Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Langley, Three weeks of tent meetings by Bryan Funston and Dave Richards ended on July 26. The meetings were well attended and the Lord worked in salvation. There was a good response at the children’s meetings which were held each morning for the first two weeks.

Port Alberni, Another young sister, saved in February, was baptized on July 19, bringing joy to the saints.

Vancouver, Ronnie Watterson gave an interesting account of the work of the Lord in Brazil at the monthly missionary meeting at Woodland Drive on June 13.

Westbank, At the August conference, the saints were encouraged by good numbers and challenging ministry by Jim Currie, Bryan Funston, Eric Parmenter, Dave Richards and Jim Webb.


Saskatoon, In late June, Dave Richards had three ministry meetings on 1 Thessalonians. In July, Murray Poidevin gave a missionary report on the work in Zambia. Prayer is requested for a gospel series which is to commence September 13 with Jack Gould.


Brandon, Alex Dryburgh gave help at the Prairie conferences and also ministered at Brandon, Arborfield, Thunder Bay and Kenora.


Clover Valley, The Lord blessed with three souls professing salvation during four and a half weeks of tent meetings from June 7 to July 8 with Brian Owen and Alvin Cook. Unsaved were present every night, many from the neighbouring First Nations reserve. The saints were encouraged by the baptism of three sisters on May 31.

Grand Bend, Three weeks of tent meetings and a concurrent week of children’s meetings in July with John Dennison and Shad Kember Jr. were greatly appreciated. The Lord blessed in the salvation of a young man who came from Minnesota during his vacation.

Kapuskasing, From the end of June to the end of July, the saints were encouraged by visits from Larry Steers and Alex Dryburgh, missionary reports by Jesse Fitch (Russia) and Murray Poidevin (Zambia) and a week of ministry by Fred Krauss.

London, Please pray for a gospel series commencing October 11 with Harold Paisley.

Parry Sound, On July 12, seven believers brought joy to the assembly as they obeyed the Lord in baptism. Ken Moore spoke a word at the water’s edge. The saints were encouraged by recent visits from M. Poidevin, B. Cottrill, J. Beattie, E. Badgley, E. Dellandrea, H. Paisley, K. Moore and D. Booth.

Sudbury, The saints appreciated a visit from Alex Dryburgh for a Lord’s day in June. Peter Simms and Larry Steers had three weeks of tent meetings in June and July with unsaved present each night. David Booth gave an interesting missionary report on August 5.

Wallaceburg, William Metcalf and Bert Snippe are preaching the gospel in a tent with a good interest.

New Brunswick

West St. John, Helped by Darris Barney (L’anse au Loup), Murray McCandless commenced tent meetings on July 24 with an excellent response from the area.

Nova Scotia

Barrington Passage, Albert Hull and James McClelland commenced under canvas on July 24.

Berwick, Helped by Paul Potter, Arnold Gratton continues tent meetings with encouraging numbers attending from the area.

Meadowville, William Bingham and Ken Taylor are preaching the gospel.

River Hebert, Seven assemblies were represented on July 30 and heard ministry by Stan Wells and a report by Ronnie Watterson on the work in Brazil. The saints also appreciated Douglas Howard’s visit on July 19.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Gander, The assembly enjoyed a visit from Bert Joyce in July.

Labrador, David Hunt travelled around the coast of Labrador by boat, preaching the gospel in different communities with some interest.

St. John’s, Renovations have begun on the hall to upgrade both the interior and exterior of the building.

Templeman, Prayer is requested for a gospel series which Walter Gustafson and Bryan Joyce plan to begin on September 7.

Tidings – U.S.A.


San Diego, The saints appreciated a visit by James McColl for two nights of ministry in July


Loveland, Robert Orr and William Skates started tent meetings on August 10.

North Dakota

Langdon, On July 29, Gains Goff and Roy Weber commenced a series of tent meetings. The tent is on the same lot as last year.

South Dakota

Rapid City, Allan Christopherson expected to return here in September to follow up this summer’s encouraging tent series.


Garnavillo, On July 30, Neal Thomson gave searching ministry and a report on the work in Venezuela. A week of children’s meetings commenced on August 2 in a park south of Garnavillo.


Edmund, Arthur Ward and Jim Frazier are having tent meetings with a man of 80 coming each night.

Juda, Robert Orr and William Skates concluded three weeks of tent meetings with unsaved adults present every night.

Stone Lake, Recently, Arthur Ward had gospel meetings with an encouraging attendance. Three believers planned to be baptized on August 15.

Waukesha, The saints were encouraged when a 25 year old man obeyed the Lord in baptism in June. Ministry by Walter Gustafson was appreciated during his visit in July.


New Lenox, A week of children’s meetings began on August 3 and were well attended by both children and adults. As a result, a man and his wife have shown a keen interest in the assembly.


Alpena, At last report, Larry Perkins and James Beattie were in their third week of tent meetings. Three men have professed to be saved, giving great joy to the Perkins who have worked so long a time in this area.

Battle Creek, On July 26, Norman Crawford and John Slabaugh began gospel meetings. Many areas have been covered with Seed Sewers and invitations, and some unsaved are at all the meetings.

Cass City, William Lavery and Matthew Smith (Jackson, MI) had two weeks in the tent with a good interest and some new contacts made.

Deckerville, William Lavery and Dan Shutt had two weeks of tent meetings and saw God working in salvation. This was a great encouragement to the small assembly

Jackson, A tent has been pitched on the lawn of a man who was saved two years ago. Dan Shutt and Matthew Smith are preaching to an almost full tent each night with some early signs of interest on the part of precious souls.

Saginaw, At the end of July, William Lavery gave help in combined ministry and gospel. Brother Lavery and Norman Crawford gave much appreciated ministry at the all day meeting on August 2, encouraging the saints in Saginaw and mounding assemblies.

Sherman, Stuart Thompson and Brian Crawford closed gospel meetings on July 22 after two and a half weeks. Some unsaved attended this effort.

West Virginia

Keyser, Tent meetings by Robert Surgenor and Joel Portman ended on July 31. About 30 different people attended the meetings.


Frostburg, James Smith spent a week in the area with ministry at Frostburg (Jnly 15-17) and Cumberland (July 19-22).


Matoaca, On July 19, the assembly had the joy of baptizing a young man saved last summer. Several visitors attended the service and heard David Oliver preach the gospel. Brother Oliver and Jonathan Procopio began gospel meetings on August 9, when another baptism was held.


DeLand, Jack Nesbitt paid a timely visit in June.


Indiana, William Seale and Gary Sharp began tent meetings on July 19. Many visitors came right from the beginning of the meetings, a good number of whom had never been contacted before.

McKeesport, David Oliver and local brethren had two weeks of children’s meetings with a good attendance. The Saturday after these meetings was the S.S. picnic and on July 19 a young sister was baptized. A good number of parents contacted during the children’s meetings attended both the picnic and the baptism.

New York

East Aurora, Prayer is requested for gospel meetings which Joel Portman and Roy Weber expect to start on September 13.

New Jersey

Pennsauken, Tent meetings from June 24 through July 26 with Tom Baker and Gene Higgins resulted in a large number of people hearing the gospel. The Lord blessed in salvation to a number who had no family ties with the gospel.


Ronnie Watterson and Stanley Wells visited New England from July 21-28. This was brother Watterson’s first visit to the area and he gave interesting reports on the work in Brazil at Byfield, Methuen, Saugus, Watertown and Newington, CT. Brother Wells also gave refreshing ministry in several assemblies.

Saugus, On July 30, Tom Baker gave appreciated ministry and a report of the work among the Spanish in California.


Augusta, Gene Higgins and Bryan Joyce began tent meetings on August 2. Many, who years ago came to children’s meetings, live near the tent location.

Bangor, Jonathan Procopio, Bryan Joyce and Christians from the Augusta assembly distributed Seed Sewers here and made some interesting contacts in view of meetings planned for a later date.

Tidings – Other Countries


Armagh, A. McShane and D. Gilliland expected to begin gospel meetings in August.

Ballybollan, Despite the current political situation, conferences at Ballybollan, Ballymagarrick, Bleary, Dunmullan and Kingsmills on July 13 and 14 were all well attended and ministry was given to profit.

Bushmills, The annual two weeks of Bible readings were conducted by D. Kane. The readings were very interesting and profitable with 400 – 500 attending nightly. Each morning the gospel was preached in the open air at Portrush.

Crossgar, B. Glendinning and R. Fairley planned to commence a gospel series in August.

Dromore, N. Coulter and N. Tinsley expected to start tent meetings in August.

Kilmore, Five brethren ministered the Word to a packed hall at the annual conference on July 29.

Portadown, E. McCullough and A. Davidson planned to begin tent meetings in August.

Conferences, D.V.

Vancouver, BC

October 10, 11 and 12 in Burnaby South Secondary School, 5455 Rumble Street, Burnaby. On Saturday, meetings at 10, 2 and 7. Lord’s Day at 2:30 and 7. Monday at 10 and 2. Two Bible readings on the Sermon on the Mount – Matt. 5:1-26 and 6:1-24. Meetings in Victoria Drive Gospel Hall are: Friday prayer meeting at 8 p.m., Breaking of Bread at 9:30 and Monday Ministry at 7. Corr. Philip Broadhead, 17431 – 101 Ave., Surrey, BC, V4N 4L7, (604) 581-8155.

Edmonton, Alberta

October 17 and 18 in Connor’s Hill Gospel Hall, 9302 – 95 Street, with meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. Ministry both days at 10, 2 and 7. Corr. Joseph Bowman, 1325 Knottwood Road East, Edmonton, AB, T6K 2K5, (403) 450-0818.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

October 31 and November 1 in Lawson Heights Gospel Hall, 131 LaRonge Road with Prayer and Ministry on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 10:30 and 1:30 with Gospel at 6:30. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 9:30 with Ministry at 2 and Gospel at 7. Corr. Mark Ronald, 619 Rusholme Rd., Saskatoon, SK, S7L OG6, (306) 664-6180.

Roseisle, Manitoba

October 3 and 4 in Carmen Collegiate with meetings both days at 10:30, 2:, 0 and 7. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:,’ 0 p.m. in the Gospel Hall. Corr. P.H. Dyck, Box 46, Roseisle, MB, ROG 1VO, (204) 828-3509. Hall (204) 828-3484. Note: This is the 100th anniversary of the assembly.

Bolton, Ontario

November 21 at Albion Bolton Community Centre. Meetings at 1, 4 and 7. Details from John Steen, (905) 584-2834 or Robert Curry, (905) 857-0753.

Chapman Valley/Parry Sound, Ontario

September 26 and 27 in Chapman Valley Gospel Hall. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bible readings at 8:45 on Fellowship, Headship, Lordship and Worship. Breaking of Bread at 10:15. Supper served at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Corr. Herb West, 13 Lakeview Dr., Box 870, Sundridge, ON, POA 1ZO, (705) 384-5280 or Tom Hulcoop, 9 Edward Parry Sound, ON, P2A 2W5, (705) 746-5919.

London, Ontario

November 7 and 8 in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Avenue, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 10:30. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Hugh R. Garnham, 843 Dalkeith Crescent, London, ON, N5X lS5, (519) 433-1825. Hall (519) 451-8233.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

October 17 and 18 in the Gospel Hall, Adams and Hawkins Streets, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 1 0, Bible reading at 1:30 on the Holy Spirit, Ministry at 2:45 and Gospel at 6:45. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 9:30, Bible Reading at 1:30, Ministry at 2:45 and Gospel at 6:45. Corr. Wm. Smith, 7467 Merritt Ave., Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 5C3, (905) 354-8272.

Wallaceburg, Ontario

October 25 in the Gospel Hall, corner of Minnie and Gillard Streets. Breaking of Bread at 10:30 with Ministry at 2:45 and Gospel at 7:30. Accom: Charles Workman, (519) 627-8743.

Sussex, New Brunswick

October 3 and 4 in Sussex Regional High School, Leonard Drive. On Saturday, Ministry at 10 and 2 with Gospel at 7. On Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread at 10, Ministry at 2 and Gospel at 7. Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, Hynes Corner. Corr. David Beckett, (506) 433-4766. Accom: Don McLean, (506) 847-9010.

L’anse au Loup, Labrador

October 16,17 and 18 in the Gospel Hall with prayer meeting on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Bible reading on Saturday at 10:30 on 1 Peter 1. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 10:30. On Monday, combined Gospel meeting at Red Bay at 7:30 p.m. Corr. Francis Barney, (709) 927-5696 or Edward Barney Jr., (709) 927-5535. Note: In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the first assembly gathering along the Labrador Coast, a report on the early work will be given.

Blue River, Wisconsin

October 17 and 18 in St. John’s Gymnasium, Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda. First meeting on Saturday at 10. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Lev. 1, Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer meeting in Blue River Gospel Hall on Friday at 8 p.m., with supper at 5:30 for those arriving early. Corr. Jim Frazier, 15513 Richwood Estates Lane, Blue River, WI 53518 (608) 537-2977.

LaCrosse, Wisconsin

October 10 and 11 in Logan Middle School, 1450 Avon St., phone (608) 7897755. On Saturday, Ministry at 10. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Christ’s Ascension, Exaltation and the Place He Now Holds (Phil. 2:5-9, Heb. 10:12, Eph. 1:20-23) with Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer and Ministry on Friday at the Gospel Hall, 1928 George St. at 7:30 p.m. Corr. David L. Hardie, 708 – 11th Ave. So., Onalaska, WI 54650, (608) 783-4067. Note: Please note change in dates from previous years.

Kindly remember:

Arnstein, ON – Sept. 19 and 20

Maidstone, SK, Mervin, SK and Paradise Valley, AB – Oct. 10 and 11

Clinton, ON – Oct. 3 and 4

St. Thomas, ON – Oct. 10 and 11

Cape Breton, NS – Oct. 10 – 12

Omaha, NE – Sept. 12 and 13

Hitesville, IA – Sept. 19 and 20

Livonia, MI – Oct. 24 and 25

Midland Park, NJ – Sept. 26 and 27

Hardwick, VT – Sept. 19 and 20

Change of Address of Correspondent

Sussex, New Brunswick, David Beckett, 1019 Waterford Road, Waterford, NB, E4E 5C2, (506) 433-4766

Waukesha, Wisconsin, Cory Peppler, 1026 S. Grandview Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188, (414) 549-2386

Change in Meeting Time

Wallaceburg, Ontario, Wednesday night meeting is now at 7:30.

With Christ

Garnet Patten of Peterborough, Ontario on June 3, age 89. Our esteemed brother was saved in his father’s barn in 1930. He was received into assembly fellowship in Peterborough where he continued steadfastly for 68 years. He was a faithful man in the assembly His seat is vacant and he is missed. Garnet and his wife loved to entertain and show hospitality to Christians near and far. He leaves four sons and two daughters, all married and all saved. The large funeral was taken by Timothy Kember and Murray McLeod with Ken Moore speaking at the grave side.

Elvi Morton of Vancouver, BC on June 4, age 78. Elvi went home very suddenly after sustaining a heart attack. She was saved at age 17 in Langley and received into the local assembly Later she moved to Vancouver and was in fellowship in Cedar Cottage. After marrying her first husband Harold Crawford, they moved to Fairview where they remained for about 36 years. After Harold’s homecall, she married Ivan Morton and went to Woodland Drive where she remained until called home. She was a faithful, kind, hospitable sister who will be much missed.

George Woudwijk of Abbotsford, BC on June 12, age 59. George was born in Leewarden, the Netherlands on January 3,1939 and was born again on January 5, 1957. He will be missed in Abbotsford where he was in fellowship for 31 years. Pray for his widow Ann, four children, Robert, Mark, Joanne and Michelle, and two grandchildren. The large funeral was shared by Gerald Hutchinson, Jim Barron and Gordon Williams, with John Abernethy speaking at the grave side.

Nellie E. Klein of Arlington, WA on June 28, age 92. Nellie was born in Oklahoma and came to Washington State when she was 10. In her early thirties, Nellie was saved during a series by WC. Arnold in the Okanagan assembly She married Garner Garrett in 1922 and they were in fellowship in Okanagan for many years. In 1962, Nellie, then a widow for seven years, married Bob Klein of Arlington. Throughout her life, Nellie lived her faith with a real joy and loving heart for all she knew or met. The large funeral was taken by B. Meyer and J. Klein.

Mrs. Flora Agnew of Oshawa, Ontario on July 7 age 72. Our dear sister was saved in her early 20’s after a gospel meeting at the Pugwash Junction conference. For the past five years, she was in happy fellowship in the Oshawa assembly. During her terminal illness, she had a great testimony to saved and unsaved, including doctors and nurses. The large funeral was taken by Ken Nicholson. Please pray that God will work among her large family of 13 children and many grandchildren.

William F. Dale of Port McNicoll, Ontario on July 13, age 72. Our beloved brother was born in Toronto and saved at age 24. He was in fellowship in West Toronto and Bracondale. Bill a@d his late wife Jean were active in children’s work in earlier years. After retiring, they moved to Port McNicoll where he spent the past ten years in happy fellowship in Midland. Bill was a brother who was marked by faithfulness, humility, generosity and a life that was lived for others. He is survived by three daughters, one son and their families, some of whom are not saved.

G. Allan Lennox of Toronto, Ontario on July 14, age 82. As a young man, our dear brother lived in N. Ontario. He came to Toronto for a holiday in 1942 and was saved in his hotel room after attending a gospel meeting in Pape Ave. After their marriage in 1948, Mr. & Mrs. Lennox moved to Toronto and were in happy fellowship in Pape. He was a faithful, caring and respected elder for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, two daughters and their husbands, two grandchildren and one brother. The funeral was taken by H. Paisley and R. Reilly.

Alice Duncan of Hickory, NC on July 31. Our beloved sister went home after a long struggle with illness. Saved in 1941 through the preaching of Sam McEwen, she was in the Matoaca, VA assembly until her marriage. She and her husband Roland were associated with the Addison Road (later Monticello) assembly in Cleveland for years. They were hospitable, often entertaining visiting preachers. Later they were in the Akron assembly and more recently Hickory. Family members, friends and neighbours heard the gospel at the funeral.

Bibles for Russia Fund

There is currently a surplus in the Bibles for Russia Fund. This is due to (1) the new Religious Law in Russia that prohibits public distribution of Bibles and Christian literature, and (2) fewer workers going to Russia. While the money in this fund will eventually be used for the purpose intended, this may take considerable time. As a result, Jesse Fitch and Louis Smith have requested that gifts to this fund be discontinued for the present time. Effective immediately, no gifts will be accepted by either the Canadian or U.S. Gospel Trusts for the Bibles for Russia fund until further notice.


“In a recent account of the work of the Lord in this country, I outlined the different regions and toils of God sent laborers in sowing the precious seed. Ordy after reading the article published in Truth and Tidings in February did I realize that I had made an important and lamentable omission. Brother David Rodgers and his wife, Ruth Ann, have spent over a quarter of a century laboring for the Lord in Chile. They first located in the south of the country helping in the work in Osorno and the surrounding region. Latterly, they have centered their work in the city of Rancagua, an important mining and agricultural center, 90 kilometers south of the Capital. They have been encouraged seeeing a good number of souls saved and two assemblies planted. One is in the city itself, and another in the town of Machali, nine kilometers toward the mountains. Brother Rodgers also shares a good deal with others in different places north and south in tent meetings and other efforts to extend the gospel and confirm believers in the faith.

May the Lord send more of His chosen and thoroughly furnished laborers into His harvest here and the world over before the night falls.” John Shaw