Our conference at Lacovia, when the candidates preached their sermons, also cleared the air and drew the little band of nine churches closer together when the matter of infant baptism was brought on the floor by Rev. Elliott. He firmly declared that infants are not christened and blessed but baptized, that he had baptized a number of children and would ?neverrebaptize them. But he had a question about those who could produce no record of having been baptized in infancy. May they be immersed in the sea or river? His attention was called to the baptism form which states that the “dipping in . . . teaches us . . .” He was told that we had no principle objection to such baptism of adults, but that if they were faithful in baptizing infants, the time would come when these immersions would become a very rare thing. A good spirit prevailed at this meeting and prayers were offered to our covenant God for this foothold which He gave us on this sun-kissed island after He had directed our feet to preach upon its mountains some eleven or twelve years ago.
Through these six pairs of feet, which the Scriptures call beautiful in Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15, the work will now be carried on; and with the power of God’s grace and Spirit there will continue to be a small witness of the preaching that glorifies God and confesses Him to be the God that He is. It was at the ordination of Rev. Kenneth Brown that I preached on that text of Isaiah 52:7, and those of our membership who were ever at Fort Williams, and in its church, know that there in the literal sense the gospel is preached on the mountain top. We pointed out to the congregation that when they see Rev. Brown climb up the path to their humble building, the beauty of his feet (because they bring him to them, and he brings them the gospel as it is in Christ) must be seen, and for them they must give thanks.
And now we wait for God to send the early and the latter rain. We wait to see His good pleasure in regard to all the efforts which our churches have put forth on this island.
We can conclude and do conclude with a plea that you remember these brethren and sisters who have come out of such an entirely different church background from ours, and who have so much wherewith to struggle. Remember them in your prayers. Remember particularly the ministers, elders, and deacons and then by all means the youthful ministers who need courage and light and strength to feed the flock and to fight the wolves that want to creep in and destroy the flock.
In the days of Noah there were but eight souls who believed His Word, and God loved that little Church. Let us not despise little things in Jamaica but remember that God’s strength shines forth in our weakness. Since they are few, there is all the more reason to pray fervently for them that they be kept by that power of the Almighty. Since they are a “handful,” we have a calling to help them (not forsake them) as fully as we can with the means God gives us.