Vancouver: Gospel meetings in the Carleton assembly, which began January 11, produced good interest and blessing in salvation. J. Procopio and P. Ramsay shared these meetings which continued into February. Stu Thompson visited the Fleetwood and Victoria Drive assemblies for ministry in early February.
Portage la Prairie: Three weeks of gospel meetings were held in November with J. McMaster (UK) and P. Ramsay. The Lord blessed several with salvation. Another young man has professed since. In January, D. Richards gave appreciated ministry on Titus; two couples were also received into the assembly. There are still some Hutterites leaving the colonies and attending the assembly meetings. The assembly is looking forward to celebrating its centennial next summer, D.V.
Winnipeg: D. Richards gave ministry in January on the Nazarite and its present application. He also gave an interesting report on his work in Russia.
Havelock: Allen McCandless (Sussex) and Murray McCandless held gospel meetings in a rented school. The Lord was pleased to bless in the salvation of a lad; others attended the meetings. Local brethren helped with visitation.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Corner Brook: The Sunday School program was taken by Frank Loder on January 25, with a number of unsaved present. Gospel meetings are planned to start on February 1 with J. McClelland and C. Payne. Pray for Bert Joyce who was scheduled for a knee replacement on February 4, and also for his wife, Emily, who is waiting to see a specialist about an aneurysm in her heart.
Goose Bay: Wm. Bingham and W. Buckle started gospel meetings on January 11, with unsaved coming nightly. Pray for blessing and the preservation of the assembly.
Lance Au Loup: T. Hoy and B. Crawford started gospel meetings on January 25. Pray that the Lord will bless His Word.
Sandringham: G. Goff and S. Vance started gospel meetings on January 11 with a very good interest and some blessing. The two brethren conducted Bible studies on the book of Titus on January 24. A number of believers from the surrounding areas attended.
Clinton: The assembly was encouraged by the baptism of a young sister which was witnessed by a number of family, relatives, and friends. Dave Patten (Straffordville) and Dennis Lavallee (Sarnia) gave help in ministry and gospel. Prayer would be appreciated for gospel meetings in late March, D.V. with Murray Pratt and Brian Crawford.
Mimico: Please pray for gospel meetings commencing March 14 with D. Oliver and M. Derksen.
Thunder Bay: The assembly appreciated visits in January from G. Sharp for a Lord’s Day, and also from P. Smith for a Lord’s Day and three nights of ministry.
Prince Edward Island
Rosebank: The saints enjoyed and were refreshed by the ministry on practical truths regarding the assembly of God when L. Buote visited in late November for two weeks.
Nouvelle: L. Buote is carrying on bi-weekly meetings here and has seen some new contacts attending.
Glen Ewen: In August, Mark and Pamela Ronald were commended to teaching and nursing positions in Sakeji School, Zambia. They have settled in well, although the children have been plagued with sickness. On January 4-7, Dave Richards gave practical ministry and an account of the work in Russia, particularly among children. Paul and Barbara Theisen and their family visited January 21-25. Paul gave an interesting account of the work in Mexico.
Taylorside: Visits for ministry in January by J. Ronald and P. Simms were appreciated by the saints.
Phoenix: The Garfield St. assembly enjoyed help in January from E. Doherty and G.P.Taylor. S. Wells had a few meetings in ministry, and Wm. Lavery had a week of ministry on the Song of Solomon.
Culver City: J. Fitzpatrick visited on January 18 and gave appreciated ministry in an afternoon meeting. He also had meetings at Monrovia and Palm Springs.
Newington: M. McCandless had a couple of nights of excellent ministry in Newington and Manchester at the beginning of January.
Manchester: Please pray for meetings planned for March, DV, with M. McCandless and P. Orasuk.
Terryville: The believers appreciated a visit from M. McCandless for a night of encouraging ministry on January 8.
Cedar Falls: The assembly had an appreciated visit from D. Shutt the last Sunday of January.
Dunkerton: Recent ministry meetings by D. Shutt and L. Perkins, and a week of teaching on the Garments of the High Priest by J. Jennings were appreciated. Prayer is requested for children/gospel meetings to be held the end of March, D.V.
Garnavillo: M. Derksen and S. Wells commenced gospel meetings here on January 18. The interest has been very good so far.
Manchester: E. McCullough concluded a series of ministry meetings in January on the Tabernacle. Good interest was shown in the subject.
Augusta: G. Roy spoke at the children’s meeting on January 6, and K. Taylor spoke on January 20.
Springfield: On Sunday, January 11, the assembly welcomed a large group of Russian speaking immigrants and their children to observe the Breaking of Bread meeting, and then hosted a dinner following. This was followed by a time of hymn singing in both English and Russian, gospel, and ministry about assembly truths. Afterward, there was a question and answer session for a number of hours into the afternoon. Vital insight and help in translation were provided by Natalia and Jonathan Webb of the Cambridge assembly. We request prayer for this effort.
Albuquerque: The Christians were cheered by two weeks of gospel meetings in January with D. Hunt and S. Wells following a Seed Sowers distribution. Some from the community attended regularly and the Lord blessed in the salvation of a son of believers. Prayer is requested for others that were concerned.
Caneadea: The gospel was faithfully preached by Wm. Seale at the Sunday School Treat on January 31. Please pray for the seed sown as many outsiders were in attendance.
Hickory: In December the saints enjoyed the ministry of D. Shutt. In January they were encouraged with a week-long Bible study on the Gatherings of a New Testament Assembly, led by P. Orasuk. Continue to pray for the weekly gospel meetings in Hickory and Denver.
Akron: Recent children’s meetings concluded with the SS treat taken by D. Petterson when a number were present to hear the gospel. Encouraging ministry was given by A. Dryburgh and Wm. Lavery during December, and R. Surgenor gave help in January.
Cleveland: F. Sona gave a week of profitable ministry on the Book of Ruth.
Clyde: R. Surgenor gave encouraging ministry on Zechariah during a mid-week visit. The Ohio Bible Readings were opened in January, with S. Higgins leading the discussion on Titus 1, helped by J. Gould, F. Sona, and D. Vallance. Brethren Higgins and Gould also ministered the Word.
Grants Pass: J. Slabaugh and A. Ward commenced gospel meetings January 25. A nineteen year old boy professed the first week, and prayer is requested for a 21-year-old brother and two teenaged sisters who were the primary exercise for the meetings. We trust the Lord has further purposes of grace for these as well as several friends who attended.
Hatboro: Following the Pennsauken conference, J. Smith had two nights of appreciated ministry with the assembly.
Bryn Mawr: The assembly was recently encouraged with well-attended gospel meetings conducted by G. Higgins. A number of contacts were made and some attended for the first time. The first night of the meetings, a 17-year-old girl was baptized and six of her school friends attended for the first time.
Marysville: Three weeks of gospel meetings with D. Booth and S. Thompson were very well attended. Several young people professed, trusting Christ as Savior, with some others concerned.
Seattle: The conference held January 17-18 was well attended and the ministry given was very practical. There were ten of the Lord’s servants present: D. Booth, J. Currie, B. Funston, T. Hoy, B. Meyers, J. Procopio, R. Surgenor, S. Thompson, N. Thomson, and G. Williams. R. Surgenor stayed on to have a week of ministry in Tacoma and a week in Seattle.
Black Earth: The saints here were richly blessed on January 11 by practical ministry from G. Patterson, J. Jennings, D. Wardell, T. Cooper (of Jackson, MI), and area brethren Kent Hendrickson and Greg Cliff.
Blue River: G. Patterson and E. Fowler were engaged in the gospel here.
Brodhead: Prayer will be valued for gospel meetings in March with E. McCullough and R. Orr.
Six believers visited Haiti for an eight-day period in the month of January, and the Lord gave a profitable time. The team consisted of: Verlandieu Marcellus (Pennsauken, NJ), Matthew Scott (Vancouver, BC), Grard Roy, Adrien Vautour, Doris and Ken Taylor (Maritimes). They were unrestricted in their contact with people and distribution of Seed Sower texts, and the Lord preserved in spite of political unrest and violence during the time. Beginning in the main part of the capital city, Port au Prince, on the evening of arrival, they moved the next day to a suburb. They were able to have four open air meetings – two in Carrefour, one in the village of Roche Blanche, and the final one in the town of St. Michel de l’Atalaye where the Haitian team member, Verlandieu, took his early schooling. The people readily received the Seed Sower texts in each place, and gave a good ear for the preaching of the gospel. About 19,000 texts were distributed, and it now must be left to the Lord to use these for His glory and the blessing of souls. Their taxi driver for much of the time, Amos, a military trainer during the Duvalier regime, seemed affected by the words of the hymn that Christ receives sinful men. That was the final hymn sung at the last open-air meeting, and they hope to keep in touch with him.The team was happy to be able to leave medical supplies with the state hospital in the capital where conditions were distressing. Prescriptions were purchased for eight patients who were not able to afford the required medications, and before leaving the facility, Seed Sower texts were left with the patients and their families. The French brethren also brought a supply of materials for one of the needy schools in the city. Opportunity was also given to purchase, for about 75 cents Canadian, a plate of rice and beans, with a little chicken gravy, a first meal in days for many young boys living on the streets who came asking for something to eat. The conditions in the country are heart-rending, and the help given was really very little, but the brethren were thankful to the Lord for the opportunity of being a help to a number.
Chihuahua: J. Dennison is in the fifth week of gospel meetings in a rented building, following a Seed Sower text distribution last January in this northern city of over a million people. Jeff Sharp’s help during the first three weeks was deeply appreciated. Two men have trusted Christ and there has been very good attendance, despite the adversary’s opposition. Earnest prayer is appreciated.
Tizayuca: A. Kelly and H. Rodrguez concluded a four-week series of gospel meetings in this town just north of Mexico City. Our brethren were encouraged with one young man that professed faith, and with a married couple that found assurance of salvation. Brother Rod-rguez expects to continue with outreach work in the building rented for the gospel series.
Whitehouse: A. Hull and M. Turkington are in their fourth week in the gospel here. Numbers have increased, and there is a deep burden among the saints to see God’s hand in blessing. Many of those who have attended the meetings have come for the first time.
March 26-28 with Prayer Meeting on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the West End Gospel Hall, 492 Victor Street (near Ellice Ave.). The remainder of the conference (except Sunday a..m. will be in the Westwood Community Church, 410 Westwood Drive (near Portage Ave.) Saturday: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. (Gospel Hall), Ministry 2 p.m., Gospel 6 p.m. Accom. provided. Contact: Blair Seale, Tel: 204-488-6897, or Wayne Friesen, Tel: 204-889-0126.
April 9-11 in the Premier Banquet and Convention Center, 9019 Leslie St., Richmond Hill, ON. Meetings each day at 10 (except Lord’s Day), 1:30, 4:00, 7:15 and 8:45 (except Lord’s Day). Prayer meeting on Thursday (April 8th) at7:30 p.m. in the Langstaff Gospel Hall, 1300 Langstaff, Maple, ON. Corr. Don Jennings, 53 Karnwood Dr., Scarborough, ON, M1L 2Z7, Tel: 416-757-7019, and Robert Reilly, 610 Bullock Drive, Suite 209, Markham, ON, L3R 0G1; Tel: 905-480-9520.
April 9-11 with Prayer Meeting on Friday the 18th at 7:30pm in the Kapuskasing Gospel Hall, 154 Mill Street, Kapuskasing, ON. All other meetings will be held at the Kapuskasing Education Center, 61 Devonshire Street, Kapuskasing. Saturday Topical Bible Reading from 10 a.m. (Ephesians 5). Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m. Corr. Gerald Labelle, Tel: 705-335-3712.
April 10-11 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall , 415 Center St. , Manchester. All other meetings will be held in the Bolton Center School, 108 Notch Rd., Bolton, CT. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Breaking of Bread at 10 a.m., Ministry and Gospel 2 p.m. Corr. Richard Trombly, 121 Cushman Dr., Manchester, CT, 06040; Tel: 860-649-9462 . Accom: Ted Kaulback, Tel: 860-742-0002.
April 10-11 with supper at 5:00 p.m. and prayer meeting at 7:00 on Friday, April 9, in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the Parkview Education Centre, 1485 King Street, Bridgewater, NS. Ministry meeting on Saturday starts at 10 a.m. Corr. Robert Kaulback, 19 Medway St., Bridgewater, B4V 1J8, (902) 543-5530. Accom: Clark Hubley, Tel: 902-543-3268.
April 9-11 with Prayer Meeting on Thursday, April 8 at 8 p.m in the South Main Gospel Hall. The Easter conference will be help in the Burnaby South Secondary School, 5455 Rumble Street, Burnaby, B.C. The Topic for the two Bible Readings will be the Book of Titus. We expect a number of the Lord’s servants to be with us: Jim Baker, Jim Smith, and others. Communications to Earl Ritchie, Tel: 604-277-7019.
April 24-25 in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave, with Prayer Meeting on Friday 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Bible Reading 10-12 noon (Topic: Psalm 119: 33-40 “Prayer for Practical Sanctification”); Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30am. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, 1192 Rte 105 Hwy., Douglas, NB, E3A 7K1, Tel: 506-472-5512, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA
April 24-25 preceded by prayer meeting, Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. (Note this is one week later than previous years.) in the Cedar Falls Gospel Hall. All other meetings will be held at Cedar Falls High School, 11th & Division St., Cedar Falls. Saturday: Ministry 10 a.m. Lord’s Day: Bible Reading 9 a.m. (Ps 22), Breaking of Bread 10:30 a.m. Five nights of Bible readings will precede the conference by two weeks, April 12-16, on “Things to Come.” Monday and Tuesday in Waterloo; Wednesday to Friday in Cedar Falls. Corr. Richard Orr, 614 Bland Blvd. S.W., Independence, IA 50644, Tel: 319-334-3931 and Erwin D. Stickfort, 223 North Francis St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613, Tel: 319-266-6271.
April 30-May 2. Friday: Prayer meeting 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Ministry 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Gospel 6:30 p.m. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., Sunday School 11:45 a.m, Ministry 2:30 p.m., Gospel 5 p.m. Meals and accommodations will be provided. All meetings will be held at the Livingston Gospel Hall, 405 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, NJ; Tel: 973-535-1485. Directions on www.livingston gospelhall.org. Corr: Allan Valvano, Tel: 973-377-7839 or 201-404-5611; email: email@example.com for assistance or accomodations.
May 1-2. All meetings held in the Gospel Hall starting Saturday at 7 p.m. for ministry directed toward young people, with refreshments to follow. Sunday: Breaking of Bread 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School & Bible Study 11:30 a.m.; Ministry 2 p.m.; Gospel 6:30 p.m. Don Nicholson will open the Bible study on Colossians 2:4 – 3:4. Assembly info at www.Newmarket.GospelHall.com. Corr: Timothy B. Scheer, Tel: 905-898-4369; email: TEScheer@Netzero.Com.
Matoaca, VA – March 6-7
Palm Springs, CA – March 21
Mt. Sterling, WI – March 27-28
Watertown, MA – March 27-28
Stout, IA – April 10-11
Ft. McMurray, AB: Wood Buffalo Gospel Hall, Waterways Community Centre, 7302 Bulyea Ave. Meeting times are Sunday: Breaking of Bread 10 a.m., SS/Bible Study 11:30 a.m., Gospel 7:30 p.m. Wednesday: Prayer/Ministry or Bible Study 8 p.m. Corr: Sam Payne, 182 Grant Way, Ft.. McMurray, AB T9H 5J2; Tel: 780-715-0468.
Change of Assembly Address
Brampton, ON: Gospel Hall, 6 Beech St., Brampton, ON. Corr: Dwight Dyke, 47 Alabaster Dr., Brampton, ON, L6V 4G8; Tel: 905 459-6983. Meeting times are the same.
Change of Address
Mr. Jim Martin: 47a The Knockans, Brough-shane, Ballymena, N. Ireland, BT43 7LQ.
Change of Meeting Times
Mimico: Sunday Gospel Meeting 6:30 p.m. (prev. 7 p.m.) with the prayer meeting at 6 p.m.
Bertha Stephens of Los Angeles, CA on September 3, 2003, age 84. Our dear sister, raised in an Amish family, was saved during meetings held by Archie Stewart in Akron, OH in the 1950s. After several years in the Akron assembly, she and her husband Don came, in 1964, to the assembly in Culver City, CA, where she continued in happy fellowship for almost 40 years. She was a godly example, a “mother in Israel” to all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband and an infant son. Surviving are six children, some in assembly fellowship, their spouses, 14 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren, most sheltered under the blood. The funeral was taken by M. Baghramian, with T. Baker speaking at the graveside.
Annie (Johnson) Haines of Fredericton, NB on November 6, 2003, in her 90th year. She was saved in 1944, shortly before her husband Clifford, during gospel tent meetings held by pioneer Isaac McMullen. This hearty couple was at the commencement of the Fredericton assembly in 1948. Souls were saved under their influence in their neighborhood and at the County Home where Annie was matron for a number of years. For many years Annie devotedly cared for her invalid husband. She had a keen and involved interest in the children’s work, and the Lord and His people were her delight. She was widely known and had an amazing testimony in the community. Speakers at the large funeral were Jonathan Procopio and Reginald Brewer, with Rob Griffin at the graveside.
Charles Wilken of Cambridge, MA on December 16, 2003, age 88. Our dear brother was born in England, and came to the US in 1919. In 1964, he was saved, baptized, and later was received into assembly fellowship. Although blind, he was faithful to all the meetings, and his worship was always fresh and touching. After many years in fellowship at Mt. Auburn, he spent the last six years of his life in a rest home. The only ones known of his family are two brothers, one sister, and three nephews, of which only one nephew and his wife were present at the funeral. John Webb and Jim Vincent gave a eulogy, J. Grillo spoke in the gospel, and J. Vincent spoke at the graveside.
Seigfried Kramer of Allison, IA on December 21, 2003, age 95. Our dear brother was saved in the early 1950’s. He was a quiet brother, but appreciated the truth of the assembly. He, along with his first wife Lorain, were in the assembly at Aredale for a number of years and later at Hitesville. The past few years he resided at a Care Center. He is survived by his present wife, Irene, one daughter and her family, two sons, and their families. Robert Orr took the funeral service.
Annie Chiarello of Sault Ste. Marie, ON on December 22, 2003, age 86, from Pathways Retirement Home. Annie was saved young in life, was baptized, and received into assembly fellowship here in Sault Ste. Marie where she continued steadfastly, teaching Sunday School for many years, and was appreciated as a godly, consistent Christian. For some time she was unable to attend assembly meetings due to a lingering illness. Annie was predeceased by her three sisters, Mary Clark, Margaret Clark, and Michlene Sarlo. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Mrs. Betty (McNicol) Potts of Collingwood, ON on December 24, 2003, age 92. She was saved in her teens and was in fellowship in the Brackendale assembly, Toronto. During the war years, Betty worked at DeHaviland Aircraft factory until her retirement in 1949 after many years of service. She married Ken Potts in 1951 and moved to Collingwood where she was received into happy fellowship. Her husband predeceased her in 1967. She was noted for entertaining families that lived out of town, and always made room for others as well. Robert Buchanan and Bruce Woodford spoke to a large company at the funeral, and Arnold Adams gave a touching prayer for the lunch served at the Gospel Hall.
Mrs. Desmond (Edna) Hyslop of Cleveland, OH on December 26, 2003, age 84.Our sister was saved in 1940 in gospel meetings held by brethren Robert Crawford and George Gould, Jr. in the Akron Gospel Hall. She was received into the fellowship of the assembly in Akron shortly after. She and her husband were also in the assembly in Mansfield for a time before becoming part of the fellowship at the Monticello Gospel Hall in Cleveland where they continued for many years. She was a quiet and consistent sister, leaving a good testimony to her daughter and two sons. Many who survive share in the blessed hope. Arthur Pile, Jr. and John Slabaugh shared in the funeral service.
Herbert Field of Parry Sound, ON on December 28, 2003, age 94. Herb was saved in 1930 at the age of 20. He will be remembered for taping various conferences in Ontario for over 30 years. He sent thousands of these tapes to missionaries all over the world, as well as local believers. This work was a blessing to many. His wife, Marjorie, pre-deceased him in 2000. Glenn Madigan preached the gospel plainly at the funeral service to family and friends, many of whom are not yet saved.
Lillian Robinson of Hayward, WI on December 31, 2003, age 88. Lillian was saved as a young woman and in later years was part of the fellowship of the assembly in Black River Falls, WI. Her delight to be with the saints was evident even after the a long drive to get there with her son, Don, who is part of the same assembly. Her love for her Lord and His saints was enjoyed by those who knew her. Her prayers and longing for the salvation of her grandchildren and others in the family circle marked her. She had a genuine interest in people and their spiritual needs and knew how to speak a word in season. She is deeply missed. Her funeral was taken by A. Ward.
Bena Walters of Allison, IA on January 4, age 93. Our dear sister was saved in the spring of 1944 during gospel meetings at Hitesville conducted by brethren McBain and Warke. Although in the assembly for many years, the past nine years she was a resident of the Care Center. She accepted her afflictions with patience. Her husband William preceded her in death in 1983. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, and their families. The funeral service in the Gospel Hall was taken by Robert Orr.
John Wright of Orillia, ON on January 4, age 83. He was saved at gospel meetings near Orillia in the fall of 1949, and came into fellowship at Dominion Gospel Hall a short time later. Though in failing health, he was faithful at the meetings and was at the Breaking of Bread just three weeks before his homecall. Pray for some of the family that are not yet saved. The funeral was attended by a number of unsaved relatives and neighbors.
Mr. Hugh Torrens of N. Ireland, on the January 5, in his 94th year. He was saved on his 17th birthday while returning home from a gospel meeting. He was baptized and received into the Moneydig assembly, and later the assembly at Killykergan. He was highly respected as a wise overseer for many years and a great supporter of the gospel. The large funeral was conducted by S. Ferguson and S. McBride in the hall and by W. J. Nesbitt and J. Lennox at the grave. Prayer is requested for his widow and for the large family circle, some of whom are not yet saved. Our sister Mae Hull, wife of Albert Hull who serves the Lord in Nova Scotia, is a daughter of our departed brother.
Truth and Tidings Gospel Trust Canada – Address Change
Effective March 8, the address of Truth and Tidings Gospel Trust, Canada will be:
Truth and Tidings Gospel Trust
Mary Beth Potter
80 Robarts Drive
Canada L9T 5P3
The latest issue of Via magazine, volume 33, is now available. It has been published with a very attractive cover, a color print of a beautiful scene in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, but its value goes far beyond its excellent production. It begins with an outstanding conversion story by Christopher Hilgendorf. The second article was written by Jan Sluiter and is the amazing story of the grace of God in her life that has been marked with such great courage and faith. Jan has suffered from ALS for more than fifteen years, but the two pages of this article tell of the love of God and the great reality of being saved for eternity.
The rest of the magazine is also crystal clear gospel. A very plain copy of the Two Roads Chart occupies the two central pages. We have no hesitation in heartily recommending it for distribution as an excellent gospel tract.
Volume 33 is packaged with 700 per box. Full, part or multiple boxes may be ordered. Via is intended to be a free resource. It is supported by gifts from the Lord’s people. The actual cost is about 12 cents per copy in Canadian currency, but there will be no invoice sent with the shipments.
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