Edmonton: The tent meetings with Ross Vanstone and Mark Bachert continued for 29 nights and were well attended. A number of good contacts were made, several of whom have started attending the local assembly meetings. Please remember the up-coming gospel meetings with Stanley Wells and David Hunt, September 14-28, that God will be glorified and souls won for Christ.

British Columbia

Burnaby: Daily Vacation Bible Hour was held August 11-15 with over 100 attending each day. Speakers were Lawrence Hanna, Kyle Fairfield, and Ross Smyth. The new hall being constructed in Burnaby to replace the Woodland Drive Gospel Hall is progressing and is scheduled to be finished at the end of September. The new hall will be known as the South Burnaby Gospel Hall.

Castlegar: Following a Seed Sower distribution, three weeks of tent meetings were held with good interest. Glen Griffin shared with local brethren the first week and was joined by John Fitzpatrick for the last two weeks. A young lady from Trail professed, followed by a man of 59 years and his 81-year-old mother. Brother Fitzpatrick had a follow-up meeting in August and another is planned for September.

Nelson: Lucas Griffin and Ross Vanstone shared a two-week gospel tent effort in July following a Seed Sower distribution here and in Trail. There proved to be little interest, however, from the community at this time.

Vancouver: The Gospel Tent had its 30th year at the Pacific National Exhibition during the last 17 days of the summer. Usually in excess of 1 million people pass through the gates. Many people return year after year and several have testified to being saved as a result of hearing the gospel at the booth. This is a united effort, with the Deep Cove assembly spearheading this large undertaking annually. The Gospel Tent was singled out for an award this year by the P.N.E. in recognition of its longstanding presence at the fair.

Richmond: The West Richmond assembly held one-week of children’s meetings in the Rosewood community where a children’s work has been carried on for many years. Cam Thulien spoke each day to the children. The new West Richmond Gospel Hall is in the framing stage of construction.

New Brunswick

Shdiac: Please pray for our brother and sister Normand and Denise Cormier of the assembly here. Their 11-year-old son, Kevin, died accidentally on July 5. He was saved on July 1, 2001 during a gospel series held by two local brethren. He often expressed his joy over being saved. Kevin will be greatly missed by his parents, his three brothers, and three sisters. The funeral service, shared by Grard Roy, Denis LeBlanc, and Luc Bergeron, was attended by Christians, unsaved relatives, neighbors, teachers, and classmates.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Carbonear: Wallace Buckle conducted open air meetings over the summer months; they were an encouragement to the assembly.

Fogo: The annual Labor Day conference went well, with B. Funston, W. Buckle, and Bert Joyce sharing in the ministry; on Saturday afternoon, an account was given about the early days of the work. This year marked 30 years of assembly testimony in Fogo. Gospel meetings started the Sunday night of the conference. Sandy Feltham is helping B. Funston for the first week, and Bryan Joyce will help in the remaining two weeks.

Main Point: Open air meetings were held throughout the summer. Pray for gospel meetings that started in early September with Noel Burden and Eric Fowler.

St. John’s: Prayer is requested for Charles Hiscock who has started treatment for cancer which has recurred.

Nova Scotia

Barrington Passage: Albert Hull and James McClelland commenced gospel meetings in this needy area on August 17th. Meetings in the past have been well-attended, helped greatly by the efforts of Dr. Yee and his wife Linda. Most nights we had well over twenty from the area present. Weather is cool and will affect the duration of the meetings. Matthew Cain had a very good week of children’s meetings.

Bridgewater: Bruce Barkhouse and Eric Fowler just finished four weeks of gospel tent meetings in Wileville, a village just outside Bridgewater. Some outsiders attended, but the interest was not as great as had been hoped for.

East Tracadie: Fred Bartlett and Bill Bingham commenced in a tent on August 17. Some from the area have attended and the prayers of the Lord’s people are valued.

River Hebert: The assembly appreciated weekend visits during the month of August from Albert Hull and Ken Taylor.

Wallace River: Bill Bingham and Albert Hull concluded five weeks of gospel meetings on August 10. Three professed salvation, but the interest from the area was disappointing.


Clinton: Attendance was most encouraging during gospel tent meetings August 10-31 in Holmesville, several kilometres west of Clinton. John Prins was helped by Marvin Derksen, George Patterson, Max McLean, and Jonathon Hunt during the first week. Ross Vanstone and Mark Bachert took the final two weeks. A number of children and parents attended the children’s meetings held each morning during the second week. An all-day ministry meeting on August 23 had good attendance from area assemblies. Stephen Vance was with us for the day.

North Bay: The Nipissing Junction assembly enjoyed a night of ministry with each of our brethren Larry Steers and Alex Dryburgh. Fred Kraus was with us for the Lord’s Day, July 27, and spoke at the monthly ministry meeting that day. We are enjoying an increase in the Sunday School attendance as the result of the meetings for children and adults in the Circle Lake region of North Bay, held by Brian Crawford, Glenn Pratt, and David Culin.

Thunder Bay: The assembly witnessed a baptism in July of a husband and wife, and a single sister. In August, weekend visits from Robert Boyle and Gary Sharp were appreciated.

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown: Five weeks of gospel meetings conducted by Peter Orasuk and John Meekin (N. Ireland) ended August 22. Two souls professed faith in Christ and a young believer was baptized. Prior to the meetings, Larry Buote had one night, and Stanley Wells had three nights of challenging and refreshing ministry.



Cedarville: David Brandt joined John Fitzpatrick for the second year of tent meetings in this little ranching town in northeast California. Last year a couple of retired firemen were saved; this year an 80-year-old woman professed. They were able to be of some help to a number of believers in the area going through trials. John has had a number of Bible Readings in the area including one evening since the tent meetings ended on July 4.


Newington: The assembly is having gospel tent meetings with Dave Petterson and Jon Procopio. After one week of meetings, one person has professed, for which the assembly is thankful. Continue to pray for the meetings.


Cedar Falls: During the month of August, local brethren had a week of children’s meetings in a neighboring town. A week of gospel meetings conducted by E. McCullough and local brethren followed during which a young boy from the Cedar Falls assembly professed, giving great joy.

Postville: Tom Baker had two and a half weeks of meetings in Spanish. Each night there was good attendance; some nights there were over 80 in from the area. Some new contacts were made and others who have been coming in the past expressed interest. The believers from Garnavillo carry on a large Sunday School work and meetings every Friday.

Sioux City: During the first part of July, Leroy Scott and Gary Tombs from Kansas City paid us a visit. The week before our conference, Louie Smith was here for some timely ministry. The conference was enjoyed by all that attended.


Augusta: During August, the assembly had visits from Bryan Joyce, John Meeken, Peter Orasuk, and Eugene Higgins.


Battle Creek: Two weeks of gospel meetings concluded August 22. The first five weeknights were held in a downtown homeless shelter for men. There was good attendance each evening, It was a privilege to tell these souls the message of God’s love and provision in Christ. Before the second week concluded, one teenager confessed faith in Christ which brought joy to the saints. Matt Smith and Paul Wielenga from Jackson joined Stu Thompson in the preaching.


Roseville: A 23 year-old woman and a 14 year-old boy found peace with God in the first two weeks of meetings being held by John Slabaugh and Art Ward in Roseville.


Akron: Ten brethren shared in the responsibility at the Labor Day conference. The excellent ministry touched the hearts of the saints and stirred greater devotion to Christ.
Lorain: Joel Portman, Stuart Thompson, and Dan Shutt were with the assembly for its conference in August. The ministry of the Word of God as well as two Bible readings on the subject of “Preservation,” lifted the hearts of the saints.


Albany: Cap Van de Wetering and John Fitzpatrick had two weeks of tent meetings with visitors out nightly. God gave encouragement with several professing faith in Christ, despite opposition.


Ardmore: The assembly in Bryn Mawr sponsored two weeks of gospel meetings with David Oliver and John Nesbitt in this community where they get a good number of children for the Sunday School. It was hoped that parents would respond to the many invitations distributed door to door as well as personal contacts. The response was not as encouraging as had been hoped for, but the seed was faithfully sown.

McKeesport: Tom Baker and Darris Barney had four weeks of gospel tent meetings. Good numbers came from an area where the assembly has been bringing in children for Sunday School. There were several that professed.


San Antonio: The August conference was a time of enjoyment. The Lord gave help to local brethren in ministry that was profitable and appreciated.


Tonasket: Two weeks of tent meetings in early June with John Fitzpatrick and Cameron McCrindle (Seattle) were supported by the Okanogan assembly. Visitors were out from the area on all but the first night. One was restored, another spoke of getting assurance, and another asked for cottage meetings this winter for the sake of her neighbors. Some who were troubled may still be outside the door of salvation.


Brodhead: Robert Orr and William Skates commenced gospel meetings here on August 6.

La Crosse: R. Surgenor and A. Ward had a month of gospel meetings that ended July 13. The Lord worked in a marked way, with some professing to be saved. Five believers were baptized on August 24.

Mt. Sterling: Art Ward had the privilege of baptizing three young believers on August 17, among them his youngest daughter. Ed Miller and Richard Dudgeon spoke at the occasion.

Waukesha: The saints hosted their third annual conference at the end of July with a good number from area assemblies attending. An excellent Bible reading considered 1 Timothy 2, and appreciated ministry was given by A.J. Higgins, Eric McCullough, Ed Miller, Joel Portman, Dan Shutt, William Skates, and Jim Smith.


Puerto Vallarta: Tom Baker had two weeks of ministry meetings on the local assembly. Good numbers came each night and at least one brother who had not come for several months started coming again to the meetings. On Lord’s Day, a man professed to be saved after the gospel meeting. On Monday, a visit was made to the outreach work in Volcanes. Over 180 crowded in and sat around the building to listen to the gospel.

N. Ireland

Annalong: T. Topley and N. Mellish have commenced in the Gospel Hall with excellent attendance nightly and help to preach the gospel.

Ballycastle: During the two-day Lammas Fair, a number of brethren went as usual, preaching the gospel and distributing tracts.

Castledawson: L. Craig and A. Colgan have commenced meetings here and are visiting the area with tracts.

Clones and Fintona: The annual conferences were well attended and help was given in the ministry of the Word.

Garvagh: D. Gilliland and J. Fleck are preaching the gospel in a tent outside the village. This is a difficult area but a few locals have been in to hear the gospel.

Hillsborough: N. Coulter and N. Tinsley have commenced gospel meetings in an Orange Hall between Hillsborough village and Growell assembly. It is almost 60 years since the brethren had any gospel effort in this particular location.

Larne: The four-day annual conference and Bible Readings were held in August this year instead of September. Numbers were good, and help was experienced in the ministry, Bible readings and gospel.

Portadown: A. Aiken and J. Rogers are having gospel meetings on the outskirts of the town. Good numbers are attending.

Saintfield: B. Currie and J. Palmer are now in their sixth week in a tent erected in an industrial estate outside the town. There have been no gospel meetings by the assemblies in this locality for a long time. There has been a good response from neighbors and good attendance.

Open air gospel meetings were held in many of the coastal towns and villages throughout the province with distribution of gospel literature. The favorable weather during the summer was a great help in this work.

Conferences D.V.

Edmonton, AB

October 17-20 at the Connor’s Hill Gospel Hall, 9302 – 95th Street. The meetings start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Meals will be served. Corr: Joseph Bowman, 1325 Knottwood Road East, Edmonton, AB T6K 2K5; Tel: 780-450-0818; Email: josephjbowman@hotmail.com.

L’anse au Loup, LB

October, 17-19 with Prayer Meeting on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday: Bible Reading 10:30 a.m. (1 Cor 11), Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7:30 p.m., Young People’s 9:30 p.m. (Sat.) Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread at 10 a.m., Sunday School 1:30 p.m., Gospel 7:30 p.m. All meals served in the homes of the Christians. Accomm: Francis Barney, Tel: 709-927-5696, or Eddie Barney, Tel: 709-927-5535. Gospel meeting on October 20 in Red Bay at 7:30 p.m.

Picton, ON

October 25 in the Gospel Hall, McFarland Drive. Ministry at 2 and 6:30 p.m. For information: (613)476-2040, (613)476-6718, or (613)476-3026.

Livonia, MI

October 24-26 in the Stark Road Gospel Hall, 9280 Stark Road. Friday: Prayer Meeting 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Prayer, Praise and Ministry 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Prayer, Praise and Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Corr: David Vallance, 21600 Currie Road, Northville, MI 48167, (248) 446-9346, e-mail: davidvallance @sbcglobal.net. Hall: (734) 425-4910, www.starkrdgospelhall.com.

Wallaceburg, ON

October 26 in the Gospel Hall, 121 Gillard Street, with Prayer Meeting on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 1:15 p.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Lunch and supper will be served. Corr: C. Workman, Tel: 519-627-8743; Hall: 519-627-7637; email: mcbeans@sympatico.ca.

Saskatoon, SK

November 1-2 in the Lawson Heights Gospel Hall, 131 La Ronge Road, with prayer and ministry on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Gospel 6:30 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m., Ministry 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Inquiries: (306)242-1506, (306)249-5044.

Blues Mills, NS

November 8-9 in the Gospel Hall, 34 Mountain Road, Blues Mills, Cape Breton. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Meetings Lord’s Day start at 10 a.m. Gospel 7 p.m. both evenings. Corr: John Bain, Tel: (902)625-2409 or jbain@ns.sympatico.ca

Oil Springs, ON

November 8-9 with Prayer Meeting on Friday 7:30 p.m. in the Gospel Hall on Victoria St. The remainder of the meetings will be held in the Youth Centre just east of 21 Hwy. on Victoria St. Saturday: Ministry 10:30 a.m., Bible Reading 1 p.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Testimony/Gospel 6 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 1 p.m., Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Corr: Arthur Whitton, RR 3, Oil Springs, ON, N0N 1P0; Tel: 519-882-1686.

Oshawa, ON

November 8 in the Gospel Hall, 150 Albert Street. Ministry 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Supper will be served between meetings. Corr: Ken Nicholson, Tel: 905-579-7540.

Phoenix, AZ

November 27-30 in the Garfield Street Gospel Hall, 1246 E. Garfield Street, with Prayer Meeting on Wednesday 26th at 7:30 p.m. Bible Readings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (2 Thess 1, 2, and 3). Ministry each day at 2 p.m., Gospel 7 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m. Corr: Clarence Van Der Hart, 8525 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ, 85305; Tel: (623)872-1007, Hall: (602)253-4932.

Stout, IA

November 27. Our 75th annual Thanksgiving Day Conference in the Gospel Hall. Ministry at 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. Corr: Gary DeGroote, 28073 West Brook Street, New Hartford, IA, 50660; Tel: (319) 983-2713.

Conference Reminders:

Clinton, ON – October 4-5
Manchester, IA – October 4-5
Roseisle, MB – October 3-5
Maidstone, Mervin, SK and Paradise Valley, AB – October 11-12
Brandon, MB – October 13
Cape Breton, NS – October 11-13
St. Thomas, ON – October 11-12
Vancouver, BC – October 11-13
Blue River, WI – October 17-19
Niagara Falls, ON – October 18-19
Terryville, CT – October 18-19
La Crosse, WI – October 25-26
Alpena, AR – November 1-2
London, ON – November 1-2
Bryn Mawr, PA – November 8-9
McKeesport, PA – November 15-16

Change in Meeting Times

Waukesha, WI: Wednesday night Prayer/Bible Reading is 7:30-9:00pm (was 7-9)

Change of Address

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis O’Hare: 3 Placette des Platanes, 66380 PIA, France

Change of Address of Correspondent

Peterborough, ON: A. R. Morrison, 700 Trailview Drive, Peterborough, ON K9J 8P2; Tel: 705-760-9242

With Christ

Harlen Kennedy of Brodhead, WI on May 14, age 67. Our dear brother was saved on February 26, 1964 after first hearing the gospel in the Ontario, WI area. He has been in the assembly here for a number of years. The past 17 years he was afflicted with heart problems. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and seven children. Local brethren, A. Creed, C. Kneubuehl, and M. Wenger shared in the well-attended service.

Mrs. Kathleen Jamieson of Coleraine, N.I. on July 4, age 81. She was saved on August 20, 1948 as a result of the personal witness of her boyfriend, Samuel, who was saved a week earlier. They later married and were received into the Coleraine assembly in November 1951. She bore a consistent testimony and was a real help to her husband who served as a faithful overseer for many years. A bright and happy Christian and greatly given to hospitality, she had a motherly care for university students away from home, with fruitful results. The large funeral services were taken by W.J. Nesbitt and D. Gilliland, with brethren J. Jamieson and W. Caldwell sharing in prayer.

Miss Rhonda Hamilton of Ballymena, N.I. on July 13, age 43, after a trying illness borne with great fortitude. She was saved in 1974 when bre. McKelvey and Hutchinson had meetings in Harryville. She was a bright and faithful girl, deeply interested in the work of the gospel, giving out tracts, and speaking to many about the things of God. Her quiet assurance of the presence and help of God was a voice to those of the medical profession. Her very large funeral from the Harryville Gospel Hall was an indication of the esteem in which she was held. J. G. Hutchinson and J. Martin, assisted by local brethren, were responsible for the funeral services. Prayer is valued for her parents.

Mrs. LaVelle Smith of Waterloo, IA on August 3, age 93. Our beloved sister was a daughter of Oliver and Pearl Smith. Saved at the age of 14 and in the assembly these many years, she faithfully attended the assembly meetings until she was hindered by health problems. Her life was an example to others. Her husband Clifford J. Smith preceded her in death in 1994. Survivors are her two daughters, Nancy (Richard) Orr, Judy (Rod) Kampman, their families, and one sister, Mrs. Vivian Korfe. Roy Weber and Robert Orr shared in the funeral service.

Walter Barney of L’Anse au Loup, LB on August 5, age 90. Known by everyone as Uncle Walt, he was saved in 1962 and has been in assembly fellowship ever since. He was always lively at the meetings and his “amens” will be missed. He loved to entertain visitors and enjoyed the conferences very much. He is predeceased by his wife Phoebe, and leaves behind six sons and one daughter. His daughter and one son are in assembly fellowship. Please pray for the salvation of the rest of the family. The funeral was taken by Eddy Barney, of L’Anse au Loup, and Bert Joyce.

Alla P. Jenkins of Phoenix, AZ on August 7, age 95. Our dear sister was saved in 1936, and came into contact with the assembly at Garfield Street in 1938. She remained faithful to the assembly for over 60 years, residing since May 1999 in the Lynn Manor Care Center at Marion, IA. She was married in 1930, and preceded in death by her husband in 1952, and a son in 1992. She is survived by a son, six grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. Prayer is requested for any not saved among them. Tom Baker took the funeral, which was held in Phoenix, AZ.

W. Graham Gould of Waubaushene,ON on August 19, in his 84th year. Mr. Gould was the son of Mr. George Gould and had been a resident at Elim Homes for over 12 years. Saved in his early teens, our brother was a quiet-spoken man who enjoyed reading the Word. He gave his very extensive library to the Dominion Gospel Hall in Orillia, ON. Mr. Harold Paisley took the service and Mr. Gerry Croteau gave the eulogy, with both brethren assisting at the graveside. The service had representation from five assemblies in the area. He will be missed by his cousin, Douglas Gould of Culver, Indiana, and by residents and friends at Elim Homes.

Mrs. June Stevenson of Toronto, ON on August 21, age 79. Our beloved sister was saved in her late teens and was in happy fellowship at Pape Avenue (now Victoria Park) for the past 39 years. She was a cheerful and caring Christian with a love for the Word of God. June was a devoted mother who was actively involved in Sunday School work for a number of years and saw blessing in it. Despite deteriorating health in the past few years, she maintained a cheerful outlook and a desire to be used of God. The large funeral was taken by Robert Reilly and Norman Lorimer.

Mrs. Frances Diveney of Conesville, IA on August 22, age 90. Our dear sister was awakened to her need of salvation through the preaching of Oliver Smith and was saved following a conference gospel meeting in Stout in 1944. She was in the Grandview, IA assembly for over 40 years and manifested faithfulness in her life. Her husband Milton preceded her in death in 1985. Surviving are five sons and three daughters, 26 grandchildren, and 57 great grandchildren. She requested a message of salvation for her funeral which was conducted by Robert Orr.

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