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It has been a season of blessing and growth for our family. We are excited to share about it in this newsletter. Also, it’s time to think about ordering St. Patrick tracts (see below), and take note of the upcoming “Answers for Women” conference at the Ark Encounter where Sarah is speaking.
I Said Yes! (By Sarah Mally)
I said yes!!! Andrew Hancock and I got engaged last month! He proposed on the beach in Florida, after a beautiful boat ride watching dolphins. We are so thankful to the Lord for bringing us together and for the many people who have prayed and encouraged us along the way.
Andrew lives in North Liberty—about 40 minutes from us. But, even though we have lived in the same area for most of our lives, are the same age, and have both been in discipleship ministry, neither of us had heard of each other or each other’s ministries. We are super thankful that a friend introduced us in March of 2018. As soon as Andrew and I met, we knew we shared a similar ministry heart, and we have had two wonderful years of seeing our friendship deepen and grow.
One of my prayer requests for a future husband was for a man who had a heart for discipleship ministry. The Lord answered that prayer above and beyond in Andrew. Andrew’s primary ministries over the years have been leading a number of college discipleship ministries and serving as the young adult pastor at Parkview Evangelical Free Church. One of his biggest passions is training leaders in the context of the local church, with a heart to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:12).
“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy” (Psalm 126:3).
Sarah is Getting Married! (by Harold Mally)
I can hardly believe it – two Mally weddings within six months. Last month, after two years of a growing and special relationship, Andrew met me for coffee and asked for Sarah’s hand in marriage. I was expecting he might bring that up. I gave him a “yes” and said I had been waiting for him to ask :-). I was wondering if it would ever happen. Sarah and Grace have both wanted to marry but, not knowing God’s plan, had committed their single years to ministry, for however long that would be. And God extended those years, which made us wonder for a while.
Recently, my thoughts turned to the Book of Ruth. In chapter 3, verse 18, Naomi said to Ruth, “Sit still, my daughter, until thou know how the matter will fall: for the man will not be in rest, until he have finished the thing this day.” This was wise advice from a mother-in-law. Be at rest, clearly God is at work. And this man is faithful; he will take care of it in due time. And likewise we can sit still and wait and rest in the Lord. He will bring about His perfect plan in His perfect time and way. We can trust Him.
I had been praying for a man who was committed to Jesus Christ, who was a man of the Word, who was gentle in spirit, and who was ministry minded and would understand the ministry God had entrusted to Sarah. And I am so encouraged that Andrew also senses a calling to disciple men and has been used of the Lord to disciple many. That is the very thing I believe is needed. The Body of Christ needs spiritually strong men to be fathers, elders, missionaries, businessmen and leaders. The fathers of today will be the forefathers of tomorrow.
As serious relationships start to develop, they require much wisdom, prayer, patience, and faith. At the beginning, I met Andrew for coffee a couple times. Coffee is always a good start. 🙂 Both families met early on and then Andrew and I, and several other men met for a few months doing a leadership study together. This was another way to get to know each other from a ministry perspective. In various ways we have purposed to get to know and understand each other, because, although marriage is the uniting of two individuals, it is also, ideally, the healthy uniting of two families. Marriage both starts a new family but also blends the strengths of the two former families. We are so pleased that God has truly blessed Sarah and our family with a faithful man.
When Sarah and Andrew left for Florida last month to spend time with his family, Sarah was filled with a spirit of anticipation that a next step in the relationship could come soon, but she didn’t know that he had already asked me. It was a wonderful joy for her, and for both families, and for both churches when Sarah and Andrew announced their engagement. We look forward with great expectation to what God has ahead.
St. Patrick’s Tracts
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up on March 17th! It’s time to be prepared with “History of St. Patrick” tracts to give away. This tract tells a brief story of Patrick’s life, and then explains the message he preached, giving a simple and clear gospel presentation. People usually receive the tract warmly, and they are often curious about the life of St. Patrick.
Ideas for St. Patrick’s tracts during the month of March:
Give them away to neighbors with plates of green cookies
Check if there is a St. Patrick parade in your area and arrange a group of people to hand them out (you can easily give them away by the thousands at a parade)
Keep them in your purse or pocket to give to people that you meet. Say, “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here is the history of St. Patrick for you to read.”
Holidays open up doors for ministry! We encourage you to make the most of the opportunity. Read or order the tract here.
Online Resource of the Month
This month we are selling CDs of our family presentations for $3.00 each. These CDs include:
Forty Ways to Protect the Heart of Your Daughter (by Harold)
Raising Pure Daughters in a Generation of Darkness (by Sarah)
Every Mother’s Example (by Rebekah)
Singleness: A Season of Fruitfulness and Joy (by Sarah)
Preparing Young Ladies for Their Teen Years (by Sarah)
Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends (by Sarah, Stephen, and Grace)
Practical Encouragement on Witnessing (by Sarah and Grace)
This offer will be honored on our online store through March 31st. At checkout use promocode: CD2020
Answers for Women Conference
Sarah is thankful for the opportunity to be speaking at the Answers for Women Conference this March, hosted by Answers in Genesis. Sarah will be sharing a session on "How to Identify Lies and Speak Truth in Your Heart."
Location: Ark Encounter, Williamstown, KY
Dates: March 27-28th
Answers for Women 2020 will delve deeply into God’s Word to find out the truth to questions Christians face today. Satan is crafty, and he mixes truth with error making it hard to discern right from wrong. But when we understand and embrace God’s Word, we will know the difference between the truth and the lies and we will not be deceived. We will be able to hold fast to Christ, and we will be equipped to help others live out their faith with a sincere heart.
As our ministry is in transition with two marriages and some unknowns about the future, we at the Bright Lights/Tomorrow’s Forefathers office feel a specific need for prayer. We are wondering if some who are reading this newsletter would agree to pray for Bright Lights and Light Shop and other aspects of the Tomorrow’s Forefather’s Ministry? We know that many of you already do. But we would like to ask if you would be willing to receive a short regular prayer list? If so, could you please reply at [email protected] and we will put you on the prayer team. It would be wonderful to have several dozen people praying for specific things. We know that many pray for us but we haven’t had a formal prayer group that we keep in touch with. Thank you!
March 27-28: Answers for Women Conference – Ark Encounter, Sarah is speaking
May 2: Andrew and Sarah’s wedding
June 12-13: Homeschool Iowa Conference – Harold is speaking and we will have a booth
June 20: Men’s One Day 100 Mile Bike Trip – the “Centurion Challenge” – contact Harold Mally for details
June 25-28: Just Men Conference (for men age 16 and up) – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
August 13-23: Iowa State Fair Evangelism Outreach with Answers in Genesis
Sep. 25-27: Ladies Retreat – Camp Hope, Dahlonega, GA, Sarah is speaking
May God richly bless you and your families!
The Mally Family, Moffitt Family, and Bright Lights Staff
Tomorrow's Forefathers, Inc.
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