Tidings – Canada

British Columbia

Kamloops, Bryan Funston had two nights of ministry on February 17 and 18 in view of an exercise for a tent effort in July.

Squamish, Prayer is requested for gospel meetings which Bryan Funston and Jack Gould expect to begin on April 11. Terrace, Jim Webb had a week of helpful ministry in February.

Vancouver, In South Main, a mother and daughter were recently received into fellowship. The monthly ministry meetings in February at Fleetwood and Langley were shared by Marvin Derksen and David Oliver. At last report, brethren Oliver and Derksen were beginning their fifth week in the gospel at Woodland Drive with some blessing, good attendance and continuing interest.


Winnipeg, In February, James Hanna gave an interesting report on the work in Zambia.


Clover Valley, The saints were encouraged by the baptism and reception into fellowship of a man who was saved in tent meetings last summer. Also, a young sister was received on February 7. Five weeks of gospel meetings by Alvin Cook and local brethren concluded on February 14 with three souls professing salvation.

Earlton, Following one week of children’s meetings by Lorne Langfeld, he and Don Nicholson commenced a gospel series in which a married couple professed to be saved.

Englehart, In January, Larry Steers had two weeks of ministry meetings, using a chart on the Seven Churches which a sister from this area painted for him.

Kenora, Jim Webb gave appreciated ministry in January and returned for further ministry in early February. On February 21, Murray Pratt and David Rodgers commenced a gospel series.

Lakeshore, There was very good attendance as Fred Krauss had several nights of ministry on the Spiritual Warfare of the Believer.

Langstaff, On March 7, Harold Paisley and Norman Crawford commenced a gospel series in the newly constructed hall.

Midland, During February, the saints enjoyed four nights of ministry by Ross Vanstone (Portage) and a visit for a Lord’s day by Bruce Rodgers.

Milton, The saints rejoiced as a man was baptized on February 28. Harold Paisley and Paul Robinson were present for this happy event. On March 3, David Booth gave an excellent report on the work in Russia.

Newbury, In February, the saints enjoyed a week of profitable ministry by David Rodgers from Jeremiah and a weekend visit by Timothy Kember.

Oshawa, On February 28, Bryan Funston and Jim Jarvis began a series in the gospel.

Ottawa, During recent months, the assembly enjoyed visits from G. Goff, N. Mellish, T. Kember and E. Badgley. The monthly ministry meetings were taken by L. Steers, M. McLeod and T. Kember. In January, the saints had the joy of a teenage daughter of a couple in the assembly confessing faith in Christ.

Powassan, Three believers from the Clover Valley assembly moved to this area for employment. Alvin Cook continues to make weekly trips to labour in the gospel and build up the saints.

Thunder Bay, In recent months, a young sister was added to the assembly and a young brother was baptized. From January 11-15, James Webb gave appreciated ministry. Gary Sharp spoke at the SS Treat on February 6 and remained for two weeks of children’s meetings. A good number of parents were present at the treat and some also came to the children’s meetings.

Toronto, During February, Sam Jennings had profitable ministry meetings on Mark at Broadview, followed by two weeks on Luke at Rexdale. On March 7, our brother commenced a week on Daniel at Brock Avenue.

Victoria Road, The saints enjoyed recent visits by Ed Miller, David Booth and Larry Steers. Prayer is requested for children’s meetings which brother Miller expects to have during the last two weeks of April.

Windsor, Ministry by Alex Dryburgh from Philippians from February 21-26 was much enjoyed by the assembly. Prayer will be greatly appreciated for a gospel series which William Metcall and Bert Snippe plan to start on May 2.

Nova Scotia

Halifax, God blessed in salvation during a gospel series by Grard Roy and Peter Ramsay.

Northern Cape Breton, At last report, David Swan was in his sixth week in the gospel. One week was in the Cape North hall and the other weeks were in three separate homes. He was encouraged by good attendance and interest.

Pugwash Junction, Ken Taylor recently had a week of ministry, using a chart on Egypt to Canaan.

River Hebert, The saints appreciated visits by Ken Turkington on three consecutive Friday nights in February.

Sydney, On February 21, Ken Taylor and Eric Fowler (Uanse au Loup) commenced gospel meetings.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, The Lord graciously blessed His Word with a number of souls professing faith in Christ during the recent gospel series with Murray McCandless and Peter Orasuk.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Carbonear, During February, Carl Payne made appreciated visits to Carbonear, New Harbour and Wareham.

Charlottetown, Three souls professed salvation during three weeks in the gospel by Wallace Buckle and Paul Cockfield. The saints had further encouragement during this effort as two were received into assembly fellowship and two were baptized.

L’anse au Loup, Bert Joyce and Andrew Bergsma ended five weeks of gospel meetings on February 28. A good number of unsaved were present each night.

Parsons Pond, Larry Steers and Wallace Buckle expected to commence gospel meetings on March 14.

Tidings – U.S.A.


Tacoma, The saints enjoyed a visit by Bryan Funston for a weekend and three nights of ministry in early February.


Chico, Returning home from his visit in the west, Walter Gustafson stopped here and in other smaller assemblies giving appreciated instruction and help from the Scriptures.

San Diego, Edward Doherty had a week of helpful ministry on the Dispensations.


Omaha, In February, David Richards spent nine days here, giving appreciated ministry in English. His ministry was recorded and will be translated into Russian for the saints in Russia.


Antioch, Jerry Jennings had five nights of helpful ministry in February

Cedar Falls, In February, James Smith gave a week of profitable ministry on David.

Garnavillo, Tom Bentley was expected for a week of ministry in March.

Hitesville, The meeting on January 1 was a little smaller than usual because of the winter weather, but the ministry warmed the hearts of the people of God. Also in January, the saints enjoyed a week of ministry by Allan Christopherson and a week by James Smith.

Manchester, On February 28, John Slabaugh and Allan Christopherson commenced a series in the gospel.

Stout, Albert Hull and Robert McIlwaine commenced gospel meetings on February 7. One professed the first week and both interest and numbers are excellent.

Waterloo, During the past few weeks, the saints have enjoyed visits by R. Weber, D. Wardell, E. McCullough, J. Smith, A. Hull and R. McIlwaine.


Mt. Sterling, A good spirit prevailed during four and a half weeks of gospel meetings by Roy Weber and William Metcall. A nice number of young people, all children of the Christians, professed faith in Christ.

Ontario, On February 17, Robert Orr and William Skates completed four and a half weeks in the gospel.

Stone Lake, During February, Arthur Ward and Jerry Jennings visited Stone Lake, Hurley and Ashland, and then went on to Pelke, MI.


New Lenox, From February 3-12, Joel Portman gave practical and helpful ministry from Deuteronomy


Battle Creek, At a well attended all day meeting on February 21, ministry was given by Brian Crawford, Norman Crawford and William Lavery.

Jackson, Four weeks of gospel meetings by Brian Crawford and Norman Crawford closed on February 28. In spite of a flu epidemic, attendance was excellent, and some outsiders who came the first night did not miss a night to the end. God was pleased to save souls and there was much rejoicing.

Saginaw, On January 29, the saints were encouraged with a missionary report by David Booth. At the all day meeting on February 7, the Word was ministered by Stuart Thompson and Lome Mitchell. In late February, Lorne Langfeld commenced a week of children’s meetings.


Matoaca, The conference over the weekend of February 13-14 was a time of encouragement. Practical ministry was given by Sandy Higgins, John Slabaugh, Dale Vitale and a number of visiting brethren.


DeLand, Profitable and encouraging ministry was given by J. Abernethy, W. Lavery, W. Seale, G.P. Taylor and D. Vitale at the February conference. Following the conference, brethren Abernethy and Lavery had three nights of helpful Bible readings from Ephesians.

Tampa, The conference in February was considered to be excellent both in ministry and attendance. Ministry was shared by J. Abernethy, W. Lavery, W. Seale and G.P. Taylor. Prior to the conference, brother Taylor had a week of ministry and following the conference, brethren Abernethy and Lavery had instructive Bible readings on the Church. During the winter months, the believers enjoyed ministry from H. Bouwman, M. McCandless, R. McIlwaine and J. Procopio.


Bryn Mawr, Gene Higgins and David Oliver expected to begin gospel meetings in a rented building in the nearby community of Broomall on March 14. McKeesport, James Smith and William Skates began gospel meetings on February 21. Some people from the community have been in and the unsaved children of the believers have attended well.

New Jersey

Barrington, The saints have been encouraged by seeing a number of young people baptized and added to the assembly.

Longbranch, Gospel meetings were conducted by Gene Higgins and David Zuidema (Midland Park) from February 1-17 with blessing in salvation.

Pennsauken, A very interesting meeting was held on March 7 when four brethren gave details of the founding and history of four assemblies in the area.


Saugus, Gene Higgins and Bryan Joyce commenced a gospel series on February 14 and were encouraged with blessing in a soul being saved at the beginning of the meetings.


Hardwick, Recent gospel meetings by William Lavery and Dan Shutt were encouraging with blessing in salvation.

Tidings – Other Countries


After an absence of five years, Peter Simms returned to this island where he had laboured for 25 years. He visited the various assemblies for the month of February and rejoiced to see the believers continuing in the right ways of the Lord.


Tom Cooper (Jackson, MI) left for Russia in late February. Louis Smith, also of Jackson, expected to go in March. Some brethren, who have helped in the work in Russia in the past, have been refused visas recently and this should be a matter of prayer.

Conferences, D.V.

Bancroft, Ontario

June 5 in Lakeview Gospel Hall, Maxwell Settlement Road. Ministry at 2. Ministry and Gospel at 7. Corr. Mark Freymond, RR 1, Bancroft, ON, KOL 1C0, (613) 332-4317.

London, Ontario (Spanish)

May 29 and 30 in the Gospel Hall, 1196 Highbury Avenue. All ministry meetings on Saturday at 10, 2 and 7 and Lord’s day at 2:30 will be in Spanish. Prayer meeting on Friday at 8 p.m. If coming from a distance, please give advance notice of arrival time and number coming to Philip Lampkin, 1742 Attawandaron Rd., London, ON, N6G 3N1, (519) 472-8747.

Mimico, Ontario

Please note that there will not be a Bible reading conference this year.

Nipissing Junction, Ontario

June 12 and 13 in the Gospel Hall, 1340 Lakeshore Drive, North Bay, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Bible readings on Saturday at 9 am. and Lord’s day at 11:30a.m. on the Millennial Reign of Christ. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Clarence Black, 63 Massey Drive, North Bay, ON, PIA 3Y3, (705) 497-1284. Hall (705) 474-3384.

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

June 26 and 27 with prayer meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Englehart High School. Meetings both days at 10,2 and 7:30. Supper served at 5:30 Friday in High School. Corr. Philip Potter, Earlton, ON, POJ lEO, (705) 563-2942 and Harvey Pratt, RR 1, Charlton, ON, POJ IBO, (705) 544-7758.

Ottawa, Ontario

May22 and 23 in the Gospel Hall, 1087 River Road, with prayer meeting on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Bible readings at 9 am. on The Two Natures in the Life of the Believer – on Saturday (The Flesh versus the Spirit – Gal. 5) and Lord’s day (The Conflict and the Victory – Rom. 7). Corr. KE. Prince, 1246 Kitchener Ave., Ottawa, ON, (613) 733-1668. Hall (613) 748-0269.

Peterborough, Ontario

May 1 in the Gospel Hall, 592 Park Street North. Ministry at 2 and 7. Corr. Arthur Morrison, (705) 696-2580.

New Lenox, Illinois

May 8 and 9 in the Gospel Hall, Route 6, one mile east of Cedar Road, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Ministry at 10 and 2 with Gospel at 7. On Lord’s day, Bible reading at 9 on Romans 12, with Breaking of Bread at 10:30, Ministry at 2 and Gospel at 7. Please notify in advance for accommodations. Corr. Robert Pike, 506 High St., Joliet, IL 60432, (815) 722-5053.

Frostburg, Maryland

May 15 and 16 in Beall High School, East Main Street. Meetings both days begin at 10. Prayer and Ministry in Grahamtown Gospel Hall, Davidson Street, on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Visitors freely entertained. For motel reservations, contact Michael Bachert, 204 Wilmont Avenue, Cumberland, MD 21502, (301) 724-5806.

Saugus, Massachusetts

June 5 and 6 in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St. Bible reading conference on I John. First meeting 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. Accom: Tony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynnfield, MA 01940, (781) 334-6363. Hall (781) 233-5570.

Kindly remember:

Calgary, AB – May 22-24
Midland & Waubaushene, ON – May 22 and 23
Newmarket, ON – May 2
Fredericton, NB – April 24 and 25
Prince Edward Island – May22 and 23
Palm Springs, CA – April 18
Stout, IA – April 10 and 11
Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA – April17 and 18
McKeesport, PA – April 24 and 25
Methuen, MA – April 11

Additions to T&T Address List, June 1998

Jerry Jennings, P0 Box 6, Warrens, WI 54666, (608) 378-4414

Change in Meeting Times

Hitesville, Iowa, Gospel on Lord’s day is now at 7p.m. Prayer and Bible Study is on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

Change of Mailing Address

Black Earth Gospel Hall, P0 Box 24, Black Earth, WI 53515

Change in Location of Gospel Hall

Toronto, Ontario, Victoria Park Gospel Hall (formerly Pape Avenue Gospel Hall) 1266 Victoria Park Avenue, Toronto, effective April 8. On Lord’s day, Breaking of Bread at 10, SS & Bible Class at 12 noon and Gospel at 7. Prayer & Bible reading on Wednesday at 8. Corr. Robert Reilly, 30 Caronridge Cres., Agincourt, ON, M8W 1L2, (416) 499-0829.

With Christ

Mrs. Dorothy Foreshew of Sudbury Ontario on November 27. Our dear sister was saved on her birthday, August 24, in 1965 through the truth of John 3:16. A few days later she was the means of her husband Albert also trusting Christ. Shortly after, she was received into the fellowship of the Sudbury assembly The funeral was shared by Don Nicholson and Ken Moore.

Mrs. Lucy Spencer of Mimico, Ontario on January 19, age 83. Our beloved sister was one of the original group of younger folk who were saved in 1937 when God worked in the Mimico area. Lucy lived her life for God and the gospel. With her husband William, she had a deep interest in the well being of the younger believers for whom their home was always open. She leaves four married daughters and 11 grandchildren, nearly all of whom are saved. The large funeral taken by Paul Robinson testified to her faithful life and the esteem in which she was held.

James Patton of Ashgill, Scotland on February 8, age 84. Our beloved brother was saved at the age of 15, being led to Christ by his mother. From an early age, he was a student of the Word of God. For many years, he ministered the Word faithfully in his beloved Scotland, all over the United Kingdom and also in the United States and Canada. For the last two years of his life he was in fellowship at Ashgill, where his ministry was much appreciated. His seat is empty and he is greatly missed.

Mrs. Elizabeth Kidd of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba on February 10, age 95. Our dear sister was born in Belfast and saved there as a girl. More than 70 years ago, she and her husband Eddie moved to Canada, eventually settling in Portage la Prairie where she became part of the assembly in 1939. She regarded many of the Lord’s people as family especially following the passing of her only daughter and then her husband a number of years ago. Words of comfort and the gospel were fitly spoken by Malcolm Stanley and Dennis Walker at the funeral.

Michael Rannelli of Livingstone, NJ on February 10. Brother Rannelli was a highly esteemed elder and a longtime correspondent of the Livingstone assembly (formerly East Orange). He was born on October 17, 1918 and was led to Christ by the late Frank Pizzulli on September 29, 1929 through the truth of Isaiah 53:5. A student of the Word, given to teaching and a shepherd of the sheep, he will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife Ida, a son and daughter, one brother and four sisters. Frank Tornaquindici and Gene Higgins shared the funeral service.

Mrs. Lorna Barr of Vancouver, BC on February 11, age 69. Our dear sister passed into the Lord’s presence unexpectedly in Palm Springs, CA. In 1967 she was saved during meetings in Victoria Drive by E. McCullough and W. Warke. She bore a faithful and consistent testimony and was an ideal helpmeet for an assembly overseer. Given to hospitality, she and her husband provided many of the Lord’s servants a home away from home. Left to mourn are her husband Tom, two sons and a daughter, five grandchildren and two brothers. She will be greatly missed.

Walter Hill of Melfort, SK on February 14, age 89. Our dear brother was born on January 28, 1910 in Kearney, Ontario and moved to the Taylorside district in 1911. Walter trusted the Lord as his Saviour as a young man. He was in fellowship in the Taylorside assembly in his later years and attended until April 1997 when he moved into a care home. Walter is survived by two sisters as well as several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. The funeral was taken by David Taylor.

Remittances to Missionaries

It has been reported to us that difficulties have been encountered by some assemblies and some of the Lord’s people in seeking to forward fellowship to missionaries in various countries of the world. Problems were caused by (1) lost or stolen mail, (2) inaccurately addressed mail and (3) fellowship sent in the wrong currency.

Some information regarding the transmission of funds is not always available to individual believers and assemblies. For instance, the majority of missionaries from Canada and the United States to whom we send fellowship through the Truth and Tidings Gospel Trust have requested us not to send cheques or money orders directly to them on the mission field. For various reasons, most missionaries have found it necessary to have their fellowship deposited in a bank account in Canada or the United States.

If you have experienced difficulties in sending fellowship to missionaries abroad, we would remind you that for half a century the Canadian Trust has faithfully and successfully remitted funds to missionaries worldwide. Experience gained during these years has taught us the safest and most practical way to forward fellowship to our missionary brethren and sisters.

Both the Canadian and United States Trust Funds are willing and able to help you in forwarding fellowship to missionaries on the field. You will find that the Gospel Trusts provide a secure and protected way of transmitting funds overseas. Their addresses are in every magazine at the bottom of the inside back cover.

Via Gospel Magazine for 1999, Volume 28.

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