I would like to share with you about God’s faithfulness and mercy in my life.

I was born into a Christian family. My parents baptised me as a baby. I am thankful for their love for Jesus and their Godly instruction over the years.

When I was 11 year old and attending an Easter service my ears and heart were opened for the first time to hearing of Jesus' amazing love for me, me - Anita, and that he would die as a sacrifice for my sin and to save me from eternal death.

My family attended a church with a fantastic youth program. It was here that I received some solid bible teaching.

However, when I was 17 years old the temptations and enticements of the world were knocking at my door. It was clear to me that I had to choose my path for life. Who was I going to serve? The world or God? So for about 7 months I set about examining both sides. At the time I lived in Southern California so I would skip school and go to the beach. I would sit on the beach and watch the powerful waves crash onto the sand, and cry out to God - are you there?

But then I would examine the offerings of the world. I stepped into some bad and sinful situations. I found emptiness. I found people who were satisfying themselves for the moment. I found people with no purpose. As Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes “It is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

God rescued me from this. He clearly used an unbeliever to speak through when in the middle of a bad situation the words came “You are special. Leave!”

God was merciful and spared me. God met me on the beach in California and spoke clearly to me. He turned my face towards Him and showed me that He alone could satisfy me and make my soul live. He gave me hope, a purpose for life, and peace.

Six years after this my husband and I arrived here in England with “Alien” stamped on our police registration cards. This was a hard time for me as I found my footing in a new culture. God was faithful and reminded me repeatedly of His presence and why we had moved here.

After a few years of being here we tried to conceive. And nothing happened. For seven years we tried to have a child with no result. This was a painful time and a sad time. Proverbs 16:9 says “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps”. I had planned what I thought the course in my life should me. But the Lord had other plans. Through this difficult time the Lord never left me, but clearly held me. He gave me a fantastic job that I would never have had the opportunity to do if I had children. But above all he filled our lives with friends who allowed their children to be blessings to us. We were able to share holidays and birthdays with the children. We enjoyed days out with them to the zoo, to museums, to parks. They filled our lives with joy.

After seven years God spoke through three independent people, and through a series of events against the doctors' odds we were blessed with two beautiful daughters four and a half years ago.

God has been so good to me and so faithful.

In a very short time we are moving back to the States after being here for 14 years. As we make the transition to a new home, a new job, new friends, and experiencing some culture shock I rest in the knowledge that I serve a loving and faithful God who cares for me. The Lord declares in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

I must also add that the Lord with his sense of humour has out-of-the-blue blessed us with the gift of our third child which I am expecting in January.

So why has it taken so long for me to make this step of baptism? As I mentioned I was baptised as an infant and came from that tradition, but I have become convinced that God’s word teaches us to be baptised after we become believers. So today I wish to be baptised purely out of obedience to God, and to publicly declare the change God has made in my life.