Monday, August 16, 2010

Rite of Passage: Baptism

A mere two weeks after the "rite of passage" that our week of Niko Survivor was for our DTS, and here we were again, poised for another significant rite of passage for five young adults.

This time, instead of wandering the desert wilderness south of Ensenada, we were in the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean on the outskirts of Rosarito. For one DTS staff member, and four students, this was to be a memorable step of obedience in their surrendered lives of following Jesus.

For Andy Ortega and myself, it was great honour to be part of their baptisms. After a hoarse-throat-inducing reminder to everyone in the DTS who was gathered on the windy beach about the significance of baptism, Andy and I braved the crashing breakers and COLD water -- and when the Canuck says the water's cold, baby, it's cold.

One by one, each of the five -- Sergio, James, Seong Won, Victor & Estefania -- joined us in the water, as we held firm against the surging waves, and tried to time our ritual in between the biggest waves breaking over us. It was a solemn moment for each one, as well as somewhat comical between the coldness of the water and the power of the waves crashing against us.

A unique and memorable blend of deep and profound spirituality, lightly seasoned with joyful laughter. Especially for young Estefania, from Guadalajara, who was so shocked by the coldness of the water that she didn't even fully submerge. As she gasped back upright, I looked at her and said, "you're not done yet", and dunked her a second time (thoroughly).

Later that night, at our regular Sunday evening worship & prayer time to prepare ourselves for the coming week, the night air was filled with the loud and exuberant singing of worship songs in English and Spanish. Our freshly-baptized worship leader, Sergio Montes, led us in perhaps his most passionate style that we've yet heard.

Truly, a memorable rite of passage.


  1. wow this is awsome! I didn´t know about this!!!!! amazing! Rob i just love the way you write!!!!!!!!!