94-Year-Old American Woman Gets Baptised: 'It's Never Too Late to Become a Christian'

Ophelia White, 94, is baptised by Pastor Todd Free of the Cook Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana.(Facebook/Cook Baptist Church)

It is never too late to accept Jesus.

The remark came from Ophelia White, a 94-year-old new believer, who was recently baptised at the Cook Baptist Church in Ruston, Louisiana, according to The Baptist Message.

As she excitedly entered the baptismal waters, White told her friends watching the baptismal rites, "I want people to know it's never too late [to be a Christian]. Get with it."

For decades, White believed she already had a relationship with Christ. However, her roommate, Joy Campbell, found out later that White was not yet a Christian since she had not been baptised yet.

After Campbell talked with White on spiritual matters, White realised she needed to formally accept Christ as her Lord and Saviour.

"It's inspiring to people, particularly for senior adults, to know that God is still touching hearts even in the elderly years," Todd Free, the church's discipleship and administration pastor, told The Baptist Message.

"There are many others like Mrs. White who went their whole life thinking they knew Christ but understood later their need for Him," he said.

"I'm praying we have others in our congregation who have a similar story will have the courage to do as Mrs. White," Free said. "We see her testimony as a gift from God to our church and are grateful He allowed us to be a part of this."

Meanwhile, while she was leading White to Jesus, Campbell reflected on her late husband, Henry, to whom she had been married for 34 years.

During their time together, Henry was a deacon in the church but admitted to her that he had not made a profession of faith. At age 64, Henry accepted Jesus as his Lord and Saviour.

"I was surprised he wasn't a Christian because he had been serving in the church so long," Campbell said. "We as Christians need to realise that some of our people are active in service but don't know Jesus."

Campbell said what happened to her late husband and her friend Mrs. White is a reminder "that it's never too late to become a Christian and that you should never give up on a person. It takes time, a lot of time."