British Columbia

Port Alberni: Robert Surgenor had a few nights of ministry and stayed for Lord’s Day, June 3.

Terrace: The saints enjoyed ten nights of ministry in April from Jim Webb on The Seven Churches.

Vancouver: Gospel meetings with Robert Surgenor and Larry Steers closed at Fairview on May 27 after five weeks of taithful preaching. Brother Steers remained to minister the Word in Fairview and North Vancouver. Robert Surgenor visited the South Main and Victoria Dr. assemblies during the first week of June. Neal Thomson has been giving help in local assemblies during his stay in this area. Pray for children’s meetings planned for the last two weeks in July in the Nanaimo Rd. area.

Westbank: Gordon Williams commenced meetings on May 27 with a model of the tabernacle. Interest was quite encouraging.


Taylorside: The saints enjoyed a visit from Jack Gould who gave a report of work among the Hutterites.


Bolton: The ministry was timely and practical during one week of meetings by Tim Walker on Young Believers of the Bible.

Brampton: On May 27, the assembly was cheered with the obedience of a teenage sister in baptism. This was the first for the new assembly planted in September of last year. Please pray for tent meetings to begin on July 8, D.V. with Fred Krauss and Jim Jarvis. The meetings will be once again held at Chinguacousy Park in the centre of the city.

Campbellford: Local brethren from Picton had encouraging children’s meetings in the gospel hall.

Chapman Valley: Prayer is requested for the blessing of the Lord upon gospel tent meetings to start, Lord willing, on July 15, with David Booth and Tim Walker.

Clyde: The saints enjoyed visits recently from Lorne Langfeld, Timothy Walker, and Don Nicholson who stayed to visit and follow up contacts in the area.

Kingston: In August, gospel tent meetings are planned with Ross Vanstone and Eugene Badgley.

Lake Shore: Prayer is requested for gospel tent meetings by Frank Sona and N. Crawford which are expected to start on July 8.

Peterborough: The conference on May 5 was very well attended with nine brethren giving ministry and preaching the Gospel. It was profitable and upbuilding to the Christians attending.

Thunder Bay: Tim Kember visited the assembly in April. Robert Boyle visited in May with a few nights on the Life of Abraham.

Valens: The saints were encouraged in March when a young brother was received into fellowship, and another young man and his parents were baptized. George Patterson and Ed Miller were here for the happy occasion. Prayer would be valued for another tent series with these two brethren in August. The assembly appreciated four nights of ministry meetings on Joseph by Tim Walker.

Welland: The saints enjoyed recent visits from Don Nicholson for three nights of ministry, and from Tim Walker in May Tom Baker preached the gospel at the bi-weekly afternoon Spanish meeting and at night in English on June 3.

New Brunswick

Sussex: Peter Ramsay was expected for ministry on the Personal Life of Daniel on May 29-31.

Nova Scotia

Blues Mills: Allan LeBlanc was with the saints on May 30 for much appreciated ministry.

Nineveh: Peter Ramsay had a week of ministry on Lessons from the Life of Abraham, concluding on Sunday afternoon, May 6.

Prince Edward Island

Over 700 people attended the 51st P.E.I. Conference on May19 and 20. The ministry given was considered to be edifying. Both gospel meetings were well attended with a number of unsaved in attendance from the surrounding communities.

Freetown: Following the Conference, Stanley Wells had four nights of helpful Bible Readings on Shepherds and Deacons. The Readings were well attended by the surrounding assemblies.

Springfield West: Noel Burden and David Hunt finished five weeks of gospel meetings on May 27. The Lord helped in the preaching of the gospel and the seed was sown.

Borden: The Crapaud Assembly is planning gospel tent meetings here with Bert Joyce and Peter Ramsay, commencing early in July.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Gander Bay: The annual conference from May 18-20 proved to be profitable with several of the Lord’s servants and a few local brethren giving ministry that focused on the needs of new believers. The Bible Study on Acts 9 was taken by Bert Joyce. Please pray for Alvin Blake of the Gander Bay assembly. Our brother is diagnosed with liver cancer and prayer would be appreciated for him, his wife, and family.

Sandringham: Two men were baptized on May 13, bringing joy to the saints. Both brethren have loved ones in the assembly. Alvin Blake was with the assembly for the Lord’s Day and shared in the happy occasion.



San Diego: The assembly enjoyed ministry from J. Beatty, J. Slabaugh, and J. McColl during the month of April.

S. Dakota

Rapid City: Al Christopherson was greatly encouraged to see an interest in this area in March and April. He plans on spending more time here.


New Lenox: God gave help during the May conference with helpful ministry from Jim Ferris (Marion, IA), Eric McCullough, David Oliver, Joel Portman, William Skates, John Slabaugh, Harold Stewart (Bryn Mawr, PA), and Arthur Ward.


Battle Creek: William Metcalf and Stephen Vance concluded four weeks of meetings on May 20. We rejoice in the profession of faith of a teenage girl, daughter of believers, and an 85 year old lady from the neighborhood. We pray that many others who showed concern may yet be saved. Brian Owen and John Slabaugh gave appreciated visits recently.

Jackson: Matthew Smith, Paul Wielenga, Jim Buck, and other brethren from the Jackson assembly are continuing to hold meetings every week at Fort Wayne, Indiana. There have been some new contacts. The Jackson assembly plans to have a booth to distribute tracts, meeting invitations, and Bibles at the County Fair in July Prayer is appreciated.

Saginaw: The Lord’s people greatly profited from two weeks of ministry April 26 – May 4 as Jim Smith, using his chart, traced the Children of Israel’s journey from Egypt to Canaan. William Aiken and Jim Smith gave able ministry at our monthly ministry meeting May 6. The assembly enjoyed three nights of practical ministry from Ed Miller, May 30-June 1. Elton Fairfield and Ed Miller encouraged the saints here and from surrounding assemblies at the June 3 monthly ministry meeting.


Akron: The assembly appreciated recent visits by Bill Lavery and Walter Gustafson.

Cleveland: Frank Sona and Brian Crawford had three weeks of excellent gospel meetings, encouraging the saints. We look to God to bless the word spoken.

Mansfield: Robert McIlwaine and David Oliver closed four weeks of gospel meetings June 3, and are encouraged with seeing a number of souls saved.


Kiski Valley: There is a Seed Sower’s effort planned for the July 8-12 that will be the start of tent meetings with Bill Seale and Dale Vitale. Children’s meetings will be held in the tent that week as well. The effort is with the support and fellowship of both the Indiana and the McKeesport assemblies.

New Jersey

Egg Harbor Township: Don Draper and Gene Higgins are preaching the gospel in a home in this town.

Livingston: The annual conference in May was well attended and there was a deep appreciation of the ministry and gospel preaching which was shared by six brethren. N. Crawford spent a Lord’s Day with the assembly recently.

Midland Park: The assembly worked hard during two and a half weeks of gospel meetings by Dan Shutt and N. Crawford. Many came who do not usually attend meetings and there were contacts made that may yet prove to bear fruit.


Frostburg: The annual conference was very well attended. Spirit-led ministry and missionary reports were given by Robert McIlwaine, David Oliver, Steve Kember, John Slabaugh, Jim Bergsma, William Seale, Jr., Dale Vitale, Joe Clark and Mark Bachert. Many believers commented that they were deeply challenged by the Word spoken. A good number of visitors from the community attended the gospel meetings.


Matoaca: Hans Bouwman visited in March for three nights of greatly appreciated ministry on his chart, “Eternity to Eternity.”

North Carolina

Conover: Tent meetings by Art Ward and David Petterson are continuing with a good interest and the wholehearted support from the Hickory believers.

Hickory: The annual conference was marked by practical with searching ministry. Seven brethren shared in ministry and gospel.


Deland: The assembly has had cause to rejoice in the salvation of an elderly lady who came to the gospel series in February and has continued to attend the meetings. Please pray for the salvation of her family who are showing some interest.


Augusta: We appreciated having Bryan Joyce for the children’s treat on Mother’s Day May 13, concluding the children’s Bible study for the season.


Byfield: Stanley Wells ministered to the believers on the tabernacle during a visit on May 2. At the 117th annual conference, ministry was given by brethren Walter Gustafson, Alan LeBlanc, Ken Taylor and Frank Tournaquindici. Ken Taylor, gave a report on the work in Dominica and Haiti during the Saturday afternoon meeting.

Saugus: The Bible Reading conference on June 2 and 3 was well attended. The five Bible Readings provided plain and practical teaching about Christian living in this world. There were expressions of appreciation from young and older believers.

Watertown: The Mt. Auburn assembly greatly appreciated the visits for ministry of Marcus Cain, Alex Dryburgh, and Stanley Wells during the month of May


Newington: Marcus Cain gave a brief missionary report on the work in Mexico, and Alex Dryburgh had a week of appreciated ministry on the book of Ruth. Terryville: Alex Dryburgh had two nights of ministry and opened the area monthly Bible Reading on May 20.

Costa Rica

Doug Reid writes, “We have had a triple effort in the gospel here in Cuidad Coln: six afternoons with the children, complete coverage of Cuidad Col6n, Santa Ana and Piedades, and surrounding areas, with John 3:16 texts, tracts and invitations by the Seed Sowers from Canada and the U.S.A., including brethren and sisters from El Salvador and Costa Rica, and eight nights of gospel meetings with Craig Saword and Kevin Flett of El Salvador. The district coverage, at least in Cuidad Coln, met with immediate opposition from the local priest, who followed right behind our brethren’s van so that the Roman Catholics would be deterred from receiving the John 3:16 texts and invitations. Undoubtedly he denounced us from the pulpit as well. He seems to have been relatively successful, but we continue to pray for the many texts that were received during the widespread coverage. We know that the good seed of the Word of God will not return unto Him void. The Lord encouraged with two girls professing Christ as Savior. The effort was a great encouragement for the saints here, and we deeply appreciate all our brethren’s interest to give a helping hand in the work here in Costa Rica. It has been a lonely field.”

N. Ireland

Antrim: Albert Aiken has commenced and continues here in the gospel with interest.

Arvagh: T. Topley and 0. Armstrong have had six weeks of gospel meetings in this difficult area, but were encouraged by attendance.

Ballycastle: Brethren Fenton and Barr are preaching in a portable hall with fairly good interest.

Ballykeel: H. Paisley had ten nights of ministry and gospel with many locals showing interest. Our brother also had very profitable and well-attended ministry meetings in his home assembly at Ballymena, also visiting Ballyvaddy and Cookstown where much help was given in ministry of the Word.

Bloomfield (Belfast): A. McShane has had ministry meetings here during May.

Coleraine: M. McCandless and P. Orasuk have had 17 weeks in Scotts’ Warehouse with large numbers attending and quite a number professing faith in Christ.

Derryhubbert: B. Glendenning and R. Fairley are preaching here in a portable hall and find it difficult to get people interested.

Drumeenagh: J. McCelland and Crawford Brown have commenced a gospel series in this small assembly.

Gransha: J. Martin and his son Wesley are in their fourth week in the gospel and have seen blessing in salvation.

Moneyreagh: D. Kane and T. Meekin are now in their sixth week in the gospel here.

Whitehouse (Belfast): J. McCelland and J. Fleck have concluded gospel meetings with blessing in salvation.

Annual Meetings: Owing to the Foot and Mouth epidemic, some conferences were canceled, but annual meetings were convened with profit in Bellaghy, Ballymacashon, Martry, Ardmore, Limavady and Mullafernaghan.

Conferences D.V.

Taylorside, SK

June 29, 30 and July 1 in the Taylorside Gospel Hall, located 3 miles south and 4 miles west of Beatty, SK. Prayer meeting on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. Corr: John Parker, Box 2666, Melfort SK, SOE lAO, Tel. (306)752-4079, Fax (306)752-5574.

Westbank, BC

August 3,4 and 5 in the Highway Gospel Hall, 2549 Hebert Road. Friday: Prayer/Ministry 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: Bible Reading (7 Descriptions of a Local Assembly) 10:00 a.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Ministry/Gospel 7:00 p.m., Sing 9:00 p.m.; Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30 am., Sunday School 11:15 a.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Prayer 6:30 p.m., Gospel 7:15 p.m. Corr: Glenn A. Griffin, 3344 Elliott Road, Westbank, B.C. V4T 1P2, Tel. (250)768-3343, Fax (250)768-3312, Email: griffarm@telus.bc

Lorain, OH

August 25 and 26 in Grace Gospel Hall, 3006 Elyria Avenue. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m., 2 p.m.; Gospel 7 p.m.; Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:15 am., Sunday School and Ministry 11:15 am., Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m.. Lunch and supper will be served. Corr: Randall H. Bradford, 1875 E 341h Street, Lorain, OH 44055, Tel. (216)277-5461.

Arlington/Marysville, WA

September 1,2 and 3 in the Gospel Hall, 323 5. Stillaguamish Ave., with prayer and ministry Friday 7 p.m. Saturday: Bible Study 8:45 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Ministry/Gospel 7 p.m., Ministry for the Young 8:45 p.m. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m. (Arlington and Shoultes), Bible Study 11:15 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m., Ministry for the Young 8:45 p.m. Monday: Bible Study 8:45 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 10:30 am. and 2 p.m. Bible Studies will be based on Colossians 3, centering around the subject of commitment to God, assembly and family Accom: Don Kazen, Tel. (360)652-9856 or Phil Kazen, Tel.(360)659-4611

Akron, OH

September 1-2 in Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Road, Copley, with Prayer meeting Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 2705 Smith Road, Tel: (330)867-3818. Saturday: Ministry at 10a.m., Bible Reading 1:30 p.m. on “Consecration”. Breaking of Bread 10 a.m. Accom: David Metcalf, 3228 Blake Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281, Tel: (330)334-9691, e-mail: davemetcalf@ msn.com. Corr: Kenneth Webb, P0 Box 13350, Akron, OH 44334, Tel: (330)666-9466.

Clementsvale, NS

September 1 and 2 in the Champlain Hall, Comwallis Park. Saturday: Prayer and Ministry 10 am. and 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Sunday: Bible Reading 8:30 am., Breaking of Bread 10a.m., Ministry 2p.m., Gospel 7p.m.. Bible Reading subject: Psalm 22. Corr: Mr. Lionel Cress, Tel. (902)467-3115. Accom: please call in advance James McCelland, Tel. (902)467-3351.

Arnstein, ON

September15 and 16 with Prayer Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. A Bible Reading each day at 8:45 a.m. with the subject of Creation on Saturday and Psalm 69 on Lord’s Day. Breaking of Bread will be at 10a.m. Supper will be served at 5 p.m. on Friday for those who arrive early. Corr: Don Brunne, Tel: (705)757-2030.

Vancouver, BC

October 6,7 and 8 in the Bumaby South Secondary School, 5455 Rumble Street, Burnaby. Prayer meeting Friday 8:00 p.m. in the Victoria Drive Gospel Hall, 4659 Victoria Dr. Meetings on Saturday and Monday are at 10a.m., 2 and 7 p.m.. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m. (Gospel Hall), 2:30 and 7p.m. Corr: Philip Broadhead, 17431 – 101 Avenue, Surrey, BC V4N 4L7, Tel. (604)581-8155, email: pbroadhead@telus.net.

Livonia, MI

October 20 and 21 in the Stark Road Gospel Hall, with prayer meeting on Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 am., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7p.m. Corr: James K Vallance, 47100 Maplebrook, Northville, MI 48167, Tel. (248)349-4258. Accom: Jeff Joyce, Tel. (248)442-8858. One week advance notice would be greatly appreciated. Hall (734)425-4910.

Conference Reminders:

Sioux City, IA – July 14-15

Change of Address

Peter Ramsay: email address – pdr@islandtelecom.com

Bryan Funston: email address – bryanfunston@hotmail.com

Address Correction

Jesse Fitch: 535 Bluff Street, Council luffs, IA 51503-6547, Tel: (712) 328-1185, Email: mafitch@juno.com

Addition to June Address List

Zambia: Miss Julie Frank, Loloma, Box 150, Manyinga, Kabompo, Zambia.

Change of Correspondent

Port Sydney, ON: Deer Lake Gospel Hall, Mr. Keith Bailey, RR 1, Baysville, ON POB lAO, Tel: (705)767-2580

Change of Meeting Times

Frostburg, MD: Sunday – Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m., Sunday School/Bible Class 11a.m., Gospel Meeting 7p.m. Wednesday – 7:30 p.m. Prayer and Bible Study.

With Christ

Frances I. McPhail of Langley, BC on November 30, 2000 in her 93rd year. Frances was saved in 1928 in meetings held by H. Harris and T. Black in Woodland Dr. Gospel Hall. She was baptized and received into fellowship at Fairview, then later in Richmond when that assembly was formed. Her last three years were lived at Hilltop Manor in Langley. She taught Sunday School at Nanaimo Rd., South Main, and Richmond. She will be fondly remembered for her hospitality to young and old, and her care for others. Her heart’s desire and prayer was that her unsaved loved ones will come to know the Lord. She is survived by three sisters, Phyllis Reid, Wilma Leenders and Beryl McPhail, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gary Stevenson of Valens, ON on April 19, age 49. Gary was saved just prior to his marriage in 1978. As the result of a gospel tent series at Valens, in the summer of 1995, Gary and Frances sought out the local assembly and were received into fellowship that fall. Gary loved to hear a clear gospel p reached and even in his five weeks in hospital, suffering from leukemia, he witnessed for Christ. Ken Nicholson, Oshawa, shared in the large funeral. Remember his widow and two children in prayer.

Mr. Tom Boyd of Calgary, AB passed into the presence of the Lord he loved April 30 at the age of 99. Our brother had been in the fellowship of the assembly meeting in the West Hillhurst Gospel Hall for many years. Although the frailties which come with advancing years prevented him from attending assembly meetings for the last several months, his contributions to the Bible Readings and his genuine interest in the saints will be missed. Please pray for Anne, his wife of over 70 years.

Roth E. Perlinger of Monongahela, PA on May 2, age 79, passed peacefully into the presence of the Lord after ten months of illness from a brain tumor. After spending several weeks in the hospital, he was tenderly cared for by his wife at home for eight months. Roth was saved in 1957 after attending gospel meetings in Donora by Fred Mehl. He was the correspondent for the Donora assembly. He was a faithful, beloved brother and will be sadly missed by the assembly and his dear wife, Jane. Harold Clark took the funeral service where a large gathering included friends from six assemblies. Pray for his dear wife.

Mrs. Della Alphonse of Arnstein, ON on May 8, age 92. Our dear sister was born, raised and attended Sunday School here. While she and her husband, William, were living near Sudbury, she received Christ as her Saviour in 1942. Over the years she has been in fellowship in Arnstein, Orillia, and Waubaushene, faithfully attending all the meetings. In the sixties she cooked at Elim Homes, and ten years ago became a happy resident. She was predeceased by her husband in 1979 and her son Lloyd in 1980. David Booth spoke the gospel clearly at her funeral. She leaves to mourn four children, thirty grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, some of whom need of our prayers.

Anne Boyd of Calgary, AB on June 2, age 97. Our dear sister followed her husband into the presence of their Lord almost exactly a month later. She had failed quickly, though still not wearing eyeglasses. Though so frail in body she was mentally alert to the last, desiring the Scriptures to be read for believers to pray with her even the afternoon before she passed away. She will be missed, but she is with Christ which is very far better.

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