After living a lifetime as an atheist, Thomas Roberts decided to open up to Christ in the final moments of his life.
Roberts was diagnosed with lung cancer and had been a patient at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital. As his cancer progressively got worse, he made a surprising request. In the final stages of his life, the atheist asked for “a fully submerged water baptism.”
At this point, Roberts’ illness has left him largely immobile. He could only be moved around in a wheelchair, while also attached to an oxygen line. As anyone could imagine, it required a lot of effort and assistance from the hospital’s medical staff, in order to grant his request.
However, the hospital staff did not hesitate to help fulfill Robert’s final wish. He was able to turn his life over to God in front of his family, thanks to a dedicated team of medical professionals who went out of their way to facilitate the baptism.
He was submerged into the pool at the hospital’s rehabilitation center and was momentarily detached from his oxygen supply.
The baptism was performed by Corey Agricola, the chaplain at the hospital. “I have served in the ministry over 20 years and seven of those at UAB. This is the greatest day of my career,” he told God Tube.
“Thomas, you never thought you would preach a sermon in your life; but you preached today. You made an impact on people who you do not even know,” he told Roberts, just before the baptism was performed.
The Roberts family witnessed the moving moment and his sister Gina said, “It brings me complete comfort and peace because I know where he is going now. I don’t have to worry about it. Now there will be a great joy just knowing where he is going. He is at peace. He was born again. You could see that on his face after the baptism. He was born again.”
Roberts joined our creator just a few days after the baptism. In his final moments, he was able to recognize the glory of God. Watch a video of the baptism below:
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