Baptism in the Baro

Arrival in the ‘safe haven’ of the Bonga refugee scheme led to much release of tension.  A strong sense of having survived great danger helped promote widespread conversion to Christianity and acceptance of the authority of the Christian leaders.  Here, Pastor Joshua Hashu and his colleagues hold a baptismal ceremony in the river Baro, at Bonga, in 1994, a little more than a year after the people’s arrival there.  Well over a hundred people, adults and children, were baptized that day.  Pastor Joshua evokes the way that John the Baptist lived in the wilderness, eating locusts and honey (as of course the people themselves had done on their treks) as he called on the people to come to Jesus.