Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Arthur and Marlene Ward, 183 West St., Gays Mills, WI 54631-7161. Phone (608) 734-3688; e-mail (The address has changed to accommodate the enhanced 911 system in the area.)


Mimico, ON - Dr. Paul W. Robinson, 323 Lake Promenade, Toronto, ON M8W 1A6. Phone (416) 255-4993; e-mail


Phoenix, AZ - The Spanish gospel meetings in West Phoenix with Shad Kember, Jr., and John Dennison continued into February, with excellent interest and blessing in salvation. In Sunnyslope, Tom Baker and Stanley Wells began gospel meetings on February 11.

Palm Springs, CA - Alan Davidson of Ireland gave helpful ministry the last week of December and John Abernethy made an appreciated visit for a Lordís day in January.

Brookfield, CT - The assembly concluded an encouraging, well-attended series of weekly childrenís meetings in January. David Zuidema from Midland Park, NJ, spoke at the last meeting, with a good number of parents present. The assembly desires prayer for another weekly series of childrenís meetings planned. The believers also enjoyed a visit from Robert Surgenor in January.

Newington, CT - Robert Surgenor gave encouraging and helpful ministry during January. He also had appreciated ministry in Terryville and Torrington. David Oliver and Eugene Higgins planned to begin gospel meetings on February 18.

Hitesville, IA - Gene Higgins had well-attended gospel meetings during January, using his chart on Future Events. The hall was full nightly, and there was rejoicing as the Lord blessed in salvation.

Manchester, IA - Joel Portman was with the assembly for a week of ministry beginning on February 4. Please pray for gospel meetings scheduled to begin on March 11, D. V., with Marvin Derksen and Stanley Wells.

New Lenox, IL - Gary Sharp and Art Ward finished four weeks of gospel meetings on February 4, with blessing in salvation.

Augusta, ME - A. J. Higgins had a weekend of appreciated ministry on Joseph on January 20 and 21.

Methuen, MA - The assembly enjoyed having David Oliver for Lordís day January 14. He and Robert Surgenor, who was having a week of ministry in Saugus, shared in the monthly ministry meeting.

Saugus, MA - Albert Hull was with the assembly for a night of ministry on January 11, on his way to the Pennsauken conference.

Saginaw, MI - William Lavery and Matt Smith encouraged the believers in Saginaw and surrounding assemblies at the February 4 monthly ministry meeting.

Omaha, NE - Art Ward and Joel Portman were with the assembly for two weeks of Bible readings, beginning on February 11.

Barrington and Pennsauken, NJ - Gary Sharp and Jonathan Procopio were with the assemblies for a weekend of ministry on Young Christians and Their Relationships, on February 3 and 4. A good number attended, and the ministry was most helpful.

Livingston, NJ - Please pray for two weeks of gospel meetings scheduled to begin on April 25, D.V., with Eugene Higgins and David Zuidema of Midland Park.

Akron, OH - William Seale was with the assembly for the Sunday School treat in January, when a number of visitors were present. The believers also enjoyed a short visit from William Lavery.

Cleveland, OH - William Lavery visited for a Lordís day in January, and Jim Smith was with the assembly for the area Bible reading on "The Day of Christ." A good number were present for the practical teaching.

Lynden, WA - Walter Gustafson was with the assembly for Lordís day, February 4, and Jim Currie for three nights of ministry from February 6-8. The believers appreciated both visits.

Marysville, WA - Tom Hoy and Ross Vanstone had three weeks of gospel meetings in February.

Seattle, WA - The January conference was a time of rich blessing and an encouragement for the assembly. Twelve of the Lordís servants were present to give help.


Vancouver, BC - Four weeks of gospel meetings in Woodland Dr. with David Hunt and Stan Wells were an encouragement to the assembly, and God was pleased to bless in salvation. Neal Thomson of Venezuela took the monthly missionary meeting in Victoria Dr. on February 3, and David Hunt, David Richards, and Stan Wells shared the ministry meeting there on February 4. The monthly meeting on January 21 in Fleetwood was taken by David Hunt and Stan Wells.

Charlottetown, LB - Bert Joyce held one week of ministry meetings in January on Assembly Truth.

English Point, LB - Bert Joyce and Jim Jarvis began gospel meetings in February.

Green River, NB - The winter ministry meeting on February 3 was shared by Leslie Wells, Larry Buote, and two local brethren. Leslie Wells held meetings on Nehemiah during December.

Pigeon Hill, NB - Gerard Roy held a week of meetings at the end of December, speaking from Genesis on four patriarchs, with helpful practical applications.

Shediac, NB - In early January, Gerard Roy held Bible readings on The Seven Churches, which the believers appreciated. The winter ministry meetings in December and January were shared by Leslie Wells, Gerard Roy, and local brethren.

Tracadie, NB - Leslie Wells and two local brethren spoke at the ministry meeting on January 14. Brother Wells had meetings from a chart on prophetic events, beginning on January 1. Peter Ramsay had four nights of ministry beginning on December 18, speaking on The Lord Jesus and the Home at Bethany, using an interpreter. The practical teaching was an encouragement to the believers.

Corner Brook, NF - William Bingham and Eric Fowler planned to begin gospel meetings on February l8.

Gander, NF - The assembly greatly appreciated the helpful and relevant ministry of Marvin Derksen on I Samuel, from January 7-12.

Mt. Pearl, NF - Peter Ramsey and Marvin Derksen began gospel meetings on January 28. There are a number of individuals interested and prayer is requested for this needy area.

New Harbor, NF - Gospel meetings with Fred Bartlett and Alvin Blake continued into February. The assembly is small and numbers have been low, but a few unsaved have been coming.

Sandringham, NF - Ken Taylor gave valuable ministry on the January 4 and 5. Wallace Buckle and Bryan Joyce began gospel meetings on January 14. The meetings have been most encouraging, with evident blessing.

Templeman, NF - Ken Taylor visited for ministry on January 2 and 3.

Nineveh, NS - The Christians enjoyed a short visit from Jonathan Procopio on January 28.

Truro, NS - James McClelland and Albert Hull began gospel meetings in late January, with blessing in salvation seen early and interest continuing.

Weavers Settlement, NS - James McClelland had four nights of ministry in early January for the instruction and encouragement of the young in Christ.

Huntsville, ON - Don Nicholson had a week of childrenís meetings in February with good attendance. His ministry during that time was also greatly appreciated.

Kapuskasing, ON - Peter Simms was with the assembly with practical ministry on the parables of Matthew 13, from February 4-8. Earlier in the winter, the believers enjoyed two weeks of childrenís meetings with Lorne Langfeld and visits from Gary Sharp and Allen Clark of Kenora.

Lake Shore, ON - Brian Owenís visit on New Yearís weekend was appreciated, although the weather was stormy. Brian Crawford spoke at the Sunday School treat on January 27, when a good number of parents attended. He remained for the Lordís day, and for three nights of ministry meetings.

London, ON - The believers appreciated the ministry given and the gospel preached by Alex Dryburgh on his visit with them January 7. Brian Crawford spoke at the Sunday School treats on January 19 and 20, attended by a number of children who attend the mid-week meetings held in neighboring complexes. On January 28, two young sisters were baptized before a large company.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - James Beattie was with the assembly for the week of January 7 for deeply appreciated and very practical ministry on Prayer and Gospel Outreach.

St. Thomas, ON - The assembly had the joy of seeing four young believers baptized at the end of December, when Shawn St. Clair spoke in the gospel and Larry Steers ministered on Baptism. Monthly ministry meetings during the winter were taken by William Metcalf, William Aiken, Jack Nesbitt, and Jim Beattie. The monthly ministry meetings have been a source of blessing here and to surrounding assemblies.

Charlottetown, PEI - Peter Orasuk had four nights of encouraging and edifying ministry January 15-18 on The Valleys of Scripture.

Ste. Flavie, PQ - The winter ministry meeting on January 6 was shared by Larry Buote, Leslie Wells, and three local brethren.


Kilmore, Co. Armagh - Tommie Wright and W. J. Nesbitt experienced a good measure of liberty and freshness in a gospel series beginning on January 21 with the small assembly meeting in the Diamond Gospel Hall.


Palm Springs, CA - One-day conference, March 25. 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 92262, (760) 322-7090. Gospel Hall (760) 325-8815. Please pray for gospel meetings to start the following week with John Fitzpatrick.

Clarksville, IA - One-day conference, April 1, 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.

Newbury, ON - One-day conference on Saturday, April 7, in the Gospel Hall, 370 Walnut Drive, RR #3 (junction of Highway 2 and Longwoods Rd.). Meetings at 2:30 and 6:30, with dinner break between. Corr. David J. Cooper, 234 Cherry Street West, Box 312, Bothwell, ON N0P 1C0.

Methuen, MA - April 7 and 8, beginning with gospel meeting at 5:30 P.M. on Saturday, with supper to follow. Breaking of bread at 10:00, ministry at 2:30, and gospel at 6:30. Corr. Daniel Netti, 105 Hillside Rd., No. Andover, MA 01845, (978) 686-2462. Gospel Hall (978) 794 8679.

Culver City, CA - April 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 11138 Venice Blvd. Saturday, Bible reading 10:00-12:00, Isaiah 50. Breaking of bread, 10:30. Corr. Neil Rodger, 4209 Clayton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027-1501. (323) 663-5905. Gospel Hall (310) 559-1588

Kapuskasing, ON - April 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 154 Mill Street. All other meetings in the Kapuskasing Education Center, 61 Devonshire Street. Bible reading Saturday 10:00-12:00, The Message to the Church at Philadelphia, to be opened by Bruce Rogers. Breaking of bread at 10:30. Corr. Gilles Plourde (705) 335-4974. For accommodations: Gerald Labelle (705) 335-3712.

Manchester, CT - April 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 415 Center St., Manchester. All other meetings in the Bolton Center School, 108 Notch Rd., Bolton, CT. Meetings on Saturday at 10:30, 2:00, and 6:30. Breaking of bread at 10:00, last meeting at 2:00 for ministry and the gospel. Corr. Richard Trombly, 121 Cushman Dr., Manchester, CT 06040, (860) 649-9462. For accommodations, contact Ted Kaulback, (860) 742-0002.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA - April 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00 in the Western Ave. Gospel Hall, 726 Western Ave., Waterloo. All other meetings in the Masonic Temple, Park Ave. and Mulberry St., Waterloo. Lordís day, Bible reading at 9:00, Phil 2:5-11, Breaking of bread at 10:30. The week before the conference there will be Bible readings at 7:00, on Monday and Tuesday at Cedar Falls Gospel Hall, and on Wednesday and Thursday at Waterloo Gospel Hall. Subjects will be Salvation, the Holy Spirit, Sanctification, and Separation.

Nineveh, NS - April 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00 in the Gospel Hall. Supper will be served at 5:00 Friday in the Gospel Hall. All other meetings in the Parkview Education Centre, 1485 King St., Bridgewater, NS. Ministry meeting Saturday starts at 10:00. Corr. Robert Kaulback, 19 Medway St., Bridgewater, B4V 1J8, (902) 543-5530. School (902) 543-5536. For accommodations, contact Clark Hubley, (902) 543-3268.

Toronto, ON - April 13, 14,and 15 in Birchmount Park Collegiate, 3663 Danforth Ave., Scarborough. Meetings each day at 10:00 (except Lordís day), 1:30, 3:30, and 7:15. Prayer meeting on Thursday at 7:30 in Victoria Park Gospel Hall, 1266 Victoria Park Avenue. Bible readings on Personal Devotion as seen in the lives of (1) Daniel, (2) Barnabas, and (3) Timothy. Corr. Don Jennings, 53 Karnwood Dr., Scarborough, ON, MiL 2Z7 (416) 757-7019, and Robert Reilly, 30 Caronridge Cres., Agincourt, ON, MiW 1L2. (416) 499-0829. Note: Breaking of bread will be in the various Gospel Halls.

Mimico, ON - Bible readings April 20-22, with first reading on Friday at 7:30 P. M. Subject is The Upper Room Ministry, John 13-17. Saturday and Sunday, 10:00, 2:00, and 7:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 414 Royal York Rd. S., Etobicoke, ON. Contact Dr. Paul W. Robinson, (416) 255-4993, e-mail

McKeesport, PA - April 28 and 29, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, Prescott and Broadway. All other meetings in the Francis McClure Middle School. Meetings begin at 10:00 both days. The homes of the Christians will be open for visitors. Contact Rob Oliver, (412) 664-1004, for accommodations or local motel phone numbers for those wishing to make their own arrangements.

Prince Edward Island - May 19 and 20, in the Bluefield High School in Hampshire where all meetings will be held. Prayer and ministry, Saturday at 9:30 A.M. Ministry at 2:30 and gospel at 7:00. Bible reading Lordís day at 8:30 on Psalm 102. Breaking of bread 10:00, ministry 2:30, and gospel 7:00. Corr. Glen McKenna, 15 Andrews Dr., Kensington, RR6, COB iMO, (902) 836-3073; or Brian McDonald, 25 MacRae Dr., Cornwall, C0A 1H0, (902) 566-3831. For accommodations contact Neal Thompson (902) 892-7216. (Please note change in prayer meeting time and place.)


Clementsvale, NS - Mrs. Shirley Brydom, age 61, on November 13, 2000. Our sister was saved in 1987, and later received into the assembly. She was quiet in her ways, and attended the assembly meetings as her health allowed. Her husband went to be with Christ before her, and she leaves two brothers, one sharing the blessed hope. The funeral was large, and Lionel Cress and James McClelland shared the service.

Weavers Settlement, NS - Nathan Mullen, age 24, on December 5, 2000. Nathan was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in December 1999, while unsaved. He became deeply troubled, and in January found Christ. Shortly after his conversion, he read the book "Jason, My Child" and found great encouragement in it. He bore a tremendous testimony before family, friends, doctors, and nurses, speaking freely with joy of his salvation and the prospect of going to heaven. The service at the large funeral was shared by Ken Taylor, Fred Bartlett, and James McClelland. Nathanís parents, Fraser and Leola Mullen, would like to express thanks to the Lordís people who supported them in prayer, and would value your continual exercise for them.

Abbotsford, BC - Bruce Fadden of Sumas, WA, age 77, on December 27, 2000. Our beloved brother went home to be with the Lord less than a year after being diagnosed with cancer. Saved at 18 through Herb Harris and Arthur Rae, he was in fellowship in the Parkview Gospel Hall in Abbotsford. Bruce and his wife Josephine have maintained a consistent testimony over the past 60 years and have been a help to many. Archie Stewart, a servant of the Lord, made his home with them in his later years. Fellow believers, strangers, friends, and neighbors have been the beneficiaries of their gracious hospitality. The very large memorial service was a fitting tribute and an acknowledgement of his consistent Christian character in the area where he lived his entire life. His son Brian and his long-time friends, Jim Larson and Dave McGaughey, spoke at the service. He is survived by his wife, Josephine, two sons, five daughters, their spouses, and 15 grandchildren.

Glen Ewen, SK - Joseph Hanna, age 96, on December 14, after a lengthy time of suffering patiently borne. Our dear brother was saved in 1928 and maintained a good testimony throughout his life. He was an highly respected and trusted overseer in the assembly, able to give wise counsel and encouragement for many years, until weakness from ill health forced his absence from the place so dear to his heart. Predeceased by his first wife, Marian, he is missed by his loving wife Frances, three daughters and three sons, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren, for whose salvation he prayed. His daughter Daisy and his son Jim serve the Lord in Zambia. The funeral service was shared by Randy Logue and Don MacFarlane.

Garnavillo, IA - Helen Brandt, age 86, on January 1. Helen spent the last 14 months of her life at Linn Manor in Marion. She was saved in 1935 in meetings Mr. McBain had in Jackson, MI. She and her husband Robert, who predeceased her in 1987, were very hospitable, and their home was always open to the Lordís people. They were most faithful to the assembly. Her funeral service was shared by Grant Hagen, Art Ward, Joel Portman, and four of her relatives. She leaves a son and daughter and their families.

Bleary, Co. Armagh, NI - James Sergeant, age 83, on January 2. He was saved in 1941. As a young man he suffered a serious illness necessitating the use of a wheelchair for the rest of his life. However, his disability did not hinder his attendance at the assembly gatherings, nor diminish his interest in divine things. A wise and godly overseer and the assembly correspondent, he was greatly beloved and respected by those who recognized his spiritual stature and standing. The large gathering at the funeral gave evidence that he is mourned and missed by all, but especially his widow, three daughters, and the family circle, who await the blessed hope.

Erryroe, Co. Monaghan, NI - Mrs. Mary Etta Smyth, age 76, on January 5. Our sister was saved in 1934 and received into the Erryroe assembly in 1971, bearing a consistent testimony until her home call. She will be very much missed in the home, family circle, assembly, and district, where she was held in high esteem. All the family of seven profess salvation, and four are in assembly fellowship. The very large funeral was shared by S. McBride, J. Black, W. J. Nesbitt, and D. Kane. Please pray for the family, and for the salvation of grandchildren.

Keady, Co. Armagh, NI - Alex Graham, age 85, on January 6. Saved for many years, and in fellowship in the Keady assembly from 1972 until his home call, our brother had been in failing health in his last year or two. Alex was a kind brother, highly respected in the district, and he will be greatly missed by his widow and family, and in the assembly. T. W. Wright, T. Flanagan, S. McBride, and J. Rogers shared the service at the large funeral. Please pray for the family, some needing salvation.

Kilmore, Co. Armagh, NI - Thomas McCann, age 90, on January 8, after eleven months home nursing care. Saved in 1933 and received into fellowship soon after, he had an unblemished testimony as a kind, godly, gracious, prayerful man. He truly loved the Lord, the assembly, and the perishing. He and his wife Susan had the joy of seeing their five daughters and two sons saved and in assembly fellowship. His son John serves the Lord in Brazil. Harold Paisley and W.J. Nesbitt shared the funeral.

Victoria Road, ON - George Crarey of Kirkfield, ON, age 82, on January 9. Our brother was saved at the age of 20, and soon knew what it was to "buy the truth" and was received into fellowship at Victoria Road in 1940. In 1954, he moved his family to Richmond Hill, where he fellowshipped in the Lansing assembly in Willowdale, later serving on the oversight. In 1975 he moved to Kirkfield, and fellowshipped in Victoria Road until his home call. Brother Crarey will be remembered for his faithful exercise selling Bibles and books at conferences and overseeing the bound editions of Truth and Tidings. The large funeral service was shared by Ed Miller and Larry Steers. Remember in prayer his widow, Evelina, six daughters, three sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Marion, IA - John H. Portman, age 89, on January 10. Saved as a young man, he learned the truth of the local assembly gathering while a student at Dallas Theological Seminary. He was a missionary on St. Kitts, BWI, for 3 1/2 years, working to see souls saved and an assembly established as well as building a gospel hall and repairing another. He served as an elder in several assemblies, including Arlington, WA, with a teaching ability that had a lasting and preserving effect. His first wife, Eloise, predeceased him in 1979 and he married Mildred Cox of Vancouver, BC, who survives him in Linn Manor in Marion, IA. All six children are saved with believing spouses and many saved grandchildren. The funeral in Marion was taken by his son, Joel Portman, and the burial in Arlington was shared by his sons and a son-in-law.

Livingston, NJ - Shukri (Joseph) Boulos, age 80, on January 10. Our beloved brother was born in Assiut, Egypt. His father died when Shukri was just a boy, but his motherís godly life had a profound impact on him, and he trusted Christ at the age of 16. He was a respected elder in the assembly in Heliopolis, Egypt, before coming to the US in 1970 with his wife, Lily, and son, Tony (Magued). After a short time in the East Boston assembly, he and his wife moved to NJ and have been in fellowship ever since in the Livingston assembly. Shukri was a gracious, godly, Christian gentleman, who will be greatly missed. He and Lily always opened their home to visitors and evangelists visiting the assembly and they were an encouragement to all. His three children are all saved, as are most of his eight grandchildren. The funeral services were taken by Gene Higgins, David Oliver, and one of Shukriís grandsons.

Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Mary Clark, age 86, on January 12. Our beloved sister, passed suddenly into the Lordís presence in her home. Mary was saved early in lifer and continued in happy steadfast fellowship in the assembly to the very end of life. She was a consistent companion and spiritual helper to her late husband, James, who served the Lord in full time service for many years. Her years of teaching Sunday school and entertaining the Lordís people will be remembered and appreciated by all who knew her. Alan Clark, Ernie Sarlo, and Andrew Sarlo spoke faithful words at her funeral.

Grand Rapids, MI - Miss Elizabeth May McCloy, age 100, on January 12. She was saved in 1916 in N. Ireland, and emigrated to Toronto in the 1920ís. She later moved to Windsor, ON, to help her widowed brother, and then to Detroit, where she was in the Stark Rd. assembly for many years. A nurse, her life could be summed up with one word, "others." The funeral was held at Rest Haven Home, where she had lived for the past nine years.

Grand Bend, ON - Velma Gardiner (Gratton), age 88, on January 23. Our beloved sister was saved in 1924 through the late Albert Joyce, and received into fellowship in 1926. She was hospitable and faithful to the assembly. Her husband James went to be with the Lord in 1989, and she moved to a nursing home in 1997 due to failing health. Don Gratton and Arnold Gratton shared the funeral service. She leaves three sons, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Manchester, IA - Katherine Ahrenholz (nee Lubben), age 76, on January 26. Our sister passed peacefully into the Lordís presence following a short illness. She was saved as a girl of nine. She is survived by one sister, and was preceded in death by her husband, three children, and two brothers.

Arlington, WA - Annie Kroeze Webber, age 89, on January 30. Our dear sister was saved at age nine, and was in assembly fellowship for more than 70 years. Her first husband, Gerrit Kroeze, was a respected elder in the Arlington assembly for many years. He drowned in 1976 when the tractor he was driving went into a river. Annie later married Ralph Webber, who preceded her in death in 1993. Annie was a sweet godly sister and will be greatly missed. Her two sons and three daughters and their spouses are all in assembly fellowship, as well as some of her grandchildren. The service at the large funeral was shared by her sons, Bob and Ken Kroeze, Bryan Meyer, and Tom Hoy.