And the video has now gone viral.
Grindstaff is receiving hospice care in his son Craig’s home in South Carolina, and wanted to demonstrate what was really important to him in his life: “He wanted to show he believed more than anything else,” explained his other son, Jim.
Grindstaff was determined that he wanted his baptism to be one of immersion, necessitating the help and support of Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home who are providing him with the out-patient care as he struggles with cancer. The hospice determined that the only way Grindstaff could be granted his dying wish was for him to be transported to the hospice and be baptized in their 60-gallon tub. To ensure the baptism could go ahead, the hospice used their special needs funds to transport Grindstaff to his baptism.
With the help of the chaplain, Terrell Jones, Grindstaff was finally baptized after so many decades of loving Jesus. He proclaimed straight away: “That felt good,” while onlookers clapped, as reported by Jessica Mouser in Church Leaders.
During his final moments on earth, the newly-baptized Grindstaff wants to spend the rest of his time drawing images of what he believes heaven looks like. His baptism is a moment for him to reach out to others: “If I reach one person, it’s a great deal.”
Support Aleteia takes a minute
If you’re reading this article, it’s precisely thanks to your generosity and to that of many other people like you that make possible the evangelization project of Aleteia. Here some numbers:
- 20 million of users around the world read Aleteia.org every month.
- Aleteia is published daily in eight languages: French, English, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Slovenian.
- Each month, our readers view more than 50 million pages.
- Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia’s social media pages.
- Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos.
- All of this work is carried out by 60 people working full-time and approximately 400 other collaborators (writers, journalists, translators, photographers…).
As you can imagine, behind these numbers there is a big effort. We need your support so we can keep offering this service of evangelization to everyone, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.
Support Aleteia from as little as $1 – and only takes a minute. Thank you!