Tidings

Canada

British Columbia

Abbotsford: David Richards visited the assembly on March 17. The saints appreciated his word of ministry after the Breaking of Bread and his preaching during the gospel meeting. The assembly also purposes to have a gospel series with William Skates and Frank Sona starting May 12. Prayer is appreciated for these meetings.

Kamloops: During the last week of March, the assembly appreciated a week of ministry from Dan Rudge (UK) on John 19-21.

Port Alberni: David Richards visited the assembly March 10-15 and gave ministry from 2 Timothy. He has been a help for many years, ministering and building up the believers.

Vancouver: Sandy Higgins gave much-appreciated ministry at the Fairview assembly March 11-15 on the Believer and Truth, Trials, Traditions, and Treasures.

Ontario

Niagara Falls: Vince Kember (Ottawa, ON) visited the assembly in early March for a weekend series of teaching on the Christian Worldview, the Resurrection, and the Church. Approximately 65 believers attended and enjoyed the teaching from the Word of God. Bill Seale was expected late March for a weekend of ministry on outreach work and also assembly truth.

Thunder Bay:  The assembly was encouraged to see three young men received into fellowship.

Timmins: The assembly was encouraged to see a young couple come into fellowship. Alvin Cook was expected for a baptism in mid-April, followed by Edmund Johnston (Ukraine) and Lorne Langfeld as they travelled to the Kapuskasing conference.

U.S.A.

Iowa

Ankeny: The gospel outreach effort on March 5 in Des Moines brought in 16 new visitors who heard the gospel in Spanish. For most, it was their first time hearing the gospel message.  Many were encouraged and expressed interest in continuing. The next Spanish meeting was scheduled for Monday, April 1, at 6:30pm at the Franklin Avenue Public Library in Des Moines (5000 Franklin Ave.). The assembly is very thankful for all the prayers and support from the surrounding assemblies.

Cedar Falls: Murray Poidevin (Zambia) was with the assembly on March 10 and gave a missionary report that afternoon.

Dunkerton: The week of children’s meetings with Dan Shutt, March 24-29, was a time of clear, simple messages on the basics: “Who is God? What is the Bible? Who is Jesus? What is salvation?  How do we get to Heaven?” Several parents attended as well.

Stout: The gospel breakfast outreach in early March was well attended, and prayer is requested that the unsaved might return to hear the gospel. As of April 4, gospel meetings with Jonathan Procopio and Frank Sona were in the fifth week, with very clear gospel messages and encouraging attendance.

Michigan

Battle Creek: Venezuela Relief Fund (VRF): Food purchasing and shipments are continuing from the U.S. Each shipment consists of approximately 12 tons (10 pallets) of supplies inside shipping containers. The assembly has started to ship over-the-counter medical supplies as well. In addition, the VRF has assisted financially with several medical operations in Venezuela, paying for the purchase of artificial devices (hips/knees) and surgery expenses for Christians who have critical medical needs. Contributions sent to the VRF through Canada or USA Gospel Trusts can be marked either as general or for medicine/medical supplies.

Saginaw: The Saginaw and surrounding assemblies appreciated ministry for three nights from Paul Barnhardt, March 19-21. His ministry was Christ exalting and encouraging for the smaller assemblies in central Michigan. Lord willing, the assembly anticipates having Johnny Seed and Dan Shutt for their bi-monthly ministry meeting on April 7.

Minnesota

Fridley: The assembly appreciated one-day ministry visits from Robert Orr and Bruce Rodgers in March.

New Jersey

Barrington: Marcus Cain was with the assembly helping in the Spanish outreach work, March 7-10. He also visited Hatboro, PA, on March 6, helped in the work on Castor Ave. in Philadelphia, and spoke at the Olney assembly on March 12.

North Carolina

Hickory: The assembly enjoyed a week of ministry in February with Sandy Higgins on the topic of marriage and family. The ministry was very profitable and appreciated by the saints.

Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr: Prayer is requested for a series of gospel meetings with Eugene Higgins and David Oliver purposed May 5-17, D.V.

Wisconsin

Blue River: Alan Summers (Scotland) gave a word of ministry on March 30.

Brodhead: Gospel meetings with Al Christopherson concluded March 29 after three weeks, with blessing in salvation. Prayer is requested for those who heard the gospel and are yet unsaved.

Mt. Sterling: The Bible Reading Conference March 23-24 was very instructive on the Seven Feasts of the Lord. A.J. Higgins, Murray McCandless, Bruce Rodgers and Stan Wells were responsible to open up the subject. Lessons were learned on Redemption, Righteousness, Resurrection, Relationship, Regathering, Repentance and Rule. The teaching examined the past dealings of God with Israel, our own salvation and position in Christ, and the everlasting kingdom of God.

Alan Summers was with the assembly for their Bible reading, covering 1 John 1:1-2:2 on the Lord’s Day, March 31.

Mexico

Quintana Roo

Cancún: The attendance of unsaved contacts over the past month has been most encouraging. The recent converts are bringing along other family members and neighbors to hear the gospel. The increase in the number of adolescents who attend the Sunday School has resulted in the addition of another class especially for them.

Veracruz

Tuxpan: Timothy Stevenson recently visited this area for five nights of gospel meetings. Despite heavy rains, the attendance was encouraging.

Xalapa: Timothy Stevenson and Timothy Woodford commenced a gospel series on March 31. Shad Kember purposed to help during April.

State of Mexico

Nezahualcóyotl: The assembly organized a one-day distribution of 6000 texts and invitations on March 23. A short series of meetings was held March 25-30.

Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta: The assembly in Coapinole now also has a gospel meeting on Sundays in Volcanes, an outreach work that has been ongoing for many years.

Nuevo León

Monterrey: The gospel series with Anderson Hernández ended on March 8. The believers enjoyed a visit from Philip Lampkin (London, ON) for five days in early March.

Chihuahua

Chihuahua: Philip Lampkin visited this area, and Gilberto Torrens accompanied him to visit a man who works during the summers in Ontario. A good number of people sat in the yard and heard the gospel preached. They also visited El Parral and Ciudad Camargo, where they shared the gospel with another farm worker.

El Vergel: Leonel Chávez spent ten days in this region preaching the gospel here and in El Parral. This area is about 800 miles from Guasave, where Leonel and his family live.

Sonora

Hermosillo: The annual conference was held mid-March. Edifying and challenging ministry was shared by John Dennison, Shad Kember, and Jason Wahls. The Lord graciously blessed in salvation during the conference.

Ciudad Obregón: The assembly greatly enjoyed a week-long visit from Shad and Debi Kember after the Hermosillo conference.

Republic of Ireland

Co. Sligo:

Collooney: Special gospel meetings are expected to commence, D.V., June 4 in a Community Centre in Sligo with P. Kissick and G. Woods. Meetings will run Monday to Thursday, 7-8pm. Prayer is requested and appreciated.

Conferences

Toronto, ON

May 10-12, Missionary Conference in the Langstaff Gospel Hall, 1350 Langstaff Rd., Thornhill, ON. Expected speakers: John Clingen (US/Mexico border towns), Jiwan Rai (India/Nepal), Robert Revie (Ethiopia) and Stephen Vance (Toronto – Chinese community). Accom: Sheryl Payne, Tel: 416-809-2061; Email: sheryl.payne@icloud.com. Please visit http://www.langstaffassembly.com for more information.

Hickory, NC

May 24-26, in the gospel hall, 253 17th Ave. NE., Hickory. Friday: Prayer/Ministry 7:30pm. Saturday: First meeting 10am. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30am. Speakers: Stephen Harper, Sandy Higgins, John Dennison, and David Zuidema. Contact: Philip Moore, Tel: 828-244-8329; Email: pemchile@charter.net, or David Turnbull, Tel: 828-218-2417; Email: dpturnbu@charter.net.

Halifax, NS

June 1-2, in the North Street Gospel Hall, 6417 North St., Halifax, NS. First meeting 9:45am Saturday, a combination of ministry and Bible studies going through 1 Thessalonians. Expected speakers are Shawn St. Clair, Leslie Craig, Marcus Cain, Matthew Cain, and Brody Thibodeau. Gospel preaching each night 6:30pm. Sunday: Lord’s Supper 9:30am. For accommodations or more information, contact Andrew Swan, Email: andrewswan1@gmail.com; Tel: 902-476-0935.

Garnavillo, IA

June 7-9, with prayer meeting on Friday, June 7 at 7pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am, Gospel 6:30pm. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10am, Gospel 4:50pm. Speakers: John Dennison, Sandy Higgins, and Jason Wahls. Contact: John Kregel, Tel: 563-880-0520; Email: j_kregel@yahoo.com.

North Bay, ON

June 7-9, in the Nipissing Junction Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Drive. Friday: Prayer meeting 7pm. Saturday: Bible Reading 10am (The Assembly – Privilege and Responsibility), Ministry 2pm, Gospel 7pm. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30am, Sunday School 11:30am, Ministry 2:30pm, Gospel 4:30pm. Contact: Glenn Pratt, Tel: 705-474-9473; Email: pratt144@hotmail.com. Accom: Terry Hurd, Tel: 705-752-2058; Email: terlis@sympatico.ca.

Portage la Prairie, MB

June 14-16, with prayer meeting on Thursday, June 13, at 7:30pm, followed by three full days of ministry, Bible readings, missionary reports, gospel, and the Breaking of Bread. The opening prayer meeting will be at the Fifth Avenue Gospel Hall, 502 Fifth Avenue. All meetings on Friday and all meals provided during the weekend are to be at the River Road Gospel Hall, 350 River Road. Meetings on Saturday and Sunday except for the Breaking of Bread will be in the William Glesby Centre, 11 2nd Street NE. The two Bible readings arranged for Friday are to consider Ephesians 1 & 2. General inquiries: Philip Ronald, Tel: 204-870-1140; Email: pronald@mymts.net. Accom: Shane Griffin, Tel: 204-872-4217; Email: shg152@yahoo.ca. The conference is sponsored jointly by the assemblies meeting at the River Road Gospel Hall and Fifth Avenue Gospel Hall.

Taylorside, SK

June 28-30, with prayer meeting on Thursday, June 27 at 7:30pm in the Taylorside Gospel Hall (located 3 miles south and 4 miles west of Beatty, SK). Meetings begin Friday at 2pm. Corr: John Parker, Tel: 306-752-4079; Email: jeparker@sasktel.net.

Englehart, Earlton, Charlton, Kirkland Lake, ON

June 29-30, in the Englehart High School. Friday: Prayer 7pm in the Englehart Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the Englehart High School. Contacts: Jeff Taylor (Earlton), Tel: 705-563-8131; Email: jdtaylor1996@live.ca, Doug Yade (Kirkland Lake), Tel: 705-567-5951; Email: doug_yade@hotmail.com.

Conferences Previously Published:

Arlington, WA – May 4-5

Livingston, NJ – May 4-5

Cumberland, MD – May 18-19

Ottawa, ON May 17-19

Prince Edward Island – May 18-19

Newmarket, ON – May 25

Bancroft, ON – June 1

Saugus, MA – June 1-2

Springdale, AR – June 1-2

Homecalls

Charles Herbert West of Corner Brook, NL, on October 31, 2018, age 83. He was saved at age 19 in Toronto on December 12, 1954, through 1 Peter 2:24. Charles married Ruth Simms in 1961 while in fellowship at the Highfield Road assembly. In 1976, they moved to Sundridge, ON, and were in fellowship at the Chapman Valley assembly where he was a faithful overseer, shepherd, and correspondent until his move in 2013 to Steady Brook, NL, to be closer to his grandchildren. He was a faithful and respected member of the Corner Brook assembly. Five years to the day of his move into his Steady Brook home, he took a massive stroke while changing the tires on his van, and within hours was in the presence of his Lord. Prayer is requested for his wife Ruth, sons Peter and Robert, daughter Sheila (Stephen), five grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Lena Van de Wetering of Abbotsford, BC, on January 10, 2019, age 89. Born in Rotterdam, Holland, on January 6, 1930, she later married Casper Van de Wetering on May 14, 1952, and 10 days later moved to Canada, where they eventually heard the gospel and were saved, baptized and received into assembly fellowship in Abbotsford. There, they raised their family and worked in various types of trades, doing everything together. In 1974, they were commended to the work in Holland, where they labored in the gospel for 11 years, eventually returning to Canada to further their gospel ministry. Lena was a faithful support to her husband in every way. She was predeceased by her husband Casper, son David, and is survived by her daughter Jeannette (Jim), sons Bert (Mary), Henry (Paula), daughters Leona (Chris), Diane (Reg), daughter-in-law Cathy and sister Ria (Nico), 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren.

Mary Jenkins of Charlottetown, PE, on January 19, 2019, age 98. She was saved as a young woman through the truth of John 3:16 and was in assembly fellowship for many years. She was at the remembrance meeting about two weeks before her homecall. She enjoyed the spread of the gospel, letter writing, and corresponding with many individuals over the years, both saint and sinner. The funeral was conducted by Noel Burden. She was predeceased by her husbands Donald Howatt, Arthur Murray, and Siddell Jenkins, as well as two sons. She is survived by two children, 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and one sister. Prayer is requested for the large family circle.

Brian Hewitt of Earlton, ON, on February 22, 2019, age 69.  He worked at various jobs over the years but farming was always his passion, as evidenced by his large beef farm. Brian was saved on October 12, 2017. He shared his salvation story with all he met, and his desire, expressed the week before he died from a sudden heart attack, was that all his family could hear his story. At the very large funeral, not just all his family but a great portion of the community heard the story of the transformation of Brian’s life. He is survived by his loving wife Jessie, children Brian J. Hewitt, Charles Hewitt, Amanda (Patrick) Hewitt-Aylwin, Meagen (Sam) Loranger, and five grandchildren.