Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Vancouver, Gospel meetings at West Richmond were well attended by a good number from the district, some never having heard the gospel before. Speakers were Joe Milne (Venezuela) and James Webb, with Bryan Funston assisting after brother Milne left for Venezuela. Alex Dryburgh ministered the Word at Carlton on January 24 and at Victoria Drive on January 15.


Glen Ewen, Prayer is requested for a gospel series which Joel Portman and Larry Steers expect to commence on March 3.

Taylorside, Three believers were recently baptized, giving joy to the saints. In mid January, James Ronald Jr. gave appreciated ministry for three nights. On January 24, Roy Weber started ministry meetings and expected to be joined by Joel Portman.


Burgessville, Murray Pratt and Steve Kember had four weeks of gospel meetings with excellent numbers and some blessing in salvation.

Cache Bay, One soul professed salvation during encouraging gospel meetings by Ed Miller. Saints from Nipissing Junction and Sudbury supported this effort. Children’s meetings are planned in the near future.

Deer Lake, Brian Owen was with the assembly from January 7 to 19 for children’s meetings.

Gore Bay, Together with local brethren, Alvin Cook continues to labour in the gospel on Manitoulin Island. Through tent efforts and children’s meetings in schools, blessing in salvation has been seen. Home Bible studies have been used to confirm assembly principles. Recently, a couple were received into the fellowship.

Lake Shore, A visit in early, January by William Lavery was much appreciated. Four believers obeyed the Lord in baptism, giving the saints great joy. Our brethren request prayer for the aboriginal situation in this district and other areas in Canada. A number of native children attend the Sunday School, but last fall. children’s meetings had to be cancelled because of the unrest at the nearby Indian reserve.

Lansing, The saints greatly appreciated a visit by Norman Crawford in early January.

London, Fred Krauss expected to have two weeks of children’s meetings in one of the Secondary schools.

Mimico, On February 4, Eric McCullough and Bryan Funston commenced a gospel series, and four teenagers professed during the first four nights, bringing much joy. Meetings continue with a good interest.

St. Mary’s, About 200 were present and greatly appreciated ministry by A.J. Higgins on January 26 to 28.

Toronto, At Highfield Road on January 21, a University student was baptized with a large number of her friends and relatives present to hear the gospel and witness her obedience to the Lord.

Unionville, In late January, Norman Crawford had five nights of well attended and much appreciated ministry.


Ste-Flavie, The monthly ministry meeting in January was shared by Gerard Roy and Larry Buote.

New Brunswick

Fredericton, In January, James McClelland, helped by others, had three and a half weeks of well attended gospel meetings with a teenaged boy professing to be saved.

Green River, Larry Buote had ministry meetings on January 3, 4 and 5.

Shediac, Gerard Roy had seven nights of appreciated ministry from I Timothy.

St-Basile, Helped by brethren from Green River, Gerard Roy, had a booth in the shopping mail on December 9 and was pleased with a good interest.

Prince Edward Island

Abney, Peter Orasuk and local brethren are having weekly ministry meetings as a follow-up to the tent meetings held here last summer. Abney is about 30 miles east of Charlottetown.

Charlottetown, The saints were encouraged with ministry from Peter Orasuk on January 8 and 9 and from Noel Burden on January 15 and 16.

Rosebank, In January, the Christians were edified and encouraged when Peter Orasuk conducted five nights of Bible readings on the Holy Spirit. Saints from the Springfield assembly supported these meetings.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Buchans, Marvin Derksen and Brian Joyce had a short gospel series in January with one teenager professing.

Gander, In January, the saints were cheered during two weeks of ministry by Ken Taylor. A brother recently received into the fellowship has been a great encouragement to the assembly.

Goose Bay, On January 14, David Swan and Eric Fowler began gospel meetings.

Mt. Pearl, Jim Jarvis and Shad Kember Sr. expected to start a gospel series on February 11.

Red Bay, On January 28, Wallace Buckle and Brian Joyce commenced a series in the gospel.

Sandringham, Gaius Goff and Gordon Williams began gospel meetings on January 28.

Tidings – U.S.A.


Arlington, Bryan Funston spent the Lord’s day with the saints on January 7 and spoke at the monthly ministry meeting. After the gospel meeting, six were baptized, including brother Funston’s niece and nephew.

Seattle, In spite of cold weather, the attendance at the conference on January 27 and 28 was larger than usual. John Abernethy led two very helpful Bible readings on Sanctification. Challenging ministry was given by J. Abernethy, A. Dryburgh. B. Funston, W. Gustafson, J. Slabaugh, J. Smith, T. Thompson, J. Webb and J. Fitzpatrick (Salem, OR).


Long Beach, The January conference was one of the largest for a number of vears and the saints were encouraged and helped. Three professed salvation during the conference, giving much joy. Those helping were T. Baker, W. Gustafson, H. Paisley, J. Slabaugh and J. Smith.


Willmar, Prayer will be valued for a gospel series which Robert Orr and Roy Weber expect to start on March 3.


Cedar Falls, On January 14, Robert Orr and Leonard De Buhr commenced gospel meetings. There has been some interest and at last report, one young woman had professed to be saved.

Hampton, On January 21, the assembly held an afternoon ministry meeting as a farewell for Dr. Bonnie Weber whose parents are in fellowship here. Dr. Weber is now serving the Lord in Zambia.

Waterloo, The assembly was encouraged when five young people were baptized on January 21.


Richland Center, William Skates and Jim Frazier are preaching the gospel.


Jackson, The assembly enjoyed a visit from Gary Sharp for ministry.

Livonia, On January 27, the saints enjoyed an excellent Bible reading on Hebrews 10 and 11, with Norman Crawford and James Beattie present. Visits by brother Crawford on January 28 and brother Beattie on February 4 were both much appreciated.

Saginaw, The saints enjoyed visits and appreciated ministry from Jack Nesbitt on January 14 and Gary Sharp on January 15 and 16. At the all day meeting on February 4, William Metcalf gave encouraging ministry, and Louis Smith gave a report oil tile work in the Ural Mountains in Siberia.


Akron, The annual Sunday School meeting was a time of blessing ‘ Gary Sharp spoke to the children and a number of their parents. Prayer is requested for gospel meetings which Allan Christopherson and William Scale expect to start on March 24.

Clyde, Gary Sharp paid an appreciated visit. Norman Crawford opened two area Bible readings oil Philippians 2, with valuable help given by John Dennison, William Lavery, Dan Shutt and David Vallance.

Toronto, Lorne Mitchell and Dan Kember (Sarnia. ON) had two weeks in the gospel in January. A mail. age 74, in hospital was visited almost daily and professed to be saved.

New Jersey

Longport, A building maintenance supervisor is required for the Longport Home. Those interested, who are experienced in the various trades. should contact Michael Rausco at (609) 822-0241.


Methuen, At last report, gospel meetings by Dale Vitale and Frank Tornaquindici were in the third week with some interest.

Tidings – Other Countries

N. Ireland

Armagh, Helped bN David Callaghan of Portadown, Tom Wright (Brazil) has commenced in the gospel.

Castlewellen, In this difficult district, Brian Glendinning is preaching the gospel with the help of R. Fairley of the Plantation assembly.

Cloughmills, W.J. Nesbitt has started gospel meetings.

Cookstown, N. Coulter (Newtownstewart.) and W. Taylor (Cookstown) are preaching the gospel in a portable tent.

Dromore, Albert Aiken commenced in the gospel. hoping to be joined later by J.G. Hutchinson who has been in hospital for surgery but is making steady progress. The meetings have been well attended so far.

Dungannon. In recent years this area has been difficult for the gospel, but J. Martin and A. Davidson expected to start gospel meetings in late February.

Edenderry. William Bingham expected to begin gospel meetings on February 11 in this village where he was born twice.

Fintona, J. Lennox and B. Currie have commenced in the gospel with a good interest.

Killykurgen, On January 21, Sam Ferguson and Noel McKeown started a series in the gospel. This is the assembly that commended brother McKeown when he went to Venezuela.

Larne, There is a good interest in gospel meetings ky T. McNeill and R. McKeown in the Craigyhill Gospel Hall. At last report, one man had professed to be saved.

Lisburn, In the Plantation Gospel Hall, A. McShane and D. Gilliland have commenced a series in the gospel.

Portrush, Local brethren, M. McKillen and W. Fenton, have had well attended gospel meetings with blessing in salvation.

Whitehouse, Leslie Wells and L. Ballentine (Ballymena) have begun gospel meetings. This will be the last series in the present hall.

Conferences, D.V.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

April 26, 27 and 28. Ministry on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 492 Victor St. Meetings on Saturday and Lord’s day in Mennonite Brethren Collegiate, 173 Talbot Ave., starting at 10:30 each morning. Corr. Duncan Dunsire, 432 Beverley St., Winnipeg, MB, R3G IT8, phone (204) 775-3704.

Deer Lake, Ontario

May 11 and 12 in the Gospel Hall, Deer Lake Road, Port Sydney, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Bible reading at 10 on Gospel Outreach, with Ministry at 2. Breaking of Bread at 10. Corr. George W Hines, RR 1, Box ZL, Port Sydney, ON, POB ILO, phone (705) 385-2590. Hall phone is (705) 385-1606.

Newmarket, Ontario

May 5 in the Gospel Hall, 736 Davis Drive. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, with Bible reading on James 2 at 11:30, Ministry at 2:30 and Gospel at 7. Corr. Harry Pronk, 364 Simcoe Road, Bradford, ON, L3Z IY9, phone (416) 775-6816.

Fredericton, N.B.

April 27 and 28 in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Avenue, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Bible reading at 10 a.m. on Colossians 3. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert Griffin, RR 4, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 4X5, phone (506) 472-5512.

Crapaud, P.E.I.

May 18 and 19 in Bluefield High School, Hampshire. First meeting on Saturday at 10 a.m. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 8:30 on Psalm 22 with Breaking of Bread at 10, Ministry at 2:30 and Gospel at 7. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Crapaud Gospel Hall. Corr. Donald G. Ramsay, RR 4, Cornwall, P.E.I., C0A IH0, phone (902) 5662119, or Glen McKenna, 11 Andrews Drive. RR 6, Kensington, P.E.I., COB IMO, phone (902) 836-3073. Note: No meetings on Monday.

Stout, Iowa

April 13 and 14 in the Gospel Hall, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 10. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Psalm 69, with Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. Richard Stickfort, Stout, [A 50673, phone (319) 346-1857. Gospel Hall phone is (319) 346-1153.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa

April 20 and 21 in Masonic Temple, Park Ave. and Mulberry St., Waterloo. On Saturday, Ministry at 10 a.m, On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on John 19:17-37, with Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. in Cedar Falls Gospel Hall, 1302 Walnut St. Corr. Richard Off, 614 Bland Blvd. S.W, Independence, IA 50644, phone (319) 334-3931 and Erwin D. Stickfort, 223 North Francis St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613, phone (319) 266-6271. The week before the conference, Bible readings in Waterloo Gospel Hall on Monday (Believer and his God) and Tuesday (Believer and the Assembly), and in Cedar Falls Gospel Hall on Wednesday (Believer and the World) and Thursday (Believer Himself and his House).

Manchester, Connecticut

April 6 and 7 in Bolton Center School, 108 Notch Road, Bolton, CT. On Saturday, Ministry at 10:30 and 2:30, with Gospel at 6:30. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 10, S.S. at 11:45 and Ministry at 2. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 415 Center Street, Manchester. Corr. William A. Staddon, 256 East Street, Hebron, CT 06248, phone (860) 228-4241. Please note new conference location.

Kindly remember:

Langley, B.C. – Apr. 13
Vancouver, B.C. – Apr. 5. 6 and 7. Bible readings at the conference and the week following will be on 2 Cor. 1-6
Kapuskasing, ON – Apr. 6 and 7
Mimico, ON – Apr. 19, 20 and 21
Newbury, ON – Mar. 30
Toronto, ON – Apr. 5. 6 and 7
Nineveh, N.S. – Apr. 6 and 7
Culver City, CA – Apr. 6 and 7
Palm Springs, CA – Mar. 24
Clarksville, IA (Antioch Gospel Hall) – Apr. 7
Mt. Sterling, WI – Mar. 9 and 10
McKeesport, PA – Apr. 27 and 28
Watertown, MA – Mar. 23 and 24

Change of Address

Lorne Mitchell, 4686 Aniline Street, Box 239, Oil Springs, ON, NON IPO (change in numbering only)

Paul Thiessen, Apartado 236, 59601 Zamora, Michoacan. Mexico

Change of Correspondent

Taylorside, SK, John Parker, Box 2666, McIfort, SK, SOE IAO, phone (306) 7524079

With Christ

Arthur Henry Smith of Bethany Lodge, Unionville, Ontario on December 8, age 97. Our dear brother was born on February 2. 1898 in Toronto, Ontario to Christian parents. While serving in the Canadian armv, he was saved on September 22, 1916 in the trenches in France. On March 22, 1819, he married Florence Elizabeth Annie, who predeceased him on October 13, 1989. He was in fellowship in Highfield and West Hill before going to Bethany in 1983. Mr, Smith was saved for 79 of his 97 years. The funeral was conducted by his nephew, Murray McLeod.

Mrs. Lydia F. Waddell of Charlottetown, P.E.I. on December 29, age 78. Our dear sister was saved in gospel meetings held by Herb Harris and Albert Joyce at Gambles Corner in the summer of 1934, She was among the first ones of the Crapaud assembly when it commenced in 1934. She was a quiet, consistent and faithful sister who leaves to mourn four sons and three daughters. One daughter Joyce is in the Charlottetown assembly, and prayer is requested for those family members not yet saved. The funeral service was conducted by Peter Orasuk and Noel Burden.

Frank Simms of Toronto, Ontario on December 29. Our dear brother was saved in 1933, baptized and received into fellowship at the Brock Avenue assembly. After a number of years in Arnstein, he returned to fellowship in Brock for over 40 years. He had the joy of seeing his son and four daughters all saved and in assembly fellowship. He is survived by his wife, the family of five, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His loved ones rejoice that for him it is far better. Mr. Simms was the father of Peter Simms, who serves the Lord in Saskatchewan,

Burdean E. Schwingel of Black River Falls, WI on December 29, age 67, after a courageous battle with cancer. Our dear brother was saved at the LaCrosse conference on Labor Day in 1956. In recent years, he and his wife were in the assembly at Black River Falls, where he was much appreciated and showed a real faithfulness to God’s assembly. The funeral was conducted by Gene Bruley and Jim Frazier, and many unsaved heard the gospel preached. He leaves his wife Helen, a son and a daughter. Prayer is requested for the daughter and her family and a daughter-in-law.

Vernon Kluender of Fresno, California on December 29, after a long and patient battle with cancer. Our dear brother was born in Iowa and came to Fresno in 1964. He was saved in 1989 during gospel meetings by Harold Paisley. He was baptized in 1995, having delayed this step, hoping his wife Ann would get saved, but with a terminal illness, he knew he could delay no longer. His heart’s affection was with the assembly and he was very faithful in his attendance. Harold Paisley, took the funeral. with a good number of unsaved relatives and friends present.

Mrs. Elizabeth (Betty) Allen of Malaysia and N. Ireland on January 5, age 63. Our beloved sister was saved under the preaching of F. Knox in 1944. After completing her training as a nurse, she went to Malaysia and married Jim Allen in 1956. In 1968, the Allens were commended to full time service in Malaysia. Betty shared wholeheartedly in the work and many are rising up to call her blessed. She was a mother in Israel to many young people. Her five children all found the Saviour. The very large company at her funeral was a testimony to the love and esteem in which she was held.

Mrs. Arlene Huntley of Stout, Iowa on January 7, age 78. Our dear sister was saved on February 6, 1944 during a gospel meeting in Stout by Oliver Smith. That summer she was baptized and received into the Stout assembly, where she continued steadfastly until her homecall. She was a godly, caring sister, given to much hospitality, who will be sorely missed. The large funeral was evidence of the high esteem in which she was held. P. Elliott and E. McCullough spoke faithfully at the funeral. Remember her dear husband Charles, one son, three daughters and their families.

Miss Ines Hillman of Newbury, Ontario on January 7, age 75. Our dear sister was saved in 1936 and continued in the assembly in a quiet consistent manner. She went to be with the Lord after a brief illness. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Norris McCorkandale, who is in the Newbury assembly, and a nephew and niece. The funeral was taken by Paul Kember.

Minnie Harms of Allison, Iowa on January 10, age 86. Our dear sister was saved at age 19 through the truth of John 3:16. She was united in married to Harm Harms in 1949. He preceded her to heaven in 1989. Minnie was faithful to the assembly by her attendance, until due to failing health she entered the Care Center nine years ago. She suffered much of late. The funeral service, which was held in the Hitesville Gospel Hall, was taken by Robert Orr, helped by Leonard De Buhr and Floyd Christopherson. Minnie is survived by one stepson and other family members.

Robert Turnbull of Hickory, N.C. on January 13, age 59. Our dear brother was saved at age 11 in Detroit and was in the Stark Road assembly for over 30 years before moving to Hickory. In 1987, he was relocated, due to employment, in Mansfield OH, where his unique ministry and guidance were greatly appreciated. In 1995, he and his wife returned to Hickory, just prior to learning of his illness. His patient suffering and acceptance of the Lord’s will, remain as a legacy to all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Betty, two sons and one daughter, all in assembly fellowship.

Ann Lee of Vancouver, B.C. on January 14, age 72. Our beloved sister was born in China and born again in lpoh, Malaysia as a teenager. After several years of challenging experiences, she immigrated to Canada with her husband and came to live in Vancouver in 1968, at which time she came to the assembly at Woodland Drive where she continued steadfastly until her homecall. Ann was very much appreciated by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed by her devoted husband Robert, who is a faithful shepherd among us, and one unsaved daughter and son-in-law.

Mr. Alex Wilson

Note: Our esteemed brother and servant of the Lord, Mr. Alex Wilson, went to be with the Lord on January 15. Tributes to our beloved brother will be included in the April magazine, God willing.