From One Preacher to Another

Marty Lehman introduces Madeline and David Maldonado

The preacher for the children this morning showed them a model of the ten commandments given by God to Moses.  At first she called them commandments, but later she called them “good ideas.”  The Old Fool liked the change.

The preacher for adults likened the giving of the law to an act of generosity and grace.  He noted that Psalm 119 said the law was sweeter than honey and the honeycomb.  The Old Fool liked the way the preacher brought law and grace together as truth in Jesus.

The Old Fool and David Maldonado

But  the greater joy  of the morning for The Old Fool was the introduction of David and Madeline Maldonado, pastors of Arca de Salvacion of Fort Myers as a sister church with College Mennonite Church.  The Old Fool has some  fond memories of beginnings of that church.

Under the leadership of Hector Munoz, the church met in a rented store front in Ft. Myers.  The church found a building they could purchase if they had the money. Since they had little money, they asked for help from from the MMA, now Everance.  The loan was approved conditioned on the Southeast Mennonite Conference approval and if it also served as guarantor of the loan. 

Madeline Maldonado and The Old Fool

The Old Fool was the General Secretary of the Conference.  He knew that the church was made up primarily of low income, minority members and that the conference struggled with its own budget.  He was about to suggest to the Executive Committee that the conference decline to take on responsibility of being a guarantor of the loan.

But Ed Taylor, Mennonite Church advocate for minority matters, said to The Old Fool, “Don”t tell those people what they can’t do!”  The Old Fool took Taylor’s advice, and Arca de Salvacion was on its way to significant international ministry  This is the kind of story recorded in The Old Fool’s books

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About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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1 Response to From One Preacher to Another

  1. Carl Metzler says:

    Martin, I am impressed with how well you have mastered the art of blogging. Clearly you have adopted the new technology better than many of us ‘Old Ones’. And your pictures from yesterday’s service are great. Thanks. Carl M

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