Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Port Alberni, on March 22, Noel Burden and Bryan Funston commenced a gospel series with a few unsaved attending. Just prior to the meetings, God blessed in the salvation of another teen-age girl which brought joy to the saints.

Westbank, Bryan Funston held one week of children’s meetings in March. On the concluding evening, the hall was well filled and two teenage girls were baptized. Noel Burden had two nights of ministry on March 18 and 19.


Edmonton, Noel Burden made an appreciated visit for a weekend and two nights of ministry. He also had four nights with the saints at Calgary.


Glen Ewen, Helped by Stephen Vance (Lansing, ON), Larry Steers finished four weeks of gospel meetings and one week of ministry in early April with good attendance.

Taylorside, Lorne Langfeld had a week of ministry meetings at the beginning of Manch, followed by a week of children’s meetings. His visit was appreciated and the saints were encouraged.


Burgessville, Helped by Ben Snippe, Jim Bergsrna and local brethren, William Seale had gospel meetings from January 11 to March 25. The Lord blessed His Word and 13 souls professed salvation. There was further rejoicing as seven believers obeyed the Lord in baptism on Feb 28. Another baptism was planned for April 19.

Clyde, In Manch, Fred Krauss had a well attended series on Revelation with some coming from other assemblies.

Deer Lake, On March 8, Murray Pratt was with the saints and remained for one week of enjoyable children’s meetings. About 70 were present on the final night.

Eden Grove, Ken Moore and Ed Miller had a short gospel series in February with one soul professing salvation.

Huntsville, In March, Timothy Walker had a week of encouraging children’s meetings and remained for the monthly Saturday night ministry meeting and the Lord’s day

Kapuskasing, On February 22, five believers obeyed the Lord in baptism, giving joy. The saints appreciated ministry by Murray Pratt in February and by Ed Miller in early March.

Niagara Falls, William Metcalf and Eugene Badgley finished four weeks of gospel meetings on March 1 with the baptism of a young believer. During the meetings, there was blessing in salvation and the saints were encouraged.

Ottawa, Speaking on Features Marking the local Assembly, Alex Dryburgh had one week of helpful ministry.

Picton, Alex Dryburgh was with the saints for two nights of ministry.

Rexdale, Prayer is requested for a series in the gospel which Gene Higgins expects to start on May 3.

Sarnia, David Oliver and Gene Higgins closed a gospel series on March 25 with some blessing in salvation.

Strongville, In early March, Gary Sharp and Andrew Fletcher (Waubaushene) had two weeks of encouraging gospel meetings with one lady finding peace.

Sudbury, Brian Owen had a week of well attended children’s meetings in early March. He gave profitable ministry at the monthly ministry meeting and remained for the Lord’s day.

Unionvile, Prayer is requested for a two week tent series commencing May 31 with Peter Orasuk and Brian Crawford. Following this effort, brother Crawford expects to have a week of children’s meetings.

Victoria Road, During March, Eugene Badgley had several nights of appreciated ministry. Ed Miller expected to start children’s meetings on April 20. James Beattie is expected for ministry meetings in May.

Windsor, The assembly had appreciated visits from J. Nesbitt, D. Oliver, E. Higgins, W. Metcalf and L. Perkins. A baptism on March 8 further encouraged the saints.


St. Donat, Larry Buote and Leslie Wells held a good six weeks of meetings in the basement of a brother’s home. Several adults contacted by the Christians came, some quite regularly. The villages of St. Donat and St. Gabriel were visited with John 3:16 texts.

Ste. Flavie, In February, Larry Buote, Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells ministered the Word at the monthly ministry meeting held conjointly with Green River

New Brunswick

Green River, In early March, Gerard Roy had a week of encouraging children’s meetings.

Tracadie, From March 9-20, Leslie Wells and Gerard Roy had Bible readings on I Timothy with a good interest.

Nova Scotia

Clementsvale, Prayer is requested for our dear brother Ron Berry. He was very seriously injured in an automobile accident in late March and was still unconscious 10 days after the accident.

Halifax, Excellent numbers came to gospel meetings which James McClelland and Bryan Joyce closed on March 25.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Comer Brook, David Runt and Allan LeBlanc expected to commence.a series in the gospel on April 19.

English Point, Eight weeks of gospel meetings with Murray McCandless and David Runt ended with the annual conference on March 21 and 22. The saints were encouraged to see the hand of God in salvation during these meetings.

Gander Bay, On March 29, Carl Payne and Fred Bartlett commenced a series in the gospel.

Tidings – U.S.A.


Arlington, The Lord blessed in the salvation of souls during four weeks of well attended gospel meetings by Gaius Goff and Peter Simms. Andrew Bergsma visited Arlington and Shoultes on March 29 and April l, telling of his work among the Hutterite people. Jim Flanigan and Dr. William McBride were expected for meetings in both Arlington and Shoultes in late April.


Omaha, Robert Surgenor planned to commence two weeks of ministry on March 29.


Minneapolis, Eric McCullough and Arthur Ward expected to start gospel meetings following the Waterloo/Cedar Falls conference.


Dunketon, On March 29, Fred Krauss began children’s meetings.

Garnavillo, Marvin Derksen and Peter Orasuk had four weeks of very encouraging gospel meetings with souls to Christ.

Hitesville, Robert Orr and Jonathan Procopio had seven weeks in the gospel with fruit in salvation.


Kansas City, From Feb 13-19, Jim Webb gave one week of profitable ministry.


Black Earth, At the all day meeting on February 22, the assembly enjoyed helpful ministry by James Beattie, Dale Vitale and Arthur Ward.

Blue River, Robert Surgenor closed 7 weeks of gospel meetings on March 27 with some blessing in salvation. Brodhead, At last report, Roy Weber and William Skates were in their fourth week in the gospel with some interest. Janesville, On March 29, Arthur Ward and Jim Frazier began a gospel series.

Mt. Sterling, The Bible reading conference on March 28 and 29 was attended by 400 believers. The readings were opened by N. Crawford, D. Gilliland, A. Hull, D. Oliver and J. Slabaugh. Newborn souls from the recent gospel series are a great joy to the assembly.

Waukesha, The saints appreciated practical and helpful ministry from David Gilliland for a few nights in March. Robert Surgenor and Joel Portman expected to commence gospel meetings on April 12.

Wautoma, During March, Arthur Ward had two weeks in the gospel in a rented building. He stayed with a Mennonite family who were very interested in the assembly.


Tylertown, Lorne Mitchell had two weeks in the gospel in early March. The meetings were an encouragement and blessing to the assembly The Oloh Community Center has been reserved from May 18 for three weeks and brother Mitchell planned to return for this effort. This new area is 40 miles from Tylertown.


Jackson, Three weeks of gospel meetings by Allan Christopherson were well attended. Norman Crawford helped the first two weeks and young brethren opened with their testimonies in the final week.

Livonia, Many unsaved attended gospel meetings by Norman Crawford and Dale Vitale which closed on April 5 after four weeks with blessing in salvation.


Akron, From March 23-25, James Smith gave helpful teaching on Preparation for the Assembly Meetings.

Clyde, Remember in prayer a mother who recently attended her first gospel meeting two weeks after losing a son in an automobile accident.

Mansfield, Bringing joy to the people of God, four young believers obeyed the Lord in baptism on March 29. Murray McCandless and Dale Vitale expected to start gospel meetings on April 19.

Monlicetto, On March 14, the hall was filled for the area Bible reading on Revelation 1 when excellent help was given by Norman Crawford, John Slabaugh and James Smith. Brother Smith continued with the saints on Lord’s day


De Land, The saints are having a series of eight Sunday right gospel meetings on prophetic events. They have been encouraged by some response to invitations distributed in the neighbourhood. Tampa, At the monthly meeting in March, Harry Clingen (Langstaff, ON), William Oliver (Bryn Mawr, PA) and a local brother ministered. Tampa also appreciated a visit fom Arnold Gratton.


Bryn Mawr, The assembly was encouraged with good attendance at the winter week of children’s meetings in early March.

Hatboro, A. Higgins and L. Coleman shared in the ministry at the monthly meeting on March 15.

New York

East Aurora, In February the assembly was encouraged during one week of ministry meetings by Timothy Walker on the Levitical Offerings.

New Jersey

Longbranch, At the conference on March 8, six brethren from four area assemblies ministered the Word to profit.


Terryville, On April 5, Gene Higgins commenced a series in the gospel.


Methuen, The monthly Bible reading on March 9 was led by Frank Tornaquindici. A good number were present and many brethren participated.

Watertown, Eleven of the Lord’s servants were present at the conference and all took part. The ministry was edifying and encouraging. Following the conference, A. Dryburgh, E. McCullough and J. Smith gave ministry in surrounding assemblies.

Tidings – Other Countries

N. Ireland

Belfast, J. Hutchinson and A. Aiken expected to start a gospel series after Easter at Cregagh Street. At Newtownbreda, W. Nesbitt and A. Nesbitt had an encouraging spell of meetings with blessing in salvation. In Parkgate, S. Ferguson, N. Turkington and M. Turkington continue in the gospel with quite a few unsaved attending.

Broomhedge, Using a chart on Egypt to Canaan, T. Bentley had two weeks of helpful ministry

Clonroot, Harold Paisley paid a much appreciated visit to the district where he and David Oliver had fruitful meetings last year. Brother Paisley had two weeks of meetings, speaking from a chart on Daniel. 500 to 600 were present most evenings and God blessed in the salvation of souls.

Dungannon, The brethren reopened the Gospel Hall and held a week of gospel meetings.

Lurgan, A. McShane had ministry meetings in Lurgan, Bloomfield, Belfast and several other assemblies.

Mullafernagham, J. Allen gave a week of ministry on prophetic events.

Newmills, In this very difficult area, S. Maze and R. Eadie are preaching the gospel in a portable hall.

Stabane, D. Kane conducted Bible readings in this assembly and had ministry meetings in other parts of the Province.


Erryroe, S. McBride is preaching the gospel nightly.

Magherecaooran, At the annual conference, a good number attended and helpful ministry was given.

Monaghan. The conference held on March 17 in the local school was well attended. D. O’Hare, A. McShane, T. McNeill, D. Kane and E. Russell ministered the Word.

Conferences, D.V.

Glen Ewen, Saskatchewan

June 19, 20 and 21 in the Gospel Hall, eight miles south of Glen Ewen. Prayer meeting on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Bible readings on Romans 6. Corr. Allan Macfarlane, Box 172, Glen Ewen, SK, S0C 1C0, (306) 925-4401. Hall (306) 925-4805.

Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

June 12, 13 and 14. Prayer meeting on June 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday meetings are in the Gospel Hall, 102 First St. N.W. Meetings Saturday and Lord’s day in Yellowquill School, 3000 Crescent Road West. Bible readings on the Coming of the Lord, Outlines of readings available on request. Inquiries: David Vanstone, (204) 857-8435. Accommodations: Dennis Walker; (204) 857-7794.

Bancroft, Ontario

June 6 in Lakeview Gospel Hall, Maxwell Settlement Road. Ministry at 2. Ministry and Gospel at 7. Corr. Mark Freymond, RR 1, Bancroft, ON, K0L 1C0, (613) 332-4317.

Eden Grove, Ontario

June 7 in the Gospel Hall, with Breaking of Bread at 10. Prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30 pm. Corr. John W. Boddy, RR 4, Walkerton, ON, N0G 2V0, (519) 366-2302.

Northern Ontario (Charlton, Earlton, Englehart and Kirkland Lake)

June 27 and 28 with prayer meeting at 7:30 pm on Friday in Englehart High School. Meetings both days at 10, 2 and 7:00. Supper served at 5:30 Friday in High School. Corr. Norman Fergusson, Earlton, ON, P0J lE0, (705) 563-2509 and Harvey Pratt, RR 1, Charlton, ON, P0J 1B0, (705) 544-7758.

Victoria Road, Ontario

June 20 and 21 in the Gospel Hall, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8pm. On Saturday Bible reading at 8:45 on I Peter 2, with Ministry at 10:30, 2 and 7. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 8:45 on Psalm 69, with Breaking of Bread at 10:30, Ministry at 2 and Gospel at 7. Supper served at 6:30 Friday evening. Corr. Ken Stone, RR 3, Woodville, ON, K0M 2T0, (705) 374-4688.

Halifax, N.S.

June 27 and 28 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bible reading conference on the Psalms. All meetings in Charles F. Allen High School, Rocky Lake Road, Bedford, (902) 832-8964. First meeting on Saturday at 9. Breaking of Bread at 10. Both afternoon meetings start at 1:30. Corr. Arthur Harnish, RR1, Hubbards, N.S., B0J lT0, (902) 857-9265.

Pugwash Junction, N.S.

July 4 and 5 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 pm. Breaking of Bread at 10. Corr Harold Elliott, RR 1, Wallace, N.S., B0K 1Y0, (902) 257-2206. Accommodations: Brent Cottrill (902) 243-3122. Hall (902) 243-2205.

Corner Brook, Newfoundland

June 20 and 2l in G.C. Rowe Junior High School, St. Marks Ave. with meetings each day at 10, 1:30 and 7:30. Bible reading on Psalm 22 on Lord’s day at 1:30. Prayer meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. in Gospel Hall, 168 Country Rd. Accommodations: Roy Foster, 30 East Valley Rd., Corner Brook, NE (709) 634~5022 or Bernie Payne, Box 2832, RR 2, Comer Brook, NF, (709) 783-2790.

Gander Bay, Newfoundland

May 16 and 17 in Main Point Gospel Hall with prayer meeting on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30, 1:30, 3:30 and 7:30. On Lord’s day, meetings at 10:30, 1:15, 2:30 and 7:30. Accommodations: Ernest Harris, (709) 676-2514 or Alvin Blake (709) 676-2885.

Grants Pass, Oregon

May 23 and 24 in the Gospel Hall, 1611 SW “G” Street, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bible readings at 8:30 a.m. on Romans 6 (Saturday) and Romans 8 (Lord’s day). Breaking of Bread at 10. Corr. Don Gratius, 141 Timberlane, Grants Pass, OR 97526, (541) 479-4521. Hall (541) 476-3956.

Garnavillo, Iowa

June 13 and 14 in Garnavillo High School Gymnasium. On Saturday, Ministry at 10 and 2 with Gospel at 7. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 a.m. on Ex. 12:1-28, with Breaking of Bread at 10:30 and Ministry at 2. Prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Gospel Hall, 506 S. Washington. Corr. Donald Kregel, 604 S. Washington St., PO Box 488, Garnavillo, IA 52049, (319) 964-2588.

Byfield, Massachusetts

May 23 and 24 with prayer meeting on May 22 at 8 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 1 Central Street. Meetings on Saturday and Lord’s day in the Town Hall at 10:30, 2:30 and 6:30. Corr. John H. Short, 145 Main Street, Byfield, MA 01922, (978) 465-2207 or (978) 465-3254. Hall (978) 462-5569.

Saugus, Massachusetts

June 6 and 7 in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., just east of Route 1. Bible reading conference on 2 Cot 3-5, the Believer as an Epistle, a Vessel and an Ambassador. First reading on Saturday at 10. Breaking of Bread at 10. Prayer meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. Corr. Joseph Procopio, 11 Forest St., Saugus, MA 01906, (781) 233-5780. Accommodations: Austin Gurney; 30 Hamilton St., Apt. 6, Saugus, MA 01906, (781) 233-8061. Hall (781) 233-5570.

Kindly remember:

Calgary, AB – May16 – 18

Taylorside, SK – June 26 – 28

London, ON (Spanish Conference) – May 23 and 24

Nipissing Junction, ON – June 13 and 14

Ottawa, ON – May 16 and 17

Crapaud, PEI – May 16 and 17

New Lenox, IL – May 9 and 10

Frostburg, MD – May 16 and 17


Change of Address

Allan LeBlanc, RR 2, New Denmark, NB, E0J ITO

Richard Hanna (Chile), 34 Swansea Road, Suite 211, Unionville, Ontario, L3R 0W3

William McBride (Chile), 34 Swansea Road, Suite 115, Unionville, Ontario, L3R 0W3

Mrs. Jack Noble, 23 Woodlawn Road East, Apt 212, Guelph, Ontario, NIH 7G6


With Christ

Sarah MacDonald of Baddeck, NS on February 9, age 101. Our dear sister was saved in January 1952 and became a part of the assembly planted in Baddeck that same year. In those early days, the home of Aunt Sarah and her late husband (Uncle Johnny) was opened to all. Although confined to bed for the last number of years, her prayers and interest in the assembly were evident. She had the joy of seeing some of her great-grandchildren saved and gathered to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Please pray for many loved ones not yet saved.

James Anderson of Winnipeg, Manitoba on March 10, age 100. Our dear brother was born and grew up near Shreveport, Louisiana. He came to Canada in 1922 and worked as a porter for both CNR and CPR, retiring in 1962. In 1940 James accepted Christ as his Saviour. He was a faithful member of West End Gospel Hall for 40 years and was truly a Christian gentleman. His cheerful disposition and his appreciative attitude are fragrant memories in the hearts of all who knew him. He was predeceased by his wife Ellen in 1977.

Olive Brundage of Vancouver B.C. on March 10 age 77. Our beloved sister was born near Waseca, SK and was saved in 1930 at age 10. She is survived by her husband Edwin and nine of her 10 children, all married. They raised their family in Swan River, MB and saw them all saved with most in assembly fellowship. Mrs. Brundage bore a faithful testimony for a lifetime, and was selfless and uncomplaining in her demeanor. She and her husband moved to Vancouver in 1993 and were in fellowship in Victoria Drive. Her last three years were in a rest home.

Mrs. Grace McLaughlin of Vancouver, B.C on March17, age 86. Our beloved sister was born in Winnipeg on Jan. 7, 1912 and was born again on July 27, 1926 during gospel meetings in the Fairview assembly by brethren Harris and Black. Later, with her husband Carl, she was in South Main assembly where she faithfully attended the meetings until prevented by ill health. She is survived by her husband, her son Donald and his wife, and her sister, Ruth Campbell.

Mrs. Alexina Tetlock of Portage la Prairie, MB on March 26, age 93. Our dear sister came to Canada from Scotland as a teenager and was saved at age 30 through the preaching of C.H. Willoughby. She was in fellowship in the assemblies at Mervin and Brandon before coming to Portage in 1982. For the past l3 years, she was in a nursing home where she maintained a bright testimony. Mrs. Tetlock is survived by her daughter Ethel Esson, two unsaved sons, a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild in Scotland.


Funds for Gospel Halls in Mexico

A number of Gospel Halls are presently being built in Mexico by the various workers there. Both the Canadian and U.S. Gospel Trusts are able to receive funds designated specifically for these building projects. Exercised believers may designate their contributions to a particular location if desired. Undesignated funds will be distributed as the need exists in the field. The addresses for both Gospel Trusts are shown in every magazine at the bottom of the inside back cover.

Bound Volumes of the Truth and Tidings for 1997.

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