“Those who are wise will take all this to heart:
They will see in our history the faithful love of the LORD.”
It’s been quite a journey for me these past few weeks as I dug into Malmo’s history. To see pictures of the people who began this church and to read their stories and commitments of faith, through the good and the hard years has been amazing. Their stories have ‘gotten under my skin’ and have made me ponder my own commitment of faith to this church and community. Commitment to God is one thing – but commitment to a group of people and to ‘journeying together’ is a whole different story. As an ‘import’ to this community, I sometimes wondered if I really belonged or if there was truly a place for me in such a deep-rooted community – of which some days I still don’t full understand the way of life around here. But as I read the stories and looked through old minute books, I have felt a deep connection to the people and to this place – more than I have ever felt before. I’m realizing that those people were really not much different from me. They were looking for a place where they could worship God and where they could call home. And as varied as they were, it’s their commitment to God that held them and carried them through the difficult years. Their ability to work together and move forward in unity can be seen as they made difficult decisions about an unknown future. They loved God, chose Malmo, committed to working together and the result is that they found a home here. And so have I. And it’s God that gets the glory as He continues to work in His people – then and now – and for everything that has been done here over the past 120 years, and everything that is still to come in the next 120 years.
This Sunday is our ‘Covenant Congo Kids’ Giving Sunday. We have 4 beautiful Congo children that we sponsor – and this is our once-a-year opportunity to gather the monies needed to support these children for another year. Andy & Jenell will be sharing about this program and all the good that is happening through it, throughout the conference. If you’d like to help us financially support our 4 kids, please make your donations payable to ‘Malmo’.
See you this Sunday – for Sunday School at 9:45am and our Worship Service at 11:00am.
Take care & stay warm!