LUSK – In today＊s DIY crazed society, the phrase ※Trash to Treasure§ has become synonymous with Pintrest boards, DIY Network, Menards and flea markets. On Monday night, ladies of Niobrara County and the surrounding area focused on a different trash to treasure concept when they gathered for a Ladies Night Out.
Sponsored by Prairie Hills Community Church, the Ladies＊ Night Out event has grown from the first one with around 40 women to more than 100 attendees at the most recent event. These events are typically held in January and feature a meal and a speaker. The entire event is free and open to any woman, ※School age to senior saints,§ as one organizer put it.
This year＊s event theme was “Trash to Treasure.” The evening focused on the concept that God can take someone＊s life, no matter what they are mired in, from trash to treasure, and bad things can happen that can turn into blessings. Attendees were treated to Italian cream sodas and a baked potato and salad bar prior to the presentation.
Dixie Malm of Albin was this year＊s speaker. Dixie＊s son Tim, once a talented up-and-coming roper, was in a horse accident in 2010 that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. The Malm＊s have turned this ※trashy§ event into treasure as they have walked the road to recovery closely alongside their son. The Malm＊s ministry program that has been developed through their faith in God has taken them all over the United States with Tim as a motivational speaker at churches and events. More about Tim Malm and his story can be found on his website www.timmalm23.com.
Malm shared a message of redemption and grace as she addressed the crowd of women, ending with a song and prayer. Malm shared various scriptures and the ※Teacup story§ to illustrate the theme of “Trash-to-Treasure” in the Bible.
Attendees were given a souvenir ※Trash to Treasure§ magnet. As women left many expressed appreciation for this free event that gave them the opportunity to take a night off from their daily demands and enjoy company with friends and a meal they didn＊t prepare. Many also said it left them feeling just a little lighter as they contemplated their own trash to treasure stories.