Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Joel Portman, 3425 Bel Air Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403. Phone: 319-363-5485; email


Dunkerton, IA - Childrenís meetings in early April with local brethren on lessons from the gospel of Luke were well attended.

Waterloo/Cedar Falls, IA - There was much cause for thanksgiving at the April conference. Almost 500 attended on Saturday, and fourteen of the Lordís servants were present. The ministry was timely, Christ-exalting, practical, and suitable for a number of new converts attending. The week of Bible readings on Genesis 1-3 prior to the conference were also encouraging, with seven of the Lordís servants giving help.

Parkersburg, IA - Peter Ramsay and Albert Hull ended four weeks of well-attended gospel meetings on March 24, with blessing in salvation. The Hitesville and Stout assemblies joined in the effort, which was much appreciated.

Stout, IA - The April conference was very enjoyable, with a good number attending and much help given by thirteen of the Lordís servants.

New Lennox, IL - The assembly appreciated the timely ministry of Peter Ramsay and Albert Hull on March 29.

Baldwin, KS - The Coal Creek assembly appreciated a visit from Robert Orr for the Sunday School picnic on May 5, and three nights of ministry on Romans 6-8. The small company was encouraged with the number attending. Please continue to pray for Godís work in this needy area.

Methuen, MA - The believers enjoyed helpful ministry from Ken Taylor in March, and Peter Orasukís visit on Lordís Day April 7, with encouraging ministry and help in the gospel. Peter also had profitable topical Bible readings the first week in May.

Saugus, MA - Peter Orasuk visited for a night of helpful ministry on May 2, and the assembly appreciated Eugene Higgins help in the gospel on May 5.

West Springfield, MA - Peter Orasuk visited for a night of ministry on April 12. The meeting was extremely well attended and his ministry was a help to the assembly.

Worcester, MA - The assembly was encouraged by Peter Orasukís visit on April 11, with practical and profitable ministry.

Saginaw, MI - William Lavery and Matthew Smith had gospel meetings the last two weeks of April. The believers were taught and encouraged by Norman Crawford and William Metcalf at the monthly ministry meeting on May 5.

Barrington, NJ - Jim Allen visited on April 16 with ministry that was greatly appreciated.

Livingston, NJ - The May conference was a cheer to the assembly, with a nice number attending and helpful ministry.

Pennsauken, NJ - On April 7, six young believers were baptized, giving the assembly great joy. Gene Higgins was there for the occasion.

Akron, OH - In April, the believers appreciated visits from Stuart Thompson, Bill Lavery, and Larry Buote, who also visited Clyde and Mansfield.

Cleveland, OH - During April, Larry Perkins was with the assembly for a gospel meeting, when a number of visitors attended, and the believers were encouraged.

Bryn Mawr, PA - The assembly greatly appreciated Jim Allenís rich ministry during his visit on April 17 and 18.

Hatboro, PA - Walter Gustaf son and Frank Tornaquindici were with the assembly for the monthly ministry meeting on April 21.

Ontario, WI - The assembly appreciated brief visits early this year from Jesse Fitch, Robert Boyle, Fred Krauss, and Jim Beattie. A young woman was received into fellowship in February, and a man in March, bringing joy to the believers.

Waukesha, WI - William Skates paid an appreciated visit at the end of April, speaking profitably for three nights on the life of Jacob.


Vancouver, BC - Gospel meetings started in West Woodland on April 12 with Robert Surgenor and John Fitzpatrick. The attendance of strangers was an encouragement. The April monthly ministry meeting in South Main was shared by Neal Thompson of Venezuela, Larry Steers, and Hans Bouwman. Larry had two weeks of ministry in April in Fairview, using a chart on the Seven Churches of Asia. The meetings were prophetic, practical, and encouraging. In Victoria Drive in April, Hans Bouwman had a few nights on prophetic subjects and future events, also with the help of a chart.

Lance Au Loup, LB - Bill Bingham and Bert Joyce were with the assembly for the weekend of April 28.

Grand Falls-Windsor, NF - A small rental unit in a mini-mall has been acquired for gospel use, with gospel meetings being conducted on Lordís Day. The assembly plans to start a weeknight gospel meeting there soon.

Seal Cove, NF - David Hunt and George Whey began gospel meetings on May 1.

St. Johns, NF - Marvin Derksen and David Hunt ended two weeks of gospel meetings on April 28. The Lord was good to give liberty in the preaching.

Weavers Settlement, NS - Fred Bartlett and James McClelland finished five weeks of gospel meetings in April, with blessing in salvation. James McClelland plans to have ministry meetings, D.V., to help and encourage the young in Christ.

Clinton, ON - Gordon Williams paid a first visit to the assembly in April, with a night of helpful practical ministry. Later in April Jim Hanna from Portage la Prairie visited, also for the first time, with encouraging ministry and a report of the Lordís work in Zambia.

Lake Shore, ON - The assembly appreciated Albert Hullís short visit on April 3.

London, ON - Jim Smith and Stephen Vance closed five weeks of gospel meetings on May 5. Attendance was excellent and the Lord richly blessed in salvation among the teenagers, as well as a young man from Iraq.

Newbury, ON - Jack Nesbitt and Ken Taylor concluded four weeks of encouraging gospel meetings, with some unsaved attending regularly throughout.

Sarnia, ON - Albert Hull had profitable and appreciated visits on April 2, 4, and 7. It was a cheer to see many at the gospel meeting, some for the first time.

Springfield, PEI - A week of ministry meetings from April 20 - 25 with Albert Hull was an encouragement. The Rosebank assembly supported the meetings in the joint effort.


Dunfermline, Scotland - In April John Stubbs had an enjoyable series of meetings on Christ in Johnís Gospel in the Hospital Hill assembly, with encouraging attendance. He visited the Helions Bumpstead assembly in Suffolk, England, continuing the same theme, again with good interest, and went on to Rathmines, Dublin, for a week of ministry.

Northern Ireland - Willie Fenton and Stan Wells began a gospel series on April 7 in Glengormley, north of Belfast. The attendance has been most encouraging.


Kamloops, BC - June 29 and 30, with prayer and ministry on Friday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 849 Wawn Road, Kamloops. Breaking of Bread, 9:30. Bible reading, Ephesians 6. Corr. Phil G. Atkinson, 1615 Griffin Terrace, Kamloops, BC, V2B 7R7. Phone (250) 376-1228. Hall (250) 579-8799.

Pugwash Junction, NS - June 29 and 30, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Bible readings each morning at 8:45. Saturday: Sanctification, Positional and Practical; and Sunday, the Risen Christ Glorified. Breaking of Bread 10:00. Corr. Harold Elliot, R.R. #1, Wallace, NS, BOK 1Y0. (902) 257-2206. For advance accommodations, phone Brent Cottrill, (902) 243-3122. Gospel Hall (902) 243-2205.

Sioux City, IA - July 21, one-day conference with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:30. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 120 5. Leonard St., Sioux City. Breaking of Bread 9:45, Bible reading 11:15 (Ephesians 4:1-17). Childrenís meeting 1:30; ministry 2:30; testimony 6:15; gospel 6:45. Corr. Sam Hayes, 1520 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51103, (712) 255-6843. Hall (712) 255-4962.

Waukesha, WI - July 27 and 28 at Genesee Depot Lions Club Hall, Hwy. 83, 1 mile west of Hwy. 59. Bible reading 10:00 (I Timothy 1), ministry 2:00, gospel 6:30. Lordís Day: Breaking of Bread 9:30. Corr. Cory Peppler, 121 Rivera Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189, (262) 549-2386, email:


Westbank, BC - John Milton Gorman, age 84, on February 28. Our dear brother passed peacefully into the Lordís presence with all his family present, after suffering a massive stroke while on holiday in Arizona. Of primary importance throughout Johnís life was his strong faith in his Lord, and he regularly attended the assembly meetings in the Highway Gospel Hall in Westbank. He is survived by his loving wife Edith, five children and their families, and his brother and sister-in-law, Ross and Eunice Gorman.

Port Bickerton, NS - Vaughan and Eileen Boutilier, age 65 and 69 respectively, on March 22, in an automobile accident. Both Eileen and Vaughan lived for Godís glory, shared a good gospel exercise, and were appreciated among the Maritime assemblies. Eileen taught Sunday School until her home call, and Vaughan often shared in the gospel locally and in recent years helped David Swan in work on the Magdalen Islands. They were highly respected in the community as well as in the assemblies, and most of the Maritime assemblies were represented at their large funeral, held in a local school. David Swan, James McClelland, and Carl Payne shared in the funeral services, where more than 600 people listened reverently to the gospel. Pray for two sons, two daughters, and their families, some of whom are not saved; also pray for the small assembly of six members, mostly elderly, who mourn their great loss.

Port Bickerton, NS - Pauline Hiltz, on March 22, as a result of a car accident. She was saved in 1955, and shortly thereafter was baptized and received into assembly fellowship, where she continued steadfastly until called home. She had a happy spirit and "Adorned the doctrine of God with the ornament of a meek and a quiet spirit". Her husband predeceased her in 1998. Prayer is requested for a son and daughter and their families, some of whom are not saved.

Ballyclare, N. Ireland - Samuel Kennedy Sr., age 93, on March 30 passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord. Saved as a boy of 13, he and his late wife were received into fellowship at the Ballyclare assembly 65 years ago, and remained steadfast until the end. Our brother was a farmer of quiet disposition, a highly respected overseer and faithful Sunday School teacher at Bruslee, an outreach work from the assembly, for many years. The Kennedyís home was open to many of the Lordís servants and to His people whom they loved. They had the joy of seeing their five sons and one daughter saved and in fellowship, as well as many of the grandchildren. Our brother will be greatly missed, being very faithful in attending all the meetings. The very large funeral was a token of the respect he held and gave opportunity for many unsaved to hear the gospel. George McKinley, Daniel Ussher, T. McNeill, S. Logan, and E. Greer shared in the services. Prayer is valued for the family, especially a number of unsaved grandchildren.

Volga, IA - Lillian Duff, age 84, on March 31. Our dear sister was saved in 1949, and in fellowship in the West Union Assembly for a number of years. For the past five years she was a resident in a care center. She is survived by her husband Jim, one daughter, and six sons, some of whom are in assembly fellowship. Her son Bob and Robert Orr shared in the funeral services.

Lanse au Loupe, LB - Leonard Barney, age 51, on April 1. Our brother was saved in gospel meetings held by Bert Joyce and William Bingham. He leaves behind to treasure his memory his loving wife Greta, one son two daughters, and three grandchildren, some of which are in need of prayer for salvation. The very large funeral was shared by Bert Joyce, Eric Fowler, and Francis Barney.

Belfast, N. Ireland - Mrs. Sarah (Sally) Hawthorne, age 86, on April 2. Saved as a girl of 14, she was received into fellowship in Ballyhackamore, Belfast, but for most of her life was in Bloomfield, where she was a foundation member. Sally was a true help to her late husband John in his work as an evangelist. Her father, W. McCracken, was also an evangelist in N. Ireland, and her two brothers, Robert and John both served in the gospel in Nova Scotia. Our sister was given to hospitality and had the joy of seeing her family of three saved and proving a help in the assembly. The service at her large funeral was shared by W. Mayhew, S. Ferguson, and local brethren.

Cedar Falls, IA - Bennie Wildebour, age 79, on April 5. Our beloved brother was saved in 1956 and shortly after received into fellowship in the Western Avenue Assembly in Waterloo. In 1963 when the Cedar Falls assembly was formed they took their place among the believers there, remaining in happy fellowship all these years. Our brother was afflicted with health problems for over ten years but took it patiently. His wife Daisy survives him, as well as a son, three daughters, their families, and many other relatives. The funeral was taken by Robert Orr.

Terryville, CT - Angela Cappiello, age 93, on April 12 . Angie was saved at 14, and in happy fellowship in the Terryville assembly. Her husband Joseph pre-deceased her in 1997. She is survived by a son and daughter and their families, and her brother, Anthony Orsini of Deland, FL. The funeral service was shared by Matthew Brescia, Frank Tornaquindici, and her grandson-in-law, David Cetola.

Stout, IA - Rudy Wessels, age 81, on April 15, passed into the Lordís presence peacefully following a severe stroke. Our brother was saved in 1974 during gospel meetings with Gaius Goff and Albert Hull. He was received into the assembly fellowship at Stout a few months later and continued faithfully these many years. He is survived by his wife Gertrude, a daughter and son and their families. Russell Nesbitt and Robert Orr shared in his funeral service.