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Elder J. W. Haines in his history of the Missionary Baptist Churches in Polk County, published in 1897, shared his experience with the oldest church that had come under his notice: Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Haines wrote “that the waters of the Pomme de Terre River would be disturbed with the baptismal scenes as the people gladly testified beneath the waves of the running river; the analogy of the whole scene would also confirm the beholder in the wholesome doctrine that the candidates for baptism had gladly received the word of life and were now willing to follow the Lord in the symbolic ordinance.” In July, the waves of the Pomme de Terre were again disturbed when Pastors Dusty Armstrong and Mike Bruce buried 10 recipients — through baptism — in the same spot, much as local Missionary Baptists have done for generations.

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