Edmonton: The Spirit of God worked in salvation during the three weeks of gospel meetings with Jim Jarvis and Marvin Derksen. One young lady professed faith in Christ. A large number of both saved and unsaved attended, with many visitors out for the first time. Please continue to pray.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Corner Brook: The saints in Corner Brook and the assemblies in McIver’s, Parsons Pond, and Rocky Harbour appreciated the ministry and missionary reports of Murray Poidevin (Zambia) and Duncan Beckett (Mexico) who visited Newfoundland with their families in September.
Gander: On September 17, Murray Poidevin was with the assembly to give an update on the work in Zambia. On September 24, Duncan Beckett also visited, giving an account of the work in Mexico. From October 5-10, Gaius Goff expected to be with the assembly for a week of ministry meetings. A gospel series with Bryan Joyce and Larry Perkins will commence November 3 Lord willing. Please pray.
Gander Bay: The visit on September 18 of Murray Poidevin and his wife was appreciated. Murray gave ministry and an update on the work in Zambia and the outreach to Angola.
Earlton: Gospel meetings are scheduled Oct. 26 with Alvin Cook and Ralph Ferguson in a municipal building five miles east of Earlton. A number have been saved in the last few months in this general area. Local assemblies conducted children’s meetings for over 25 years in this area.
Huntsville: The conference September 6 had about 90 in attendance and the ministry on “The Assembly” was appreciated. Six of the Lord’s servants spoke. On September 14, four people were baptized, two teens and two older sisters. Gospel meetings began September 15 with Bryan Joyce and Bert Snippe. One boy of 10 has professed and some visitors are attending, including a few new contacts.
Kapuskasing: The believers enjoyed the visit of Bruce Rodgers on August 31 and his profitable ministry was appreciated. The believers had a Bible Booth set up for the second year in the Circle in Kapuskasing during the weekend of September 5-6. Many from the community and surrounding area stopped by to receive Christian literature, Bibles, texts, etc. This was a time of sowing; we are looking to the Lord for a bountiful harvest. Larry Steers was here for a two-week series, September 21-October 3, with profitable teaching on “The Feasts of the Lord.”
Kirkland Lake: Peter Ramsay had two weeks of gospel meetings in late September to follow up contacts made in the springtime series. Some former contacts attended and several new contacts attended, encouraging the believers. An 18-year-old girl from Earlton professed.
Nipissing Junction: In late September Bruce Rodgers and Mike Trahan began gospel meetings in the north end of the city. Some visitors attended.
North Bay: Larry Buote was with the assembly at Nipissing Junction for seven meetings in early September on “Lessons from Solomon’s Temple.” The saints were encouraged as they considered these practical lessons.
Timmins: Bruce Rodgers visited mid-September for three nights of ministry on “Glimpses into the Future and the Resurrection Hope.”
Yuma: John Clingen and Kyle Wilson commenced gospel meetings on October 5 with a good number out the first night, some for the first time. Pray for this new work and for the salvation of souls.
Terryville: The saints were very encouraged at the recent baptism of a young believer. Many unsaved family members attended the gospel meeting before the baptism as well as several Christians from surrounding assemblies. This believer was a contact made as a result of the booth at the Big E Fair in W. Springfield, MA.
Dunkerton: The gospel meetings with Jerry Jennings and Roy Weber closed September 10. The assembly was thankful for some visitors over the 2-1/2 weeks and for the children of the Lord’s people who heard clear, stirring messages.
Garnavillo: A teenage girl was baptized, with converts from the winter gospel meetings observing. In August, the assembly hosted its first youth conference with Dan Harvey and Dan Shutt. The hall was filled. A Seed Sowers effort prior to the conference covered Dubuque and many small towns in the tri-state area of SW Wisconsin, NE Iowa, and NW Illinois.
Saugus: Dan Shutt visited for ministry on Matthew 18:20, speaking of the New Testament Church with Christ as the great attraction and center. Gene Higgins also visited for ministry, outlining leadership principles in the life of Moses, with application to present day leadership.
Battle Creek: The Christians welcomed Sidney and Ruth Turkington who have relocated from Venezuela to Michigan.
Deckerville: Bill Metcalf gave a good gospel message with a blend of encouraging ministry. Please pray that the message of the gospel will bring forth fruit. An unsaved person has been coming on Sunday mornings.
Jackson: The saints would like to extend a warm invitation to join them in the commemoration of the 100th year anniversary of the assembly, on Saturday, November 1, from 1-5pm, with a supper following. During this afternoon meeting, God’s goodness over the years will be considered, as well as a history of the assemblies in Michigan, presented by Dan Shutt. Frank Sona is expected to speak in ministry. We hope you can join us! Also, please pray for a gospel series to begin on November 3 with Jim Smith and local brethren.
Saginaw: The assembly enjoyed a visit from Bert Snippe in September. His ministry encouraged the saints with a message on revival. Jim Smith and Dan Shutt were here for the October ministry meeting. Both had excellent messages in ministry and in the gospel. Attendance from the surrounding assemblies was most encouraging.
Fridley: Robert Orr continued into September with fundamental gospel truths in a St. Cloud, MN home near to the home of a man who professed salvation last month. The meetings were well-attended and we trust will be a blessing to this new convert and other relatives who showed interest. En route from Manitoba to a series of meetings in Cedar Falls, IA. Gary Sharp stopped by and spoke on “Promises and Prohibitions” from Psalm 85:8, as well as a tender Sunday school lesson.
West Salem: Gospel tent meetings commenced on September 2 with Al Christopherson and William Skates; they were announced to continue through September 10. Several saints from the La Crosse assembly have been praying for the gospel to reach this community for over 10 years. The Lord provided a very visible location in the community. West Salem is located 10 miles from the location of the gospel hall in La Crosse.
Lancaster: The gospel work continues at the Grant County jail each Sunday evening with Jim and Jason Frazier. The number of groups range from two to five. Most are made up of men with an occasional group of women coming in to listen. With many difficult childhoods and lives ruined by wrong choices, the inmates are searching for answers. Because it is a county jail, the inmates are often familiar with the local assembly testimonies of Blue River and Beetown.
Prairie du Chien: Richard Dudgeon and Wayne Granzow hold weekly prison meetings on Tuesday for two hours using “Survey in Basic Christianity.” There has been another changeover of men coming in, averaging six men a night. For a few weeks, Saturday evening gospel meetings have been held.
Chihuahua: Very timely ministry was given in the conference held mid-September with help given by Timothy Woodford, Shad Kember, Ricky Sawatsky, Anderson Hernandez, and Gilberto Torrens. God blessed in salvation during the closing gospel meeting when Alberto Mendoza, a young brother from Ciudad Obregon, shared in the meeting, giving his testimony.
Puerto Vallarta: The saints in the Coapinole assembly appreciated recent visits from Tim Woodford, Dan Harvey, Paul Thiessen, and Marcus Cain. Tim also was able to visit the Ixtapa and San Juan assemblies to minister from God’s Word.
Guadalajara: Paul Thiessen and Jonathan Seed had a week of well-attended and encouraging Bible readings in September relating to assembly principles. Please continue to pray for this new work in the south of the city. Tim Woodford visited the Zapopan assembly for a night of ministry on his way to the Chihuahua conference with his family.
Santiago Ixcuintla: Tim Woodford was with the assembly for one night of ministry in September and Marcus Cain spent two nights early in October. He also was with the assembly in Tepicfor two nights of ministry and a Lord’s Day. The Tepic believers are praying for God’s blessing on their upcoming conference held mid-November.
San Luis Potosi
El Barril: John Dennison had several nights of helpful ministry relating to family and marriage truths from God’s Word. Tim Woodford was here for one night during the family’s travels to several parts of the country. Please pray for the continued growth of the work here and the eventual establishment of an assembly.
Guasave: Leonel and Ieimy Chavez appreciated a recent visit from Juan Briano from the Hermosillo assembly to help in the gospel and ministry.
Hermosillo: The believers enjoyed a recent visit from John Dennison when he gave very helpful ministry on “Conflicts in the Home.” This was his second visit in recent months taking up the same theme. Children’s meetings recently resumed in the north and south of the city after a summer break.
San Luis Río Colorado: A married couple, neighbors of believers in the assembly, recently professed to be saved after attending meetings for a few months.
Managua: In September, a new assembly was formed in this capital city. Mark Bachert writes, “Our God is still engaging human hearts. He is actively calling out of the nations a peculiar people unto himself. He is still gathering saints together around the person of His worthy Son. There is yet another local community of imperfect believers in the south of Nicaragua giving visible expression to the awesome fact that Christ is building His Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”
Ahoghill:The assembly has had M. Radcliffe and J. Rogers preaching the gospel during September.
Belfast: The Cregagh Street assembly commenced gospel meetings October 5, with G. Woods and S. Nelson.
Ballymoney: The assembly obtained the Town Hall for the month of October where D. Williamson and P. McCauley commenced in the gospel.
Bleary: The assembly had five weeks of gospel meetings when good numbers attended and many unsaved heard the gospel clearly presented by M. Turkington and G. Woods.
Broughshane: N. Fleck and C. Beresford were in their fourth week of gospel meetings at the beginning of October. Many unsaved associated with the believers in the Braid area were attending.
Castlewellan: A large meeting room was rented for three weeks in the center of this town for gospel meetings where W. Martin and D. Gilliland commenced October 5. Pray for blessing and additions to the small assembly here.
Killykergan: J. Fleck and S. Gilfillan, with the saints, were encouraged in seeing blessing in the recent tent meetings.
Larne: A portable hall has been erected at Millbrook, a small community close to the town, and a gospel series commenced October 5 with S. Gilfillan and T. Wright.
Republic of Ireland
Dublin: The Rathmines assembly held a short series of gospel meetings followed by a week of ministry in September. The speakers were John Rogers, Tom Matthews, and Elton Fairfield. A large number of invitations were distributed with help from visiting believers. There was good attendance and interest, including a number from a variety of nationalities who had not heard the gospel before. There was blessing in salvation and a young believer came forward for baptism at the end of the meetings. Following the meetings, extensive repair work commenced on the gospel hall, including reroofing part of the structure which dates from the 1860s. A portable hall will be used until this work is completed. Prayer is valued for the preservation of the assembly and further blessing in the gospel.
Longford: The annual children’s prize giving was held in September. A number of children and parents attended and a fitting gospel message was given by Robert Armstrong. Pray for the monthly children’s meetings as they continue over the winter months. The assembly expects to have Jack Hay in November and Robin McKeown in December. Pray that these meetings will be to the building up of the testimony.
November 1-2, in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Ave. Friday: Prayer Meeting 8pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am, 2pm, and 7pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30am, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Corr: Philip Lampkin, 98 Moraine Court, London, ON, N6G 4Z1; Tel: 519 472-8747; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Hall: 519 451-8233.
December 6-7, with Prayer Meeting on Friday, December 5 at 7:30pm. Saturday: Ministry 10:30am and 2pm, Gospel 4:30pm. Sunday: Remembrance Meeting 10am, Sunday School 11:45am, Ministry 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. All meetings at the Walnut Street Gospel Hall. Corr: Tony Grillo, Tel: 781 248-8900, E-mail: email@example.com. Accom: David Lusk, Tel: 781 942-7006, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 10-11, 2015, in Haddonfield Middle School, Lincoln Ave. and Chestnut St. Haddonfield. Prayer meeting, Friday, 7:30pm, January 9 in the Gospel Hall, 6530 Caroline Ave. Pennsauken, NJ. Matthew Cain, Gaius Goff, Dan Harvey, Lindsay Parks, and Dan Shutt are expected. Corr. David A. Curran, 326 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033-1142; Tel: 856 429-4443.
Conferences Previously Published:
Alpena, AR – November 1-2
Newington, CT – November 1-2
Saskatoon, SK – November 1-2
Blues Mills, NS – November 8-9
Bryn Mawr/Hatboro, PA – November 7-9
Oil Springs, ON – November 8-9
Oshawa, ON – November 8
Brampton, ON – November 15
Maberly, ON – November 29
Change of Address
Lorne Langfeld: new E-mail address is email@example.com.
J. Albert Joyce: new E-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change of Correspondent
Mount Auburn, MA: John George, 5 Wyman Drive, Sudbury, MA 01776. Tel: 978 261-5311; Cell: 617 605-3212; E-mail: email@example.com.
Lawrence McLean of Windsor, ON, on September 1, age 95. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Helen in 2012, to whom he was married for 71 years. He was saved in 1956 in gospel meetings held in the Windsor Gospel Hall by the late Jim Clark. Having difficulty with the word “believe,” Mr. Clark read the Scripture, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed …” That solved his problem! He became a very committed assembly member, a highly respected elder, and a zealous gospel worker. Being of a cheerful disposition, “Keep looking up!” was his usual goodbye exhortation. Recently he was asked by a young brother, “What does Christ mean to you?” His reply was, “Everything, and then some!” He was present at the assembly gatherings up to a few weeks before his home-call and will be greatly missed. The large company heard fitting tributes from Raymond Fairley and some family members, with a warm searching message in the gospel by Larry Perkins. Prayer is valued for many of the family circle still without Christ.
Frances Thompson of Pugwash Junction, NS, on September 24, age 96. She was saved in Port Howe, NS at 12 years of age. She was in fellowship in Pugwash Junction and faithfully attended the meetings of the assembly until poor health, due to a stroke, prevented her from being present. She was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1978. She leaves one son Jerry (Anne), two granddaughters Leanne (Scott) Bingham and Melissa Thompson. The funeral was conducted by Brody Thibodeau, and Scott Bingham read comforting words at the graveside.
Eileen Freeburn of Orillia, ON, went home to be with the Lord on September 27, age 91. Saved as a young girl of 12 in her home area of Earlton, ON, she spent about 65 years in happy fellowship in Orillia. She was given to hospitality and kept in touch with many, both near to home and in far-off places. The funeral was taken by Andy Fletcher, with Don Macfarlane at the graveside. “…whose faith follow.”