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This morning at worship, an elementary age boy was baptized. It was special for my wife and I personally because he was in the group we taught at camp this year. I have no idea what influence we had on him – we did not have any specific conversations about his decision, I do know that – but it is still nice to feel like one of “yours” is making this commitment.

As nice as that may have been, it was even more special watching his counselor from camp baptize him. I KNOW he had an influence on the life of this boy. I know the counselor and he lives his life in such a way as to bring glory to God. I have watched him around other young people (not just this boy, but other children as well) and it is obvious to me he takes serious his responsibility of encouraging others to follow Jesus – especially those younger than him. So to see him be the one to baptize his camper: Wow!

As we make a transition to 1 Groups and as our small groups intentionally seek out relationships with older and younger individuals, I pray that our groups will be filled with people like this counselor: people who are willing to take the time and make the effort to help others grow into better disciples.

Rob

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