Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Abbotsford, Dave Richards had a week of appreciated ministry in January.

Deep Cove, A number of Mexicans have been attending the weekly gospel meeting with some recently professing to be saved.

Fleetwood, During the first week of February, Dave Richards ministered on Hebrews 11 with encouragement for the saints.

Squamish, A young lady recently professed salvation. Brethren from a number of Vancouver assemblies are seeking to encourage the work here with regular monthly visits on Lord’s days and Wednesdays.

Vancouver, The saints at West Richmond enjoyed their annual week of prayer in January. At South Main, Harold Paisley had two weeks of well attended ministry meetings on Daniel with the gospel preached nightly. Two teenagers recently obeyed the Lord in baptism in Victoria Drive and one in South Main. Bryan Funston, Gary Sharp and local brethren shared in a Sunday School Teacher’s Conference on January 16 at Victoria Drive. Brother Sharp remained for a week of children’s meetings. Walter Gustafson gave helpful ministry in Carlton, Fairview and Victoria Drive during the first week of February. On February 7, David Oliver and Marvin Derksen began a gospel series at Woodland Drive.

Westbank, A man was baptized recently, bringing joy to the saints.


Lethbridge, Gaius Goff and Steve Kember had an encouraging gospel series with blessing in salvation.


Taylorside, A series in the gospel by Joel Portman and Roy Weber concluded on January 24 with three souls professing salvation.


Clinton, The saints appreciated a visit from Noel Burden in December. Alex Dryburgh had four nights in ministry in early January, but stormy weather hindered attendance most nights. Prayer is requested for gospel meetings commencing in March with Eugene Badgley and Ed Miller.

Deer Lake, Nice numbers attended a week of children’s meetings in January. Lorne Langfeld was with the saints for Lord’s day, January 17.

Langstaff, Prayer is requested for a gospel series by Harold Paisley and Norman Crawford beginning March in the new hall.

Orillia, In January, Albert Hull had one week of appreciated ministry

Picton, Brian Owen and Ed Miller expected to commence a series in the gospel in February.

St. Mary’s, Prayer is valued for gospel meetings starting on April 4 by William Aiken (Kitchener) and Frank Sona (Guelph).

Sudbury, Brian Owen and Brian Crawford were with the assembly for an all day meeting on January 3. Fred Krauss spoke at the monthly ministry meeting in January and remained for a week of appreciated ministry on the Believer in the Last Days.

Toronto, On a brief visit to Ontario in early February, Ken Turkington gave a report at Pape Avenue on the work in Venezuela and then went on to Guelph, Kitchener, London and Grand Bend. James McClelland and Samuel Ussher had four weeks of encouraging gospel meetings at Highfield.

New Brunswick

Green River, At the end of December, Leslie Wells held four ministry meetings on basic truths of the local assembly

Pigeon Hill, Leslie Wells and two local brethren gave help at the ministry meeting on January 10.

Nova Scotia

Halifax, On January24, Grard Roy and Peter Ramsay commenced gospel meetings with encouraging attendance.

Nineveh, Gene Higgins had one week of appreciated ministry meetings in January with excellent attendance.

River Hebert, The saints appreciated a visit by Ken Turkington who also spoke at the S.S. treat in December.

Sydney Mines, A married lady was recently baptized, bringing encouraging to the saints. Jonathan Procopio was with the assembly for this happy event. The believers also enjoyed a visit from Fred Bartlett on January 24.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Peter Orasuk and Murray McCandless commenced gospel meetings on January 12. At last report, they were continuing with good numbers and souls being saved.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Charlottetown, On January31, Wallace Buckle and Paul Cockfield began a gospel series.

Corner Brook, The saints were encouraged by a young sister being received into fellowship in January.

L’anse au Loup, A series in the gospel by Bert Joyce and Andrew Bergsma commenced on January24 with a good number of unsaved attending. English Point and Red Bay assemblies are supporting these meetings.

Mount Pearl, Well attended and encouraging gospel meetings by Marvin Derksen and Jonathan Procopio concluded on January 31.

Tidings – U.S.A.


Marysville, On February 7, Jonathan Procopio and T. Hoy (Marysville) began a gospel series.

Seattle, The annual conference at the end of January was larger this year and it was the first in the school building next to the Gospel Hall. Eleven visiting brethren gave help in the meetings.


Chico, Three souls professed salvation during three weeks in the gospel by David Oliver and John Slabaugh.

Culver City, The saints appreciated ministry for two nights by John Slabaugh and a visit for a Lord’s day by Alan Davidson.

Fresno, On January 24, Walter Gustafson and John Fitzpatrick closed three weeks of gospel meetings with unsaved present every night but one.

Palm Springs, Prayer is requested for gospel meetings which Gaius Goff expects to commence following the conference in April.


Phoenix, The Garfield and Sunnyslope assemblies enjoyed a week of ministry by James Smith on the Epistle to the Ephesians and also a week by Alan Davidson on the Seven Feasts of Jehovah.


Manchester, Allan Christopherson and John Slabaugh expected to start a series in the gospel on February 21.

Postville, Following a ministry meeting in Garnavillo on January 20, Tom Baker commenced nightly gospel meetings in Spanish the next evening at Postville. God blessed His Word in salvation.


Egg Harbor, During the first week of January, Arthur Ward and Jerry Jennings had a week of appreciated Bible studies on 1 Peter. On January 24, George Patterson and Ed Miller gave help at Egg Harbor’s fourth anniversary. Our brethren remained for two nights of ministry.

Humburg, Arthur Ward and Jerry Jennings closed three weeks of gospel meetings on January 31.

Ontario, On January17, Robert Orr and William Skates began gospel meetings with good attendance.

Stone Lake, Arthur Ward commenced visitation work in early February.


New Lenox, Joel Portman expected to have 10 nights of ministry in early February.


Tylertown, Prayer is requested for the small assembly that has continued well for many years. We should also pray for the physical needs of our dear brother Ballhagen and his wife.


Ferndale, Jack Nesbitt and William Lavery expected to start a gospel series on February 28.

Jackson, Gospel meetings began on January 31 with Brian Crawford and Norman Crawford. At the end of the first week there was cause for encouragement. People came nightly who had not attended meetings in the past and some were troubled.

Livonia, On January 16, the area Bible readings on the Great Tribulation and the Millennial Reign were well attended. These subjects created a deep interest. Subjects for the March20 readings will be the Believer’s Refuge – The Assembly of God and the Armour of God.


Akron, Gary Sharp and Dale Vitale expected to start gospel meetings on February 28. During the past months, the saints appreciated visits by F. Bartlett, W. Gustafson, W. Lavery, W. Seale and D. Vitale.

Mansfield, A large number gathered for the 40th anniversary, when Paul Hoffman told of God’s working in establishing and maintaining the assembly. It was also the occasion for the area Bible reading on the subject of courtship, led by Sandy Higgins.


DeLand, Hans Bouwman gave an appreciated visit to the assembly for ministry and a report on his past and present work in Japan and the Netherlands.

Fort Pierce, Norman Crawford was present for an all day meeting in January. The small assembly appreciates visitors from the north who come to give help.


McKeesport, James Smith and William Skates expected to commence a gospel series on February 21.

New Jersey

Long Branch, On January 31, Gene Higgins and David Zuidema (Midland Park) began gospel meetings. They have received excellent support from other assembly believers travelling over an hour to be with them.

Midland Park, The saints appreciated visits by William Lavery on January 6 and Gene Higgins on January 27.

Pennsauken, The conference was marked by a warm spirit and simplicity of ministry which was encouraging and uplifting to the believers. Ministry was given by W. Buckle, A. Hull, M. McCandless, D. Oliver and D. Vitale.


Methuen, A good number gathered from surrounding assemblies for the monthly Bible reading on Psalm 40 which was led by Frank Tomaquindici on January 10.

Saugus, Albert Hull had four nights of appreciated ministry in January.

Tidings – Other Countries

N. Ireland

Ballywatermoy, T. McNeill and J. Martin had the joy of seeing the Lord’s hand in blessing in gospel meetings.

Bangor, S. Ferguson and W. Boyd continue in the gospel in Lisnabreen with good numbers.

Belfast, To mark the opening of their new hall, the brethren at Glengormley convened a profitable afternoon ministry meeting, also a midweek gospel meeting, followed by two weeks of ministry by J. Baker and J. Grant. At Matchett Street, T. Bentley and J. Palmer are seeing quite a number of locals and experiencing help in preaching the gospel in the city where it is most difficult.

Drumaness, In this mainly Catholic district, T. Topley and S. Barr are having gospel meetings in the newly erected hall with encouraging numbers.

Dungannon, A McShane and D. Gilliland have commenced in the gospel.

Kilkeel, R. Surgenor is preaching the gospel and the saints are much encouraged with blessing in salvation.

Moneyrea, B. Glendinning and R. Fairley have commenced gospel meetings.

Mullafernaghan, At last report, S. Maze and R. Eadie were in their fourth week of preaching the gospel and visitation.

Newtownstewart, R. McKeown has commenced a gospel series in this border town.

Randalstown, J. Lennox and B. Currie are preaching the gospel.

Tassagh, W. Nesbitt and B. Millar commenced gospel meetings with encouraging numbers.

Conferences, D.V.

Vancouver, B.C.

April 2, 3 and 4 in John Oliver High School, corner 41st Ave. and Fraser St. Meetings each day at 10,2 and 7. Prayer meeting in South Main at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Corr. Earl Ritchie, (604) 277-7019. Bible readings on Friday and Saturday mornings at conference and at West Richmond on April 6-9 at 7:30 p.m. Subject: Hebrews 7-13.

Calgary, Alberta

May 22, 23 and 24 in West Hillhurst Gospel Hall, 2326- 7 Avenue NW, with prayer meeting on May21 at 7:30 p.m. Corr. Garry W. Seale, 3111 Conrad Cres. NW, Calgary, AB, T2L 1B7, (403) 282-1383.

Midland/Waubaushene, Ontario

May 22 and 23 in Penetanguishene Community Centre (Arena), 61 Maria Street, Penetanguishene (705) 549-8492. Meetings both days at 10, 1:30,3 and 7. Bible readings on Hebrews 11:8-19 and 23-29. Corr. Paul Barbour, 328 John St., Midland, ON, L4R 2J5, (705) 526-3516, and Ed Heels, 2379 Rumney Road, RR1, Midland, ON, L4R 4K3, (705) 534-3698. Directions to Arena: Turn right on Thompson Road, first street inside of town, go one block on the left.

Newmarket, Ontario

May 2 in the Gospel Hall, 736 Davis Drive. Breaking of Bread at 9:30, with Bible reading on I Peter 4 at 11:30, Ministry at 2:30 and Gospel at 7. Corr. Harry Pronk, 364 Simcoe Road, Bradford, ON, L3Z 1Y9. (905) 775-6816.

Fredericton, NB

April 24 and 25 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 1 Cor 13. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert Griffin, RR 4, Fredericton, NB, E3B 4X5, (506) 472-5512.

Prince Edward Island

May22 and 23 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 Psa. 88, 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. Glen McKenna, 15 Andrews Dr., RR 6, Kensington, PEI. COB 1MO, (902) 836-3073 or Brian MacDonald 25 Macrea Dr., Cornwall, PEI. COA 1HO. (902) 566-3831. Accom: Neil Thompson (902) 892-7216.

Gander/Sandringham, NF

April 3 and 4 with prayer meeting on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gander Collegiate School, Gander Bay Road. On Saturday, Ministry at 10:30 and 2:30, with Gospel at 7. On Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread at 10:30, Bible reading at 2 p.m. on 2 Thes. 2, Ministry at 3:15 and Gospel at 7. Accom: Kevin March (709) 256-2108, Vincent Whey (709) 256-2492 and Sandy Feitham (709) 533-2873.

Culver City, California

April 3 and 4 in the Gospel Hall, 11138 Venice Boulevard. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Bible reading on Titus I and 2. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Corr. Neil Rodger, 4209 Clayton Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1501, (323) 663-5905. Hall (310) 559-1588.

Palm Springs, California

April 18 in the Gospel Hall, 320 W. Racquet Club Road. Breaking of Bread at 10, Ministry at 2 and Gospel at 6:30. Corr. Charles Spataro, 945 Buttonwillow Circle, Palm Springs, CA 92262, (760) 322-7090 or (760) 325-8815.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, Iowa

April17 and 18 in Masonic Temple, Park Ave. and Mulberry St., Waterloo. On Saturday, Ministry at 10a.m. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Hebrews 1. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7p.m. in Waterloo Gospel Hall. Corr. Richard Orr, 614 Bland Blvd. SW., Independence, IA 50644, (319) 334-3931 and Erwin D. Stickfort, 223 North Francis St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613, (319) 266-6271. The week before the conference, Bible readings on I John in Cedar Falls Gospel Hall (Monday and Tuesday) and Waterloo Gospel Hall (Wednesday and Thursday).

McKeesport, Pennsylvania

April 24 and 25 in Francis McClure Junior High School. Meetings begin at 10 both days. Prayer meeting in the Gospel Hall, Prescott and Broadway, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The homes of Christians will be open for visitors. Contact William Seale, (724) 863-2949, for accommodations or local motel phone numbers for those wishing to make their own arrangements.

Manchester, Connecticut

April 3 and 4 in Bolton Center School, 108 Notch Road, Bolton, CT. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30, 2 and 6:30. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 10 and last meeting at 2 for Ministry and Gospel. Prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall, 415 Center Street. Corr. Richard Trombly, 121 Cushman Dr., Manchester, CT 06040, (860)649-9462. Accom: Ted Kaulback (860) 742-0002.

Methuen, Massachusetts

April 11 in the Gospel Hall, 51 Merrimack St. with Breaking of Bread at 10, Ministry at 2:30 and Gospel at 6:30. Corr. Daniel Netti, 105 Hillside Road, North Andover, MA 01845, (978)


Kindly remember:

Newbury, ON – March27
Toronto, ON – April 2, 3 and 4
Nineveh, NS – April 3 and 4
Stout, IA – April 10 and 11
Mt. Sterling, WI – March 27 and 28
Watertown, MA – March 20 and 21

Addition to T&T Address List, June 1998

Peter Ramsay, 738 Water Street East, Summerside, PEI. C1N 5X1

Change of Address

Gilbert Stewart, Kilgole House, Bridgetown, Laghey, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Change of Correspondent

DeLand, Florida, Fred King, 215 Lake Talmadge Rd., DeLand, FL 32724, (904) 943-4000

With Christ

Mrs. Annie Stuart of Moncton, NB on December11, age 94, after a lengthy illness. Annie was saved on May 23, 1942 while reading Safety, Certainty and Enjoyment. Shortly after, she was baptized at Pugwash Junction and in a few months was received into the Moncton assembly. She faithfully attended all assembly meetings until her final sickness. Annie is survived by her husband, two sons and four grandchildren all saved. The gospel was faithfully preached at the large funeral by D. Howard and M. McCandless, with V. Markie speaking at the grave side.

Harvey Hughes of Huntsville, Ontario on December 20, age 95. Our beloved brother was saved in 1936 and was received into happy fellowship in 1971. Harvey was a quiet and faithful brother, highly respected and loved both by saint and sinner. The large funeral was shared by Timothy Walker and members of the family.

Henry (Harry) J. Watterson of Bryn Mawr, PA on December 22, age 95. Our dear bother was born in Magherafelt, NI and saved in Philadelphia over 65 years ago. With his wife, he was in fellowship in Bryn Mawr for many years. A quiet and pleasant brother, he appreciated his Savior and the Word of God which he read faithfully until his eye sight was gone. His wife predeceased him in February 1998 and he leaves a daughter, her husband and two grandchildren. A good number of unsaved heard the gospel at the funeral conducted by J. MacPherson and W. Oliver.

Oliver Olan of Oshawa, Ontario on January 2, age 82. After coming home from the Armed Forces, our dear brother was saved at approximately 40 years of age in Orillia during meetings by G.P. Taylor. Later he came into fellowship and spent most of his years with saints in Oshawa. He loved the gospel and had a good testimony among his neighbours. He was a great example to saved and unsaved alike in his acceptance of terminal cancer. The funeral was taken by Ken Nicholson.

Charles George Breekveldt of Arlington, WA on January 4, age 87. Our dear brother was born on October11, 1911 in Saskatchewan. When he was nine years old, he moved to Arlington with his family. Charlie was saved in January 1931 during meetings by H. Harris and A. Joyce, through the verse, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” He was part of the Arlington assembly for over 65 years and was steady and consistent. Charlie is survived by his wife Norine and was preceded by two sisters, Annie and Mila and his brother Bert.

Mrs. Alice M. Stainton of Unionville, Ontario on January 6, age 93. Our beloved sister was saved as a girl of 13 following her father’s funeral. She was a gracious lady who loved the Lord and the assembly of His people. Mrs. Stainton was a spiritual sister who often gave timely and encouraging words in season to others. She was predeceased by her husband Theodore in 1992 and leaves four children, nine grandchildren all in assembly fellowship and 16 great-grandchildren. The large funeral was taken by David Adams and William McBride.

Paul Downing of Ontario, Wisconsin on January 8, age 74, after several years of declining health. Our beloved brother was saved in 1987 and became part of the Ontario assembly in recent years. He is survived by his wife, who is in assembly fellowship, and seven children. Ron Doll of the Ontario assembly spoke a fitting word to a large number at the funeral.

Mrs. David Graham of Brisbane, Australia on January 12, age 46, after a long illness. Our dear sister was born in N. Ireland and was brought up in the Castlewellan district. With her husband and two boys, she emigrated to Australia in 1982. Saved in October 1991, she was baptized and received into fellowship in Conference Hall, Brisbane where she enjoyed the care and support of the believers. She had a good testimony, always bright in spite of her suffering, ever displaying faith and courage. The funeral was conducted by J. Williams and J. McDowell.

Mrs. Dorcas Gehrke of Arnstein, Ontario on January 24, age 77. Our dear sister fell and broke her leg in July. After several operations and setbacks, which she bore patiently in the hospital, the Lord called her home. Dorcas and her family moved to Arnstein in 1946 and heard the gospel for the first time under the preaching of G.P. Taylor. Her mother was saved then. In 1948, Dorcas was saved and received into fellowship in Arnstein where she was a consistent and godly sister. She leaves to mourn her husband Arnold, son Timothy, daughter Jeanine and two grandchildren.

Gladys Helen (Kregel) Wahls of Garnavillo, IA on January 29, age 95. Our beloved sister was the second one saved during Lorne McBain’s fruitful series in Garnavillo in 1938. On June 11, 1925, Gladys married Henry Wahls. Both were caring, hospitable people with many friends near and far. Gladys assisted her husband for many years in his book and Bible business. She is survived by her son Dale, her daughters Faye Wahls and Mrs. Maxine Gray, six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and her sister Mrs. Marian Bailey