By Brian Koonce
PEVELY – Vacation Bible School (VBS) may be old school to some but, it got cutting edge during a baptism at First Baptist Church Herculaneum-Pevely.
Nine-year-old Paizlee Furtado lives in California with her mother and her visit with her father in Missouri coincided with his church’s VBS. Two days in, she accepted Christ after talking with her father and First Baptist’s pastor, Jeff Purvis. Since her time here was short, she wanted to be baptized as soon as possible and that meant Family Night at VBS. There was just was just one problem: Furtado’s mother and grandmother were still California and wouldn’t be able to see the important milestone. Enter: modern technology.
Wanting to be sure her entire family could share the experience, Furtado asked if they could Skype the baptism. Skype is a free video chat program using webcams.
“Why not?” Purvis said. “We lined up the times and at the end of Family Night (July 30) we baptized her with the laptop sitting there at the baptistry. They were 2,200 miles away but it was like they were watching it in person. Her mom said she felt like she was there.”
“There’s a lot of good on the Internet and there’s a lot of bad,” Purvis said. “It’s awesome to see something like that brings glory to the Lord.”
Five other children prayed to receive Christ as their Lord and savior during the church’s VBS, and they raised $378 in coins for a missions offering.