Tidings

Canada

British Columbia

Vancouver: The Deep Cove assembly in North Vancouver plans to commence gospel meetings March 24 with David Hunt and Stuart Thompson.

Newfoundland and Labrador

English Point: Gospel meetings started Sunday, January 27 with David Booth and David Hierlihy, and were expected to continue through the month of February. Prayer is requested for the many that need God’s salvation and attended these meetings.

Ontario

Earlton: The assembly recently began hosting bi-monthly community dinners. In December, more than 30 people who would not normally attend listened as Doug Yade (Kirkland Lake, ON) challenged them to investigate the Bible. Will McIntosh (Toronto, ON) was expected to speak in February.

On April 12 and 13, Lorne Langfeld is expected to assist at the Farm Show booth that has been a highly effective outreach.

Kapuskasing: The annual Mini-Conference held on January 6 was a time of refreshment and help to local believers and others from surrounding assemblies. Bruce Rodgers, along with local and other visiting brethren, gave helpful ministry. A few unsaved from the community attended the gospel meeting at noon.

Mississauga: The Applewood Heights assembly was encouraged from the two-week gospel series in January with Dan Shutt. The clear gospel message was uplifting for the saints and there were a number of unsaved in attendance each night. A community dinner was held each Saturday evening with very good attendance and many unsaved hearing the gospel. The assembly is looking to the Lord for continued blessing from this gospel effort.

Nipissing Junction: The assembly requests prayer for gospel meetings March 31-April 17, DV, with Brian Crawford and Gaius Goff.

Parry Sound: The assembly has incorporated a craft club with their Sunday School and resumed seasonal gym nights. They are encouraged with the attendance of children at both outreaches.  The monthly community dinners have been well attended, providing an opportunity to get to know neighbors and share the gospel with them.

Saskatchewan

Taylorside: The assembly enjoyed a recent visit from Joel and Kaleigh Griffin and their family; he gave a report on the work of God in Angola. At the beginning of January, the gospel was faithfully preached for two weeks by James Dyck and John Fitzpatrick, with a good number of unsaved attending and blessing seen in salvation.

U.S.A.

Arkansas

Alpena: In the last week of January, the assembly greatly appreciated four days of ministry by Jerry Jennings on various subjects: the Garments of Christ, the History of God’s Assembly, and the Marks of God’s Family.

Colorado

Denver: The assembly has been regularly texting unsaved parents of Sunday school children the memory verse and an appropriate message so they can help their children learn and practice at home. They are encouraged both by the weekly exposure of these families to the gospel through the word of God, and the establishing of relationships resulting from increased communication with unsaved parents.

Iowa

Ankeny: A Hispanic gospel outreach is planned at the North Side Library in the Des Moines area on March 5. Ryan Hayes of the Marion assembly and Christian Torres of the Hampton assembly will preach the gospel in Spanish. The outreach was a follow-up to the Spanish gospel meetings held last fall in Ankeny which several from the community attended. Prayer is requested for these individuals.

Hampton: Dave Zuidema Jr. (Midland Park, NJ) had a week of children’s meetings in late January that were well attended. Prayer is requested for the salvation of new contacts made.

Marion: The believers attending the conference received very helpful teaching on the subject of evangelism from Brandon Doll, Dan Shutt, and Brody Thibodeau. Ministry from Mark 16 focused on the Mandate of the Great Commission, the Movement, the Message, the Messengers, and the Mission. An overview of evangelism in John’s gospel was covered, and the call to both copy and serve Christ. The gospel with Al Christopherson and Dan Shutt concluded the conference.

Michigan

Battle Creek: The assembly enjoyed visits and help in both the gospel and ministry in January from Jonathan Seed while he and his family are staying in MI.

Venezuela Relief Fund (VRF): Food purchasing and shipments from Florida to Venezuela by cargo ship have restarted in 2019. Also, the VRF has started to assist with medical operations for Venezuelan Christians that have critical medical needs. For general contributions to the VRF, please mark contributions to the VRF Fund. Special note: For any contributions that are for medicine or medical supplies, when sending to Canada or USA Gospel Trusts, please mark your contributions for such to the attention of Allan Turkington.

Saginaw: The Saginaw and surrounding assemblies appreciated challenging ministry from Joseph Baker (Jackson, MI) and Stuart Thompson at the February 3 bi-monthly ministry meeting. The gospel was faithfully presented and the believers were encouraged.

Minnesota

Fridley: Bill Lavery was with the assembly in January for three nights and a Lord’s Day, giving encouraging ministry about the Lord’s coming from 1 Corinthians 15, 2 Corinthians 5, 1 Thessalonians 4 and John 14.

New Jersey

Pennsauken: Four teenagers obeyed the Lord in baptism on January 27. The gospel was powerfully and clearly presented to an overflowing audience by Rob McMichael (Denver, NC) and David Zuidema Jr. (Midland Park, NJ). Prayer is requested for an unsaved father who heard the gospel and witnessed the baptism of two of his children.

New Mexico

Albuquerque:  The assembly was encouraged by visits from Bill Lavery in November, John Fitzpatrick and Stan Wells in December, and William Skates in January. The saints very much appreciated the ministry of God’s Word and the preaching of the Gospel. Prayer is requested for a gospel series starting May 5, DV, with Brian Crawford and Brandon Doll.

Wisconsin

La Crosse: Sandy Higgins was with the assembly for a week of ministry, February 4-8.

Mexico

Sonora

Hermosillo: Abisaí Vieyra and Tim Woodford commenced gospel meetings February 3 in the Carmen Serdán hall, located in the north of the city. A few thousand texts and invitations were delivered the prior week, and they look to the Lord for His blessing in salvation.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua: Gilberto Torrens, along with believers from the assembly, visited three small mountain towns with calendars, Seed Sowers texts and Via magazines. A young sister was received into the fellowship recently.

El Vergel: At the beginning of January, Leonel Chávez and his family, along with Andrew Zuidema (Midland Park, NJ), again spent a week in this town sharing the gospel both to adults and children, as well as teaching the believers.

Nuevo León

Monterrey: The beginning of the year was used for the distribution of calendars in the area near the hall. One man professed faith in Christ during a visit, expressing how he had found rest in Christ. The believers enjoyed a visit from Harry Rodriguez at the end of January when he helped in the Bible study and preached the gospel.

San Luis Potosí

El Barril: Jason Wahls and Shad Kember had two weeks of gospel meetings in January, and God blessed in salvation. Several new contacts also began attending during the series.

Sinaloa

Guasave: The assembly held a week of gospel meetings in the home of the late José Chim after his funeral. He has several family members in assembly fellowship.

Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta: The El Coapinole assembly held three weeks of gospel meetings in January in Volcanes, an outreach work where a weekly children’s meeting is held. A young man professed faith in Christ, bringing joy to the believers.

Guanajuato

Irapuato: The assembly enjoyed a visit from Shad Kember early in January, and Marcus Cain later in the month, accompanied by Angel Hermosillo from the Hermosillo assembly. Their teaching and preaching were an encouragement to the work here.

La Purísima: The believers in this village, located about half an hour from Irapuato, broke bread for the first time on January 27. Along with the 19 local believers, Marcus Cain and Angel Hermosillo were with them for the happy occasion. Shad Kember also visited earlier in January to help in teaching and preaching.

Hidalgo

Matilde: In mid-January the assembly enjoyed a visit from Harry Rodriguez, along with some of the saints from the Nezahuacóyotl assembly. A special Bible reading was held on the Saturday, taking up the birth of the Lord Jesus.

Mexico State

Nezahuacóyotl: The assembly rejoiced when a young sister came into fellowship; her husband was received the previous month.

Veracruz

Veracruz: The gospel series that commenced at the end of December continues into February with some blessing. Harry Rodriguez visited during the month of January, and Timothy Stevenson came to help one weekend as well. New contacts from the Seed Sowers effort continue to come out.

Coscomatepec: On January 19, the believers from the Veracruz assembly visited here again to have a children’s meeting and to preach the gospel.

Tuxpan: The believers from Xalapa visited in January and held two house meetings.

Quintana Roo

Cancún: The gospel was preached nightly January 13-25. Gilberto Torrens helped for six nights, and Harry Rodriguez was present for a weekend.

Conferences

Clarksville, IA

April 7, in the Antioch Gospel Hall, 18929 Vail Avenue, Clarksville, IA. Ministry 10am, Breaking of Bread 11am, Sunday School 1:15pm, Ministry 2pm, Gospel 4:30pm. Lunch and supper will be served. Corr: John Wessels, Tel: 319-269-3493; Email: jandlwessels@gmail.com, or Eugene Jacobs, Tel: 319-483-8120, or Randy Hinders, Tel: 319-213-7578.

Manchester, CT

101st Annual Conference, April 13-14, with prayer meeting on Friday, April 12 at 7:30pm in the gospel hall, 415 Center St., Manchester. All other meetings will be held in the Bolton High School, 72 Brandy St., Bolton, CT (not the original middle school location). Saturday: Ministry 10:30am and 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10am, Ministry/Gospel 2pm.  Contact Ted Kaulback, Tel: 860-742-0002; Email: kaulted@aol.com for communications and accommodations.

Stout, IA

April 13-14, with prayer meeting on Friday, April 12 at 7pm. Ministry begins on Saturday at 10am. Lord’s Day: Bible reading 9am (Phil. 2:5-11), Breaking of Bread 10:30am. All meetings held in the gospel hall. Corr: Gary De Groote, 28973 WestBrook St., New Hartford, IA 50660, Tel: 319-983-2713; Cell: 319-231-4132; Email: gdegroote2@msn.com; Stout Gospel Hall, Tel: 319-346-1153.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA

April 13-14, with prayer meeting on Friday, April 12 at 7pm in the Waterloo Gospel Hall, 726 Western Avenue, Waterloo, IA. All other meetings are in the Cedar Falls High School, 1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls, IA. Saturday: Ministry 10am and 2pm, Children’s Meeting 1pm, Testimony Meeting 6:15pm, Gospel 6:45pm. Lord’s Day: Bible Reading 9am (John 19:13-37), Breaking of Bread 10:15am, Sunday School 1pm, Ministry 2pm. Corr: Mike Palmer (Cedar Falls), 18502 X Avenue, Dike, IA 50624, Tel: 319-215-9200; Email: mjpalmer89@gmail.com.

Toronto, ON

April 19-20, in Le Parc Conference Centre, 8432 Leslie St., Thornhill. Meetings on Friday and Saturday at 10am, 1:30pm, 3:45pm and 7pm. Prayer/Ministry meeting on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30pm in the Langstaff Gospel Hall, 1300 Langstaff Rd. Invited speakers: David Booth, Gaius Goff, Stephen Grant, David Petterson and Gerard Roy. Corr: Ian Margerison, 3 Hill Top Trail, Stouffville, ON, L4A 3G7, Tel: 647-291-8831; Email: ijmargerison@gmail.com, and Randy Marisette, 30 Fieldview Cres., Markham, ON, L3R 3H7, Tel: 905-475-7919, Email: marisettes@hotmail.com.

Nineveh,NS

April 20-21, with prayer meeting on Friday, April 19 at 7pm (preceded by supper served at 5pm) in the Gospel Hall, Route 208, civic # 2495, Nineveh, NS. All other meetings are in the Park View Education Centre, 1485 King Street, Bridgewater, NS. Saturday: Ministry 10am. Corr: Robert Kaulback, 19 Medway Street, Bridgewater, NS, B4V 1J8, Tel: 902-543-5530. Accom: Clark Hubley, Tel: 902-527-7490.

Newmarket, ON

May 25, in the Newmarket Gospel Hall. Bible Study 10am, Ministry 1:30pm. Topic for the Bible study is “Gifts and their practical uses: Romans 12:3-8, 1 Corinthians 12-14, 1 Peter 4:7-11.”  For directions, visit http://newmarket.gospelhall.com or contact Tim Scheer, Email: 222tandes@gmail.com.

Conferences Previously Published:

Cambridge, ON – March 1-3

Matoaca, VA – March 2-3

Updates

Change of Address

Christopher and Michelle Beresford: Calle San Marcos, Mz.F, Lt.5, Urb.El Remanso de Santa Clara, Ate Vitarte, Lima 03, Perú; Email: crfberesford@gmail.com

Homecalls

Leonard “Len” Taylor of Glen Ewen, SK on October 8, 2018, age 89. Len was saved on August 13, 1948. In 1951, he and his wife Ruth moved to the Glen Ewen area where they farmed, faithfully attending the meetings at the Glen Ewen assembly until his health failed. Len served as a devoted elder for many years, during which time both he and his wife loved to entertain the Lord’s people. He was predeceased by his son Leslie in infancy, granddaughter Melinda Smith, and brother Herb Taylor. Len is survived by his loving wife Ruth (nee Muir) of 69 years; children Diane (Richard) Wilcott, Lloyd (Arletta), Linda (Bruce) Smith, George (Susan), Laurel (Kevin) Boucher, and Valerie (Blair) Hanna; 23 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; brother Ross Taylor; and sisters Nora (Leroy) Miller, and Ollie McIntosh. The funeral service was conducted by Bruce Smith, and Morgan Taylor at the interment.

Clyde Decker of Deckerville, MI on December 8, 2018, age 86. He was saved in 1949 during a gospel series held in Deckerville with Norman Crawford and Lorne McBain. Clyde was an elder for 40 years in the assembly at Mills Road Gospel Hall, faithfully attending meetings until his health started declining. He was a supportive brother who encouraged others and enjoyed sharing the gospel. He will be missed by many. Clyde was predeceased by his wife Maxine. He is survived by two daughters, one son, four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Clyde’s funeral was a tribute to his faithfulness. Barry Brinker and Greg Trowhill preached the gospel.

Isobel Blair of Burnaby, BC on December 16, 2018. Born near the village of Coagh, N. Ireland, she was saved at age 11, later baptized, and then received into the Aghaveagh assembly. Trained as a nurse and midwife, Isobel had a good testimony and gave out gospel tracts to many. She married Redmond Blair in March 1960 and soon after, they immigrated to Canada where they enjoyed the fellowship of the Abbotsford assembly (four years) and subsequently the Fairview assembly in Vancouver (53 years). Their home was marked by hospitality, care, and interest in the needy. Isobel is greatly missed by her husband, daughters Elizabeth (Wesley) Barr, Lesley (Andrew) McBride, Jennifer (Douglas) Elliott, and eight grandchildren. Her funeral at the Fleetwood Gospel Hall on December 22 was conducted by Wesley Barr and Donald Hammersmark. David McKinley gave a clear gospel message during the interment at the Surrey Central Cemetery.

Norman McBride Boyd of Orillia, ON on December 19, 2018, age 88. Raised in the gospel in Northern Ireland, Norman immigrated to Canada in 1956. He was saved March 23, 1974 through John 5:24. He was in fellowship in Winnipeg from 1976 until he and his wife moved to Orillia in 1996. The assembly was always precious to him. A true gentleman with a warm personality, he was always faithful, witnessing to others. He had a strong voice and a gift for leading the singing.  In the 1980s, he introduced Andrew Bergsma to Hutterite colonies where he had built a trusting relationship through his business. The funeral was shared by Brian Crawford and Andy Fletcher.  He is deeply missed by his wife Joyce who lovingly cared for him through many health challenges. He was 44 years without Christ, 44 years in Christ, and is now with Christ for all eternity.

Blanche McKay of Niagara Falls, ON on December 21, 2018, age 86. She came to know the Lord during gospel meetings in Rollet, QC in July 1949. She and her husband, Noel Caron, enjoyed fellowship in various assemblies in Quebec and Ontario until settling in Niagara Falls in 1982. Noel passed away in January 2002. In August 2005, Blanche married Bruce McKay and they enjoyed fellowship in the assembly in Niagara Falls. She is survived by nine children, twenty-one grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Lynn Uhlenhopp of Cedar Falls, IA on December 23, 2018, age 88. He was born in Kesley, IA to George and Rena Uhlenhopp on October 20, 1930. Lynn accepted Christ as his Savior on March 11, 1940 in his room reading a text of Acts 16:31 on the wall, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” After graduating from Dumont High School in 1947, Lynn attended Iowa State University, majoring in chemical engineering, and later served in the Korean War conflict in Japan. He married Sharon Pike in Aplington, IA on March 3, 1962 and had three children: Carl (Patti) Uhlenhopp, Susan (Steven) Knapp, and Cathy (Doug) Williams. During his life Lynn was in assembly fellowship in Hitesville, Marion, and Cedar Falls. Predeceased by his wife Sharon, he leaves behind his three children, their spouses, seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, his brother Lyle and a sister Norma Rierson.

Margret Babin of Kapuskasing, ON on December 28, 2018, age 72. The beloved wife of Marcel Babin, Margret was saved on August 8, 1980 during one of the earliest series of gospel meetings held in Kapuskasing. Received into fellowship in the ‘80s, Margret served the Lord faithfully. She was a quiet, shining testimony of God’s grace until Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease curtailed her service. Although her passing into the presence of the Lord on December 28 was a blessed release for her, she leaves behind her husband Marcel, daughter Suzanne (Matthias), son Mark (Sylvie), and two grandchildren, Kevin and Vanessa. The service in the Kapuskasing Gospel Hall was shared by Murray Pratt and Michel Larocque. Unsaved relatives, friends, neighbours and co-workers heard the gospel clearly. Her favorite hymn, Amazing Grace, was sung during the service.