Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Reports – USA

Manchester, CT - Believers were helped and encouraged at the area Bible reading on September 19, led by Robert Surgenor. He also visited the Newington, Torrington, and Brookfield assemblies during the last week of September, with upbuilding and helpful ministry. Garnavillo, IA - Murray McCandless and Dan Shutt planned to begin gospel meetings on November 10.

Hitesville, IA - The conference in September was extremely profitable, with eighteen of the Lord’s servants present, giving practical ministry for current days.

Postville, IA - Tom Baker and John Dennison had Spanish meetings during September and October, with Glen and Kenneth Baker helping by holding children’s meetings, enabling the parents to attend the gospel meetings without distraction.

Rolla, IA - Joel Portman and Art Ward began gospel meetings on October 10.

West Union, IA - On October 17 William Skates and Roy Weber started a gospel series.

Byfield , MA - The assembly enjoyed Robert Surgenor’s profitable and timely ministry on his visit from September 13-15. He also visited the Worcester assembly for ministry, to the encouragement of the believers there.

Saugus, MA - The Christians were encouraged by the visit of Tom Wright during the first two weeks in October. He ministered at the regularly scheduled weeknight meetings, and also held gospel meetings in Portuguese in the believers’ homes, as the Lord has been blessing among the families and friends of recently saved Brazilian believers. Earlier in the fall, Robert Surgenor visited with helpful ministry from September 16-22, and another young couple was received into assembly fellowship.

Kansas City, MO - The Labor Day conference was very profitable, with helpful ministry given by Jim Webb, Joel Portman, Jerry Jennings and Eric Fowler. Joel Portman plans two weeks of gospel meetings, DV., from November 8-19.

Omaha, NB - Roy Weber and Eric Fowler began gospel meetings on September 19.

Albuquerque, NM - Jim Webb was with the assembly for gospel meetings during the last weeks of August.

Akron, OH - The assembly appreciated visits in September from Bill Lavery and David Oliver, who gave ministry on Sunday School work, and Bill Seale, who helped in a Seed Sower distribution.

Cleveland, OH - John Slabaugh gave helpful ministry on Lord’s Day, September 12.

Lorain, OH - The assembly rejoiced in seeing God’s blessing in salvation during gospel meetings in the fall.

Salem, OR - During September the assembly was cheered by Stanley Wells’ ministry on Dispensational Truth.

San Antonio, TX - The conference in September was encouraging for those attending. The ministry of local brethren was profitable and the believers were thankful for the interest and concern shown by those attending the gospel meetings.

Arlington, WA - The assembly was thankful for blessing seen in the gospel meetings held during September and October with John Slabaugh and Al Christopherson.

New Creek, WV - The believers were encouraged with the attendance and blessing in salvation during gospel meetings in August, with Walter Gustafson and William Skates.

Reports – Canada

Vancouver, BC - Gospel meetings held by Bryan Funston and Aubrey Kelly during September in the Nanaimo Road Hall (an outreach work from Woodland Drive) were a source of encouragement to the assembly, with good response as a result of the Seed Sowers distribution. The monthly ministry meeting on October 3 in Victoria Drive was shared by Gary Sharp and Cap Van der Wetering.

Squamish, BC - The October conference was reckoned to be a time of spiritual uplift to the small assembly, with help given by Bill Bingham, Jim Currie, Bryan Funston, Gary Sharp, David Smith and Stan Wells.

Fogo, NF - The September conference was very encouraging, with a good number in attendance and profitable ministry given.

Gander Bay, NF - The assembly had special meetings on October 1 and 2, commemorating its twenty-fifth anniversary. Marvin Derksen, Gaius Goff, Tom Hoy, and Bert Joyce gave ministry and reflected back on what God has accomplished. The day was very rewarding and it was uplifting to hear what God has done and can do even today.

Templeman, NF - Marvin Derksen and Bryan Joyce closed gospel meetings in Brookfield on October 3. The Christians were encouraged with the number that attended and there was joy in the Lord’s blessing in salvation.

Flowers Cove, NF - The saints appreciated the visit of David Hunt for a Lord’s Day in October.

Clinton, ON - The October conference was perhaps the largest to date, with eight of the Lord’s servants helping in encouraging and stirring ministry and the gospel. The Bible readings on the Church, the Rapture, the Day of Christ, the Day of the Lord, and the Millennial Reign of Christ, conducted by Jim Smith and David Oliver, were instructional and thought-provoking.

Grand Bend, ON - The fall International Plowing Match in nearby Dashwood gave the assembly an appreciated opportunity to share in Lorne Langfeld’s gospel outreach. Earlier, four weeks of tent meetings and a concurrent children’s effort in July with Bill Seale and Gary Sharp were blessed with encouraging attendance and the salvation of souls.

Huntsville, ON - The Labor Day conference was encouraging, with much ministry regarding our present and eternal blessings in Christ. Nine of the Lord’s servants gave help in ministry, and a large number of young believers were present.

St. Thomas, ON - Robert Surgenor and Larry Steers will commence Gospel meetings on October 31, Lord willing.

Reports - Foreign

Glengormley, N. Ireland - Gospel meetings during September and October with Albert Hull and Murray McCandless have been well attended.

Dunmurry, N. Ireland - Malcolm Radcliff and Jonathan Procopio concluded tent meetings on September 24 after nine weeks. After the tent was burned down during the early weeks, the meetings continued in a larger tent and much blessing was seen in salvation. It was a great encouragement to the assemblies in the area.


Seal Cove (Fortune Bay), NF - November 6 and 7, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall. Bible reading on Saturday afternoon on Hebrews 10. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. Douglas A. Loveless, Box 46, Seal Cove, Fortune Bay, NF, AOH 2G0. (709) 851-5371. Gospel Hall (709) 851-6161.

Oshawa, ON - November 13, in the Gospel Hall, 150 Albert Street, with ministry at 2 and 7. Corr. Kenneth Nicholson, 753 Central Park Boulevard North, Oshawa, ON LiG 6B2, (905) 579-7540.

Newington, CT - Annual one day conference on November 2 1st. Lord’s Day only. Breaking of Bread at 9:45, Ministry at 2:00 and Gospel at 6:30.

Blues Mills, Cape Breton, NS - November 20 and 21. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 34 Mountain Rd., Blues Mills, just off the TransCanada Highway. Meetings on both days begin at 10:00. Correspondent John Bain, (902) 625-2409, email

Picton, ON - November 27, in the Gospel Hall, McFarland Drive. Ministry at 2:00 and 6:30. For further information call (613) 476-2040.

Fredericton, NB - All-day meeting on November 28. Breaking of Bread, 9:30; Bible Reading, 1:15 on Eph. 5:21-33; ministry, 2:30; gospel, 7:00. Corr. Robert M. Griffin, 280 Sunset Dr., Fredericton, NB, E3A 1A9. (506) 472-5512. Gospel Hall (506) 472-1125.

Saugus, MA - December 4 and 5, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. Meetings Saturday at 10:30, 2:30, and 6:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 213 Walnut St., just east of Route 1. Corr. Joseph Procopio, 11 Forest St., Saugus, MA, 01906. (781) 233-5780. For accommodations please contact Anthony Grillo, 46 Grey Lane, Lynafield, MA 01940. (781) 334-6363. Gospel Hall (781) 233-5570.

San Diego, CA - January 1 and 2, with prayer meeting on Friday, December 31, at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 4646 Twain Ave. Bible reading on Saturday at 10:00 on 1 John 3; ministry each day at 2:00, and gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Corr. William Smith,

5005 LaDorna Drive, San Diego, CA, 92115. (619) 582-2109. Gospel Hall (619) 280-7021.

Home Calls

Deseronto, ON - Norman Allport, age 88, on September 6. Our brother passed into the presence of the Lord from the Friendly Manor Nursing Home in Deseronto where he lived with his brother Charlie for almost two years. He was saved as a young man in 1940 while reading a gospel tract. He was a much respected elder who loved the word of God and the assembly, and faithfully attended all the meetings for nearly 60 years as his health permitted. Timothy Kember and Allen Madigan shared in the funeral service, and G. P. Taylor, a long-time friend, prayed at the graveside .

Brandon, Manitoba - Mrs. Robert Boyle, September 10, age 78. Our dear sister Jean (Neill) was saved as a girl of twelve in Belfast and was later received into fellowship at Ebenezer Gospel Hall there. She emigrated to Canada in 1951 with her husband, settling first in Port Arthur, and moving eventually to Brandon in 1966. Jean was a faithful support to her husband, who has served the Lord on the Canadian Prairies for many years. She was given to hospitality, and her friendly disposition and radiant smile were a cheer to all that met her. She will be deeply missed by her husband and family, the assembly in Brandon, and by the children of the Lord’s people who felt her love. The large funeral service, taken by Alan Ritchie and Glen Hanna, gave tribute to the high esteem in which Jean was held.

Marion, IA - Mary Kampman, age 68, on September 20. Our dear sister lived the last two years with many trials due to cancer, but she faced them all with patience and an attitude of "Thy will be done." She was saved in 1948 during gospel meetings held by Oliver Smith and Jim Elliot at Manchester, and continued in fellowship there until March of 1962 when she and her husband Bert were among those who formed the assembly in Marion. She is survived by her husband and four children, all of whom await that grand reunion. The well-attended funeral service was shared by Robert Orr and Allan Christopherson.