Tidings

Canada

British Columbia

Kamloops: In November, the assembly enjoyed a visit from Samuel Simonyi-Gindele with a report on the work in Angola.

Vancouver: Four weeks of gospel meetings concluded on November 30, sponsored by the Victoria Drive assembly at Nanaimo Rd. where an outreach work had been located for many years. Local brethren Steven Hua, Kenny Lam, Eddie Wong and Jack Zhang shared the responsibility of faithfully preaching nightly. There was encouragement with good attendance, a few in from the area, and some interest shown, but no known professions of faith. Prayer continues.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Gander Bay: Pete Smith visited the assembly for the weekend of November 11, and had three ministry meetings on the subject of prayer in view of gospel meetings that commenced November 18 with Marvin Derksen and Dave Mullett (a local brother from central NL). A few contacts attended each night and the assembly is looking to the Lord for blessing.

Ontario

Oshawa: The saints were encouraged with five weeks of gospel meetings with Marvin Derksen and Peter Ramsay that concluded mid-October. A large number of unsaved came in from the area and the Lord blessed in salvation. Some of the other contacts are still showing some interest in salvation. The annual conference was well attended and eight of the Lord’s servants gave a variety of timely ministry. Helpful ministry was also given by Chad Foreshew of the Victoria Road assembly at the first Saturday night ministry meeting on December 1.

U.S.A.

Iowa

Dunkerton: Larry Perkins planned to be with the assembly for ministry December 2-4.

Marion: Gospel meetings with Dan Shutt and Shad Kember closed November 18 after three weeks.

Massachusetts

Saugus: The assembly had the pleasure of baptizing a young man who was recently saved while reading 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Prayer is requested for the salvation of his wife and family. A number of women from the outreach work at the rehab center attended the monthly community dinner in November. The gospel was faithfully and solemnly given by David Zuidema (Midland Park, NJ), and the women witnessed a baptism which followed. Prayer is also requested for this outreach work.

Michigan

Battle Creek: The assembly was encouraged by a visit and ministry from Jonathan Seed of Guadalajara, Mexico, on an extended visit to Michigan. Venezuela Relief Fund (VRF): Food shipments are expected to resume in January 2019 to distribution points in Venezuela.

Deckerville: Jim Beattie came for a Lord’s Day visit and gave very edifying, heart-warming ministry. Bruce Rodgers came and gave encouraging ministry on the Holy Spirit. Their visits were much appreciated.

Ferndale: The assembly enjoyed a recent visit from Stu Thompson. His ministry and gospel preaching were much appreciated and helpful to all.

Jackson: The assembly enjoyed 15 consecutive nights of gospel meetings in November with John Meekin and Jonathan Procopio. The gospel was faithfully preached and a good number of unsaved attended. Stu Thompson was with the assembly on December 2 to speak at the annual holiday community outreach dinner.

Saginaw: Bruce Cottrill and Bruce Rodgers ably ministered the Word of God and presented the claims of the gospel at our December 2 ministry meeting. The believers were encouraged in the Lord as Bruce Rodgers had ministry meetings in the Saginaw, Cass City and Deckerville assemblies while he was in the area.

Mexico

Chihuahua

Chihuahua: Four weeks of gospel meetings concluded at the end of November. It was encouraging to see a neighboring family attend the meetings with excellent interest. In the north part of the city (El Porvenir), weekly children’s meetings are held on Wednesdays. Gilberto Torrens recently was able to recommence the preaching of the gospel on a secular radio station.

Hidalgo del Parral: Gilberto and Alicia Torrens visited this city in November to share the gospel, and several heard the gospel for the first time. Leonel Chávez and Andrew Zuidema (Midland Park, NJ) planned to visit at the end of December.

Sonora

Ciudad Obregón: During the third Sunday of November, the assembly extended the regular schedule of meetings in order to have additional teaching from Marcus Cain and Shad Kember.

Nuevo León

Monterrey: On the first Sunday of November, Anderson Hernández had the joy of baptizing two believers. A good number of visitors were present to hear the gospel preached by Miguel Mosquera. Romer Mosquera (Hermosillo) also was present on two Lord’s Days recently to give appreciated help in the gospel and teaching.

Sinaloa

Guasave: The assembly had a series of gospel meetings in November. Leonel Chávez appreciated help from Anderson Hernández and then later from Jesse Klein.

Mazatlán: Early in November Anderson Hernández visited this coastal city along with Marcos Sauceda (East Los Angeles, CA). On this occasion there was opportunity to have two children’s meetings and two house meetings to share the gospel with Marcos’ relatives. Prayer is requested for the need in this city.

Nayarit

Tepic: The annual conference was held the third weekend of November with good attendance and appreciated teaching.

Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta: The gospel series concluded in November, with God blessing in the salvation of souls. Paul Thiessen visited for four nights of encouraging ministry on 1 Samuel in mid-November.

Veracruz

Veracruz: The assembly appreciated a visit from Joel and Rachel Holmes (Stark Road, MI). Joel not only helped in teaching in the port city, but also shared in the gospel in the outreach work in El Hatito. Remember, too, in your prayers the Seed Sowers effort at the end of the year followed by gospel meetings.

Quintana Roo

Cancún: The believers appreciated the visit of Neal and Veronica Thomson (Lima, Perú), as well as that of Joel and Rachel Holmes. Both brethren helped in the gospel and teaching.

Conferences

Jackson, MI

February 16-17, with Prayer Meeting on Friday, February 15 at 7pm in the Jackson Gospel Hall, 910 Bennett Street. Saturday and Lord’s Day meetings will be held at East Jackson High School, 1404 N. Sutton Road. Saturday: Prayer and Ministry 10am and 2pm, Gospel 6:45pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am, Sunday School 11:30am, Prayer and Ministry 2pm, Gospel 4:30pm. John Dennison, Dan Shutt, Caleb Simonyi-Gindele (Glen Ewen, SK) and David Vallance (Livonia, MI) have responsibility for the conference ministry meetings. Accom: Jason Wielenga, Tel: 517-914-1275; Email: jandtwielenga@gmail.com. Corr: Douglas Losey, Tel: 517-787-9169; Email: rdlosey@juno.com. Assembly website: http://areyousaved.com.

DeLand, FL

February 1-3, in the Gospel Hall, 109 E. Rosehill Avenue, east off N. Woodland Blvd. Friday: Prayer Meeting 7pm. Saturday: Ministry 10:30am and 4pm, Bible Reading 2pm, Gospel 7pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Bible Reading 2pm, Ministry 4pm, Gospel 7pm. Bible Reading Sat: “Things that Accompany Salvation”; Sun: “Assurance & How to Successfully Handle Doubts.” Lord willing, there will be a few additional meetings in Spanish and four nights of ministry following the conference, Tues-Fri, February 5-8. Corr: Fred King, 215 Lake Talmadge Rd., DeLand, FL 32724; Tel: 386-943-4000

Cambridge, ON

March 1-3. A warm welcome is extended to our conference. The subject this year is the epistle to Titus. Friday: Prayer Meeting 7:30pm. Saturday: Bible Reading 10am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm, Gospel 7pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10:30am, Ministry 1:30pm and 3:30pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Taking the readings will be A.J. (Sandy) Higgins and Paul Thiessen. Lunch and dinner are served both days between meetings. Accom: Phil Watson, Tel: 519-240-0007; Email: philmar@gmail.com or Dave DeGraaf, Tel: 519-624-4429; Cell: 226-755-1071; Email: degraafgoats@gmail.com.

Conferences Previously Published:

Pennsauken, NJ – January 5-6

Updates

Change of Address

Peter and Marlene Simms: Unit 39 – 700 Brooklyn Lane, Warman, SK, S0K 0A1; Tel: 306-373-2327; Cell 639-317-7771; Email: pmsimms@sasktel.net

Harry and Rebekah Rodriguez: 19641 Sherry Road, Springdale, AR 72764

Homecalls

Yvonne Copp of Langley, BC on October 1, 2018, age 85. She was predeceased by her husband Donald Aubrey Copp in 1997. They were a couple who opened their hearts and their home to so many and together they served God in the assembly at Woodland Drive for many years. Yvonne was known for being an elegant lady who cared for many with such a gracious heart. She is survived by her six children, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and her sister Arlene Taylor of Melfort, SK. She will be deeply missed by many.

James H. Gardner of Jackson, MI on November 19, 2018, age 87. Having attended several churches in his youth, Jim was taught the fallacy of good works by the army chaplain while fighting in the Korean conflict. He married Maxine Hill of Jackson in 1951. Jim was saved February 18, 1953 explaining salvation to his brother-in-law. Jim met brethren from the Jackson assembly at his work and was subsequently gathered to the Lord’s Name for many years, until failing health prevented him from attending. He was instrumental in seeing many of his family members saved, and witnessed to fellow workers and also to prisoners at the State Prison of Southern Michigan. He faithfully recorded the assembly meetings for years, and was a caring shepherd who loved the assembly and God’s people. He is survived by his wife, son, and two grandchildren. The funeral was taken by Kelly Sailor and Matt Smith.

Robert Weber of Ankeny, IA on November 21, 2018, age 76. He was saved on November 26, 1959 at meetings held in Stout, IA by Leonard DeBuhr and Eric McCullough that went on for 18 weeks, during which about 50 professed to be saved. Robert was the correspondent and an overseer in Ankeny. As a PhD in electrical engineering, he worked for Rockwell Collins for some 25 years and held many patents. He was a professor at Iowa State University for many years. He is survived by his wife Joan, two sons, a daughter, and six grandchildren. Eric McCullough spoke at the funeral and Al Christopherson at the graveside.