Yesterday we took a one day trip into Chicago and were able to see my dad’s cousin and aunt. Auntie Sue is now 95 and has many stories to tell about growing up in downtown Chicago in the 1910’s and 20’s. We always enjoy stopping in at her house when we are in the Chicago area. One of her favorite topics is to tell stories about the “Mally Store”, a general store / ice cream shop that my great grandparents owned downtown Chicago from the 1880’s-1950’s.
Earlier in the day we attended the church that my dad grew up in and saw many old friends, including Mrs. Knecht, who has been our adopted “Grandma” in Chicago since my dad’s mother died. The church had planned a special service for her, thanking her for her many years of faithfulness. Mrs. Knecht was my dad’s first Sunday School Teacher.
Marion Hills Bible Church was started by a Moody graduate in the 1950’s. Since it was only three blocks from my dad’s house growing up, his family began attending. It was through that little church that his whole family was saved.
We are grateful to the Lord for this little church and the faithful believers who started it and have maintained a consistent light in the community. It laid a strong spiritual foundation in my dad’s life. It has also been a source of fellowship and encouragement to our family through the years.