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The worship service held on the northwest side of Chicago on the evening of March 29, 1989, to organize the Bethel Protestant Reformed Church, was a joyful event—a highlight in the church-life of those who participated. In the goodness of God, believers and their children enjoyed the fruit of the organization of a Protestant Reformed church upon the mission-work of the church—the wise, diligent work of Missionary Ronald Van Overloop; the zealous, unstinting labor of the South Holland PRC; and the full cooperation of the denomination in money, in prayers, and in supervision through the Mission Committee.

We rejoice with the saints of Bethel!

As the husbandman of James 5:7 waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, so you waited for the precious fruit of a church that faithfully proclaims the Word of God according to the inspired Scripture as interpreted by the Reformed confessions. God has rewarded your patience and granted your desire.

Now you join your two sisters in Lynwood and South Holland as cities of God, shining with the light of truth and holiness in the spiritual and moral darkness of a great city of man and in the doctrinal and ethical gloom of churches whose candlesticks are being removed from their places.

May you yourselves enjoy fellowship with God and with each other in the light (a “house of God”—a real “bethel”!); and may your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Those who might wish to communicate with the Bethel church can write the clerk, Mr. Alfred Stob, at 1960 Stockton Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018.

As we go to press for this issue, we are saddened by the news of the very serious illness of Prof. H.C. Hoeksema, who has been diagnosed as having cancer throughout his body. He and Mrs. Hoeksema have returned home from Tasmania, cutting short their stay in Burnie, where they had been working on behalf of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. May God mercifully sustain our brother, his wife, and their family by the Spirit of the exalted Christ so that they know that “our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (II Cor. 4:17).

—DJE