the pool, take her confession and baptize her. The gate was locked and the manager would not open it until 9:00 a.m. So we decided to find water somewhere else, preferably not in alligator infested ponds. Hotel after hotel after hotel after hotel, we asked them to open their pool for 5 minutes for 1 of our teens to get baptized. It was the same story…9:00 a.m. So we decided to take a road trip and crammed our vehicle full of passengers, who could safely use a seat belt.
Thank you, God, for helping us find water at Cocoa Beach that no one could turn us away. We weren’t waiting any longer. After she was baptized in the ocean and came out of that water, a new creation…pure…forgiven…Holy Spirit Gifted, she hugged me so tight and said, “Scott, I can’t stop smiling!” KK, Me, too. You are deeply loved, and we are smiling extra big, too, knowing that you are now our sister in Christ. We love you!!!!!
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptized?” (Acts 8:36)