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.
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.
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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