When I greeted Nicole yesterday morning, she was quiet. Nothing like the boisterious young lady who recently announced to our group, “I’m getting baptized!” She was standing in the back of the church looking at all the people, getting nervous. We said a quick prayer. She went in a back room and the rest of us sat in our seats up front.
Ray Lightcap had the honor of baptizing Nicole and dedicating her two lovely little ladies and this helped ease Nicole’s nerves because she’s grown quite close to him. He walked her through her testimony and then baptized her… and when she surfaced, her smile couldn’t have been any bigger!
Nicole’s biological family refused to come. They even ridiculed her. But Ray and Ruth were able to offer YFC and church family as a substitute family and we all gladly took the role! Nicole has found at home at Faith Baptist Church and her new family has welcomed her with wide-open arms. A stranger (Nicole is calling him an angel!) came up to her after and handed her $100 bill and walked away. She isn’t a single mom anymore. She has a family.
You see, that’s all these girls want. A family. And we can give it to them because we can introduce them to a perfect Father.
Praise God with us for how He’s moved in Nicole’s life (see her testimony on our home page.)
–Rebecca Richmond, Teen Parents Staff
Nicole getting baptized
Dedicating the girls
Nicole and her mentor, Lisa