A delegation of Rev. William Langerak and Mr. Sid Miedema was appointed by our churches’ Contact Committee to visit our sister church in Northern Ireland, the Covenant PRC in Ballymena, as well as Covenant’s on-going mission work in Limerick for the annual church visitation. The men left Thursday night, January 19, arriving in Dublin Friday morning, January 20. On Sunday Rev. Langerak preached twice in Covenant PRC. During the week Rev. Langerak also had the opportunity to lead an Adult Bible Study, deliver a public lecture on “The Biblical Identity of the Antichrist,” and conduct church visitation with the Council of Covenant. The delegation then traveled about five hours south to Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. The second Sunday Rev. Langerak preached both services in the Limerick Reformed Fellowship and on Monday delivered a public lecture entitled, “Why Does a Good God Allow Suffering?” Rev. Langerak and Mr. Miedema returned home to west Michigan from Dublin on January 31. May the Lord use this visit to strengthen and bless the sister-church relationship we have with the saints in Northern Ireland.
A delegation of Mr. Glenn Kooima (an elder from Calvary PRC in Hull, IA and a member of the Foreign Mission Committee of our churches) and Mr. Perry Van Egdom (an elder from the Doon, IA PRC, the calling church for our denomination’s mission work with the Berean PRC in Manila, the Philippines) visited metro-Manila from January 19 to 31. This annual visit is part of the FMC’s efforts to oversee the labors of the Revs. Daniel Kleyn and Richard Smit, our churches’ missionaries there. As you can imagine, the visit was a busy, event-filled twelve days. On Sunday, January 29, the men had a Lord’s Day they will not soon forget. They attended the First Reformed Church of Bulacan in the morning, and the Berean PRC in the afternoon. The delegation was able to have the unique experience of four worship services in one Lord’s Day. They were also able to witness an adult baptism, followed by the baptism of five of that family’s children. It was a full but most enjoyable day in the Lord and in the fellowship of His saints there. We conclude with the words from our missionaries themselves,
We cannot fully express our appreciation for their visit. We and our families enjoyed having them live with us in our homes, and accompanying us to meet the churches and fellowships we are privileged to work in here. Their visit will no doubt help them in their understanding of our life and work here, but it also helps us in maintaining good contact and communication with our churches. We appreciate the men’s willingness to come here, and also the sacrifice of their families as they did this work on behalf of the churches. Once again, a sincere thanks to them and to the whole denomination for this con-crete evidence of your support.
The Evangelism Society of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI received a thank you from the Holland Rescue Mission for leading the men’s Monday Night Bible Studies in 2011. Plans call for Georgetown to continue doing this into 2012 as well, with their leading the chapel services at the Holland Rescue Mission the third Thursday evening of the even-numbered months of 2012.
In highlights from a recent meeting of the Evangelism Committee of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, we read that, among other matters, they decided to support financially Covenant PRC in Ballymena, NI in publishing a book on the speeches from the 2010 BRF Conference, and they discussed the Standard Beareraudio cassette distribution for the blind.
On Friday evening, January 27, the Evangelism Committee of the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI, along with the Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, hosted a conference at Hudsonville on “The Answer in an Age of Uncertainty.” Rev. Garrett Eriks and Rev. Andrew Lanning addressed the topic with two excellent speeches. Rev. Eriks spoke on “Knowing Truth in an Age of Uncertainty,” and Rev. Lanning followed, speaking on “Finding True Freedom in an Age of Uncertainty”—two speeches that looked at the Emergent Church movement and postmodernism. The conference attracted about 700 people, with another 80 listening to the speeches on line. If you were not able to be present, the speeches are available on line at youtube.com/hudsonvilleprc or through their Facebook page.
The men of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI were able to enjoy another Men’s Breakfast on Saturday morning, January 21, with breakfast being served at 7:30 and discussion beginning at 8:00. This breakfast discussion centered in chapters 7 and 10 (“Ungodliness” and “Unthankfulness”) of the bookRespectable Sins, by Jerry Bridges. All young, old, and men in between were invited to join in a tasty breakfast and what always turns into a lively discussion.
The Building Committee of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, MI recently informed their congregation that on two different dates, January 23 and 28, the congregation would be invited for a walk-through of their old parsonage to see if there was anything of interest to be saved prior to its demolition.
Since our last “News,” Rev. Clayton Spronk, pastor of the Peace PRC in Lansing, ILhas received two calls, the first coming from the Edgerton, MNPRC to serve as their pastor, and the second from the Hope PRC in Walker, MI to become their next undershepherd.
We extend to Rev. Brian and Michelle Huizinga of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA congratulations on the occasion of the birth of their son Quinton James, born on January 20. We could also add a footnote here that God in His good providence blessed Hope with four babies that week, quite an event for any congregation.