Taking a dip for God and P.E.I.

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Group of Chinese immigrants to P.E.I. baptized

A Chinese member of the Community Baptist Church in Charlottetown is baptised at Tea Hill Park during a ceremony Sunday. Helping her is Matt Kennedy, left, and Sing Chi, members of a mission team from Edmonton.

 

It may have been the first sight of its kind on P.E.I. when a group of Chinese immigrants were baptized off the shore of Tea Hill Park Sunday. 

Nearly 100 spectators walked along the beach to see 11 Chinese and two other members of the Sherwood Road Community Baptist Church plunge underwater and proclaim their faith.

Wendy Sai, leader of the church's Chinese ministry and Taiwanese missionary, baptized the group and said the action fits into a larger plan.

"It's for church planning," said Sai.

"In Canadian history, there are no Chinese churches on P.E.I. We want to establish the first one."

As far as the group can tell after looking through past records, they've already established the first Chinese public baptism on P.E.I., said pastor Wallace Jordan.

Seeing the Chinese population build in his church during the past few months, Jordan said many tell him they want to be baptized because of an empty feeling inside.

"They're saying they've got a void inside," he said. "Their teachers and professors are telling them that you can't explain the universe and it leaves them with an irrational view of life, that's the hunger I see in them."

We come from different provinces and live thousands of kilometres apart but here we are on P.E.I. In this foreign land we've found faith. Andrew Li

Andrew Li, 19, was one of the hungry ones.

Although arriving in P.E.I. a couple of weeks ago, Li said he'd been waiting for his baptism for a much longer time.

"It's amazing so many of us from China could be baptized together," said Li.

"We come from different provinces and live thousands of kilometres apart but here we are on P.E.I. In this foreign land we've found faith."

After going underwater himself, Li came out of the water holding his fists in the air and didn't stop smiling for the rest of the ceremony.

"There's a lot of words but it's hard to describe," said Li, still smiling after the ceremony ended while he walked back to the shore.

"It's just plain happiness."

 

 

 

Organizations: Sherwood Road Community Baptist Church

Geographic location: P.E.I., Tea Hill Park, China

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  • Adam Miller
    August 31, 2010 - 09:50

    What a beautiful story of God's work among the people of Prince Edward Island. Very glad The Guardian told the story with such objectivity and clarity, highlighting this truth--that through Christ we receive salvation and a rational way of looking at the world. Thank you Sherwood Road Community Baptist Church for your obedience in making Christ known in your province! We're telling others from www.namb.net. God bless!

  • Stephen
    August 28, 2010 - 14:34

    Hi Bob,God exists. It does matter if you believe in God or not, as it is your personal choice. Actually by believing in God, does not make anyone better or worse. It is just that now that believer has a purpose in life. They know why they are here, they know what they have to do, and they know where they are going. That is changing their life goals, thus the way they live and the way they see the world.

  • Margaret Ellis
    August 24, 2010 - 07:39

    Wayne, I am a member of Community Baptist Church and was witness to the baptism and to the service at the church beforehand. I can assure you that each of the 13 baptized are saved and are thoroughly versed on what baptism as a believer is. In the service we had before we all went to the park each gave their testimony (in Mandarin which was then translated into English) and each professed their salvation. In fact, many told of how empty they were in their athiesm and a few of the younger ones had moms who were believers even back in China. I feel bad that the article in the Guardian came through as it did. I noticed that, too. These people were NOT taught that baptism washes away sin, but that it is an outward sign that Jesus has ALREADY washed their sins away. God is working mightily among the Chinese in Charlottetown and what a joy and blessing it is to be witness to this. Thanks for not being ashamed of the gospel of Christ.

    • Wayne Guindon
      August 24, 2010 - 23:14

      Thank you Margaret for the clear testimony. You know how the press is..They see the physical and don't report on the real issue of WHY they were getting baptised. Your good clear precise explanation would satisfy any believer as to what was taking place. Thank you sister for the work of the brothers and sisters at Community Baptist Church. Some people have to move away from home so that God can speak to them. Get them away from their family and friends so they will finally listen. I moved to Vancouver 35 years ago and trusted Christ 6 months later after listening to a preacher from PEI that was having gospel meetings out there. PTL

  • Saved
    August 23, 2010 - 21:20

    The way of salvation in the Bible is through repentance or turning from sin and faith in Christ as Savior and Lord. God calls us as individuals, no matter who we are or where we have come from, to believe on Christ alone for salvation and be baptized. Baptism is not man's idea: it’s God's idea. It is not a denominational ritual: it’s a biblical command. And what Jesus commands us to do, he first did himself and calls us to follow. One reason why the incarnation of the Son of God is so important to us is that our God knows what it’s like to be human. He is touched with our humanity with its joys and sorrows; its gains and losses. There on the banks of the Jordan, Jesus identified with us in his baptism, not as a sinner, but as Saviour of all sinners. “… repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38-39). This is God’s invitation to you, personally. This is how you become a follower of Jesus. This is the way and the truth and the life that is abundant here and hereafter.

  • BOB DOLE
    August 23, 2010 - 19:04

    I am not a sinner, as i do not believe in god, so does that make me better than anyone?

  • WTF????
    August 23, 2010 - 18:01

    Wow! This has been up for a couple of hours without anything hateful being posted.

    • Erin Saunders
      September 29, 2015 - 22:29

      Someone is going to get drowned in that damn foolishness, just watch and see.

  • pecavi
    August 23, 2010 - 17:34

    I believe that could be rephrased... surely saved does not mean a non-sinner. To be not God is to be a sinner with the exception of Mary, Mother of your Saviour. I'm a sinner.

  • Sharon Kinnee
    August 23, 2010 - 14:44

    How wonderful! Welcome to the household of Faith!

  • 24HB
    August 23, 2010 - 14:41

    Great to see, lots of sinners out there!

  • Wayne Guindon
    August 23, 2010 - 12:20

    Nice to see a story about Baptism on the front page but I sure hope that someone explained to them that they have to be saved before they get baptized. If they don't get saved first then all they are doing is "going into the water as dry sinners and leaving the water as wet sinners!" Baptism gives the joy of obedience, yes but unless you actually believe in Christ as you personal saviour they feeling that they get from being baptized will soon evaporate.

    • Margaret Ellis
      August 24, 2010 - 07:38

      Wayne, I am a member of Community Baptist Church and was witness to the baptism and to the service at the church beforehand. I can assure you that each of the 13 baptized are saved and are thoroughly versed on what baptism as a believer is. In the service we had before we all went to the park each gave their testimony (in Mandarin which was then translated into English) and each professed their salvation. In fact, many told of how empty they were in their athiesm and a few of the younger ones had moms who were believers even back in China. I feel bad that the article in the Guardian came through as it did. I noticed that, too. These people were NOT taught that baptism washes away sin, but that it is an outward sign that Jesus has ALREADY washed their sins away. God is working mightily among the Chinese in Charlottetown and what a joy and blessing it is to be witness to this. Thanks for not being ashamed of the gospel of Christ.