Two Girls Baptized at Project PATCH Family Center in Goldendale

January 01, 2012 | Elaine Kubler

The Project PATCH Family Conference Center on the former Tupper property in Goldendale, Wash., is nestled in the trees in a gorgeous area with a waterfall and picnic area that is unrivaled. Lydia Tupper, granddaughter of Clarence and Elsie Tupper and great-niece of Marjorie Wentland who gifted the property to Project PATCH, was recently baptized in this sterling setting with one of her best friends, Abby Trunkey. Tupper, 12, daughter of David and LeAnn Tupper, and her family, live in Walla Walla, Wash., as does her friend, the 12-year-old daughter of Mike and Anne Trunkey.

The girls studied the Bible with retired pastor Bob Stumph and wanted to give their hearts to the Lord. So they chose a spot made special by having spent time there while visiting Tupper's grandparents. Many members of their home church, the Good Neighbor Church Company (Walla Walla), as well as many of the girls' friends and classmates made the trip to Goldendale to witness the event.

After each girl was baptized, the congregation broke into spontaneous applause. Then everyone adjourned to the Project PATCH lodge for a dinner honoring the occasion.