Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson Baptized in Jordan River – ‘Life Changing’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | July 1, 2019 | 12:04 PM EDT

Houston Texans NFL QB Deshaun Watson (Screenshots)

Seven days ago, Houston Texans NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson posted on his Instagram page that he “[g]ot baptized in the Jordan River,” stating that the event, among others, was “Life Changing.”

“Went to Jesus’ hometown,” Deshaun Watson stated on Instagram in a list of things he did while in Israel. “Got baptized in the Jordan River. Went tubing in the Sea of Galilee. Took a trip through Mary Magdalene’s hometown. Saw the first church in Capharnuan. Life Changing Experiences – Major Blessings! @amvoicesinisrael”

The former Clemson QB who gave credit to God for Clemson’s victory over Alabama in 2017’s College Football Playoff National Championship game, Deshaun Watson, journeyed to Israel with host America’s Voices in Israel, “a pioneering program begun ten years ago to bolster Israel’s image in the United States by bringing media and radio personalities to broadcast live from Israel.” America’s Voices in Israel’s about page further states that the program “organizes week-long missions to Israel for prominent headline-makers with widespread credibility, including leading journalists, prime-time media and Hollywood TV stars, as well as religious and political leaders in the Latino and African-American communities.” According to America’s Voices in Israel, “These high-profile opinion makers reach countless admirers, followers, and the general public. Using traditional and social media, they offer firsthand accounts of experiences in Israel, engaging large and ethnically diverse audiences. Their positive stories about Israel counter distortions and misrepresentations about the Jewish State, which often are reported in the media.”

The “Houston Texans’ star was baptized in the Jordan River, at the same place where tradition says Jesus underwent the rite,” wrote America’s Voices in Israel on Facebook, Watson saying, according to America’s Voices in Israel’s Facebook post, “‘I am truly in awe of this wonderful land and the wonderful people who live here.’”

Deshaun Watson, in a video on America’s Voices in Israel’s Facebook page, said before he got baptized, “Yeah, we here at the Jordan River and tibis, about to get baptized where Jesus Christ got baptized. Let’s get it.” Immediately following his baptism in the Jordan River, Watson said, while smiling and laughing, “Appreciate it. Amen to that. Thank you.”

Israel “is a part of the world which gets a lot of attention internationally, and this is a chance for me to look beyond the headlines and learn more about the history and the culture of this land,” Watson said in a statement has reported by ABC 13Eyewitness News. “I have been blessed to visit many countries around the world, but the chance to visit the Holy Land, see the sites and meet the people of this special place, truly is a special blessing and an amazing opportunity.”

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