Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
In late September, the council of the Hull, IA PRC placed a trio of pastors before their congregation from which they were to call an undershepherd. This trio consisted of the Revs. W. Bruinsma, K. Koole, and Dale Kuiper. Hull has since extended a call to Rev. Dale Kuiper, presently pastor of the Southeast PRC in Grand Rapids, MI.
Rev. J. Mahtani, our churches’ home missionary to the Eastern U.S., met with the members of the Fayetteville Reformed Fellowship in Fayetteville, North Carolina, October 1-4. Pastor Mahtani was scheduled to hold Bible Studies on the Canons of Dordt on October 1 and preach two times on the Lord’s Day. The theme for those worship services was Reformed Evangelism. Both sermons dealt with the difficulty of giving a good witness, and at the same time they gave biblical encouragements to remain faithful. Sermon titles were “Holding Forth the Word of Life,” based on Philippians 2:16, and “Ready Always to Give an Answer,” I Peter 3:15.
In three newsletters from Rev. R. Moore, our churches’ missionary to Ghana, we find him and his wife busy with preaching and teaching God’s Word, with continued good turnouts at the different meetings. It also appears that the Moores’ request for missionary quota and their residency continues to work its way through the red-tape of government. Since sending their request to the offices of the Ministry of Interior and the Headquarters of Immigration, the Moores have met twice with government officials, the second time with their friend and consultant Rev. Gabriel Anyigba accompanying them.
This was followed in early October with the Assistant Superintendent of Ghana Immigration visiting their home to look at the premises, to enable her to evaluate the Moores’ application. It is our prayer that the Lord will lead this servant of the government, and all others involved, to look favorably upon the Moores’ request.
Revs. D. Kleyn and R. Miersma planned to leave October 5 for another investigatory trip to the Philippines. This trip was on behalf of our churches’ Foreign Mission Committee and was to follow up on contacts our churches have in Manila, Daet, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod.
The consistory of the Hudsonville, MI PRC, along with our churches’ Domestic Mission Committee, are planning their annual visit to the Northern Ireland mission field. Rev. A. Spriensma, from the Mission Committee, and Elder Ben Wigger, from Hudsonville’s consistory, plan to travel to Wales and Northern Ireland from November 3 – 19.
Members of West Michigan Mr. & Mrs. and Adult Bible Societies were invited to their annual Mass Meeting, held this fall at the Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI on September 21. Rev. C. Terpstra, pastor of the First PRC in Holland, MI, spoke to those in attendance on the subject “Cheerful Giving.” A collection was taken for the Covenant ERC of Singapore’s Building Fund.
That same evening, members of the Eastern Men’s and Ladies’ League in West Michigan were invited to our First PRC in Holland to hear Rev. A. Spriensma, pastor of the Grandville, MI PRC, speak on the topic, “The Zeal for Bible Study.”
The Evangelism Committee of the South Holland, IL PRC has entered into a one-year contract with WYCA Radio (92.3 FM) for Sunday afternoon broadcasts of the Reformed Witness Hour program, with radio speaker Rev. C. Haak. So if you live in the Chicago area, we encourage you to listen to, and even promote, this broadcast to your neighbors and acquaintances.
The Church Extension Committee of the Loveland, CO PRC just placed a new pamphlet in their church, written by Rev. R. Smit, entitled “The Evil of Drama” — a subject we would all do well to read up on.
Saturday, September 11, the congregation of the Georgetown PRC in Hudsonville, MI met at Lawrence Park in Zeeland for their annual church picnic. Hardly news, right? But what made this picnic just a little different was that they met together for breakfast.
By decision of their consistory, the elders of the Hope PRC in Redlands, CA led their worship services on September 5. What made this somewhat unusual was the fact that their pastor, Rev. A. denHartog, was in the audience. The reason for this was that their pastor was gone from early Monday morning until early Saturday evening, first conducting church visiting with Rev. C. Haak, and then attending the September meeting of Classis West. This classis proved to be a very difficult and lengthy one, with the last sessionending Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m.
We also noticed that Sunday, September 26, Rev. M. VanderWal, pastor of the Covenant PRC in Wyckoff, NJ, and Rev. J. Mahtani, missionary pastor in Pittsburgh, PA, exchanged pulpits. Something that would have been impossible a year or so ago.