News from Malvern Link United Reformed Church

Update on our Missionary Family – January 2020

Judith, Michael, Lydia and Jonah Korsgren

Judith's final service in San Isidrio, Paraguay
The final service at San Isidrio

Judith together with Lydia and Jonah completed the missionary term in Paraguay on 15th December, 2019 and returned to Sweden.

At the final service Judith and the family were thanked for nearly 9 years of service to Paraguay and presented with a silver plaque in commemoration of that service. Judith gave thanks that after 4.5 years they leave a flourishing church in San Isidro, with a stable core and an amazing building and grounds.

The Lord continues to add to the number those who are being saved and she was able to hand over the work to great Pastors with funding and staff to also continue the social project for 2020..

Quoting a devotional by Charles Spurgeon Judith said “You will not come across an affliction without sufficient strength to carry your load” – she had found this to be so true.

Judith Korsgren at her final service in San Isidrio, Paraguay
Judith at the final service

Back to Sweden… and other parts of Europe

The family are now back in Sweden preparing for another chapter in their lives.

At the end of February Judith together with Lydia and Jonah move to a suburb of Stockholm where Judith has a half-time job as Youth Pastor at an Evangelical Alliance church. She will also be working with some coaching (Christian leadership) assignments on-line and in and outside Sweden and vis-à-vis the Spanish-speaking world and Paraguay.

On 18th January Judith together with Lydia will travel to Budapest in Hungary where Judith will teach a week’s Christian coaching course whilst Lydia does some sight-seeing with her Auntie Dawn who will travel from UK for a few days.

Lydia (18) having successfully graduated school in Paraguay, will work in Sweden and plans to go to Bible School with Youth With a Mission in the autumn.

Jonah (16) will complete his on-line schooling at the end of January and then will seek to go to Swedish High School later in the year.

Michael (21) has been living and working back in Stockholm for the past year and is now studying photography and media at College.

Judith said they had lived the past difficult year entrusted to God’s will and the Kingdom of God and that they would try to live 2020 in the same way.

Preachers at our Sunday Morning Service: January to March 2020


Date Preacher
5th January Rev. Ken Martin
12th January Rev. Arthur Williams
19th January Rev. Ken Martin 
26th January Miss Eileen Tomlin
2nd February Rev. Ken Martin
9th February Rev. Arthur Williams
16th February Rev. Ken Martin
23rd February Mr. Paul Folland
1st March Rev. Ken Martin
8th March Rev. Arthur Williams
15th March Rev. Ken Martin
22nd March Mr. John Butterworth (Open Doors)
29th March Mr. Jonathan Black

Preachers at our Sunday Morning Service: October to December 2019


Date Preacher
13th October Rev. Arthur Williams
20th October Rev. Ken Martin (Communion)
27th October Miss Eileen Tomlin
3rd November Rev. Ken Martin
10th November Rev. Arthur Williams
17th November Rev. Ken Martin
24th November Mr Colin Clutterbuck
1st December Rev. Ken Martin
8th December Miss Eileen Tomlin
15th December Rev. Ken Martin
22nd December Ladies Circle
25th December Rev. Ken Martin
29th December Mr. Colin Owen

The Home-Call of Roger – our missionary in Paraguay

Roger with the cross  on Good Friday last year in Malvern Link
Roger with the cross in Malvern Link on Good Friday last year (2018)

Sadly, suddenly and quite unexpectedly on 18th March, 2019 the Lord called Roger home.

Roger was the devoted and adored husband of Judith. A wonderful, loving and wise father to Michael, Lydia and Jonah.

He was a much-loved, respected, wise and appreciated Pastor both in Sweden (his home-country) and in Paraguay where they have been on the mission-field for the past 8 1/2 years.

Roger had (along with Judith) a passion for sharing the Gospel and particularly in more recent years in training new pastors and leaders. At his church the day before he died Roger said “We have taken good care of you; we have planted the seeds and invested a lot in all of you and now we are waiting to see where it is growing. Now it’s your turn”.

He will be greatly missed by so many but most of all by all his family.

Preachers at our Sunday Morning Service: April – June 2019


Date Preacher
7th April Rev. Ken Martin (Communion)
14th April Rev. Arthur Williams
21st April Rev. Ken Martin (Easter Sunday)
28th April Miss Lois Green
5th May Rev. Ken Martin (Communion)
12th May Rev. Arthur Williams
19th May Rev. Ken Martin
26th May Miss Eileen Tomlin
2nd June Rev. Ken Martin  (Communion)
9th June Mr. Adrian Bagg
16th June Rev. Ken Martin (Fathers’ Day)
23rd June Rev. Arthur Williams
30th June Mr. Jon Syed


Preachers at our Sunday Morning Service: January – March 2019


Date Preacher
6th Jan Rev. Ken Martin (Communion)
13th Jan Rev. Arthur Williams
20th Jan Rev. Gary Crellin – Powick (Pulpit Exchange Sunday)
27th Jan Rev. John Cave
3rd Feb Rev. Ken Martin (Communion)
10th Feb Rev. Arthur Williams
17th Feb Rev. Ken Martin
24th Feb Mr. Colin Clutterbuck
3rd Mar Rev. Ken Martin  (Communion)
10th Mar Rev. Arthur William
17th Mar Rev. Ken Martin
24th Mar Rev. Gilbert Hallows (TBC)
31st Mar Mothering Sunday – Mrs. Heather Williams for Bible Society


The new church in Paraguay

Here are two photos from our missionary family in Paraguay.

Community day in the new church in Paraguay - supported by Malvern Link URC One is the occasion of a community day held in the new church building in Paraguay. The finishing touches have yet to made before the official opening, but our missionaries celebrated their return after their trip to England and Sweden with a very successful and popular day of celebration.

New sign outside the church in Paraguay - supported by Malvern Link URC

The second picture is of the new church sign outside the new building in Paraguay.

Malvern Link URC Sunday Morning Speakers: April – June 2018


1st Easter Sunday Communion Rev. Ken Martin + Korsgren Family

8th Mr. Bernard Deacon

15th Rev. Ken Martin – Richard Hutcheon on organ

22nd Miss Eileen Tomlin – ditto

29th Mr. Richard Hasnip (Performing Arts Director Regents’ College) – ditto


6th Rev. Ken Martin (Communion)

13th Mr. Jon Syed

20 Pentecost Sunday Rev. Ken Martin

27th Miss Lois Green


3rd Communion Rev. Ken Martin

10th Rev. Gilbert Hallows

17th Fathers’ Day Rev. Ken Martin

24th Mr. Arthur Smith