I have the privilege of coordinating Access Ministry, the special needs ministry of Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. I am thankful for my church, and I am thankful that Nicole and her parents are allowing me to introduce you to this sweet young friend of mine.
The video below says it all, but here are three extra points that aren't obvious in it:
- By the end, every person in the worship center was singing with Nicole. And many of us were wiping our eyes.
- This baptism was at a Sunday night service, and the video was shown in each of our Easter morning services. Many, many people witnessed the gospel of Christ proclaimed in word and song by Nicole.
- No one - not on the night of the baptism nor on Easter morning - emphasized or even mentioned Down syndrome. This was and is not the testimony of a girl with Down syndrome named Nicole. It's just Nicole's testimony of Christ, whose gospel is sufficient for those of all abilities.
And now, meet Nicole: