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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. “There is a danger, of course, that we begin to think that our efforts, our program, our machinery, and our funds accomplish the work [of missions]. This is absolutely not the case. The work is the Lord’s, and He alone can and will gather His church. But as surely as we are called to be busy in this work, it is our responsibility to expend our very best efforts in this area of the churches’ calling, in harmony with the means which the Lord has given us. Only then can we...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. To the Domestic Mission Committee is entrusted the task of implementing the decisions of the Synod of the PRC relative to the labors of this denomination in three declared fields (Florida, Jamaica, Northern Ireland), and of exploring opportunities in other “domestic” areas as they are presented to us by the King of the church. In view of the fact that more than half a year has passed since Synod 1990, we should perhaps give a brief report of the activities of this Synodical Committee. In consultation with the Mission Committee the...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Of all the labors of the Domestic Mission Committee during the past year, the work connected with the Northern Ireland field was easily the most time-consuming . . . and in many respects the most satisfying. On reflection, we can say that our relationship with the Covenant Reformed Fellowship had always been good. Those of our pastors who spent several weeks in their fellowship (mostly through classical appointments) would invariably return with glowing reports. “The group is solidly united and zealous for the Reformed Faith.” “It appears that they are busy...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Northern Ireland Reflecting on his first year as missionary in Northern Ireland, Rev. Ronald Hanko noted that “things have gone so well that it is difficult at times to see anything negative.” What was Rev. Hanko talking about? About his work as missionary, surely – for he wrote the above in connection with his observation that the Word had been eagerly received, and that the Lord had opened many doors for him and for the Covenant Reformed Fellowship (CRF). But we think he intended more. In fact, from the monthly reports...

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Mr. Doezema, a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Grandville, Michigan, is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. Ladarba l-bnedmin kollha dinbu f’Adam…. That’s the beginning of Artiklu 1, in a booklet entitled IL-QWIENEN TA’ DORT (traduzzjoni ta’ Paul Mizzi). The only English words in the publication come at the very end of the INTRODUZZJONI: “… Homer Hoeksema, The Voice of Our Fathers, (Reformed Free Publishing Association, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1980).” The language is Maltese. Perhaps you have already guessed the name of the publication. In the introduction the translator, Paul Mizzi, gives credit to Homer Hoeksema’s commentary on...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. The truth of Jesus’ words that laborers are “few,” in the face of a “plenteous” harvest, is driven home to the Mission Committee by nearly every report it receives from ministers who have been released by their consistories for a couple of weeks of service in one of our mission fields. Nearly every attempt on their part to evaluate the state of affairs in those fields, as they perceived it, would end in a common refrain: “The simple fact is, there is a crying need for a full-time missionary in ....

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Mitchell Dick was installed as pastor of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada on July 3, 1992. Unlike most of the other ministers in the PRC, Rev. Dick was not all his life a member of one of the churches in that denomination. Nor, for that matter, was he even always a Reformed Christian. He was born and raised a Methodist, not converted to the Reformed faith till after his graduation from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) in 1981. With his conversion came also a change in his aspirations. Where at one time he thought to work toward a master’s degree...

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Mr. Doezema is a member of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee. The work of the Domestic Mission Committee, like that of most other Synodical Committees, is not highly visible. Not that it cannot be, or should not be. It just isn’t. And that’s too bad. Maybe we should have, in The SB, short quarterly reports from the secretaries of the major committees. Then one wouldn’t have to wait for the agenda for Synod in order to learn about what’s happening in the British Isles, or in Tasmania, or in...

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Mr. Doezema is a member of the First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It has been said that “there is no class of men on whom, under God, the prosperity of religion in our churches is more dependent than those who are invested with the office of the eldership” (McKerrow, inThe Office of Ruling Elder in the Christian Church). And Berghoef and DeKoster have observed in theirElders Handbook that “the health and effectiveness of the church in the world will be in large measure dependent upon the dedication, courage, and perseverance of the eldership. As goes the elder, so...

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Mr. Doezema is secretary of the Domestic Mission Committee and of First Church’s Jamaica Mission Committee. In looking back over the years they spent on the island of Jamaica, the Bruinsmas will undoubtedly be able to recall many good times. Just as surely, they’ll remember times of stress. Ups and downs there were. In fact, Rev. Bruinsma himself has characterized his work in Jamaican missions as an “emotional roller coaster.” Hurricane Gilbert, methinks, would have to be put on the down side. And the kind of stress which belonged to the days which followed must have energized the feeling of...

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