Baptisms in a Rushing River

Rushing River

I spent quite a long time in helping them come to the knowledge of God.

That’s Pastor Aki writing about the Hindu people he just led to Christ. Pastor Aki leads the Evangelism in Nagaland project in India.

I visited them again and again to make sure they understood God’s plan for them. Since they all came to know the Lord personally, I have baptized them today. Praise the Lord for His amazing love! He has truly toughed the hearts of these people and brought them to Himself. After thorough confirmation about their salvation, I have baptized them! There were six of them.

And there’s no better place to baptize in this particular area than the river that rushes nearby. But when you baptize in a river, you sometimes have to be careful.

The river was full and dirty after a long rain. And the water was rushing and high. But, trusting the Lord that He would make a way for him to baptize our new brothers in Christ, pastor Aki planned a baptism ceremony anyway.

baptisms in a rushing river

By God’s grace, the rain stopped and the amount of water subsided. The water in the middle was still a rushing river, but it was manageable! Praise God for these former Hindu souls added to the Kingdom and for their family and friends to be able to witness their baptisms.


Pastor Aki and his wife Sama, Indian church planters and evangelists, are serving a network of churches in the nominally Christian state of Nagaland (a state in Northeast India). Work in Nagaland is challenging, but pastor Aki aims to build a spiritually multiplying church that will soon reach beyond India's borders to impact people in neighboring countries. His main desire is to see the church in Nagaland regain its passion for Christ.

Pastor of a local church by day, his passion is evangelism and helping the churches in the area. By the blessing of his church staff, he is able to shepherd his own flock as well as take trips to share the gospel with others outside his town. He uses his seminary education to train up other pastors and provide encouragement.