Jordan River: Coldest baptism

It was, and probably would remain, the coldest baptism I have ever done. We did it at Yardenit – the baptismal site of the Jordan River. In the days leading to the baptism the unusually cold weather led me to give a way out for the parents of the baptism candidates, You know the weather is extremely cold and you may be concerned for your children. Think about it, if you do not want to go ahead with it, let me know. We can do it back in Singapore, in warmer waters. Later I was told, The children want to go ahead with it. I had no choice then. So after donning swimming tights and baptism robes we took some photos, went down the steps into the river, and pastor Thomas and I baptized them in the fastest speed ever recorded. Remarkably, I was cold when outside, but in the waters I felt unusually “uncold”. This was in 13th December 2013 in the cold and holy land.

Ps Kenny, Ps Thomas and the 5 baptism candidates
Ps Kenny, Ps Thomas and the 5 baptism candidates
The holding area is by the bank of the river and well fenced
The holding area is by the bank of the river and well fenced
Brave boy.
Brave boy.
Brave girl
Brave girl
Go for it Aaron
Go for it Aaron
After baptism the parents quickly put on jackets on their kids except one kid
After baptism the parents quickly put on jackets on their kids except one kid
After its all done and with a hot beverage we are ready to leave
After its all done and with a hot beverage we were ready to leave