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Baptized at the beach in Spicer

Willmar’s Assembly of God Church held its annual water baptism celebration this Sunday at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake in Spicer.

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Rev. Ben Markwardt, left, dips Cole Miron, 11, into Green Lake to be baptized after he provided a public testimony for his faith Sunday afternoon near Saulsbury beach in Spicer during Willmar’s Assembly of God’s annual Water Baptism Celebration. The baptism is typically held inside church doors, but due to COVID-19 the parish decided to hold their celebration at the lake. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

The coronavirus pandemic did not stop parishioners of Willmar’s Assembly of God Church from publicly professing their faith this Sunday. Over thirty parishioners headed to Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake in Spicer to be baptized by the lake’s water while a crowd cheered them on. The baptism is typically held inside church doors, but due to COVID-19 the parish decided to hold their celebration at the lake.

Each person was recorded on video giving a testimony declaring Jesus as their savior before being dipped in the water. These videos will be shown at an additional celebration this October when the church will start potentially holding indoor gatherings.

Erica Dischino is a photojournalist for the West Central Tribune and Forum News Service. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has lived in the Midwest since 2017. She enjoys photographing the stories of west central Minnesota from county fairs, parades and pandemics. Feel free to contact her at edischino@wctrib.com or 320-894-8865 with your best photo ideas.
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