Gabriela Vincent – Casper, Wyoming … For Casper Mountain Road Christian Academy (MRCA), the evening of September 13 was a special moment to witness an extraordinary testimony of God’s amazing work in the lives of their friends, Michelle and Brendon Bummer. The experience proclaimed the Bible text: “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Luke 15:7, NASB)

Frustrated with the local school system, the Bummers were encouraged by Tammy Dietz, a church member whose son attended MRCA to consider the local Adventist school. They came to see the school and registered their son.

After a few months of dropping off and picking up their son mornings and afternoons, Michelle expressed interest in Bible study. Because they have busy schedules, they invited Pastor Shayne Vincent to come to their home to share the Good News with their family and even invited many friends in a home church-type setting that has been going on for a few years.

Month after month, the Bummers grew closer and closer to Jesus until a short while ago, they both requested to be baptized by Pastor Shayne Vincent. For Gabriela and Shayne, it was one of the last momentous experiences they will have in Casper as they will be moving to a Florida congregation.

The baptism took place at Brendon’s parents’ home, which had easy access to the North Platte River. Family and friends were present to witness this important event. Many of their family members had never witnessed a baptism before. Pastor Shayne and the candidates were jokingly relieved that the river was “actually almost warm” at this time of year.

Pastor Shayne spoke about the incredible journey the Bummers have traveled since their decision to commit their lives to Christ. On a personal note, I could not help but say, “Wow, that was so moving! Being at the river was like a baptism from the old times.”

Traci Pike, MRCA’s principal, and her husband were also present, both in tears seeing Jesus work through them and the church school.

The sunset that evening was stunning, and God’s presence was felt. Following the baptism, the happy occasion was celebrated with tears of joy and a delicious dinner! We never know who God will reach through our church schools and with a simple invitation.

–Text and pictures by Gabriela Vincent, wife of pastor Shayne.