The ultimate desire of a missionary is to see people come to know the Lord and to see them declaring their faith through baptism.
This was the case recently as we observed the baptism of 29 Pai believers. This time there was not much need for missionary involvement as the Pai believers themselves baptized these younger believers.
For some Pai this declaration of their faith is not without cost. One woman quietly left the house to be baptized so as not to upset her husband who constantly gets upset about her being a believer. Another teenage fellow wanted to be baptized but couldn’t make it because of the threats of physical harm by his father if he was baptized.