10 Year old Gabriel Actub shortly after being baptised by Pastor Weiers Coetser
6th February 2013
It is thought that Gabriel Actub might be the youngest member to be baptised in the Banbridge Seventh-day Adventist Church. At barely ten years of age he stood tall and proud in the baptism font on Sabbath, 12 January to proclaim to the world that he accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour. Church members from across Ireland were gathered around the baptism font to support him and many eyes were misted up with tears of happiness and joy as he came up from the water and the words of his favourite song proclaimed “Our God is an Awesome God.”
Gabriel’s mother, Genaline, who read a poem for him at the baptism ceremony joined the Seventh-day Adventist church in Dublin in the ast two years, but recently moved to Dundalk. She had grown up in a staunch Catholic family, but discovered the Seventh-day Adventist church while she lived in Dublin. Since then she has made every effort to introduce her family in the Phillipines to this new church. The Seventh-day Adventist church in her home town have befriended her family there and they have been organising visitation and services there. Gabriel has been so inspired by his Mother’s new found faith that he declared his intention to join the Seventh-day Adventist church. His dream is to become a pastor one day. He has even managed to practice his preaching skills when a small group of worshippers who live in Dundalk meet in their house for prayer and study.
Gabriel has a little sister, Angel, who has also expressed her desire to be baptised. She sat in on the Bible studies whenever pastor Coetser visited their house to prepare Gabriel for his baptism. When Gabriel was presented with his baptism certificate, the church also presented Angel with a special certificate to acknowledge that they have taken note of her desire to be baptised. We can’t wait for Angel to become a little bit older so that she can also participate in this special ceremony.