Reports, Conferences, Home Calls

Change of Address

Guelph, ON - Frank Sona, 18 Bathgate Drive, Guelph, ON, N1L lAS. Phone (519) 836-6099.

Change of Correspondent

Alpena, AR - Willard D. Trowbridge, Rte. 2, Box 304, Huntsville, AR 72740. Phone (501) 665-4189, E-mail

Reports – USA

Alpena, AR - The annual Bible Reading in early November was well-attended and the assembly appreciated help from William Lavery, who remained for ministry during the week following.

Phoenix, AZ - The Thanksgiving conference was a profitable season for those present. Help was given in ministry and the gospel by six of the Lord’s servants. Bill Lavery and Jim McColl remained for a week of ministry meetings in the Phoenix and Sunnyslope assemblies.

Terryville, CT - Eugene Higgins ended two and a half weeks of gospel meetings on November 23. Each night, a local brother opened the meeting by giving his testimony. The meetings were well attended, and the Lord blessed in the salvation of a young man whose wife is still concerned. Please pray for her as she attends the weekly gospel meetings of the assembly.

Waianae, HI - The assembly was encouraged by a two-week gospel series in November with John Abernethy and Bryan Funston. There were a good number out each night, with blessing in salvation. The believers also appreciated the help of John Rozendaal (Vancouver) in distributing gospel tracts and Seed Sowers during the meetings.

Antioch, IA - Jerry Jennings and Robert Orr began gospel meetings on November 21, and the Lord blessed in salvation.

Garnavillo, IA - Murray McCandless, John Slabaugh, Al Christopherson, Robert Orr, and Bill Seale were with the assembly for its annual one-day meeting on November 28. Murray McCandless remained for gospel meetings during the following week, as the Lord had blessed in salvation following the one-day meeting.

West Union, IA - William Skates and Roy Weber closed five weeks of gospel meetings on November 19. The Lord blessed in salvation, including that of an elderly couple aged 79 and 80.

New Lenox, IL - God blessed in salvation during gospel meetings in November with Art Ward and local brethren.

Byfield, MA - Sam Maze gave a report of the work in St. Lucia on November 15, and then visited the assembly in Cambridge.

Methuen, MA - The Christians appreciated having Sam Maze open 1 Timothy 2 at the monthly Bible reading on November 14. They were also encouraged when a young man contacted through Seed Sowers, and a teenage girl were baptized on November 20, with Frank Tornaquindici giving help on that occasion.

Saugus, MA - The conference on the first weekend in December was profitable. Attendance was excellent, a warm spirit of fellowship prevailed, and the ministry given by William Bingham, A. J. Higgins, Eugene Higgins, David Oliver, and Jonathan Procopio was stimulating, practical, and helpful.

Battle Creek, MI - The assembly enjoyed a brief visit from Norman Crawford and a Lord’s Day and two nights of ministry with Brian Owen the first week in December.

Detroit, MI - The assembly was greatly encouraged by seeing the Lord’s bountiful hand of blessing in salvation in the gospel meetings held by John Dennison and David Oliver, which closed at the end of November. A number of those reached are in their late teens, and were the subject of earnest prayer for many years.

Saginaw, MI - A visit from Larry Buote for ministry on November 21 and 22 encouraged the believers. Bill Metcalf and Larry Perkins gave appreciated ministry at the all-day meeting on December 6.

Kansas City, MO - Joel Portman and Gary Toombs held two weeks of gospel meetings in November, with good attendance, and blessing among those attending from the neighborhood.

Cleveland, OH - Jim McColl visited during November, with Christ-exalting ministry. He also visited Clyde and Mansfield.

McKeesport, PA - The assembly held its annual fall weekend of meetings on November 6 and 7. The subject was "The World, The Flesh and The Devil." Dan Shutt dealt with the subject practically with good help from Kurt Petterson. There were a good number in to hear the gospel on Sunday. On November 20, the assembly had its Sunday School Treat. Don Draper’s lesson was very interesting to the children.

Hardwick, VT - Eugene Higgins was with the assembly for a few nights of gospel meetings the week of December 6.

Black Earth, WI - The November 21 all-day meeting included helpful ministry from Clark Burmester, Greg Clift, Ed Miller, George Patterson, William Seale and Don Wardell. The believers also appreciated recent visits from James McColl and Stan Wells. Please pray for gospel meetings which Clark Burmester and Don Wardell expect to begin on January 9, D.V.

Waukesha, WI - Ed Miller and George Patterson entered their fifth week of gospel meetings on December 5. God has blessed in salvation, but the Christians long to see others who are showing concern also saved at this time.

Reports - Canada

Vancouver, BC - On December 6, David Oliver began nightly Bible Readings on assembly truths from I Timothy in Woodland Dr. A good interest was manifest from the beginning, and the meetings were helpful and timely. Dan Grice and Earl Ritchie shared the December 4 ministry meeting in Victoria Dr., with accounts of the work among the Oriental people in Vancouver and third-world immigrants in Western Canada. The monthly ministry meeting on December 5 in North Vancouver was shared by Reddie Blair and Stan Wells.

Red Bay, LB - David Hunt and David Swan began a gospel series November 28.

Fredericton, NB - The annual meeting was held on November 28, with Jonathan Procopio, Noel Burden, Gerard Roy and Alan LeBlanc giving help in ministry.

Green River, NB - The ministry meeting held jointly with the Sainte Flavie assembly on December 4 was shared by Larry Buote, Leslie Wells, and local men from both assemblies. The Lord’s voice was heard.

Pigeon Hill, NB - There was good attendance and interest at the November 14 ministry meeting when several local brethren took part.

Shediac, NB - Several local brethren spoke profitably at the afternoon meeting for ministry on November 28.

Tracadie, NB - Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells ended five weeks of gospel meetings on October 22. Seed Sower texts and invitations were distributed in St. Isidore and surrounding communities.

Parsons Pond, NF - Bert Joyce and Gaius Goff finished a gospel series on November 24.

St. John’s, NF - Brian Joyce and Robert McIlwaine closed five weeks of gospel meetings on December 5.

Blues Mills, NS - Peter Orasuk and Peter Ramsay began gospel meetings on November 21, with excellent numbers attending and blessing in salvation seen from the outset. Well-attended prayer meetings before and after each meeting were indicative of the burden for souls. The Novem-ber conference had good attendance and timely ministry. Peter Orasuk, Ken Taylor, James McClelland, Murray McCandless, William Bingham, David Swan, Eric Fowler, Fred Bartlett, and Peter Ramsay were present for the conference.

New Glasgow, NS - Ken Taylor and James McClelland began gospel meetings in early November, with some interest evidenced.

Clinton, ON -During November the assembly appreciated visits from Leslie Wells, Arnold Gratton, and Alex Dryburgh, each giving timely ministry as well as help in the gospel.

Grand Bend, ON - The believers were encouraged by the baptism of two young sisters, and all appreciated Bill Seale’s ministry on that occasion. In November, Gary Sharp faithfully presented the gospel using his chart "The Future Revealed." He also spoke at the Sunday School Treat on November 20, which was well attended by families of the children.

Huntsville, ON - The assembly appreciated visits and encouraging ministry from Paul Poidevin and Ken Moore in November, and Peter Simms in December. Please pray for children’s meetings with Don Nicholson planned for January, D.V.

London, ON - Seventeen of the Lord’s servants were present at the November conference to give a variety of ministry for the spiritual blessing and benefit of the large number of believers in attendance. Leslie Wells stayed on as well for appreciated visits to St. Mary’s, Clinton, and Straffordville. Paul Poidevin returned to report on the work in Zambia.

Newbury, ON - Eugene Badgley and Ed Miller closed more than five weeks of gospel meetings, with blessing seen in salvation, restoration, and reassursnce .

St. Donat, PQ - In November the brethren began holding two gospel meetings a week in the basement of a brother’s home where the tent was in the summer. Gerard Roy preached, helped by local brethren, and also later by Leslie Wells and Larry Buote for two meetings each. Some interest is evident.

Longueuil, PQ - In November Leslie Wells had six ministry meetings on the elements of Christian life and the local assembly. He remained for Lord’s Day November 21.


DeLand, FL - February 5 and 6, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 109 E. Rosehill Ave., east off N. Woodland Blvd. Saturday and Sunday meetings at 10:30, 2:00, 3:30, and 7:00. Bible Readings at 2:00 on "The Baptism, Filling, Indwelling, Leading, and Grieving of the Holy Spirit." For information and accommodations please contact Fred King, 215 Lake Talmadge Rd., DeLand, FL 32724. (904) 943-4000. Hall (904) 736-1009.

Tampa, FL - February 12 and 13, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 12704 Marjory Ave., Tampa, FL. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30 and 2:30 for ministry, and gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00; Sunday School 12:00; ministry 2:30; gospel 7:00. Corr. Oronzo Dalfino, (813) 265-2757. Gospel Hall (813) 932-9530.

Home Calls

Langley, BC - William Peacock, age 94, on November 3. Our dear brother was saved, along with his first wife, Lucille, during tent meetings conducted by Robert Love and Samuel Ussher in Northern Ireland in 1938. They were received into the Killykergan assembly, where they enjoyed nine years of happy fellowship before returning to Canada in 1947. His first wife Lucille predeceased him in 1972. In recent years he and his second wife Charlotte (Blayney, nee Funston) were in the Langley Assembly. For the past 52 years he has been a faithful brother, fervent in prayer, able in the gospel, and fully committed to the support and upbuilding of each local company in which God placed him. He will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife, who now resides at Hilltop Manor Seniors Home in Langley, B.C.

Stout, IA - Minnie Mulder, age 95, on November 16. Our dear sister was saved in 1938 while reading Romans 10:9-10. She was in the assembly in Stout for many years. For the past few years she was a resident in a Care Center. Her husband William preceded her in death in 1982, but a son, three daughters, and their families survive her. Leonard DeBuhr, R. Nesbit, and Robert Orr shared in her funeral service.

Vancouver, BC - John Frith, age 82, on November 23. Our esteemed brother was saved as a boy of 14 in 1931 under the preaching of Herb Harris and James Rae. In 1948, he was commended to serve the Lord in Venezuela, where he labored faithfully, preaching the gospel, planting assemblies, and building halls and the Home for the Aged in Puerto Cabello. He had a true pioneer spirit, and won the affections of the people among whom he labored. His labors in the gospel during visits home were fruitful also. He returned home in 1992 because of failing health, but was able to help in local assemblies although suffering much in body. He is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth, six children, 14 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and five siblings. Please pray for Elizabeth, who was a true helper in his service for God. A suitable memorial and photograph will follow in the February issue Lord willing.

Sarnia, ON - Mrs. Hilda Thompson, age 92, on November 25. Our beloved sister was saved in 1932. She heard the gospel for the first time while she was on her honeymoon, at a gospel meeting Albert Joyce held in Toronto. Hilda and her husband Archie, who is 104, have been in happy fellowship in the Sarnia assembly for more than 60 years. She leaves her husband, a son, a daughter, several grandchildren, and great grandchildren. The large funeral was shared by Shad Kember, Sr., and William Metcalf.