Godubai, tell me again why you want to be baptized.”
“I love you. I want to be like you.”
Rama’s thoughts whirled.
“You don’t have to be baptized to live a Christian life. A Christian is truthful and honest, as you are. She reads the Bible as you do and prays to God. You don’t have to be baptized to do these things.”
Godubai looked at Rama in consternation.
“Pandita, I’m confused. Mano said I must be baptized, or I would go someplace bad.”
“Well, um, God sees your heart and knows your goodness. You need to learn more about what Christians do before being baptized. We’ll take you to church with us, and I’ll ask a friend of mine from the Methodist Mission to give you instruction. When your education’s complete, you can decide if you want to be baptized or continue as you are.” Rama stroked Godubai’s hair. “God loves you just as you are. You don’t have to be baptized. Would you like instruction? Shall I contact my friend?”
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