Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Change of Correspondent

DeLand, FL – Fred King, 215 Lake Talmadge Rd., DeLand, FL, 32724, Phone (904) 943-4000. Fax (904) 943-9540

Reports - USA

Phoenix, AX – Jim Beattie was with the Sunnyslope assembly on January 10 for ministry. Both the Sunnyslope and Garfield assemblies appreciated having a week of ministry from James Smith on the book of Ephesians from January 11-15, then a week of ministry from Alan Davidson on the Feasts of Jehovah during the first week in February, followed by a week of ministry from Norman Mellish.

Chico, CA – The assembly was encouraged in three weeks of gospel meetings with John Slabaugh and David Oliver, which ended on January 29. The Lord blessed in salvation.

Culver City, CA – John Slabaugh had two nights of ministry during the first week in January. Alan Davidson was with them for ministry on January 10, and visited the assembly at Long Branch.

Fresno, CA – Walter Gustafson and John Fitzpatrick ended three weeks of gospel meetings on January 24. Several thousand Seed Sower packets and invitations were distributed in the neighborhood, with little response, but there were unsaved attending nightly, and the believers are still looking to the Lord for blessing.

DeLand, FL - Hans Bouwman paid a much-appreciated visit during the last week of January, for ministry and a report of the Lord’s work in Japan and the Netherlands.

Garnavillo, IA — Tom Baker was with the assembly for ministry on January 20. He held gospel meetings in Spanish in Postville, continuing through the first week of February, and it pleased the Lord to bless in salvation.

Manchester, IA — John Slabaugh and Al Christopherson planned to begin gospel meetings on February 21.

New Lenox, IL — Joel Portman was with the assembly for two weeks of ministry during the early part of February.

Saugus, MA — Eugene Higgins and Bryan Joyce planned to begin gospel meetings on February 17.

Jackson, MI — Norman Crawford and Brian Crawford began gospel meetings the first week in February, with good interest shown from the outset.

Livonia, MI — The subject for the March 20 Bible readings is: The Believer’s Refuge — The Assembly of God, 3:00; The Believer’s Refuge —The Armor of God, 6:30 .

Saginaw, MI — The believers in Saginaw and surrounding assemblies were encouraged with a missionary report on January 29 from David Booth. Stuart Thompson and Lorne Mitchell ministered at the all-day meeting on February 7. The assembly planned a week of children’s meetings, D.V., with Lorne Langfeld, beginning on February 26.

Long Branch, NJ — Eugene Higgins and David Zuidema (Midland Park) began two weeks of gospel meetings on January 31.

Midland Park, NJ — Eugene Higgins was with the assembly for the Sunday School treat on January 30.

Akron, OH — Gary Sharp and Dale Vitale planned to begin gospel meetings on February 28. During January, the believers appreciated visits from Fred Bartlett, Walter Gustafson Bill Lavery, Bill Seale, and Dale Vitale.

Mansfield, OH — A large number gathered for the assembly’s 40th anniversary, when Paul Hoffman told of God 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, and helped by Bill Seale, and Dale Vitale.

McKeesport, PA - Bill Lavery visited the assembly for ministry on January 6, and Eugene Higgins visited for a night of ministry on January 27. The assembly appreciated both visits. Jim Smith and William Skates planned to begin gospel meetings on February 21.

Hardwick, VT — Dan Shutt and Bill Lavery closed almost three weeks of gospel meetings on January 27, with some blessing in salvation.

Marysville, WA — The assembly had a week of prayer meetings during the first week in February, prior to gospel meetings beginning on February 7, with Jonathan Procopio and Tom Hoy.

Seattle, WA — The conference on the last weekend in January was held in a local school for the first time, and attendance was better than in previous years, which was an encouragement. A good spirit prevailed throughout the conference and eleven brethren gave help in ministry and in the gospel. Harold Paisley and John Abernethy led the Bible readings on John 20 and 21.

Egg Harbor, WI — During the first week of January, Art Ward and Jerry Jennings had Bible studies on 1 Peter, which were much appreciated. George Patterson and Ed Miller were with the assembly for its fourth anniversary and had two nights of ministry.

Humburg, WI — Jerry Jennings and Art Ward ended three weeks of gospel meetings on January 31.

Reports - Canada

Abbotsford, BC — Dave Richards was with the assembly for a week of ministry in January.

Port Alberni, BC — During late January, David Richards visited with helpful ministry.

Squamish, BC — A number of believers from the Vancouver assemblies have been trying to strengthen and encourage the work here with regular monthly visits on Sundays and Wednesdays, and the Lord has blessed in salvation.

Vancouver, BC — The West Richmond assembly held their annual week of prayer meetings January 11-15. Harold Paisley was with the South Main believers for two weeks of well-attended meetings on the book of Daniel from January 17 - 31. On the final evening, a young Iranian woman who had been saved on our brother’s previous visit was baptized, which was a cause for much joy. Just prior to the meetings the assembly also baptized a mother and daughter. Brother Paisley also visited Woodland Dr. and Fairview with profitable ministry. On January 16, the Victoria Dr. assembly held a Sunday School teachers’ conference, with Bryan Funston and Gary Sharp present to help along with local brethren. Gary Sharp remained for a week of children’s meetings. The believers in Deep Cove have been encouraged with the salvation of some Mexican contacts who have been attending the regular Sunday night gospel meetings. In early February, Walter Gustafson visited the Carlton, Fairview, and Victoria Dr. assemblies, and David Richards visited Fleetwood, with helpful ministry. The missionary meeting on February 6 in Woodland Dr. was shared by David Oliver and Marvin Derksen, who began gospel meetings there the following evening. They were joined by Walter Gustafson at the ministry meeting on February 7 in Victoria Dr. That assembly was also greatly encouraged by the baptism of a young man and woman in early February.

Westbank, BC — The assembly was encouraged with the baptism of a brother in January.

Charlottetown, LB — Wallace Buckle and Paul Cockfield began gospel meetings on January 31.

L’anse Au Loup, LB — Bert Joyce and Andrew Bergsma began gospel meetings on January 24, with a good number of unsaved attending. The English Point and Red Bay assemblies joined in support of these meetings.

Green River, NB — Leslie Wells gave four messages on assembly truth in late December. Since November, the four French-speaking assemblies have held monthly ministry meetings in turn. Local brethren have shared in a good part of the responsibility for these meetings, along with the servants of the Lord who work in the area.

Shediac, NB — Gerard Roy spoke from his Egypt to Canaan chart at seven meetings in late December and early January. The ministry was greatly appreciated.

Fogo, NF — Bryan Joyce and local brethren held a week of children’s meetings in January, with a good increase in attendance throughout the week, to the encouragement of the assembly.

McIvers, NF — The assembly appreciated the gospel series in January with Alvin Blake and Sandy Feltham.

New Harbour, NF — The ministry given by Marvin Derksen, Jonathan Procopio, and Eric Gill on Saturday, January 23, and the visit from Jonathan Procopio on January 31, was greatly appreciated.

Sandringham, NF — The believers enjoyed a weekend visit from Marvin Derksen in early January, as well as two nights of ministry by Carl Payne on January 28 and 29.

Seal Cove, NF — The Christians enjoyed two nights of profitable ministry from Bryan Joyce on January 27 and 28.

St. John’s, NF — Marvin Derksen and Jonathan Procopio ended gospel meetings in Mount Pearl on January 31. The meetings were well attended and encouraging with some interest shown, but there was no known evidence of salvation. The believers enjoyed the ministry given by the two brethren during their stay.

Nineveh, NS — Eugene Higgins was with the assembly for a week of ministry beginning on January 17. The believers were cheered and encouraged by God’s Word, and also by the support shown by surrounding assemblies.

Chatham, ON — Larry Perkins and Jim Beattie began gospel meetings on January 31, with interest expressed by contacts in the area even before the meetings began.

Clinton, ON — In early January, Alex Dryburgh had four nights of timely ministry on "Features of the Assembly" from 1 Corinthians, but stormy weather seriously hindered attendance. Please pray for purposed gospel meetings planned to begin in March, with Eugene Badgley and Ed Miller.

Kenora, ON — David Rodgers and Murray Pratt planned to start gospel meetings on February 21.

Mimico, ON — Jim Smith and Ken Turkington visited the assembly in January with helpful ministry that was appreciated by the believers. The assembly was encouraged with the baptism of five young believers.

St. Mary’s, ON — Please pray for gospel meetings planned to begin on April 4, D.V., with William Aiken (Kitchener) and Frank Sona (Guelph).

Longueuil, PQ — Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells finished four weeks of gospel meetings in December with the assembly now meeting in this location in the metropolitan Montreal area. The assembly was encouraged by the response.

Taylorside, SK - Joel Portman and Roy Weber finished gospel meetings on January 24, with the Lord blessing in salvation.

Reports – Foreign

Brazil — Harry Wilson and Gregg Buchanan began a gospel series in Tres Passos on January 17, after having been with the assembly for Bible readings, and a baptism on January 15.

N. Ireland — Robert Surgenor continued on into eight weeks in the gospel in Kileel, as the Lord was blessing in salvation and others were troubled. A week of ministry on Church Truth was planned to follow the gospel series, D.V.

Glasgow, Scotland — John Stubbs and Stephen Grant began a gospel series on February 7 in the Harley St. assembly.

Cardiff, Wales — Ministry given by Jim Baker and Roy Hill was profitable and meetings well attended at the Adamsdown annual conference January 17. Jim Baker remained for meetings on the book of Ezra.


Clarksville, IA — One-day conference, April 4, in the Antioch Gospel Hall, three miles east of Clarksville. Breaking of Bread at 11:00, preceded by ministry meeting at 10:00; ministry at 2:00 and gospel at 7:30. Contact Harry Schmidt, 103 West Rowley St., Greene, IA 50636. (515) 823-5691. Gospel Hall (319) 278-4083.

Gander and Sandringham, NF — April 3 and 4, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings will be held in the Gander Collegiate School, Gander Bay Road. Meetings Saturday begin at 10:30 for ministry. Lord’s Day, Breaking of Bread, 10:30; Bible Reading on 2 Thess. 2. For accommodations, please contact Kevin March (709) 256-2108, Vincent Whey (709) 256-2492, or Sandy Feltham (709) 533-2873.

Methuen, MA — One-day conference, April 11, in the Gospel Hall, 51 Merrimack St. (Exit 46 off I-495.) Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry 2:30, and gospel 6:30. Corr. Daniel Netti, 105 Hillside Rd., North Andover, MA 01845, (978) 686-2462. Gospel Hall (508) 794-8679.

Palm Springs, CA — One-day conference, April 18. Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry 2:00, and gospel at 6:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 320 West Racquet Club Rd. Corr. Charles Spataro, 945 Buttonwillow Circle, Palm Springs, CA 92263, (619) 322-7090. Gospel Hall (619) 325-8815. Please pray for gospel meetings to follow with Gaius Goff.

Long Branch, NJ — One-day conference, March 14, in the Gospel Hall, 653 Art St. off Grand Ave. (uptown). Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry at 2:30, and gospel at 5:00. Corr. Paul Grace, 50 N. 5th Ave., Long Branch, NJ 07740. (908) 229-0377. Hall (908) 229-5805.

Vancouver, BC — April 2, 3, and 4 with prayer meeting on Thursday, April 1, at 8:00 in the South Main Gospel Hall (60th and South Main Streets). All other meetings at the John Oliver Secondary School, 41st and Fraser Streets, Vancouver. Bible readings Friday and Saturday at 10:00, Hebrews 7-13. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. For further information call Earl Ritchie (604) 277-7019. School (604) 327-8341. Bible readings will be held April 6-9 in the West Richmond Gospel Hall at 7:30 each evening, to complete the passage begun at the conference.

Culver City, CA — April 3 and 4, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 11138 Venice Blvd. Saturday, Bible reading 10:00-12:00, Titus 1 and 2. Breaking of Bread, 10:30. Corr. Neil Rodger, 4209 Clayton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027, (213) 663-5905. Gospel Hall (310) 559-1588.

Mimico, ON — Due to renovations of the hall there will be no Bible reading conference this year.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA — April 17 and 18, 88th annual conference, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00 in the Waterloo Gospel Hall, 726 Western Ave. All other meetings in the Masonic Temple, Park Ave. and Mulberry St., Waterloo. Lord’s Day, Bible reading at 9:00, Hebrews 1. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. The week before the conference there will be Bible readings on 1st John, Monday and Tuesday, April 12 and 13, at 7:00 in Cedar Falls Gospel Hall, 13th and Walnut; Wednesday and Thursday, April 14 and 15 at 7:00, in Waterloo Gospel Hall. Corr. Richard Orr, 614 Bland Blvd. S.W., Independence, IA 50644, (319) 334-3931, or Erwin D. Stickfort, 223 North Francis St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613, (319) 266-6271.

McKeesport, PA — April 24 and 25, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Prescott and Broadway. All other meetings in the Francis McClure Junior High School. Meetings begin at 10:00 on Saturday and Lord’s Day. The homes of the Christians will be open for visitors. Contact William Seale, (724) 863.2949, for accommodations or local motel phone numbers for those desiring to make their own accommodations.

Fredericton, NB — April 24 and 25, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 109 McAdam Ave. Bible reading on Saturday at 10:00, on 1 Corinthians 13. Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, R.R. #4, Fredericton, NB, E3B 4X5. (506) 472-5512. Gospel Hall (506) 472-1125.

PEI — 49th annual conference, May 22 and 23, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Crapaud Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the Bluefield High School in Hampshire. Saturday, ministry at 10:00 and 2:30, gospel at 7:00. Bible reading Lord’s Day at 8:30 on Psalm 88; Breaking of Bread, 10:00. Corr. Glen McKenna, 15 Andrews Drive, Kensington, RR6, COB iMO. (902) 836-3076, or Brian McDonald, 25 MacRea Drive, Cornwall, COA 1HO. (902) 566-3831. For accommodations contact Neal Thompson, (902) 892-7216.

Calgary, AB — May 22, 23, and 24, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the West Hillhurst Gospel Hall, 2326 Seventh Ave. NW, Calgary. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. Garry W. Seale, 3111 Conrad Cres. NW, Calgary, AB, T2L 1B7. (403) 282-1383. FAX (403) 282-2437.

Midland and Waubaushene, ON — May 22 and 23. The assembly is once again able to have their annual conference after three years absence. All meetings to be held at the Penetanguishene Community Centre (Arena), 61 Maria St., Penetanguishene, ON. (Right on Thompsons Rd., the first street inside of town, then go one block on the left). First meeting of the conference is Saturday at 10:00; Breaking of Bread Lord’s Day, 10:00. Bible reading both days at 1:30, Hebrews 11: 8-19, 23-29. Corr. Paul Barbour, 328 John Street, Midland, ON, L4R 2J5, (705) 526-3516; Ed Heels, 2379 Rumney Road, RR #1, Midland, ON, L4R 4K3, (705) 534-3698.

Home Calls

Moncton, NB — Mrs. Annie Stuart, aged 94, went home to be with her Lord on December 11, 1998 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 received into fellowship in the Moncton Assembly. She faithfully attended all the assembly meetings until her homecall. She bore a bright testimony in her own way witnessing of her Saviour and telling of man’s need. She is survived by her husband, two sons and four grandchildren who are saved and most in fellowship.

Arlington, WA — Charles Breekveldt, age 87, on January 4. Charles was saved in Saskatchewan in 1931 during meetings held by Herb Harris and Albert Joyce. After marrying in 1951, he and his wife Norine started dairy farming in the Arlington area. Charles was a steady and consistent brother in the Arlington assembly for more than 65 years, and always appreciated the Lord’s people. He is survived by his beloved wife Norine. Bud Kazen, Morris Scandrett and John Klein conducted the funeral services.

Ontario, WI Paul Downing, age 74, on January 8, after several years of declining health. He 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 very fitting words to a large number at the funeral.

Queensland, Australia Mrs. David Graham, age 46, on January 12, after a long illness. Born in N. Ireland, she and her husband and two boys came to Australia in 1982. Mrs. Graham was saved in 1991 and received into the Conference Hall assembly in Brisbane, where she enjoyed the care and support of the believers. In spite of her suffering, she always displayed a spirit of faith and courage and maintained a bright testimony. Prayer is requested for her husband and two sons, Neville and Andrew, that the family circle will be complete when the Lord comes. John Williams and John McDowell conducted the funeral service.

Mimico, ON Mrs. Lucy Spencer, age 82, on January 19, after a long period of illness. Saved in 1937, she was one of the first converts in the great stir in the Mimico area that resulted in the planting of the assembly. Lucy was a deeply exercised woman who, with her husband, was devoted to the welfare of the assembly, particularly the young. Paul Robinson took the large funeral, which was a tribute to the spiritual influence she had had on so many lives.

Arnstein, ON Mrs. Dorcas Cehrke, age 77, on January 24. Our dear sister fell and broke her leg in July, and after several operations and setbacks, which she bore patiently, the Lord was pleased to call her home. Dorcas was saved in 1948, and received into the fellowship of the assembly. A consistent and godly sister, she leaves her husband Arnold, son Timothy, daughter Jeanine, and two grandchildren for whom prayer is requested. Ernie Dellandrea and David Booth spoke to the large crowd gathered at her funeral.

Garnavillo, IA Gladys Helen Wahls, age 95, on January 29, was called home to glory after several years of poor health. She was saved in 1938 during Lorne McBaine’s meetings in Garnavillo. Gladys and her husband Henry were a caring, hospitable couple whose heart and home were open. For many years, they maintained a book and Bible business. Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by her son Dale and his wife Carole of Garnavillo; two daughters, Faye Wahls of Garnavillo and Maxine Gray and her husband James of LaMesa, CA; six grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and two great great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marian Bailey of Ann Arbor, MI. The funeral was shared by a grandson, Ron Wahls, two great-grandsons, Shane and Jason Wahls, Art Ward, and Roy Weber.