Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Vancouver, On February 2, Murray McCandless and Peter Orasuk commenced a gospel series at Woodland Drive.


Taylorside, The saints enjoyed a visit from James Ronald Jr., who gave a report on his recent visit to Chile and the gospel work presently carried on there.


Winnipeg, The believers enjoyed recent visits by Andrew Bergsma, Allan Christopherson and Jack Nesbitt. In late January, another young sister was received into assembly fellowship, encouraging the saints.


Cache Bay, Brethren from Sudbury and Nipissing Junction carry on a weekly children’s meeting with an increasing attendance.

Clinton, A young sister obeyed the Lord in baptism on December 22. On December 29, the assembly was encouraged to have Alex Dryburgh and Murray Pratt for the day.

Clyde, In December, the saints rejoiced when a young believer followed the Lord in the waters of baptism. Recent visits and ministry by Fred Krauss, Timothy Kember and Andrew Bergsma were appreciated.

Deseronto, The assembly enjoyed helpful visits from Murray McLeod, Timothy Kember and Eugene Badgley

Hamilton, The saints appreciated recent visits by Fred Krauss and Andrew Kluge.

Mattawa, Children’s meetings have been very encouraging with excellent attendance and some parents attending as well.

Niagara Falls, The assembly enjoyed two weeks of ministry by James Smith on Egypt to Canaan. As a result, one young sister has been baptized. Murray McLeod expected to commence a week of children’s meetings on February 23.

Nipissing Junction, Attendance was excellent at encouraging children’s meetings Brian Crawford had in November. The saints enjoyed one week of ministry meetings by Arnold Adams (December) and one week by Alex Dryburgh (January). Visits by Murray Pratt and Albert Grainger for a Lord’s day were also enjoyed.

Owen Sound, Prayer will be valued for a gospel series that Ken Moore and William Metcalf purpose to commence on March 16.

Parry Sound, The saints appreciated a visit by Alex Dryburgh for their Saturday night ministry meeting and the following Lord’s day.

Toronto, Harold Paisley had a week of well attended and Christ exalting ministry meetings at Pape Avenue in early February.

New Brunswick

Fredericton, In January, Peter Orasuk led a week of profitable Bible readings on church truth, with saints from Sussex supporting the meetings.

Nova Scotia

Tatamagouche, Peter Orasuk had a week of helpful Bible readings in December.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Comer Brook, In early January, Gordon Williams gave a week of appreciated ministry on the Offerings.

Fogo, Using a chart on the Journeys of the apostle Paul, George Whey (Gander) had a week of profitable ministry meetings in mid January Marvin Derksen and Bryan Joyce expected to commence a gospel series on February 9.

McIvers, Jim Jarvis and Shad Kember Sr. expected to commence a gospel series in mid February Following these meetings, our brethren plan to have another series in Corner Brook.

Mt. Pearl, Marvin Derksen and Jim Jarvis had gospel meetings with a good interest and blessing in salvation.

Parsons Pond, There was some blessing in salvation during a series in the gospel by Bert Joyce and William Bingham.

Seal Cove, Gordon William expected to have a week of ministry meetings in early February followed by a further week in ministry at Sandringham.

Tidings – U.S.A.


Seattle, Nine brethren shared in helpful ministry and Bible readings during the recent conference. A 19 year old boy (the object of prayer for many years) was saved during the last gospel meeting, causing much joy


Culver City, In December, John Abernethy made appreciated visits to Monrovia and Culver City

Long Beach, The conference in January was not as large as usual, but the ministry and the Christian fellowship were greatly appreciated. Following the gospel meeting on Saturday night, Tom Baker baptized four who had recently been saved through his work. It was very touching and there was hardly a dry eye in the audience. That evening, one professed to be saved and another was restored.

Palm Springs, Prayer is requested for gospel meetings which Cap van de Wetering expects to commence after the conference on April 6.

New Mexico

Albuquerque, The saints were encouraged by a week of ministry in November with William Lavery. They also appreciated a few nights of ministry by Walter Gustafson in December.


Arthur Ward and Mark Van Der Hart (Omaha) visited in the district where they had some meetings last year. Our brethren also visited contacts in other states seeking potential areas for future gospel efforts.


Minneapolis, Joel Portman and William Skates are preaching the gospel with some interest.


Gamavillo, Gary Sharp expected to start a week of children’s meetings on February 16.

Hampton, The Christians appreciated four nights of ministry from the Epistle of James by Arthur Ward in December and a visit and report on Russia by Louis Smith in January

Manchester, Prayer is requested for a series in the gospel by Robert Orr and Alan Davidson.

Marion, On January 26, Ross Vanstone and Bruce Smith commenced a gospel series.


Blue River, The all day meeting was larger than usual. Very practical ministry was given by W Lavery, D. Shutt, J. Slabaugh and J. Smith.

Brodhead, At last report, gospel meetings by James Smith and John Slabaugh were in the third week.

Mt. Sterling, William Lavery and Dan Shutt had four weeks in the gospel with some blessing in salvation. Many from the community came, some for the first time.


Saginaw, At the all day meeting on February 2, Fred Krauss and Larry Perkins gave encouraging ministry. Brother Kauss continued with helpful ministry three additional nights.


Akron, Prayer is requested for a gospel series by Gene Higgins and Robert McIlwaine commencing March 2.

Clyde, On January 12, the Ohio area Bible reading on Colossians 2 was opened by Norman Crawford. On Lord’s day, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the assembly, brother Crawford gave an account of the planting of the assembly at Clyde in 1956 and at Mansfield in 1959. On January 25, Robert Miller and Steve McMurray went to St. Lucia to help in the building of the new halls.

Mansfield, Please pray for the Spirit’s work in preparing hearts in view of gospel meetings by Joel Portman and James Smith starting April 13.

Monticello, A young man with a Catholic background recently professed faith in Christ, a result of earlier gospel meetings. William Metcalf gave helpful ministry on a recent visit for a Lord’s day.


Matoaca, On January 10, Gene Higgins and David Oliver stopped for a ministry meeting on their way to Florida. Walter Gustafson gave appreciated ministry from January 20-24.

North Carolina

Hickory, The saints appreciated visits and ministry by Robert McIlwaine and Walter Gustafson in Januarv. They expected Robert Surgenor for ministry meetings.


Deland, Oswald MacLeod visited the assembly in late January and Walter Gustafson gave ministry during the week of February 2. On February 9, William Metcalf and Dale Vitale commenced a gospel series.

Fort Pierce, David Oliver and Gene Higgins had two weeks of encouraging gospel meetings, dividing their efforts between the assembly here and the town of Jupiter, 50 miles south. Some blessing was reported.


Bryn Mawr, On February 3, brethren from the assembly began a week of children’s meetings in the hall.

Hatboro, Dale Vitale took the Sunday School treat on January 18. On the following day, D. Curran, W Oliver and D. Vitale spoke at the monthly ministry meeting.

New Jersey

Barrington, The monthly ministry meeting on February 2 was shared by Gilbert Stewart (Ireland), Gene Higgins and David Oliver. This was the last meeting to be held in the present hall. The building has been sold and the assembly will be meeting for a time in temporary quarters.

Livingston, The saints appreciated a visit by Gene Higgins on January 26. Longbranch, David Oliver was with the assembly on January 26.

Midland Park, In late January, Sandy Higgins gave helpful ministry on the subject of Marriage and the Family

Pennsauken, The January conference was a time of great encouragement. The ministry was considered to be excellent and was given by M. Derksen, W. Gustafson, B. Joyce, M. McCandless, D. Oliver, W. Seale and D. Shutt. On February 2, D. Draper and E. Higgins began gospel meetings with excellent attendance and a large number of unbelievers.


Hartford, Robert Mcllwaine encouraged the believers with his visit on February 2.

Terryville, On January 19, Paul Tornaquindici (Hartford) opened the area Bible reading, which was marked by good participation and practical application. There has been consistent interest in these readings.


Methuen, James Beattie opened the monthly Bible reading on 1 Peter 4 on Jan 12. He also had a ministry meeting here and visited Watertown. The February Bible reading was to be opened by Larry Buote, who also planned to visit Watertown, Byfield and Saugus.


Augusta, Ken Taylor was with the assembly for the last weekend of January. He joined others from the assembly who distributed Seed Sowers texts to all in a town where one of the believers lives.

Tidings – Other Countries


A. McShane gave helpful ministry in some small assemblies in Co. Down and Co. Armagh.

Ahoghill and Ardmore, The annual conferences were well attended.

Ballymoney, R. McKeown and W. Martin are preaching the gospel in a portable hall with blessing in salvation.

Bangor, In Ebenezer hall, J. Hutchinson and A. Aiken continue in the gospel with a good interest.

Belfast, At the conference on December 26 and 27, the Bible readings on Philippians were conducted by D. Gilliland and E. Parmenter. On New Year’s Day at Albertbridge Road, the conference was well attended and the Bible readings were led by D. Kane and E. Parmenter.

Birches, S. Ferguson and N. Turkington commenced gospel meetings.

Broughshane, R. Eadie and D. Gilliland are having a series in the gospel. Bushmills, W Fenton and M. McKillen continue in the gospel in a portable hall.

Donaghcloney, J. Thompson and N. Fleck are preaching the gospel.

Gransha, Good numbers attended the conference on December 25.

Kilkeel, The conference on December 26 was well attended and the ministry was profitable.

Lisburn, S. Maze and U. Ussher continue in the gospel in the Plantation hall with good numbers and blessing in salvation.

Moneyreach, B. Glendinning and R. Fairley have commenced a gospel series.

Newry, W. Nesbitt is preaching the gospel in the Gospel Hall, close to the border with the Irish Republic.

Newtownstewart, At the well attended annual conference on January 1, the Bible reading was conducted by A. McShane.

Shanaghan, J. Lennox and B. Currie continue in the gospel.

El Salvador

Prayer is requested for our dear sister Helen Griffin who is seriously ill. She runs an orphanage and may have been infected by a critically ill baby for whom she was caring.


Although he has been obliged to return to Canada for medical reasons, Hans Bouwman continues to help in the publishing work in Holland. He hopes to be able to pay periodic visits to the Netherlands in the future.

Conferences, D.V.

Vamcouver, B.C.

March 28, 29 and 30 in John Oliver High School, comer 41st Ave. and Fraser St. Prayer meeting in South Main, corner 60th and Main Streets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday Corr. Earl Ritchie, phone (604) 277-7019. Following the conference, Bible readings will be held in West Richmond. Subject 2 Cor. 8-13.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

April 25, 26 and 27. Ministry on Friday 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 Beverly St., Winnipeg, MB, R3G lT8, phone (204) 775-3704.

Mimico, Ontario

April 11, 12 and 13 (two weeks after Toronto conference) in the Gospel Hall, 414 Royal York Road South. Bible reading conference on Revelation 1, 2 and 3, commencing on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Meetings on Saturday and Lord’s day at 10, 2 and 7. Corr. William Spencer, 1535 Lakeshore Road E., #1507, Mississauga, ON, L5E 3E2, phone (905) 271-5759.

Newmarket, Ontario

May 4 in the Gospel Hall, 736 Davis Drive. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, with Bible reading on 1 Peter 5 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 26 and 27 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 Leviticus 1. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert Griffin, RR 4, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 4X5, phone (506) 472-5512.

Crapaud, PE.I.

May 17 and 18 in Bluefield High School, Hampshire. On Saturday, ministry at 10 and 2:30 with Gospel at 7. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 8:30 on Isa. 52:13 to 53:12, 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, PEI, COA 1HO, phone (902) 566-2119, or Glen McKenna, 11 Andrews Drive, RR 6, Kensington, PEI, COB 1MO, phone (902) 836-3073. No meetings on Monday

Culver City, California

March 29 and 30 in the Gospel Hall, 11138 Venice Boulevard. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Bible reading on Matthew 13. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Corr. Neil Rodger, 4209 Clayton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1501, phone (213) 663-5905. Hall phone is (310) 559-1588.

Omaha, Nebraska

Conference normally held on Memorial Day weekend will now be held the second weekend in September. Details later.

Clarksville, Iowa (Antioch Assembly)

April 6. All day meeting in the Gospel Hall, three miles east of Clarksville, starting at 10 a.m. Corr. Harry C. Schmidt.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa

April 19 and 20 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 13:1-16, with Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. in Waterloo Gospel Hall. Corr. Richard Orr, 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) 2666271. The week before the conference, Bible readings on 2 Timothy in Cedar Falls Gospel Hall (Monday and Tuesday) and Waterloo Gospel Hall (Wednesday and Thursday).

Livingston, N.J.

May 3 and 4 in the Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, with Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30, 2:30 and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10 a.m. Corr. Mike Rannelli, 18 Coolidge Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040, phone (201) 763-8163. For accommodations, contact David Valvano, 10 Salem Drive E., Whippany, NJ 07981, phone (201) 884-2484. Hall phone is (201) 535-1485.

Methuen, Massachusetts

April 20 in the Gospel Hall, 51 Merrimack St. (Exit 46 off 1-495) with Breaking of Bread at 10, Ministry at 2:30 and Gospel at 6:30. Corr. Anthony Netti, 62 Merrimack St., Methuen, MA 01844, phone (508) 682-1812. Hall phone is (508) 794-8679.

Kindly remember:

Newbury, ON – March 22

Toronto, ON – March 28, 29 and 30

Nineveh, NS – March 29 and 30

Palm Springs, CA – April 6

Stout, IA – April 12 and 13

Mt. Sterling, WI – March 22 and 23

McKeesport, PA – April 26 and 27

Manchester, CT – March 29 and 30

Watertown, MA – March 15 and 16

Change of Address

Allan LeBlanc, 676 Third Ave., Grand Falls, N.B., E3Z lA2, phone (506) 473-5533

Vernon Markle, Elim Homes, PO. Box 10, Waubaushene, Ontario, LOK 2CO

Danny Ussher (Trinidad), 14 Killane Road, Limavady, Co. Londonderry, N. Ireland, BT49 OND

Change of Correspondent

Blues Mills, N.S., John Bain, PO. Box 516, 12 Reynolds Street, Port Hawkesbury, NS, BOE 2VO, phone (902) 625-2409

With Christ

Mrs. Muriel Ronald of Portage la Prairie, MB on November 19, age 84. David and Muriel Ronald were saved 72 years ago and have been in happy fellowship since 1926. With her husband, our beloved sister served the Lord with her whole heart, opening their home to the Lord’s people and His servants and taking a very active part in gospel efforts and assembly testimony She is sorely missed by her husband David, daughter Marian of Zambia, son Allan and his wife of Winnipeg, along with three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

William J. Butt of Comer Brook, NF on December 24, age 83. Our dearly beloved brother was a faithful elder in the Corner Brook assembly until lately when he was confined to home due to weakness of body Along with one or two others, he came to Comer Brook in the early days and helped to maintain the testimony in weakness for many years. His faithful wife Lillian predeceased him in 1992. One son went home in 1990. Three sons and two daughter with spouses, children and grandchildren remain. The family need our prayers as many are not saved and have lost praying parents.

George H. McPhail of Port Albemi, B.C. on December 27, age 85. In 1944, convicted of his need in gospel meetings held in Vancouver by A. Joyce and D. Adams, our brother was saved on the old overnight ferry from Vancouver to Victoria. He was born in Prince Albert, SK, and was in fellowship in Calgary until his retirement, when he and his wife moved to Vancouver Island. He is survived by his wife of 50 years (the former Frances Dunn), two sons, one daughter and six grandchildren for whom prayer is requested. D. Hammersmark, R. Vissia and B. Pley shared the funeral service.

Edith Perreault of Price, Quebec on December 30, age 51. Our dear sister was the oldest in her family and suffered a major stroke one month before her homecall. She was a loud and fearless witness for her Lord and was responsible for bringing many of her family to Christ. Our brother G. Thibeault, in happy fellowship here, was reached through her witness from her wheel chair, and also at least two others from the sanitorium, who have since died, left a profession of faith. The family were all present at the funeral service shared by Larry Buote and Gerard Roy.

Mrs. Johanna Rogers of Cleveland, Ohio and Marion, Iowaon December 31, age 86. Our dear sister was saved as a girl of 15 in meetings by James Marshall in Akron, Ohio. She was in fellowship in Monticello, Cleveland until taking up residence in Linn Manor Care Center in Marion, where she was lovingly cared for during her 15 years there. She was predeceased by her husband Murt in 1969 and one grandson in 1979. Her son-in-law William Metcalf spoke words of comfort and the gospel, helped by her grandson James Metcalf. She leaves three daughters and 10 grandchildren, all saved.

Clair Simcox of Hampton, IA on January 1, age 78, after a brief illness. Our esteemed brother was saved as a young married man and was thereafter faithful to the Lord and the truths of the local assembly. He was a respected elder and faithful example of Christian conduct and consistent living. His love for the Lord Jesus and His saints was very evident in his teaching and preaching in the assembly, where he will be greatly missed. His widow Alice, a son and daughter share in the blessed hope of the Lord’s coming. The large funeral service was taken by R. Orr and A. Ward.

Thomas Costello of Sunnyslope, Arizona on January 4, age 84. Our dear brother was saved in 1933 and married Lila Millar in 1936. With their three children they moved to Phoenix in 1951 and were in the Phoenix assembly and then the Sunnyslope assembly Tom served faithfully as an elder and trustee in the Sunnyslope assembly until 1991 when failing health required him to be in care centers and finally a nursing home in Phoenix. His wife predeceased him in 1989. He leaves three children, 12 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Samuel McGowan of Unionville, Ontario on January 5, age 89. Our dear brother, born in Ballymena, N. Ireland, came to Hamilton, Ontario as a young man of 22. At the time of his conversion at age 24, he was attending gospel meetings by George Gould Sr. and Jr. in Handlton. He was saved through the truth of the closing hymn, “Oh, be saved, His grace is free, Oh, be saved He died for thee”. Throughout his Christian testimony, he was associated with the Lord’s people gathered to His name. Remember in prayer his wife in Bethany Lodge as well as his children and grandchildren.

Irene Marshall of Niagara Falls, Ontario on January 30, age 92. Our dear sister was an inspiration to many by her godly life. She was in happy fellowship in the assembly for over 70 years, before passing quietly into the presence of the Lord. The funeral was taken by William Smith at the request of the unsaved relatives.

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