GENEVA, Ala (BNc) — On Thursday evenings men from the Geneva church meet at the local county jail to teach the Bible to the inmates. Going their separate ways last night, Douglas Williams, minister of the Geneva church, was teaching in the open dome area. One of the men asked about baptism and the study began as different ones participated in the conversation. Some offered what they believed about the subject, and Williams always directed them to what the Bible taught. At the end of the class one young man said he wanted to be baptized right then. Baptisms have to be arranged with personnel, and at their convenience, so it wasn’t possible to baptize him immediately. However, three men, from other classes, were already scheduled to be baptized today (Friday). Soon a total of ten souls were requesting baptism.
On Friday morning, August 31, imagine Williams surprise to see two more men from his class join the group to be baptized, making a total of 12 whom he baptized into Christ for the remission of sins. To God be the glory.
As a teenage girl, I prayed to marry a preacher. I knew no one who was desiring to be a preacher but each night I knelt by my bed and prayed, “Lord, if I am capable of being a preacher’s wife I would like to marry a preacher. If not, just let me marry a Christian.” God answered that prayer for me. Our local preacher, Jerry Humphries, preached in two gospel meetings that summer and invited a young man from Alabama Christian College (now Faulkner University) to preach in his absence. He brought his girlfriend with him so that took him out of the running. But when I learned they were coming back in a week or so, I asked if they didn’t have some fine young man they could bring down and let me meet. The girl thought for a minute, snapped her fingers and said, “Old Doug.” Old Doug and I have been married 53 years and have two children and two grandchildren. All our children are faithful members of the church. God is so good. I love Him so.