Facebook Live Broadcasts Stir Need for Baptism in Louisiana

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BP) — Angela Hernandez had faithfully watched the online services at Live Oak Baptist Church since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic but sensed something was missing in her life.

Hernandez, who accepted Christ years earlier, had seen Pastor Johnny Morgan baptize others via the Facebook Live broadcasts and asked God to give her the courage to follow through in obedience to Him. Her chance came when Morgan came to her office July 21 to obtain a permit to demolish a building on church grounds.

Through the course of their conversation, Morgan invited Hernandez to get baptized during an in-person worship service Aug. 2. She accepted.

“In my heart I knew this was something I had been needing to do for quite some time but kept putting it off,” Hernandez said. “Pastor Johnny coming to my office was a sign from God that He was reaching out to me and telling me now was the time. Once I followed through it was like a great weight was finally lifted off of me.”

Hernandez is one of 17 new converts Morgan has baptized this year, including nine since mid-March. The baptisms reflect the spirit of a congregation that has continued ministry despite challenges brought on by the pandemic.

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Source: Baptist Press