Vancouver: The Victoria Drive assembly was encouraged by four people being received into the fellowship on March 20 – a woman from Venezuela, and an ESL couple with their teenage daughter saved through gospel outreach work.
Roseisle: On April 3, the assembly concluded a four-week series of gospel meetings in the hall with Steven Faviere (Bancroft, ON) and Eric Fowler. The Lord wonderfully blessed in salvation as several children of believers put their trust in Christ. Another very encouraging note was the many people from the locality who attended, some for the first time and some repeatedly. The assembly looks to God to continue to bless His Word, the prayers of the saints and the faithful preaching of the gospel.
Sussex: On March 6, local brother Allen McCandless preached the gospel with his father, Murray McCandless, in person and livestreamed on Zoom.
Ottawa: The North River Road assembly continues holding a gospel meeting in French on the last Saturday evening of the month in person and streamed online. For any that have unsaved French-speaking friends or family, please feel free to invite them. Details can be found on the Ottawa Gospel Hall website or their YouTube channel.
Toronto: The Rexdale assembly purposed to host a series of ministry meetings on the book of Daniel with Larry Steers on the following dates: April 20, 24, 27, May 1, 4, 8-13, 15. Meeting times can be found on their website https://www.rexdalegospel.org.
Wallaceburg: The assembly is thankful for the Lord’s mercy during three weeks of well-attended gospel meetings February 27-March 20, and for excellent preaching by Bob Curry (Laurel, ON) and Jim Jarvis. The seed was well sown and one young person professed faith in Christ. Praise be to God!
Prince Edward Island
Rosebank: Tim Burton (Summerside, PE) and Jonathan Procopio commenced gospel meetings on March 27.
Alpena: The assembly appreciated visits from John Fitzpatrick and Joel Portman on separate occasions in March. Both brethren kindly shared profitable ministry to the encouragement of the believers.
Springdale: At the beginning of March, the assembly appreciated a weekend of beneficial teaching from Alexander Higgins. They were edified by the scriptural teaching concerning the Lord Jesus. Marcus Cain and Dan Shutt gave seasonable teaching during a shared ministry meeting later in the month. Five believers (two married couples and one young person) were recently added to the assembly.
Phoenix: The Orangewood assembly continues their series of short Saturday night devotionals via Zoom on the “Person and Work of our Lord Jesus Christ” to help believers prepare for worship on the Lord’s Day. Brethren taking part to date include local brother Jon Vizzini (March 12), Peter Higgins (Pennsauken, NJ, March 19), David Zuidema (Midland Park, NJ, March 26), and Matt Higgins (Pennsauken, NJ, April 2).
Ankeny: Gordon Armstrong (Tampa, FL) gave appreciated ministry March 19-20 on Joseph.
Cedar Falls: The assembly commenced gospel meetings on March 27 with Al Christopherson and Russ Nesbit, running Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm.
Dunkerton: The assembly held a week of children’s meetings that began March 20 with local brethren.
Battle Creek: Venezuela Relief fund: The VRF continues to provide help to the Lord’s people there. The COVID-19 crisis is waning but medications and medical assistance continue to be a big issue for most people because of the high cost and poverty. The VRF continues to ship perishable food, over-the-counter medication and used clothing from Miami. Also, in-country food production is in full swing. Fuel continues to be very scarce, expensive and of low quality, much of it being imported from countries like Iran and Russia. Prayers are valued that the Lord may provide relief and a definite solution to the ongoing crisis.
Jackson: Prayer is appreciated for gospel tent meetings scheduled to begin on June 5 with Gordon Armstrong (Tampa, FL) and Bill Seale.
Grants Pass: Jerry Jennings visited the assembly in mid-March for several days of ministry.
Salem: In March, Jerry Jennings, with the help of local brethren, concluded three weeks of gospel meetings.
Bryn Mawr: A series of gospel meetings emphasizing “A New Beginning” were held February 13-27 with local brethren Daniel Baker and David Oliver. The assembly enjoyed the opportunity (after many months of Zoom gospel sessions) to be back in the hall for in-person meetings. They also greatly appreciated the attendance of believers from local assemblies. It was a joy to see a number of unsaved out, including some who had never been in the hall for a gospel meeting. The assembly continues to host a gospel meeting in the hall after a Sunday School session in the morning, as well as a Zoom gospel session each Sunday evening. Prayer continues for the unsaved who have heard the gospel either in the hall or on a Zoom call.
Beetown: The assembly commenced gospel meetings with Jim Frazier in March.
La Crosse: Sandy Higgins visited the assembly for ministry meetings April 4-8 on the subject of Mountain Top Experiences by several Old Testament individuals – Noah, Abraham, Caleb, David and Elijah.
Monterrey: The assembly rejoiced with a visit in March from Edgar Roseyón and his family from Puerto Vallarta, and appreciated three nights of ministry that he gave. At the same time, Romer, Edith and Eleonor Mosquera visited Miguel and Ruth Mosquera. On March 27, Juanita obeyed the Lord in baptism, giving witness to several visitors of her faith in her Savior. They also heard the gospel preached.
El Vergel: Gilberto Torrens preached the gospel for several nights as well as holding children’s meetings. On this trip he also visited Parral, where one woman professed faith in Christ.
Hermosillo: The believers thoroughly enjoyed a weekend of ministry with Alexander Higgins in mid-March. He gave needed teaching on marriage and the family, focusing on the challenges faced in today’s society as believers bring up their children and teens. He also shared his testimony during the gospel meeting on Sunday evening.
Guasave: The assembly appreciated three weeks of nightly gospel meetings in March with Shad Kember and Andrew Zuidema (Midland Park, NJ). The attendance of believers and unbelievers was very encouraging. At the end of the series, the believers rejoiced to witness Fabio Hernández take the step of baptism.
San Luis Potosí
El Barril: Isaiah Frazier was with the assembly in March for a Lord’s Day and four nights of edifying ministry. On the Lord’s Day, four believers were baptized.
Puerto Vallarta: The assembly rejoiced at the reception of a woman and her son in March. Texts, Via magazines, and invitations to the meetings were delivered around the hall once again.
Veracruz: On March 26, several assembly believers in this port city, accompanied by Timothy Stevenson, travelled to Coscomatepec for a gospel meeting in a home as well as in the open-air. A distribution of texts is planned during the Easter week in this town, and your prayers are appreciated.
Clonroot: The assembly held five nights of ministry meetings March 14-19 with John Fleck on Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. The ministry was both instructive and challenging and was greatly appreciated by all the Christians, some attending from the surrounding assemblies.
May 14-15, Bible Reading Conference with prayer meeting on Friday, May 3, at 7:30pm. Saturday: 10am and 2pm. Lord’s Day: Remembrance 10am, Bible Reading 2pm, Gospel 6:30pm. Phil Coulson, David Petterson and David Vallance will be with us. The outline for this study will be posted on our website: http://www.walnutstreetgospelhall.com. Accom: Shad Brook, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 617-285-4677.
June 4-5, with prayer meeting on Friday, June 3, at 7pm. Saturday: Ministry 10am. Lord’s Day: Breaking of Bread 10am. The speakers are Clive Barber, Phil Coulson and Larry Perkins. For information, contact John Kregel, Email: email@example.com; Tel: 563-880-0520.
June 25-26, with prayer meeting on Friday, June 24, at 7:30pm. Please inform us if you are planning to attend so we can inform you if we are forced to cancel. If you would like accommodations we may be able to get reduced rates. Corr: Jim Thompson, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel: 207-215-7986.
June 24-26, with prayer meeting on Thursday, June 23, at 7:30pm. Meetings begin on Friday at 1:30pm. Corr: John Parker, Email: email@example.com; Tel: 306-752-4079.
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Elton W. Decker of Livonia, MI, on November 13, 2021, age 88, after a short illness. Born in Deckerville, MI, on August 17, 1933, he was saved on July 29, 1949, during meetings with Lorne McBain and Norman Crawford. Elton led a dedicated and consistent Christian life and was loved by all who knew him. He was a respected elder and shepherd in the Stark Road assembly for over 40 years. Elton made the local assembly the center of his life, and his energetic work and wise counsel in matters both spiritual and practical will be sorely missed. His passion for the gospel and earnest preaching were exemplary. Elton is survived by his wife Dorene, daughter Sandi (Tom) Spencer, grandchildren Cole and Shannyn Spencer, brother Dale (Yvonne) Decker, sister Lois Wielenga, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife Annie, son Stephen, and brother Victor.
Barbara Joyce (Joy) Black of Nipissing Junction, North Bay, ON, on January 14, 2022, age 87. Having lived with declining health for several years, Joy passed quietly into the Lord’s presence with two of her daughters at her bedside. She was saved as a young woman and soon after, met and married her lifetime partner, Clarence Black, whom she faithfully supported as they served the Lord in North Bay and Mattawa, ON. Affectionately known as “Mama Joy,” she is survived by her three daughters and spouses, seven grandchildren (and spouses) and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral was shared by sons-in-law Gord Brock and Stu Thompson. Some of the grandchildren and the three daughters (Nancy Thompson, Mary Ann LaChance and Karen Brock) shared personal memories and appreciation of the godly impact that she left with each. The interment is scheduled for 1pm on June 11, at the Callander Union Cemetery, Callander, ON.
Robert D. Buck of Jackson, MI, on March 4, 2022, age 92. Robert was spoken to through Genesis 6:3 and was saved February 20, 1947. He and his wife Doreen were faithful to the Lord and to each other for over 66 years of marriage. They were known for hospitality, and together they shared the gospel through Seed Sowers efforts, Sunday School teaching and one-on-one contacts. In addition, they took on the task of packaging, mailing and distributing the Truth and Tidings magazine for almost 30 years. The large funeral was taken by sons Jim and Kevin, grandsons Jesse and Ryan, and the gospel was faithfully preached by Dan Shutt. David Oliver closed with a fitting tribute and prayer. Matt Smith spoke words of comfort at the graveside. Robert will be greatly missed. Please pray for those left to mourn, as well as unsaved members of the family.
Joyce Wagar of Willmar, MN, on March 14, 2022, aged 86. Joyce was born in Westhope, ND, and at ten years of age, while attending a Bible conference, found out that she was a sinner and shortly afterwards trusted Christ as her Savior. Joyce married Don Wagar on June 22,1957, and they later moved to Willmar. Many visiting preachers and Christians enjoyed their hospitality. Joyce was very artistic and made many Scripture texts, some for gospel halls, and some that found their way to Russia and Chile. She was tenderly cared for in her later years by her dear devoted husband Don, along with their children Scott (Patricia) Wagar, Linda (William) Lavery, and Rebecca (Mike) Jaenisch. Joyce had 13 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and was preceded in death by their daughter Bonnie. Her son-in-law William Lavery spoke at the funeral services and Robert Orr prayed at the graveside.
Marjorie Christina (“Chris”) Taylor of Taylorside, SK, on March 23, 2022, age 77. She was born again on July 13, 1968, and shortly afterwards was baptized and received into assembly fellowship at Taylorside, where she faithfully attended until her passing. Known for her hospitality and missionary sewing, Chris lived out her faith by being a godly example, showing the love of her Savior to her family and those around her in everything she did. She was predeceased by her husband Dick on December 7, 2011, following 45 years of happy marriage. Chris leaves behind four children,10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. At her funeral, she was honored by her four children, and Herb Wright spoke comforting words at the graveside.
Beryl Taylor of Taylorside, SK, on March 25, 2022, age 86. She was born in Arnstein, ON, and was born again May 7, 1947, at the age of 12, finding great joy in the knowledge of her sins eternally forgiven. Beryl was baptized in Seagull Lake in Arnstein, ON, in 1949 and received into fellowship on Christmas Day that same year. On April 4, 1972, she married Wayne Taylor. Beryl was a quiet and consistent believer who faithfully attended assembly meetings. She loved both the Scriptures and showing hospitality. Steve Kember spoke faithful words at the funeral, with Riley Taylor bringing words of comfort at the graveside. She will be missed.