I noticed when I read various parts of the bible that many characters went through extreme bad times. Their brand of storms were almost above comprehension. Then one day I went to look up Malta Farms out in Slanton, Texas (18 miles south of Lubbock). I knew there had to be a story but what that story was become a well hidden secret. Then it happen, there it was, and believe it or not Paul and his crew found a wonderful place called the island of Malta.
Act 28:1 Once everyone was accounted for and we realized we had all made it, we learned that we were on the island of Malta.
Act 28:2 The natives went out of their way to be friendly to us. The day was rainy and cold and we were already soaked to the bone, but they built a huge bonfire and gathered us around it.
Act 28:7 The head man in that part of the island was Publius. He took us into his home as his guests, drying us out and putting us up in fine style for the next three days.
Act 28:8 Publius’s father was sick at the time, down with a high fever and dysentery. Paul went to the old man’s room, and when he laid hands on him and prayed, the man was healed.
Act 28:9 Word of the healing got around fast, and soon everyone on the island who was sick came and got healed.
Act 28:10 We spent a wonderful three months on Malta. They treated us royally, took care of all our needs and outfitted us for the rest of the journey.
I went back and searched the scriptures to see if this was a group of Christians; no where did it say one way or the other. I also didn’t find anywhere that said it was a church on this island.
What I did experience was this tribe was operating out of the love of God that Jesus talks about. Nothing was held back. They gave with a warm heart of love.
Malta Farms in Stanton is a faith based reintegration program for men. The staff there carries that same heart to help others. This is there fund raiser time of the year. They grow pumpkins and now have their sales lot set up in Lubbock. Support their work if you will.