Tidings

Canada

Alberta

Fort McMurray: The annual Sunday school picnic was held on May 24 with good attendance. The message to the children was given by John Fitzpatrick. John and Stan Wells were with the assembly for two weeks of gospel meetings from May 18-30. A number of invitations were delivered door-to-door. New people came and there were some unsaved out each night. Pray that the seed sown will produce fruit for the Lord’s glory.

British Columbia

Burnaby: The South Burnaby assembly enjoyed visits from William Skates and Stanley Wells in past weeks. Brother Wells gave basic ministry to help those recently saved. Bryon Meyers visited for the day on May 11 and spoke at the Sunday school Mother’s Day Tea which was well attended. He also spoke in the gospel, after which four were baptized.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Gander: Two young men in their 30s, one from Gander and one from Gander Bay, were baptized after the gospel meeting on May 25. There were about 80 in attendance to hear the gospel faithfully preached by local brethren David Mullet and Sterling Payne.

Gander Bay: Bryan Joyce visited on Monday night following the Easter Conference in nearby Gander and gave encouraging ministry on “Characteristics of a Christian.” The number attending the annual conference was encouraging. Wallace Buckle, Alex Dryburgh, Steve Joyce, and Scott MacLeod gave helpful ministry. The Bible study on Romans 12 was very fitting.

Newfoundland West Coast

The believers on the West Coast appreciated the visit and ministry of Pete Smith on his return from Charlottetown, LB. Also, the saints at Corner Brook and McIver’s were encouraged with the Saturday and Lord’s Day visit of Matthew Cain who gave helpful ministry and information on street outreach work.

Nova Scotia

Weaver Settlement: In April, a sister was received into fellowship. David Hierlihy and David Hunt concluded four-and-a-half weeks of gospel meetings in May, with the Lord blessing in salvation.

Ontario

Arnprior: In early April, Murray McLeod and Murray Pratt had two weeks of profitable gospel meetings in a room above a truck stop restaurant. A number of church-goers attended and remarked that they had not heard the gospel so plainly preached in 50 years. A man who attended the final meeting professed to be saved a few days later.

Beachburg: Please pray for gospel tent meetings to commence on July 6 with Eugene Badgley and Murray Pratt. If there are believers visiting in the area who could attend, that support would also be appreciated.

Huntsville: The assembly is anticipating a week of ministry on “The Assembly” on June 15-20 with Lorne Langfeld. A lady who was contacted as a result of the clothing giveaway professed salvation.

Kirkland Lake: The children gave excellent attention as Norman Lorimer had one week of children’s meetings in early May.

London: Highbury assembly enjoyed missionary reports by Eric Fowler, Stephen Harper, Andrew Kluge, Clark Logan, and Stephen Redpath.

Straffordville: As a result of the Christian demeanor of two young sisters at Tim Horton’s, a young couple started attending the assembly meetings and home Bible studies in January. In March, this young couple gave a clear testimony of salvation and were baptized, along with three teenagers. Recently, a young sister was received into the assembly who has had her parents open their home for Bible studies. As a result, her sister has professed salvation and is attending the meetings. Four such home studies are conducted weekly. The weekly Youth Outreach Program, carefully and prayerfully guided by two couples, involves 40 teenagers. This has been the means of several being saved, baptized, and added to the assembly.

Toronto: The Eglinton Ave. assembly hosted ministry meetings by Scott McLeod on “The Church, Local and Universal,” from June 15-19.

Windsor: Michael Penfold was with the assembly for three nights of very helpful and encouraging ministry. The believers were challenged by the very practical and thought-provoking nature of the subjects considered.

U.S.A.

California

Los Angeles: The East Los Angeles assembly convened its annual conference in April with over 200 present, some coming from as far away as Las Vegas. David Booth, Glen Baker, Tom Baker, and brother Walker gave help in this Spanish conference. The Lord blessed in salvation, for which we were thankful.

Connecticut

Newington: Eugene Higgins was with the assembly for gospel meetings for four weeks with his chart on the Impact of the Bible and Christianity on World History. The Lord visited, with three professing salvation.

Iowa

Manchester: Lord willing, a baptism is planned here for July 27. This is the result of a nine-week fruitful gospel series by Murray McCandless and Brody Thibodeau. The hall was full nightly with good support from other assemblies and many visitors in from the area. The saints were refreshed and encouraged. Continuance in prayer is appreciated for those who professed and those still unsaved.

Stout: The conference in April was truly a time of blessing and answer to prayer. Thirteen of the Lord’s servants were present and the Lord gave help. The number attending was larger this year. The younger brethren are having children’s meetings each Tuesday night in a trailer court, with encouraging numbers. A baptism is planned for June 1 for four young believers.

Massachusetts

Saugus: The subject of “Apologetics” at the Bible Reading Conference was well received and fitting for this day and age. The subjects of the Bible and science, the authority of Scripture and the Person of Christ were covered by David Petterson, Andrew Robertson, and David Vallance. The gospel was faithfully spoken by David Petterson and Andrew Robertson, with Julian Philip (Midland Park, NJ) and Ed Hudon (Byfield, MA) giving their testimonies. A. Robertson spoke to the Sunday school children. The Vacation Bible School is scheduled for August 4-8, Lord willing, with Bill Seale. Please pray for this effort.

Watertown: Please note a correction to the item in the June issue with regard to the Mt. Auburn Gospel Hall. The assembly has temporarily moved to another location for now as they wait on the Lord.

Michigan

Deckerville: In early May, Bill Metcalf visited for the Lord’s Day and gave very encouraging and uplifting ministry which the assembly appreciated.

Ferndale: The assembly appreciated visits from Frank Sona, James Smith, and William Lavery in May.

Saginaw: Ken Taylor and William Metcalf gave instructive ministry and searching gospel messages at the June 1st bimonthly ministry meeting. Attendance from surrounding assemblies was encouraging. Brother Taylor’s subject was the Levitical Offerings and he continued for two additional nights in Saginaw and one night in Cass City.

New Jersey

Midland Park: The assembly has enjoyed ministry at various times since the beginning of the year from Phil Coulson, Elton Fairfield, Eugene Higgins, Walter Gustafson, Larry Buote, Alvin Cook, Dan Shutt, and Stephen Harper. The daughter of a couple in the assembly professed faith in Christ during a Lord’s Day gospel meeting in May, bringing joy to the family and to the saints.

Virginia

Crandon: The believers intend to have a booth at the flea market in nearby Dublin on June 7-8 to give out Bibles, texts, bookmarkers, and DVDs. Lord willing, a Seed Sowers distribution will be held the last week in June with intentions to cover all the nearby towns. This will be followed with two weeks of gospel tent meetings in White Gate with David Petterson and Russell Coleman.

Mexico

Campeche

Emiliano Zapata: Attendance at the meetings has been very encouraging. David Alves, Jr. visits here twice a week.

Chihuahua

Carichi: In this town located 100 miles to the west of the capital, Anderson Hernandez and Gilberto Torrens preached the gospel in two different homes, following up on unsaved contacts of a sister in the assembly in the capital.

Chihuahua (city): The assembly was overjoyed to see two young men obey the Lord in baptism and then received into fellowship, along with another sister.

Ciudad Delicias: Anderson Hernandez and Gilberto Torrens, and their families, visited this city 60 miles to the southeast of Chihuahua for a gospel meeting. After the meeting the woman of the house told how she had just trusted Christ. A year ago, she had driven, with her unsaved husband, to Chihuahua to see the replica of Noah’s ark that Dave Smith (Vancouver) had on display. Please pray for the salvation of her husband.

Ciudad Juarez: This border city with the United States was once extremely dangerous. The government has done a lot to curb the activities of organized crime. Anderson Hernandez and Gilberto Torrens preached the gospel in the house of relatives of a sister in fellowship. They also delivered many VIA magazines in the city, and had an open-air meeting in a park.

El Vergel: Leonel Chavez and Shad Kember visited this small town for a week, visiting the people and preaching the gospel. There are about 500 homes here. God worked in a remarkable way and several of brother Chavez’s relatives professed faith in Christ. Our brethren plan to return in June.

Puerto Palomas: Anderson Hernandez and Gilberto Torrens visit this border town regularly, a 310 mile drive for them. There is a lovely elderly couple here from the West Phoenix Spanish-speaking assembly, who have several unsaved relatives they are burdened about.

Guerrero

Iguala: An older couple and a young woman have recently professed to be saved. There continues to be good response on the part of these new believers to the teaching about the local assembly. Please pray that God may establish a lampstand of testimony to His Name.

Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta: The Coapinole assembly appreciated a visit from Marcus Cain for one night of ministry.

Nayarit

Tepic: The assembly was greatly encouraged by a visit of the Marcus Cain family. Brother Marcus ministered the Word for several nights.

Santiago Ixcuintla: The assembly enjoyed four nights of ministry by Paul Thiessen. On the final night of his visit three believers obeyed the Lord in baptism. Marcus Cain also paid an appreciated visit.

Mexico City

Tlalpan: Brethren from the Nezahualcoyotl assembly continue to see good attendance at gospel meetings held here. Tlalpan is its largest borough of the Federal district, located some 20 miles from where the assembly meets.

Mexico State

San Lucas: Duncan Beckett and Abisai Vieyra are visiting here and having house meetings, following up on contacts from a brother in Puerto Vallarta.

Morelos

Oacalco: Duncan Beckett and Abisai Vieyra continue to make weekly visits for house meetings. The enemy is not happy about the truth that is being preached.

Quintana Roo

Cancun: Timothy and Amy Turkington have started a Sunday school here, with the help of local believers.

Nicolas Bravo: David Alves, Jr. and Timothy Turkington visited this town of 4000 souls for the second time. It is a 250-mile drive from Cancun. There are contacts here from believers in Cancun. For two days our brethren visited many homes and preached the gospel.

Sonora

Laura Alicia: Despite recording-breaking heat (121 F), Samuel Cain and Jairo Gracia, of the Hermosillo assembly, had two weeks of house meetings. A couple with three teenagers attended very well and showed some interest.

Veracruz

Xalapa: Timothy Stevenson had the joy of baptizing four believers. Please pray for this new area where God is at work.

Yucatan

Please remember to pray for Timothy Turkington and his family as they travel the 250 miles to and from this small Mayan village. They are exercised to start a children’s meeting here. The gospel is preached every Saturday evening.

Conferences

Westbank, BC

August 2-3, with Prayer Meeting on August 1 at 7:30pm in the Highway Gospel Hall, 2549 Hebert Road, Westbank. Saturday: Bible Reading 10am (Leviticus 16), Ministry 2:30pm, Ministry/Gospel 7pm, Sing 9pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30am, Sunday School 11:15am, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 7:15pm. Meals will be provided. Please contact in advance for accommodation. Corr: Glenn Griffin, 3344 Elliott Road, Westbank, BC V4T 1P2; Tel: 250 768-3343; E-mail griffarm@telus.net.

Akron, OH

August 30-31, in Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Road, Copley.  Friday: Prayer meeting 7:30pm (in the Gospel Hall, 2705 Smith Road). Saturday: Ministry 10am, Ministry 1pm (Stewardship: Time, Talent, Treasure, and Truth). Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am.  Accom: Eric Prough, E-mail: akrongospel@gmail.com.  Corr. Kenneth Webb, PO Box 13350, Akron, OH 44334; Tel: 330 606-1460; E-mail: kwebb330@aol.com.

Kansas City, MO

August 30-31, in the Gospel Hall, 4603 E. Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64128. Friday, August 29: Prayer meeting 7pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 6pm. Sunday: Bible reading (Luke 24:33-53), Breaking of Bread 11am, Ministry 2pm, Gospel 4:30pm. Corr. Leroy Scott, 597 NW AA Hwy, Kingsville, MO 64061. Tel: 816 739-1686; E-mail: alanesther@embarqmail.com. For advance accommodations, contact Leroy Scott as above.

Beetown, WI

September 1, Labor Day all-day meeting in the Lancaster Senior High auditorium, 806 E. Elm St. Lancaster, WI. Meetings begin at 10am. Corr. Marvin Studnicka, 697 Pigeon Creek Drive, Lancaster, WI. 53813; Tel: 608 723-7156.

Conferences Previously Published

Clinton, ON – July 12

Sioux City, IA – July 19-20

Corrections to June 2014 Address List

Please note: All calls to cellphones in Mexico need an additional “1” after the country code “52.”  Example: 011-52-1-322-888-5555. This change only applies to numbers listed as “Cell” for those laboring in Mexico.

Leonel & Ieimy Chavez: Calle Cristobal Colon #795, Colonia Centro, 81000 Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. Tel: 011-52-602-666-6104; Cell: 011-52-1-687-102-1451; E-mail: leonelieimy@gmail.com.

Ernest & Ellen Green, 12102 Evergreen Drive, Windsor-Tecumseh, ON, Canada, N8N 1G9. E-mail: e.green@securenet.net.

Bryan & Rachel Joyce: Current phone number is 905 889-0837.

Jonathan & Hannah Seed: 1468 Paseo de Los Bambúes, Colonia Tabachines, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico 45188. E-mail address unchanged.

Samuel & Elizabeth Simonyi-Gindele: Cx. P 12, Saurimo, Lunda-Sul, Angola.

Change of Correspondent

Bolton, ON: Phillip Brodie, 1221 Adjala Tecumseth Townline, Tottenham, ON, L0G 1W0. Tel: 416 302-9323; E-mail: philbrodie@grandentrancedesign.com.

North Bay (Nipissing Jct): Glenn Pratt, 144 Marshall Park Drive, North Bay, ON, P1A 3L2. Tel: 705 474-9473: E-mail: pratt144@hotmail.com.

Change in Address of Correspondent

Hamilton, ON (Nash Road): Paul Glenney, E-mail: glenneypw@gmail.com.

Home-calls

Sidney Smith of Calgary, AB, on December 27, 2013, in his 83rd year. He was born and born again in Tandragee, Northern Ireland during the war. He often said that something good came out of the war. Mr. Geddis, a missionary from Zambia, was home on furlough and had gospel meetings in his community. A number, including Sidney, were reached and saved. He married his wife, Adelaide, and immigrated to Canada in 1956. They were part of the fellowship at West Hillhurst, where they raised their children. His trade was in auto-body and he often helped the saints in a very practical way. He very much appreciated the worship meeting and was faithful until poor health prevented him from getting out. He leaves to mourn his wife, four children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Albert Ajohn of Calgary, AB, on February 21, age 69. For the last few years, he had returned to Trinidad over the winter to help with the Lord’s work. He was instrumental in re-starting different Sunday school works and encouraging the saints in various assemblies. While there, he drowned while snorkeling in Tobago. He was saved as a teenager and taken in by the Learie Teleford family. From his earliest Christian days he had a gift and desire to reach out with the gospel which remained undiminished until his call home. He had the joy of leading many of his family as well as others to the Lord. He was very involved in children’s work for many years and held the kid’s camp connected with the tent meetings last summer. He was involved with the assembly ESL class as well as learning sign language so he could reach out to the deaf. He leaves to mourn his wife, June, three children, and the assembly at West Hillhurst. His seat will be vacant and he will be missed.

Jack Logue of Calgary, AB, on March 13, age of 94. He was born in Drumslade, Northern Ireland and immigrated to Canada as a boy. He grew up in a Christian home in Portage and was raised in the gospel hall Sunday school. He went to war and then got married and settled in Calgary. He was long prayed for but was not saved until he was 51 during tent meetings in 1970 with Harold Paisley and David Spears, through Ephesians 2:8, 9. His wife May was saved shortly after and they became a part of the fellowship at West Hillhurst. Jack was a very practical man and his good works were appreciated by all. He very faithfully looked after the assembly grounds. He is survived by his wife May, two sons, seven grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Prayer is requested for some in the family as to their spiritual need.

Norah Brown of Eastport, NL, on March 22, age 98. She was born in Salvage, NL in August, 1915 and married Arthur Brown in November, 1938. When the gospel came to the Eastport Peninsula in the mid-70s, both Art and Norah responded to the message and identified with the believers in the newly planted assembly amidst considerable opposition. Unexpectedly, just a year or two later, Art went home to be with the Lord in 1978. Norah continued on in faithful attendance. However, later in life she became deeply burdened about the salvation of her soul, realizing that she only had a profession. In great soul trouble, a Sunday school chorus came to her; “All the way to Calvary, He went for me … He died to set me free.” Appreciating the death of Christ for her personally, she rejoiced and rested on the finished work of her Savior. Many unsaved were at the funeral where a fitting tribute was given by Sandy Feltham, the gospel preached by Marvin Derksen, and Larry Perkins praying at the graveside. Prayer is requested for some family members still not saved.

Virginia Sigmon of Hickory, NC, on April 23, age 89. Virginia was a faithful member of the Hickory assembly for 57 years. She and her husband, Floyd, were saved in April, 1957 under the gospel preaching of Oswald MacLeod and Lorne McBain. Both were baptized and received into fellowship later that year and faithfully attended meetings together until Floyd’s death in 2005. She had the joy of seeing many of her children and grandchildren saved, and several gathered in assembly fellowship. She is survived by sons, James, Ronald, Melvin (Roberta), Harvey (Wendy), and daughter-in-law, Janice Lail, 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. Virginia was a happy person, and greatly enjoyed the fellowship of the believers. She will be sorely missed by all. The funeral service was taken by John Setzer and Stan Moore, and the gospel was faithfully preached.

Mrs. Margaret Brewster (Kember) of London, ON, on May 19, age 98. Margaret was saved as a young woman in Toronto where she had gone to attend a commercial art school. She was very talented with a brush and paints and painted many texts for different halls as well as the original Kember gospel texts. In her early years, she cooked and baked meals for the men that her brother, John, invited home for supper, before taking them to various gospel meetings. She was confined to care homes for the past nine years; a private funeral was held on May 26.

Alice McCalley of Cedar Falls, IA, on May 22, age 93. She was saved in 1939 when she realized her need of God’s forgiveness and believed that Christ had finished that work on the cross. She was received first into the assembly at Western Ave. in Waterloo, and, in subsequent years, in several Iowa assemblies. Her last years were lived in Linn Manor Care Center in Marion, Iowa. She was an example of the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. She is survived by seven children, 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. The large service in the Cedar Falls Gospel Hall was shared by Robert Orr and Russ Nesbit.

Linda Alberts of Cedar Falls, IA, on May 25, age 69, surrounded by her family after suffering a vertebral fracture as a result of a fall the day before. She was saved May 3, 1957 through John 6:47 while attending gospel meetings held by the late E.G. “Buzz” Jamison in the Hampton Gospel Hall. She, with her husband Ken, lived most of their married life in the Cedar Falls area, moving to Illinois for employment in 1998 where they fellowshipped in the New Lenox assembly. They returned to Cedar Falls in 2013. Linda was loving, kind, generous, and caring. She is survived by her husband, three children, and 12 grandchildren. Russ Nesbit and several members of her family shared in the funeral service, with Gary Toombs speaking at the grave. The following day, an 11-year-old niece, deeply stirred by Linda’s passing, received Christ through the truth of John 3:16; a great encouragement and uplift to the family.