Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Change of Address of Correspondent

Toronto, OH - Richard Westlake, 44 Pine Lane, Toronto, OH 43964. (740) 544-5762.

Reports – USA

Palm Springs, CA - The assembly enjoyed a one-day conference on April 18, with ministry from Adam Thropay, Jr., Gaius Goff, and local brethren. Following the conference, Gaius Goff had gospel and ministry meetings, ending April 28, with blessing in salvation.

Turlock, CA - Joel Portman and David Oliver began tent meetings on May 5, with encouraging attendance from the outset.

Manchester, CT - Eugene Higgins had three nights of gospel meetings with the assembly at the end of April.

Newington, CT - The believers enjoyed a visit from Jim Currie on April 28-30 for ministry, and his interesting report of the work in Japan and China on May 3.

Terryville, CT - Eugene Higgins and David Oliver concluded three weeks of gospel meetings during the last week in April. The meetings closed with some still very concerned about salvation.

Dunkerton, IA - Al Christopherson and Jerry Jennings saw blessing in the gospel during late April and early May.

Garnavillo, IA - Robert Boyle was with the assembly on May 7 for a ministry meeting.

Ontario, IA - On April 5-7 Art Ward and Jim Frazier were with the assembly for ministry, with good interest.

Stout, IA - The April conference was a time of blessing, with very good attendance, and excellent practical ministry shared by ten of the Lord’s servants.

Methuen, MA - The one-day conference in April was well attended. Ministry given by Walter Gustafson, Frank Tornaquindici, and William Nason was helpful and encouraging.

Saugus, MA - The assembly enjoyed the visit of Bert Joyce for ministry on April 29. The believers were also particularly encouraged by the reception of a young couple in early May.

Rolla, MO - Joel Portman and Mark Van Der Hart held gospel meetings in a senior center for five weeks, three nights a week. An encouraging number of people from the city attended, and the Lord blessed in salvation. They plan to return for more meetings in the fall, DV.

Saginaw, MI - Fred Krauss and John Slabaugh were with the assembly for the all-day meeting on May 2, with meaningful ministry that was an encouragement. Brother Krauss was also with the assembly for ministry the following evening, and was with the believers in Cass City on May 1.

St. Paul, MN - On April 21, William Skates and Robert Orr ended two and a half weeks of gospel meetings in a new location, with encouraging attendance, interest, and some blessing in salvation and assurance.

Hickory, NC - Art Ward and Murray McCandless began gospel meetings on April 14, continuing on into May with good interest on the part of those attending, and blessing seen in salvation.

Livingston, NJ - The conference over the first weekend in May was a real encouragement to the assembly as a time of warm fellowship. The attendance was excellent, and brethren Jim Currie, Walter Gustafson, Eugene Higgins, Murray McCandless, Bill Seale, Frank Tornaquindici, Dale Vitale, and Art Ward gave help in ministry and the gospel.

Longport, NJ - Eugene Higgins and Don Draper began a series of gospel meetings on May 9.

Midland Park, NJ - The believers enjoyed a visit from Jim Currie for ministry during the first week of May, and a visit from Eugene Higgins on May 6.

Akron, OH - During April, the assembly appreciated brief but profitable visits by Steve Kember, William Lavery, Robert McIlwaine, Timothy Kember, and Thomas McNeill of N. Ireland. Brethren Kember and McNeill also visited Cleveland, Clyde, and Mansfield.

Hatboro, PA - David Oliver and Albert Hull plan to begin tent meetings on June 6.

Reports – Canada

Langley, BC - The one-day conference in April was reckoned to be a time of blessing and refreshing, with help given by John Riddle, David West, Bryan Funston, and Jack Gould.

Squamish, BC - Gospel meetings held during April with Bryan Funston and Jack Gould were a real time of encouragement to the small assembly. The Lord blessed in salvation, and on the final night of the meetings, two young women were baptized, bringing further joy to the believers.

Vancouver, BC - Jim Allen of N.Ireland gave instructive and helpful ministry on basic subjects from Genesis and other scriptures. Younger believers found the ministry particularly challenging. The missionary and ministry meetings in W. Richmond over the first weekend of May were both taken by Jim Allen. Hans Bouwman gave a report of his recent visit to Japan during early May in Victoria Dr.

Gander, NF - Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to begin on July 4, D.V., with Bert Joyce and Marvin Derksen, and also for children’s meetings at the same time with Bryan Joyce.

Gander Bay, NF - Carl Payne and David Swan ended gospel meetings on April 11, with encouragement to the assembly because of blessing in salvation.

Rocky Harbour, NF - On May 2, David Hunt and David Swan began a gospel series.

Sandringham, NF - During April, Marvin Derksen spent a Lord’s Day with the assembly, followed by four nights of ministry. The Christians were encouraged by the visit.

Seal Cove, NF - The assembly was happy to have Carl Payne and Alvin Blake for a week of gospel and ministry meetings during April.

St. John’s, NF - Robert McIlwaine was with the assembly for a week of ministry meetings beginning on May 9.

Baddeck, NS - Stephen Vance and Peter Ramsay commenced gospel meetings on April 25, with good attendance and interest.

Barrington Passage, NS - Please pray for tent meetings planned to begin in July, with Albert Hull and James McClelland.

Blues Mills, NS - Peter Ramsay was with the assembly on May 1, for the baptism of a young sister. A good number of unsaved were present, including her husband, for whom prayer is requested.

Clinton, ON - Eugene Badgley and Ed Miller concluded four weeks of gospel meetings on April 9, with some outsiders attending. The lack of response to the many invitations that had been distributed was disappointing.

Langstaff, ON - Jim Allen was with the assembly for a week of helpful ministry following the Toronto conference.

London, ON - During April and May the assembly appreciated visits for ministry from Jim Allen and Tom McNeill. Brother McNeill also ministered in Welland, Hamilton, Kitchener, Clinton, Eden Grove, Oil Springs, Grand Bend, and Sarnia.

Picton, ON - Albert Hull had a week of ministry from April 5-12, speaking on "God’s schoolroom." The believers appreciated the ministry.

Sudbury, ON - During the winter, Timothy Walker was with the assembly for a week of well-attended children’s meetings and a monthly ministry meeting. Eugene Badgley had two weeks of good practical ministry using a chart "From Egypt to Canaan." Ken Moore was with them for the monthly ministry meeting in March. The assembly was further encouraged when a young man was received into fellowship.

Freetown, PEI - Jonathan Procopio and Peter Ramsay planned to begin a gospel series on May 30.

Rosebank, PEI - On April 17 the assembly convened an all-day meeting, with help given in ministry and the gospel by Robert McIlwaine, William Bingham, Larry Steers, David Hunt, and Peter Ramsay. The Christians attending were refreshed. Brother Steers also visited the four other Island assemblies during April with much-appreciated ministry.

Reports – Foreign

Brazil - Harry Wilson began a gospel series at the beginning of May in Porto Alegre.


Burwell, NE - June 27, one-day conference with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 420 Grand Ave., Burwell. Bible Reading (Psalm 23) at 9:30, Breaking of Bread at 10:45. Corr. Laddie Hulinsky, R.R. 1, Box 127, Burwell, NE 68823. (308) 346-4194.

Pugwash Junction, NS - July 3 and 4, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings each morning at 8:45, on "The Holy Spirit given, the Spirit guiding, the Spirit grieved" (Saturday); "The Spirit guiding in worship" (Sunday). Breaking of Bread 10:00. Corr. Harold Elliot, R,R. #1, Wallace, NS, BOK 1YO, (902) 257-2206. For advance accommodations, phone Brent Cottrill, (902) 243-3122. Gospel Hall (902) 243-2205.

Sioux City, IA - July 18, one-day conference, with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 120 South Leonard St., Sioux City. Breaking of Bread 9:45; 11:15 Bible study; 1:45 children’s meeting; 2:30 ministry; 6:15 testimony; 7:30 gospel. Corr. Sam Hayes, 1520 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51103, (712) 255-6843. Hall (712) 277-3647.

Home Calls

Parkersburg, IA - Mrs. Tillie Brandt, age 85, on March 3. Our dear sister was saved in 1947 in meetings held by George Gould and Leonard DeBuhr. She was received into the fellowship of believers in the Stout, Iowa assembly soon after. She always had a pleasant countenance and remained in happy fellowship until her sudden home call. Tillie is survived by her eight daughters and their families. Leonard DeBuhr, Roy Weber, and Tom Christopherson shared in the funeral service in Stout.

Stout, IA - Dick Van Mill, age 96, on March 10. Our dear brother was saved in 1925 in meetings with Oliver Smith, and he and his wife, Froney, were received into assembly fellowship in Stout. Their home was always open to others and they were much given to hospitality. They continued in happy fellowship until they entered Lynn Manor Care Center in Marion. His wife preceded him to heaven, in 1988. Dick is survived by one son and two daughters, and their families. The funeral service was shared by Richard Van, Robert Orr, and Roy Weber.

Marion, IA - Mrs. Dora Orr, age 98, on March 27. Dora was saved in Minneapolis in 1922, during meetings of C.W. Ross. She appreciated gathering unto the Lord, having been in assembly fellowship for nearly 75 years, in Minneapolis, Waterloo, Hitesville, and Marion. For the past 11 years, she was a resident of the Linn Manor Care Center. Her husband John preceded her in death in 1971. Russell Nesbitt and her sons Robert and Richard shared her funeral service.

Toronto, OH - Mae Artman, age 93, on April 5. Our dear sister went home to be with the Lord from the Longport Home for the Aged. She was saved in 1932 in meetings of William Warke and Steve Mick, and was received into assembly fellowship shortly thereafter, along with her husband. A faithful sister and true "mother in Israel," she was a testimony to all who knew her. She was predeceased by her husband William and one son, and leaves two sons and her grandchildren. Robert Surgenor took the funeral service.

Longport, NJ - Mrs Euphemia Long, age 97, on April 7. Our dear sister Phemie was born in 1901 in Scotland, saved as a girl of 15, and received into fellowship in 1916. She immigrated in 1923 and was in fellowship in Bryn Mawr. After marrying William Long in 1943, she was in the West Philadelphia assembly until his death. In 1970, trained as a LPN, she relocated to Longport to voluntarily give her time for the care of older Christians. She worked steadily until 1982, then became a resident in the Longport Home. Phemie had good spiritual discernment and a godly interest in the Lord’s ways and His people. Gene Higgins and William Oliver shared in her funeral service.

Hawkeye, IA - Mr. Vernel Walvatne, age 74, on April 11. Our dear brother was saved in 1944 through Louis Brandt and Sam Hamilton, and was in the West Union assembly from its inception 1947. He manifested love to the Lord, the assembly, and his family. He is survived by his wife June, seven sons and one daughter, all comforted in the blessed hope. Allan Christopherson, Robert Orr, and John Slabaugh shared in the funeral service.

Huntsville, ON - Mrs. Margaret Irene Gooley, age 91, on April 28. Our dear sister went home to be with Christ after many years of illness. Saved at 16, she was the daughter of Benjamin Widdifield. Her husband Jim, who predeceased her four years ago, was a beloved elder, and together they were known for their kindness, hospitality, and generosity to all the Lord’s people. As she cared for her parents in her home, so her daughters did for her, and they expressed much appreciation for their mother’s love and spiritual care for them. Her funeral was taken by Ed Clingen and Ernie Dellandrea.


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