Moment man is baptised in chilly water of British city’s flooded underpass

A bizarre video shows a man getting baptised in a flooded underpass next to a roundabout.

In the viral clip, filmed in Bristol at Hartcliffe Way roundabout on Sunday (March 6) an unnamed man is dunked in the cold water as he is welcomed into the Christian faith.

The water is shin-deep and cars are roaring past on a nearby bridge as preacher BJ Walsh performs the baptism.

BJ, who set up the Set Free ministry in the River of Life Christian Centre, told Bristol Live he has been contacted by people all over the world about the video.

He said: "People as far away as San Francisco saying they have been encouraged by the video.

"So that is to the glory of God."

Although some people thought the video was inspirational, local councillor Sarah Classick said drainage at the roundabout had been an issue for months.

She said: "I've repeatedly asked BCC to clear that underpass including reporting to officers and asking at members' forum.

"It can't be the most sanitary place to hold a baptism."

BJ Walsh is well known around Bristol as a street preacher – he’s even got up on a step ladder in Morrison’s in Hartcliffe, on top of a car outside Cabot Circus and on a post box in Cheltenham to preach.

He grew up in the Bristol suburb of Hartcliffe and, after his life was blighted by addiction, found Christianity.

BJ said: I was on drugs from the age of 11 – it started off with cannabis and then ecstasy.

"When I was 16 I tried cocaine – then I couldn’t stop doing this stuff."

It wasn’t until he was 34, on October 8, 2016, that he stopped taking drugs, and decided to devote himself to his faith.

"Deep, deep inside I never wanted to do anything – no drugs, no drink – but I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t stop," he said.

"It came to the point where it was making me depressed and suicidal, not wanting to live."

Fortunately, he was able to overcome his addictions and direct his energy towards helping his community.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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