Harold and Rebekah Mally have been involved in Christian work since 1972. They homeschooled their children with the desire to see them become a team to serve the Lord together. Their children Sarah (age 36), Stephen (age 30), and Grace (age 26), continue to work with them in ministry with the primary emphasis of encouraging and strengthening other families in the Lord. Harold is an elder/teacher at their home church, Cedar Rapids Bible Chapel.
In 1996, Sarah began leading a young ladies discipleship group called Bright Lights. As of 2015, over 650 groups have started in 46 different states and 10 countries. Bright Lights hosts “Strong in the Lord” and “Radiant Purity Conferences” for mothers and daughters, trains and equips leaders of Bright Lights groups, and provides discipleship materials for mothers to use with their daughters.
In 2002, Sarah, Stephen and Grace published Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends which has sold about 75,000 copies. In 2007, Sarah published Before You Meet Prince Charming which has sold about 70,000 copies. In 2012 Grace published Will Our Generation Speak? A Call to be Bold with the Gospel. In 2015, she completed an accompanying study guide and handbook with the goal of seeing groups of young people study together and then begin witnessing together.
The recent increased emphasis on equipping young people in evangelism has led to the start of “Witnessing Conferences,” taught by the Mally family and other speakers they bring in to teach.
Tomorrow’s Forefathers is the “umbrella” name for the Mally family’s ministry. It is their goal to see the coming generation rise up as strong men and women of God. The Mallys continue to lead conferences, publish discipleship materials, and run “Noah’s Archive” —a bookstore to provide resources for families in their community.
The Mally’s Start and Purpose
Tomorrow’s Forefathers was started because of the many faithful men God used to encourage and teach the Mallys and correct their wrong attitudes toward family. Harold and Rebekah did not realize the wonderful plan God designed. They unconsciously did not believe Psalm 127 that tells us “children are an heritage of the LORD” and “happy (blessed) is the man that hath his quiver full.” But after God taught them some difficult lessons, and brought a number of faithful believers to teach them important Biblical convictions, they became excited about encouraging and helping other families as they had been helped.
As their three children (Sarah, Stephen and Grace) grew, the five of them became a team dedicated to the Lord’s work--especially in this area of strengthening families. They discovered how God gives each family different gifts and abilities to fulfill their different assignments.
A major emphasis of their ministry is that of family discipleship. The main chore of every parent is not academics and good grades but to disciple his or her children; that is, to bring them to full maturity in Christ. Parents cannot depend on Sunday school, Christian school, youth group, or anyone else to meet this need. It must happen in the family. Parents are the main shepherds. One focus that the Mallys frequently emphasize is the importance of having ministry as a family. Without a ministry mindset, parents cannot achieve this most important objective. And because there are so many pressures and enemies in our culture, parents need encouragement, vision and tools.
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