As a at-home hospice patient, Jenis James Grindstaff had just one last wish. He wanted to be baptized before his battle with cancer was over.
“He’s always read the Bible, but he had never been baptized,” Grindstaff’s son Jim said. “He wanted to show he believes more than anything else.”
“My beloved son, Jenis James Grindstaff, I now at this time baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and of the Holy Ghost, and in Jesus’ name,” Chaplain Terrell Jones said. “Amen. Come on and let’s celebrate, family. Hallelujah.”
The white-haired, 80-something Grindstaff wiped the water from his face.
The video has since gone viral with more than 200,000 views.
After the ceremony, the hospice staff took extra time with Grindstaff, washing his hair and oiling his skin.
“Seeing that smile of his face fills my heart with joy,” Tameka Irvin, the hospice home nurse, said.
“If I reach one person, it’s a great deal,” said Grindstaff.