Amid the litter, college students repent and are baptized at North Beach in Burlington

Editor’s note: Among the Vermont Daily Chronicle subscribers who read Kolby LaMarche’s Friday, April 21 ‘Generation Trash’ account of a Burlington beach strewn with trash by a horde of UVM students was Marcus Szczecinski, known to many Burlington and elsewhere for carrying a a heavy wooden cross everywhere as he provides breakfast, a listening ear, and the Word of God to the street population. 

Those who know Marcus, as I have for 20 years, know that he is ‘the real deal.’ So it is with confidence that I pass along this report from Rev. Szczecinski that something wonderful happened amid the carousing and littering Saturday, April 15 at Burlington’s biggest beach. So for the many readers who are tired of what seems like an unending torrent of Bad News…. Here’s some good news.

By Rev. Marcus Szczecinski

On Saturday, April 15, The Lord had me and my son, Sebastian, at North Beach in Burlington in the late afternoon, a packed beach filled with college students hungry for the Word of God and thirsting for righteousness.

After spending some time in the Word and prayer, the Lord had us proceed from the parking lot down to the beach, then to pause once again to pray, then to the water’s edge, where people, lots of them, immediately came up to the cross. The Lord used the cross to open doors to share the gospel. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of Christ.  

A lot of people, mainly college students, heard the gospel, and responded to the call to repent, confess their sin, ask for forgiveness and pray to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and to confess with their mouths Jesus is Lord and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead. 

And many were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the icy waters of Lake Champlain, having explained to them that baptism represents being buried with Christ, and rising from the waters represents rising with Christ to a new life. Hallelujah.

It was like something out of a movie. Except it happened here, as led by the Holy Spirit.  

The Lord was glorified at North Beach on Saturday, April 15th, 2023.  

It wasn’t some big evangelist outreach, it was a movement of God.  Zechariah 4:6-7 says, “So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of Hosts. What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain. Then he will bring forth the capstone accompanied by shouts of ‘Grace, grace to it!’ ” By the Spirit of the LORD of hosts, the great mountain of reaching liberal college students for Christ was turned into a plain.  


There is so much work to be done, and there were an estimated 1000 people farther down the beach, which we didn’t reach. There just wasn’t enough time. Pray the Lord continues to direct our path, to open more doors, to share the gospel with any and all we come into contact with.   

Rev. Marcus Szczecinski and son Sebastian

Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.”  Please join in prayer.

My Ephesians 4:11 gifting is that of an evangelist.  Rain, sun, snow, shine and/or even in the midst of gunfire. What was needed on Saturday were additional members of the body of Christ for follow up and discipleship. I am praying even now the Lord is directing the paths of the people who prayed to receive Jesus on Saturday that they will be led into fellowship with local churches and ministries.  They have my card and were given Bibles and even small wooden crosses.  

Between now and the end of the UVM term in mid-May, there is an unprecedented opportunity to reach college students for Jesus Christ at North Beach on weekends assuming the weather is favorable.  The Lord has had me doing this for a few years now, and for whatever reason, the college students are more open to talking about Jesus there. 

Sometimes they come up hostile to the cross and to Jesus, but they still come up, which opens the door to listen to them, answer their questions and share the gospel. And some, though they may have approached hostile and as enemies of God, walk away as brothers and sisters in Christ.   

We certainly want to and are called to take care of the world into which we have been placed. But first and foremost, our concern should be with the souls who were at the beach.  

Would you join me in praying for the people at North Beach? 

The author is affiliated with Breaking Chains Christian Fellowship. He can be reached at  802-310-0729 or breakingchainscf@yahoo.com.

Categories: Burlington

9 replies »

  1. Amen, Rev. Szczecinski! Praise be to God and our Lord Jesus for souls coming to the Lord at North Beach! Brothers and Sisters in Christ we must all Pray for more souls to come to Jesus today, for Today is the Day of Salvation. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

  2. Reverend Marcus is good friends with our Son Jacob and our friends Pastor Peter & Joanne Fiske of Jericho VT. His outreach was a blessing for those who reached out on this day, like the others he reaches out to.
    The Spirit of Revival is spreading, and many are answering the call.

  3. We praise God for His faithfulness and his work through Rev. Szczecinski. We will continue to pray for the people in our state. “O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
    (Daniel 9:18‭-‬19)

  4. Praying for Burlington for as Burlington goes, so goes the state… and we see that very clearly. Amen for this great news!

  5. Marcus, you even look like Lonnie Frisbee in the Jesus Revolution movie and I agree with the editor, you are the real deal. Delighted to see the beach being redeemed with your cold baptismal experiences.

    As someone who was baptized in a pool during the Jesus Revolution era, it truly was an awesome experience to see how baptism by immersion is a visual portrayal of the meaning of surrendering to Christ to be set free to a new life of walking in a new spiritual dimension of being connected to our heavenly Father. It is all because of Easter – with Jesus’s death and resurrection. Entering the water is you with your sinful “I” centered life that surrenders to going down in the pastor’s hands into the water to be washed, cleaned, set free and then to arise because of what Christ did as a sacrificial lamb for our sins. The one baptized rises as a new creation that God blesses with a fresh spiritual nature.

  6. God bless you Rev. Marcus Szczecinski and your son, Sebastian, for following through on what our Lord put in your spirit and upon your heart. The church must rise and spread the Word to save as many souls possible as the hour of decision is now. The youth will stand as they will know God is the waymaker. They will know the way to peace, salvation, and redemption is through Jesus Christ. His hand is moving across the globe. God is absolutely good. The gates of Hell will not prevail.

  7. This is awesome! Thank Reverend for answering the voice of the Lord. Praise God! He loves every soul so much!