First Christian of new Indiana Conference confirmed in March


NEW PARIS, Ind. – Sunday, March 30, was a special Sunday for our Indiana Conference. The first person to become a Christian after the new Indiana Conference was formed was confirmed. How can I say the “first person to become a Christian” with such boldness? Let me tell you her story. It happened October 4, 2008, the day the two former Indiana United Methodist conferences held a special uniting session in Indianapolis, which formed the new Indiana Conference. On that day, I rendezvoused with my family on the way home. My daughter, Elizabeth, was with me in my truck. We started to talk about the new conference, faith and Jesus. I asked her if she wanted to pray, to confess her sin and accept Jesus as her savior. She said “yes,” so I pulled safely over and lead my daughter in a prayer of salvation. So, while I cannot prove she is the first Christian of the new Indiana Conference, she certainly has to be one of the first. The seeds of her faith were publicly celebrated on March 30, when she and her confirmation classmates were “Confirmed in Christ.” Christ is working among us. The Gospel is being proclaimed, verbally and visibly. Another generation begins its work and play for the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. From my perspective, the church is in good hands for yet another generation. Shalom.

– Submitted by The Rev. Rob Nelson, pastor of New Paris Grace and Milford United Methodist churches

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