Dakarai’s Baptism Dream Finally Comes Through
Written by: Dyhann Buddoo-Fletcher (Mrs.) - Administrative Assistant to the President | Wednesday, April 3, 2019
On the eve of his 7th birthday, little Dakarai’s dream of getting baptized has finally come through and this he did on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica.
“Three years ago I made my promise to God and today I am keeping that promise,” said Dakarai with a smile after his baptism.
At the Lord Transform Me, Seventh-day Adventist initiative held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on February 9, 2019, Dakarai, testified to thousands about how his mother was baptized through his influence. “Two years ago when l was asked to be baptized l said, I cannot get baptize and go to heaven leaving my mother behind to go to hell. It touched my mom's heart. She must have seen how sad l looked. But Guess what?” asked Dakarai and, instantaneously came the response from the congregation, “What?” With excitement in his voice Dakarai said, “My mom gave her heart to Jesus!”
For Dakarai’s mom, Mary Meeks, the journey to this day was long coming and finally it has arrived.
“After my baptism in 2017, Dakarai also wanted to get baptized too, but he was four-years-old at that time. Every time he sees someone getting baptized he would ask, ‘Mommy can I get baptize?’ Then I would tell him to wait until he is 8 and Dakarai would respond, ‘no mommy 7’,” said Mary.
Since then, Dakarai kept alive the word of God in his heart and his promptings never ceased, “Mommy I am getting baptize at 7, right?”
Dakarai’s persistence finally paid off. As his 7th birthday approached, he became even more excited. “Sabbath, March 30, was one day shy of his birthday and Dakarai wouldn’t have wanted to be baptized on any other day,” said Mary.
Owen Thomas, Pastor of the Trench Town District of Churches, while standing in the pool with Dakarai, declared that he was touched by his experience and I am happy that he and his mother have kept their promise and today we are witnessing his baptism,” said Pastor Thomas.
Dakarai was not the only one who got baptized. Joining him in the pool was his Sabbath School classmate and friend, 8 year-old Sel-Jé Stewart, whom some say is another young evangelist for Jesus and
also a young lady, Romona Barton, increased the number to three that were baptized that morning in Trench Town.
“Dakarai is indeed a special child,” said Mrs. Claudette Genas, Family, Women, Child and Adolescent Director at East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. “He has been witnessing about Jesus before he was baptized and that is commendable.”
Not only was Mary, Dakarai’s mother baptized through his influence, but also two of his friends – Dreasan Tape and Jah-Vinchi Carty.
Also supporting Dakarai on his big day were his family members, teachers and workers from the Kingsway High and Preparatory School. Mrs. Luella Ferguson, Dakarai’s grade 1 teacher who was present with the group, thinks that Dakarai is handpicked by God.
“I think that boy is handpicked by God,” said Mrs. Ferguson. When you see him it’s not just an ordinary boy you are looking at. You can see that he has a connection with God. What he does at his age in reciting and doing his bit for God is tremendous. I am proud of this step that he has taken to commit his life to Jesus and I am celebrating with him.” Dakarai proved his teacher right. When he was asked how he felt about his baptism, Dakarai said, “I have something I want to share with you,” then he recited from memory, Jeremiah chapter 1 from verses1-10.
“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee…..Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. ….”
Mary Meeks recognizing the awesome task ahead says, “I wish for all to pray for me and my son, Dakarai so that we will do God’s work and remain faithful until Jesus comes.”
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