As you know one of the reasons that we started this blog is to share the many and varied ways that our paths cross and our partnerships exist and we operate as the body of Christ in ways we may never know about unless somebody stumbles upon it. The “6 Degrees of Separation” article about Ron Carnicom was an example. Well here is another.
I was doing some presentations and other “stuff” at one of my favorite places in the world, Lutheran Island Camp at Battle Lake Minnesota. It is great place and Ken Erlandson is a great servant leader and quiet model of the love of Christ. He was getting ready along with Marvin Swyter to do something that I thought then and still think is crazy. They had cut a huge rectangular chunk of ice out of the lake and were getting ready to have people go and jump into the water. Polar Plunge I think it was called. Check it out at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=284701108633. While waiting for the insanity to ensue I met a quiet young looking guy sitting by the door by the name of Randy Maland. In talking with him I felt that I had met a kindred spirit. We shared the same philosophy of ministry, service, etc and it was refreshing to talk with him. The fact that he had either done the Polar plunge or was going to do it then did not change my opinion that here was a smart and dedicated servant of Christ.
Since then I have done other presentations at the camp and have been made welcome and helped along by Rev. Maland’s fun and calm demeanor. Now we jump ahead to Maryann, the yarn lady as I have come to call her. She is woven throughout these blogs. I had been contacted by President Fondow that Pastor Maland had been involved in a serious accident and was taken to Minneapolis. Several Pastors from Minnesota North have already traveled down to see him, but imagine my surprise to get this email from Maryann –
I think you might know Pastor Maland from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Henning, Mn. Did you know that he was in an awful motorcycle accident this past week and is in a Twin Cities hospital. You can go to http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/randymaland/en for more information. He is the pastor at my “home congregation”. Please add him to your prayer list. Thanks. Mary Ann