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August sneak-peek: A delightful trouble

A man sharing online the peace he has in Jesus creates a problem—the need to coordinate multiple baptisms around the world.

David [pictured above with his, wife, Nancy, and Pastor Mark Henrich] didn’t mean to cause trouble. When he started an online Bible study from his home in Toronto, Canada, in March 2022, he didn’t know that in less than a year it would lead to 40 East Asians from 20 cities around the world wanting to get baptized. “I apologized [to my pastor and others] for the trouble I caused the WELS because of such an elaborate baptism. They smiled at me and said, ‘It was indeed a trouble, a delightful trouble,’ ” says David.

David’s zeal for the gospel is evident. But it wasn’t always that way. Growing up and living in East Asia, he was an atheist. “I had no religion. We were educated by the government,” he says.
Pastor Timothy Bourman baptized Flora April 2023.
Missionary Luke Wolfgramm baptizing Eva in Madrid.
David's online Bible study led to these two baptisms, one of which took place in New York City and the other in Madrid, Spain. Read "A delightful trouble" to learn more about these new sisters in Christ.

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