More than 100 students at a North Carolina Christian School responded to the message of Christ and His love by getting baptized. The school head shared, “The Spirit of the Lord moved. And the invitation to accept the Lord and be baptized was given. Students just began to respond to the presence of the Lord.”
More than 100 students received Christ
Northwood Temple Academy (NTA) In Fayetteville, NC, had a 3-day event, Spiritual Emphasis, to start the school year. It ended with Water Baptism, an expressive declaration of choosing to follow Jesus.
Initially, there were only two students scheduled to join the Water Baptism. But, at the end of the service, almost everyone lined to the stage and joined.
Renee McLamb, NTA Head, explained, “Honestly, the whole faculty and staff of the middle school and high school were overwhelmed. We’ve had great outpouring of the Lord on our students before but never where it seemed like the line would never stop. They just kept coming to the stage.”
Teachers and staff celebrated the mighty moving of God and shared the wonderful experience on their Facebook page. They wrote, “I feel it in my bones, You’re about to move,” a line quoted from Kalley Heiligenthal’s song, “Spirit move.”
One faculty member shared the experience of witnessing the students’ public confession of Christ. “All week long, the HS and MS teachers and administration poured themselves out in obedience to Father God. Then suddenly the Holy Spirit stirred the hearts of the HS and MS students,” Liz Ray said.
She continued, “And they began to respond to Him to make a declaration of faith —a public declaration of their salvation in Christ. But there weren’t enough towels, and the students kept going up wanting to get baptized! We tried to get the towels dry enough for the next person. However, over 100 students responded. May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward of His suffering!”
School and parents
Many parents were taken aback by the students’ spontaneous decision. They felt upset at the school for permitting the students without parental permission.
McLamb told CBN News that parents felt bad that they weren’t able to witness one of their child’s important events in life.
She said, “They wanted to be a part of it. And as a school that believes that parents have a God-ordained authority for the spiritual development of their children, we do believe that we partner with them.”
“We’ve had many baptisms here, but with never this much attention. But we always ask for permission, and we have a little baptism class [where] students are able to choose who they want to baptize them. But this time, we just didn’t get the full parental permission, and there were a handful that were upset.”
She added, “Ultimately, at the end of the day, I love what one of the parents said who was upset… ‘We know your heart, and we want to extend grace in this circumstance.’ That’s what the body of Christ does. We extend grace.”
McLamb sent a letter to all families involved saying, “I pray that at the end of the day we will all rejoice because God truly did a work in the lives of our students.”
Reference: CBN News