First Baptism Service in Kortrijk

Ogechi is the middle name of the newest congregation member baptised in Kortrijk, an Igbo name that means ‘God’s time’. It was a joyous occasion for the family of Truth Ogechi Miracle and the new congregation in Kortrijk on Sunday 6 August 2017, an Adult Baptism Service by immersion. Of a truth, she was fully prepared for her baptism, and for her it happened at God’s timing. Ogechi is 17 years old, of Nigerian parents. Her family lived in Athens until she was about 11 years old before moving to Belgium. She speaks fluent Greek, Dutch and English.

The weather was not very warm or sunny as to associate the special reflection of light on Ogechi. Amazingly, as it truly was, or rather to symbolise one of her given names, she was ‘miraculously’ blessed by the presence of a heavenly light in vertical shape that came just before she went into the water. This light stayed profoundly and continuously on her throughout her baptism.

Ogechi is the only one that goes to church among her friends and school mates. Like St. Paul, she is not ashamed of being the only one that believes within her circle of friends. However, she believes that God would use her to draw her friends and young people of her generation to come to faith in Jesus Christ. She is now volunteering to assist at Sunday School and is also looking forward to being confirmed by Bishop Robert Innes in the Confirmation Service on 15 October at the English Church in Ostend.

Weekly church services in Kortrijk began in March this year. The congregation draws members and visitors of various cultural backgrounds. Revd Augustine Nwaekwe, who pastors the churches in Ostend, Bruges and Knokke, is being supported by a few lay and ordained volunteers who help to take weekly services in Kortrijk. Services are held in the Bidkapel of Sint-Jan-Baptistkerk at the Sint-Jansplein in the centre of Kortrijk.

The full article will be published in November’s issue of ICS News.

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