In Jamaica, six-year-old preacher inspires third baptism in two years



Six-year-old Dakarai Williams (holding the microphone) shares his testimony to thousands of people during the Inter-American Division initiative, Lord Transform Me, held at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Jamaica on February 9, 2019. [Photo courtesy of theEast Jamaica Conference]

Feb 16, 2019  |  Montego Bay, Jamaica

His voice, was as clear as crystal, but it was what six-year-old Dakarai Williams said that held thousands of worshipers in rapt attention at the Lord Transform Me Convention held at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Jamaica on Feb. 9, 2019.

"Two years ago l was asked to be baptized but l said, I cannot get baptize and go to heaven leaving my mother behind to go to hell,” said Dakarai. "It touched my mom’s heart. She must have seen how sad l looked.  But Guess what!” asked Dakarai and, instantaneously came the response from the congregation, "What?”  With excitement in his voice Dakarai said, "My mom gave her heart to Jesus!”

Mary Meeks, Dakarai’s mom, later informed that it all began while he was attending the Trench Town Adventist church school and he was invited to witness his teacher’s baptism at the Greenwich Town Adventist Church in Kingston.  After the service, Theresa Wint another teacher, asked Dakarai if he wanted to be baptized too.  "No,” he said with a hesitant, thought provoking look.  Wint persisted, "but why”?  What came next from the little four year-old’s mouth shocked her. "I cannot get baptized, because I don’t want to go heaven and leave my mother to go to hell.”

When Mary heard what her son said, she was stunned, "I didn’t know that Dakarai was thinking like that.  My heart melted and I explained to him that I couldn’t get baptize right now.” She also had to discuss with him on the appropriate age for his baptism. "He was too young, so, we decided that he would wait until he was seven years-old.”

Not long after, during one of Mary’s visit to the Trench Town Adventist Church, she responded to an altar call. She signed up a visitation card and the Bible workers were persistent. "I told them, your time and pastor’s time are not my time and God’s timing.”

One month later, on Dec. 24, 2017, Mary said she felt impressed that it was time. She was already attending the Trench Town Adventist Church evangelistic campaign and in the second week she made her decision to be baptized. "I packed my bag and went to church. I didn’t tell Dakarai what my plans were, but he was smart. He figured it out.”

Mary said Dakarai was very excited. "But, I had to remind him that he promised to wait until he is seven to get baptize. His birthday will be on March 31, 2019.”

While Dakarai waits, he has been busy.  Not only is he responsible for one baptism, but three.

Lerline James, the former principal of the Trench Town Adventist Church Basic School said that Dakarai would tell his friends about Jesus.  "He had one special friend, Jah-Vinchi Carty, they were close and Dakarai would read to him the same Bible stories that his mother taught him. He also invited Jah-Vinchi to Sabbath School and I would take him.”





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