David’s Manhood Ceremony!

Dad sharing the vision. This month we gathered together for a special celebration  of a new stage of responsibility in my life. Prior to my manhood ceremony, Dad and I talked through the responsibility of being a young man. We also talked about some commitments which I made to guide me Friends and family! through my adult years. Some of these included the commitment to give a good report of people, to  court instead of date, to respect my body as a  temple of the Holy Spirit, and to respect authority.

Kenan and IOn the morning of my manhood ceremony, Dad and I had just finished   reviewing my salvation testimony when suddenly I heard a great shout of exclamation coming from downstairs. Dad smiled and said "I think my friends are here. Why don’t you go meet them." I was quite puzzled by this and looked out the window and was completely taken by surprise to see Kenan and Joshua Wilkes! I was so honored that they had traveled all the way from VA for this special event. Other friends, family, and church family made me feel so supported for which I am very grateful! Thank you everyone!

Risen to walk in newness of life! The Lord blessed us with good weather that afternoon at Sportsman’s Lake. I was baptized by Dad and Pastor Epling. What a privilege and honor to be identified with Christ as I enter manhood.


Dad was the main speakerDaniel praising characterWisdom from an older brotherExhortation from a brother in Christ

Scene of the baptismal service


  1. James August 31, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    You are very blessed to have this opportunity as a young person! Since going on this past Journey and seeing the family situations of many who attended, I have come to appreciate Dad’s involvement and leadership in our family more than ever before.

    David, continue following God’s path for your life. The privilages (and responsibilities) you have are beyond comprehension; use them for His glory!

  2. Donald August 31, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    That’s true James. I rejoice with you David in the glory awaiting you in the discovery and execution of the duties God calls you to in this life.

  3. Joshua August 31, 2009 at 4:05 pm #

    David – it was an honor to be there. We are very encouraged by the decisions you are choosing to make. Keep being a ‘bold’ proclaimer of truth – According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death (Phil. 1:20).

  4. Crystal September 3, 2009 at 11:20 am #

    Praise the Lord for another man to stand in the gap! May you be a mighty instrument in the hands of the Lord to be used for His kingdom.

  5. Mom (and James) September 8, 2009 at 6:59 pm #

    It makes me proud to see your willingness to take this next step of faith. I will be praying for you as you walk through life in His care. “Ye shall walk in all the way which Jehovah your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.” Deuteromony 5:33

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