Woman determined to be baptized in spite of medical obstacles

DARROUZETT—After Pam Stout made a faith commitment to Christ, she wanted to be baptized. But with a medical port in her abdomen, immersion demanded creativity.

baptism stouts200Deputy Bobby Nelms and Pam Stout.Stout has inoperable cancer, and First Baptist Church in Darrouzett, a community in the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle, had been praying for her physical and spiritual well-being, Interim Pastor Dwain Read said.

Read and Bobby Nelms, both deputies with the Lipscomb County Sheriff’s Department, knew Stout through her service as a dispatcher with the department. Soon after a chaplain led Stout to faith in Christ during her last hospital stay, Nelms—a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church—visited her and learned of her desire to be baptized.

The next Sunday, Stout walked the aisle of First Baptist Church at the conclusion of the worship service and testified to her newfound faith in Christ and her wish to be baptized.

Realizing her medical port could not be submerged, Read called the local emergency medical service and found they had a fiberglass back board that would make it possible to immerse Stout’s head and shoulders but keep the rest of her dry.

Stout’s testimony and determination to be baptized has been an encouragement to the congregation as they saw a physical representation of the answer to their prayers on her behalf, Read said.


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