In April 2017, the two boys had made a decision at a camp meeting (that lasted a week) to bring their experience to a commitment and chose to do Bible studies leading up to baptism. In December, this commitment came into fruition. I can't explain how proud I am of seeing two boys make big men decisions. They stayed committed to their decision and followed through. We need more men like that in our society!
Secondly, this had to be most well attended baptism for a couple of people, I had ever been apart of. Both family's of the two boys were there, so were a few people from my college and from Uriah's school, but the turnout from Toronto Church was amazing. Their attendance to the event really affirmed to Uriah and Jai that they were highly valued in the Toronto church. They have been there for the four years I have known them and they were there for the baptism of the boys. Both were showered with gifts and there is no mistaking that they understood that this baptism was much bigger than them.
In the Samoan culture, when a celebration is well attended, the hosts feel incredibly valued, and when there are high chiefs in the mix, the affirmation is lifted even higher. I counted five retired ministers in attendance, (two of which officiated the baptism - Pastors Kevin Amos and Ray Baird). And in my own heart I was celebrating a high day in Zion! I think Uriah got sick of me telling him how blessed He and Jai are, but that's not going to stop me from continuing to tell him.
I graduated on Sunday and received my certificate, but on Sabbath afternoon, I believe the voice of God spoke to me through His son Jesus Christ, and said "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased." (Matt 3:17)