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Earlton and Charlton. She gathered ladies  Kirkland Lake
        together and had gospel Bible readings in   The young brethren in Charlton were
        her home. In Earlton, Mr. Carr heard of it   finding work in other places, including in
        and came to assist. In 1929, Mr. Widdifield   the gold mines, 44km north at Kirkland
        and Mr. Bruce held gospel meetings. By   Lake. Mr. and Mrs. Bert Scot arrived there
        1933, there had been several saved and   in  1934  and  started  a  thriving  Sunday
        the assembly began in the home of Tom   school  work.  Meanwhile,  the  young
        Houldcroft,  who  had  been  transferred   brethren from Charlton met for fellowship
        there by the OPP. Later, the Orange Hall   through the week but returned to Charlton
        was used on Sundays, but prayer meet-
        ings were in the homes. When numbers   for the Lord’s Day. Margaret (nee Bailey),
                                             now married and living in Kirkland Lake,
        increased, they began to build a hall (1950).   was again active in the gospel. Mr. Widdi-
        Mitch Parent, a Kapuskasing contact, was
        commended to Nicaragua in 2008.      field and Mr. Miller held gospel meetings,
                                             and in 1938, another assembly commenced.
        Other Places                           In 1946, Ernie and Aubrey Dellandrea
          In  1939,  Ben  Widdifield  and  young   had gospel meetings in Tom Clark’s home.
        Aubrey Dellandrea had meetings in the   Here John Smith’s war bride was saved,
        home of the Dave Bailey family, at Hough   and also her mother. John was a nephew
        Lake, about 16km north of the Charlton   of Ben Widdifield. The work grew slowly,
        Hall. Another assembly commenced and   and in 1950, Ernie Dellandrea purchased
        lasted until 1944, when the depleted timber   a lot from the Hudson Bay Gold Mine for
        in the area forced many to other areas to   $800. He, Mr. Widdifield, and the believers,
        find work. However, the hall was used for   worked while the neighbors opposed the
        gospel meetings and Sunday school work   building of a “church” on their street. Bert
        until about 1950.                    Grainger and Harry McCready had the
          Assemblies  were  also  planted  at  Elk   first series in the hall and some professed.
        Lake, west of Charlton, and at Matache-
        wan, west of Kirkland Lake, where Aubrey   In the 1980s, college students from Iran,
        and Ernie Dellandrea initially put up a por-  Lebanon, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria heard the
        table hall. After the gospel meeting, Bert   gospel here. Senan Eldon heard Alan Parks
        Howard would go to the Ojibway chief’s   singing on the radio, wrote for informa-
        house in town for another meeting while   tion, was contacted, and converted from
        the chief interpreted. The Matachewan   native magic. Returning home to northern
        assembly ceased in 1953, though gospel   Nigeria with great zeal, he saw several as-
        meetings and a Sunday school carried on   semblies planted.
        a little longer. It was in Matachewan that   In this summary, we have journeyed from
        they were in contact with young Jackie   Scotland to Toronto and then to the area
        Ferguson. Years later, in Nipissing Junction   around Earlton (six assemblies), north to
        (North Bay), Jackie married Alvin Cook   Kapuskasing, and abroad to Chile, Nica-
        and sent her children to the local gospel   ragua, and Nigeria. It is for good reasons
        hall which she fondly remembered from   the Lord spoke of his word as “Seed.” What
        childhood. The family was saved, and in   potential! Where am I planting this week,
        1991, Alvin was commended to the Lord’s   and who can tell what it will become or
        work, preaching especially in the Earlton area.  where it will blossom?

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