Reports, Conferences, Home Calls


Joel Portman, e-mail address:


Sunnyslope, AZ - The assembly received encouragement from the ministry of James Baker, John McDowell, and David Alves. During his short visit, David Alves also worked with John Dennison in the Spanish gospel efforts. More than 200 adults and children were present to hear the gospel at the clothing distribution. God has continued to bless in salvation, and a number have asked for baptism. The Sunnyslope assembly continues in prayer and support for this outreach work and looks forward to the establishment of a Spanish speaking assembly.

Manchester, CT - Peter Orasuk had two nights of helpful ministry in April.

New Lenox, IL - In August the assembly enjoyed two nights of helpful ministry with James Baker. David Alves gave a report regarding the work in Mexico and also a night of ministry.

Springfield, MA - On June 23 Larry Buote was with the assembly for the day after spending some time in the area visiting other assemblies. The assembly was helped by his visit.

Watertown, MA - The saints were encouraged and refreshed by the ministry of James Smith on June 5, Eric Parmenter on the 18th, and Tom Meekin on the 26th.

Worcester, MA - The assembly was cheered and encouraged by the practical and profitable ministry given by Larry Buote on June 18 and 20.

Omaha, NB - The believers here were encouraged by four professing salvation during gospel meetings held through June with Roy Weber and Jim Frazier.

Hatboro, PA - Three weeks of well-attended tent meetings in June with Gene Higgins and David Oliver resulted in blessing in salvation and many new contacts. Pray that there will yet be further fruit.

Hardwick, VT - Over the months of May and June the assembly enjoyed visits from three of the Lord's servants. Ernest Green of France spent a weekend, and William Lavery spent several days, including a weekend when a brother and sister were baptized, bringing joy to the assembly. John Stubbs had three nights of ministry on Nehemiah, using his chart on the 12 Gates of Jerusalem. The assembly was happy to have all of the brethren and enjoyed their ministry.

Ontario, WI - Robert Orr and Jerry Jennings visited the assembly, and Ross Vanstone was with the assembly on Lord's day mornings during the three weeks of tent meetings he and Brandon Doll held in Wausau, Wisconsin. They found encouraging interest in this new area. Ed Miller had a week of well-attended children's meetings in Ontario and three neighboring towns.

Waukesha, WI - Jerry Jennings paid an appreciated visit to the assembly here in June. Prayer is valued for gospel meetings purposed to commence in August, DV.


Kamloops, BC - The annual conference on the Canada Day weekend was encouraging with ministry shared by Bryan Funston, Cap Van de Wetering, John Fitzpatrick, Al Flett, Ross Smythe, and Kevin Flett, who gave an account of the work in El Salvador.

Langley, BC - Bryan Funston began Tent meetings on July 7 with the help of other brethren.

Squamish, BC - For the third consecutive year two brethren have started tent meetings on July 14. Pray for blessing and encouragement for this small assembly.

L'Anse au Loup, LB - The assembly along with English Point appreciated a week of children's meetings held in June by Darris Barney. The combined monthly ministry meeting between L'Anse au Loup, English Point, and Red Bay was encouraging with ministry shared by William Bingham and local brethren.

Tracadie, NB - The June ministry meeting was a time of encouragement with good participation by local brethren.

Burgeo, NF - David Hunt, helped by Bert Joyce and other brethren began a brief tent series on June 20. The response from the town was very low and prayer is requested for wisdom in further gospel activity.

Carbonear, NF - Wallace Buckle plans to spend much of the summer in this area distributing gospel literature and holding open air services.

Corner Brook, NF - The conference in June was profitable for the Lord's people, with eight brethren giving help. The Bible study on Comfort was positive and instructive.

Daniels Harbour, NF - Eric Fowler and Bruce Barkhouse planned to begin gospel meetings on July 14.

Gander, NF - Marvin Derksen gave appreciated visits to the assembly on the weekends of June 16 and 30.

Grand Falls-Windsor, NF - Bert and Bryan Joyce planned to begin a gospel series on July 10.

Sydney Mines, NS - The believers were encouraged by the reception of two young sisters, bringing real joy to the assembly.

Nineveh, NS - During June, the assembly enjoyed visits from Sam McBride, Tom Meekin, and Gerard Roy. Please pray for gospel meetings planned in September, D.V., with brethren Meekin and Orasuk.

Weaver's Settlement, NS - The believers enjoyed a profitable week of ministry from Gerard Roy, and a visit from Sam McBride of Ireland, speaking on Baptism.

Clinton, ON - The saints were encouraged in seeing a young woman obey the Lord in baptism recently. Prayer would be appreciated for her unsaved husband who attended her baptism, and also the children.

Clyde, ON - The saints enjoyed a visit on Lord's Day June 23 by Lorne Mitchell and rejoiced in the baptism of five young believers on June 29. Allan LeBlanc ministered on the meaning of baptism. Pray for gospel tent meetings started August 4 in the city of Cambridge.

London, ON - Sam Maze had an appreciated visit on Lord's Day, June 2. The Christians were encouraged by two teenaged Sunday school girls recently professing faith in the Lord Jesus.

Nipissing Junction, ON - A nice number gathered for the conference in June, and the Lord's help was evident in the ministry, the gospel, and the Bible readings. Many expressed appreciation for the word preached, and it was encouraging to see a nice number of young people present.

Ottawa, ON - Gaius Goff and Gerard Roy plan to have tent meetings, D.V., in the Orleans area, from August 11-31. Please pray that God will bless in salvation.

Strongville, ON - The assembly appreciated ministry from Alex Dryburgh in April on the subject of the Holy Spirit and from Frank Sona and Harold Paisley in May. The assembly continues with the children's outreach in the nearby town of Lisle.

Gaspé Peninsula, QB - (along the Bay of Chaleurs coast). Following contacts made recently, Gerard Roy and Leslie Wells distributed Seed Sower texts in the villages of St. Omer and St. Siméon, which were well received. This seems to be a neglected area with no assemblies.


Cwmbran, Wales - There was good attendance and excellent ministry at the May bank-holiday conference. Ministry shared by Bernard Osborne and Eric Parmenter.

Pencoed, Wales - Joe Baxter faithfully preached the gospel for three weeks in this needy village. Some unsaved attended, and there was good support from other assemblies, which was an encouragement to the very small assembly.

Northern Ireland - In June Stan Wells visited several assemblies. The brethren in Kells were encouraged to see the interest taken by the young believers in the Bible Readings on the N.T. assembly. Another encouragement was in the Ballyclare assembly when a young sister who was saved in the Kells Gospel series obeyed the Lord in baptism.

Russia - Eric Fowler spent five weeks here ministering the word and preaching the gospel, returning home in June.


San Antonio, TX - August 10 and 11 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00. Bible reading on Saturday 10:00 (11 Timothy 4), ministry at 11:00 and 2:00, and gospel at 7:00. Breaking of Bread at 11:00. Corr. Henry T. Plummer, 802 Sewanee St, San Antonio, TX 78210, (210) 333-4363.

Arlington-Shoultes, WA - August 31 to September 2, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:00 in the Gospel Hall, 323 S. Stillaguamish, Arlington. Breakfast eachday at 8:00. Saturday, Bible study 8:45, ministry 10:30 and 2:00, gospel 7:00. Lord's Day, Breaking of Bread, 9:30 in each hall; Bible study 11:15; ministry 2:30; gospel meeting 7:00 in both halls. Monday, Bible study 8:45, questions and answers 10:30; ministry 2:00. Bible lessons and refreshments provided for the children at the Shoultes Gospel Hall 2:30 to 4:00 Saturday and Sunday. For accommodations call Don Kazen, (360) 652-9856, or Phil Kazen, (360) 659-4611.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI and ON - August 31 and September 1, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30. Order of meetings for both days will be 10:00, 1:30, 3:30, and 7:00. Bible readings for both days will deal with The Coming of the Lord. All meetings will be held in the Gospel Hall, Wellington and Spring Streets, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Corr. R. A. Clark, 462 MacDonald Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P613 11-19, (705) 759-0968.

Kansas City, MO - September 1 and 2, with prayer meeting on Saturday at 7:00 P.M. Bible reading Lord's Day at 9:30 on 1 Cor. 13, Breaking of Bread at 11:00, ministry at 2:00 and gospel at 7:00. Monday: 10:00, 2:00 and gospel meeting at 6:00. All meetings will be in the Gospel Hall at 4603 E. Linwood Blvd,. Kansas City, MO 64128. Corr. William Jackson, 1613 Ashland PL, Blue Springs, MO 64015. (816) 228-3591. Gospel Hall (816) 924-6346.

Omaha, NB - September 7 and 8 with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30.All meetings will be held in the hall at 69th and Hartman (402) 571­5983). Saturday, ministry at 10:00. Bible reading on Lord's Day will be Ephesians 1. For further information or accommodations please contact Corr. James Harvey, 3139 N 126th St, Omaha, NE 68164. (402) 498-9005. E-mail,

Hardwick, VT - September 14 and 15, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 153 Cherry St., Hardwick. All other meetings in the Hardwick Elementary School, Main St., Hardwick. Sat. ministry at 10:00 and 2:00, and gospel at 6:30. Lord's Day, Breaking of Bread at 9:30. Advance notice of those coming would be greatly appreciated. Corr. William D. Scott, 438 Dimick Road, East Hardwick, VT 05836-9634. (802) 472-6257. Gospel Hall (802) 472-6110.

Chapman Valley and Parry Sound, ON - September 21 and 22, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30, preceded by supper at 5:30. All meetings in the Chapman Valley Gospel Hall, Highway 124 at Miller Road. Bible readings at 8:45 Saturday (the Old Man and the New Man) and Lord's Day (Colossians 1:15-22). Breaking of Bread at 10:15. Corr. for Chapman Valley: Herb West, 13 Lakeview Dr., Box 870, Sundridge, ON, POA 1ZO, (705) 384-5280. For Parry Sound: Tom Hulcoop, 9 Edward St., Parry Sound, ON, P2A 2W5, (705) 746-5919.

Midland Park, NJ - September 21 and 22, with prayer meeting on Friday at 8:00. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. All meetings in the Gospel Hall, 61 Prospect St., Midland Park. Corr. Edgar Chambers, 303 Huntington Court, Wyckoff, NJ 07481. (201) 652-4862. Gospel Hall (201) 447-0654.

Joseph St. Gospel Hall, Clinton, ON - October 5 and 6, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 143 Joseph St. All other meetings in the Central Huron Secondary School, 165 Princess St. East, Clinton. Saturday ministry at 10:30, Lord's Day, Breaking of Bread atlO:00. Bible readings on Fathering (Parenting) in the Home, Eph. 6:4, and Fathering in the Assembly 1 Cor. 4:15. Corr. Douglas McDonald, P.O. Box 328, Clinton, ON, NOM 1LO. (519) 565-2752. Hall (519) 482-8687.

Mansfield, OH - First annual conference on October 5 and 6, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 820 Mansfield ­Washington Road, (419) 525-3049. All other meetings in the Lexington High School, 103 Clever Lane, Lexington, OH. Saturday, ministry 10:00 and 2:30, gospel 6:30. Sunday, Breaking of Bread 10:00, ministry 2:30, closing with gospel. Corr. John Hoffman, 1385 Angus Dr., Mansfield, OH 44903, (419) 884-1990, For accommodations call Mark Shutt, 638 Weller Avenue, Mansfield, OH 44904. (419) 756-0443,

St. Thomas, ON - October 12 and 13, with prayer meeting on Friday at 7:30 in the Gospel Hall, 1 Sunset Dr. All other meetings in the Parkside Collegiate, 241 Sunset Dr. Saturday meetings 10:30, 2:00, and gospel at 7:30. Breaking of Bread at 10:00. Ministry 2:30, and gospel at 7:30. Corr. Lyle McCandless, 45 Pol Crescent, St. Thomas, ON, N5R 5P9. (519) 637­1602. School (519) 633-0090.

Victoria Drive, Vancouver, BC - October 12-14 in the Burnaby South Secondary School, 5455 Rumble Street, Burnaby. Prayer meeting Friday at 8:00 in the Victoria Drive Gospel Hall, 4659 Victoria Dr. Meetings on Saturday and Monday, Bible Reading 10:00, ministry 2:00, and gospel 7:00. Lord's Day, Breaking of Bread 9:30. (Gospel Hall), ministry 2:30 and Gospel 7:00. Corr: Philip Broadhead, 115-678 Citadel Dr., Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C 6M7. Tel. (604) 468-4979, email:

Blue River, WI - October 12 and 13, with prayer meeting in the Blue River Gospel Hall on Friday at 8:00, with supper served at 6:00. All other meetings will be in the St. John's Gymnasium on Wisconsin Ave., Muscoda. Ministry 10:00 and 2:00; Lord's Day Bible Reading at 9:00 on Psalm 24. Breaking of Bread at 10:30. Corr. James C. Frazier, 15513 Richwood Estates Lane, Blue River, WI 53518. (608) 537-2977. e-mail:

Picton, ON - Saturday, October 26, in the Gospel Hall, McFarland Drive. Ministry at 2:00 and 6:30. For information, (613) 476-2040 and (613) 476­6718, or (613) 476-3026.


Omaha, NB - Milford McCormick, age 76, on April 10 of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Although Milford was saved only a few years prior to his death, his fellowship with believers meeting at the Omaha Gospel Hall will be deeply missed. His life was a powerful testimony to all who knew him, particularly his family. Please pray for his wife and others in his family that they might share in the peace and quiet happiness that Milford knew in Christ.

Westbank, BC - John Abernethy, age 77, on April 26. Our esteemed brother and servant of the Lord was saved at the age of 21 and commended to the work of the Lord in 1960 by Ballyhackamore assembly in Northern Ireland. He spent some time laboring in Alaska with Tommy Thompson. While not very well known on the east coast, he labored for many years in northern British Columbia, making his home for 12 years in Terrace and subsequently in Westbank. He will be greatly missed by the assemblies in western North America for his faithful help in ministry and the gospel. His funeral was shared by his son Colin, son-in-law Reuben Thropay, his brother David, and Ross Smythe. A memorial service was also held in Vancouver where several brethren paid tribute to his life and service. Please pray for his dear wife, Evelyn, their two daughters and two sons and their families

Phoenix, AZ - Mrs. Margaret J. Brown, age 93, on June 2, at Linn Manor, Marion, Iowa. Our beloved sister was saved as a young girl in CT, through the truth of Isaiah 53:6. As Peggy Mulholland, she married James Brown and they were in happy fellowship in the Garfield Street assembly for 59 years, where she was a faithful elder's wife who cared for the Lord's servants and entertained the Lord's people until failing health necessitated their move to Linn Manor in 1988. Her husband pre-deceased her in 1993. Each of their three children and eight grandchildren profess to be saved, and prayer is requested for 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. The funeral service in Phoenix was taken by Grant Hagen of Linn Manor.

Toronto, ON - Vera Young, age 86, on June 4. Our beloved sister was saved early in life in 1935 during tent meetings in Toronto conducted by the late Ben Bradford and John T. Dickson. As an outsider she was convinced that the assembly was the only gathering center, and she was part of the Bracondale assembly since its inception in 1939, and in the Lansing assembly since 1996. She faithfully cared for her husband Robert during his prolonged illness, and will be greatly missed by him. A close friend, Robert White, gave a fitting tribute to her love, kindness, and testimony. Larry Steers conducted the funeral service.

Hampton, IA - Ray Tucker, age 91, on June 5. Our beloved brother was saved in 1938 during gospel meetings by Oliver Smith, and later received into assembly fellowship in Hampton, where he served faithfully for forty years as the correspondent. He was present at all the assembly meetings until recent weeks. His wife, Gail and daughter Beverly keenly miss him. Robert Orr and Joel Portman shared in the funeral service.

Maryland, WA - Verna Gabriel, age 87, on June 22. Our sister was saved, baptized, and received into assembly fellowship in 1989. Being saved later in life, she was eager to learn the scriptures and delighted to be in the fellowship of believers. She was a testimony to her large family, consisting of three sons, three daughters, 37 grandchildren, 90 greatgrandchildren, and 30 great-great-grand-children, most of whom are not saved. Due to poor health she was unable to attend meetings for the past three years. Tom Hoy remembered her kindness and presented the gospel warmly in a well-attended service. Please pray for her family. Marysville, WA - Alice Steen, age 95, on June 25. She was born again and received into the fellowship of the Arlington assembly in 1922. She married Arthur in 1925, and when he became very ill soon after, lovingly cared for him until his death in 1940. With three young children, she courageously purchased land and began a dairy farm. Her life has been one of faithfulness and sacrifice. She has served the Lord as a mother, a teacher, and grandma to young children, and a friend and hostess to many others. In her later years she knitted many blankets, sweaters, and hats for distribution in Africa and El Salvador. The funeral service was shared by Pete Anderson, Phil Kazen, and Craig and Jack Saword.

L'Anse au Loup, LB - Gary Linstead, age 39, on June 26. Our brother assed peacefully into the presence of the Lord, with all his family resent, less than four months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Gary was saved on March 30, 1980 during gospel meetings held by William Bingham and Bert Joyce. He was involved with the Sunday school work and all the children enjoyed him very much. For the past several years he had the responsibility of the annual Sunday school programs. The assembly will greatly miss him. He leaves behind his wife Marina, his two children, Connie and Scott, his parents, three sisters and a brother, some of whom are not saved and need our prayers. William Bingham, Bert Joyce and Jim Jarvis took the very large funeral.

Longport, NJ - Alexander (Sandy) E. MacPherson, age 89, on June 27. Saved in 1943, he developed an interest in the spread of the Gospel, and was faithful in getting children out to Sunday School in his earlier days. In 1947 he came in contact with an assembly in New Orleans and from 1948 to 1978 he and his wife, Edyth were in happy fellowship with the ssembly in Bridgeport, CT. They spent two years in the Brookfield, CT ssembly and nine years in Terryville, CT before moving to Longport in 1990. His wife of 59 years, Edyth, still resides at the home in Ocean View. William Oliver, Todd Cherry and Albert Amadio conducted the graveside service.

Parkersburg, IA - Raymond Behrends, age 75, on June30. Our dear brother departed to be with Christ due to complications of pneumonia. He was saved August 30, 1989, during a series of gospel meetings in Parkersburg being held by Eugene Higgins and David Oliver. A few months later he was received into the Hitesville assembly. His wife Marlys survives him. Russell Nesbitt and Robert Orr shared the funeral services.