Baptizing Anjelah

10 Jul

In my short time here I have already had the great pleasure of baptizing someone in the name of Jesus Christ. Her name is Anjelah. She speaks Tamil, the language most prominent in the area we live in, and though I understood very little of what she was saying through the language barrier, she will forever have a piece of my heart. From what I understood she was raised a Hindu, and has worshipped idols and other gods all of her life. But our God is faithful and relentless in His pursuit of our hearts. She finally allowed Him to capture her, and she is now passionately following in His ways, walking in righteousness and living in the power of the Holy Spirit. Her mind is so open, not constricted by the “little Jesus of America.” Her faith is strong, unshakeable through any storm life throws at her. Honestly, I felt unqualified to baptize her. I felt as though she should be baptizing me. The moment was so surreal as I stepped into the cold water, fully clothed in my traditional punjabis. I tried to keep my footing as I proceeded down the mossy stairs into the small cement pool. Along with Pastor Daniel, I placed my hands on her hands and back and prayed. “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.” The words fell from my lips and my spirit soared. I felt the excitement of Heaven as the angels shouted and danced in great joy over the eternal covenant this woman was making. After we had dried off, I prayed for her, anointing her head with oil. She was so grateful, hugging my body and grasping my hands tightly. In the short time I was with her, I learned so much. My faith will never be the same. My definition of Jesus is ever-changing, ever-expanding. My eyes and my mind have been further opened to the awesomeness of His great power. I came to India to teach the people about Jesus. I’m the one that’s learning.


11 Responses to “Baptizing Anjelah”

  1. La Vonne Earl July 11, 2010 at 8:03 pm #

    How awesome is our God!! I am so grateful that the people in India are opening there hearts to the lord. May God continue to open hearts and bring them to you for baptism.

    • Rakesh July 13, 2010 at 2:34 am #

      Touching, most exceptionally touching. I do really hope that you have been quoting the gospel which has clearly stated that God is as capricious as Hitler himself was at the height of his power, of course not so in cruelty, however in caprice yet.

      I hope your learning is also with the local customs and specifically with our arguments against the existence of a capricious God. I am sure you have explained these things to Angela and this is a most complete change of mind.

  2. Ams July 13, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    || Hare Ram Hare Krishna ||

    You are bringing disgrace to Christianity and Jesus by claiming He is Holier than those worshiped by people of other faiths.
    Krishna is watching you and will seek answer from you.

    || Hare Ram Hare Krishna ||

  3. Internet Hindu July 13, 2010 at 2:57 am #

    Ok very good that she is converted. Now what?. Her poverty is taken care by the church by giving her money for the conversion. And then make her lazy. Finally after 20yrs she realizes that there is full sh** in what she thought was very beautiful and then comes back to Hinduism.
    This, my dear Erika, is what is happening and will happen. This dharma which has withstood all these for the past 10000 yrs will continue to do so. Your karma will take care of you.
    Dharmo rakshati rakshitaha.

    Om Namah Shivaya

  4. Lata Varma July 13, 2010 at 3:00 am #

    Brainwashing innocent people is your religion. Shame on you. What makes you believe that this lady who converted to Christianity will be happier now than before ? She will live with a hindu name, hide in shame and long for her beautiful Hindu gods.
    Why are you hell bent on finishing other religions and civilizations ? Is that what Christinaity teaches ? Don’t take advantage of a country who is so hospitable and gives you freedom to do all unlawfull activities.
    I am sure you’ll lose your sleep and haunted by your evil agenda.

  5. anil July 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm #

    It is surprising that we still have such shameless greedy religious missionaries in this world. this is a perfect example of how one buys someones souls for money. These poor people are being helped by the missionaries with an explicit goal of converting them to Christianity so that they can be used as fodder when the ultimate clash with islamic world happens. Shame on you! If you and your missionaries had helped them selflessly it would have been an indication of work of god…but no soon did the greed came, God disbanded you.

    • Atticus July 18, 2010 at 8:23 am #

      Anil, I’m disappointed by your comment. Ignorance cannot be exceeded by arrogance.

      I think you may be mistaken if you think the work of missionaries is simply about conversion. In developing countries like India where the poverty rate is higher than even Africa, it’s the lifeline for the destitute and donwtrodden irrespective of belief. Many of whom have been systematically marginalised by a hierarchical society as well as the ruling elite, not to mention the scourge of casteism.

      See this

      As someone of Asian background, I can say this with conviction. The real tragedy is not the intolerance towards opposing beliefs (i.e. Christians) but those of Indians towards their very own people. This needs some introspection, no?

      The reality is, missionaries have not just saved lives (literally!), but also developed and emancipated so very many of these communities.

      Is this the ‘shameless greed’ you speak of?

      “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is”.

  6. Saffron July 14, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    Your lord did not exist! Jesus story is stolen from the story of Persian god Mithra, & Lord Krishna born 5000 years before. You are nothing but a dumb willing participant in the demographic warfare unleashed by western intelligence agencies against India for political reasons. Destroying native traditions that have been around for thousands of years thru money & violence is the only thing the Church is capable of. You are pathetic & will go to hell for this.

  7. Kris July 14, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    Is God so narrow minded that he will help people only if they get baptized and convert to Christianity?What a joke!!People like you are ruining other religions and indigenous civilizations for your selfish motives.You should be ashamed of yourselves.By the way how much did you pay that poor lady.And more importantly how much did you get?Finally what did you achieve?As far as I am concerned a “big nothing”

  8. Atticus July 18, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    Hi Erika, it’s so encouraging to see the work that you’re doing : )

    It’s heartening that many in India like Anjelah have come to know and trust in Christ Jesus. May His grace continue to fill you with strength and guidance in all that you do.

    As I too speak the same language as Anjelah I’m glad to see the real difference you’re making in this community.

    Stay blessed!

    p.s. verse 2Cor 4:4 – re. some comments on here.

  9. christianitythetruths July 20, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Dear Sister Erika,

    If a person is Hindu, he wont hesitate to visit a church or Mosque sometimes. Hindu does not have hatredness for other religions.

    But now you have “batised” Anjelah, here after the once innocent Anjela would show contempt and hatredness for all other religions, right?

    If you could have told that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and made her to worship Jesus, I would have been happier.

    But did you tell Anjela that all other Gods are fake? If you told her so, she would have contempt for Hinduism as well as Islam.

    With lot of difficultires, people are trying to establish religious harmony and peace. If a person is a Hindu, he can be easily brought into the way of religious haramony.

    But if he belonged to Christianism , its very difficult or almost impossible to bring him in the way of religious harmaony.

    Erika, are you in the side of peace (the side of Jesus) or in the side of Religious fundementalism?

    All the Indians are in the side of Jesus Christ only. They dont hate him, they respect him, they lead an unseparated family life as Preached by the Jesus Christ.


    Have you seen that people in India are living as faithful families?

    Women going to work promptly return to their homes in the evening to be with his husband and child- not to meet any boyfriend, Right?

    The couples are not separated till death. Have you seen that they are not indulging in adultration?

    They are not hating other religions. Have you noticed that also.

    Why dont you learn these and preach the people of USA, to lead a family life, unseparated couple as Jesus Christ has preached.

    The Hindu Religion had groomed the people, to live a family life.

    Now what are you going to say to Jesus Christ if you meet him?

    Will you tell him that we can not reform the Christians in America and Europe to lead a moral life as you said, we move around earth and sea to convert those who are already being morally good – convert them as chritians.

    What Jesus Christ would say at You,

    “They make them more sinners'”

    Plesae consider Jesus Christs words, before you convert any one into “Christianity”.

    We are all in the side of Jesus Christ, he is with us. Are you in the side of Jesus christ, then please preach the Americans and Europeans to lead an unseparated and honest family life.

    Thank you Erika. Hope you will take my points in the right context.

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