Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor at First PRC of Holland, MI, spent time in the Philippines assisting Rev. D. Kleyn with the work there in January. From there he also traveled to Singapore for a short week, filling the pulpit on January 31 while Rev. Andrew Lanning was gone to Kolkata, India.
Rev. Cory Griess, pastor at Calvary PRC in Hull, IA, and Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor at Edgerton, MN PRC, gave a presentation about their recent trip to India in Calvary PRC on January 31. All who were interested from the Siouxland area churches were invited to attend. A large crowd enjoyed the presentation—and Rev. Kuiper’s Indian attire.
Rev. Jonathan Mahtani, pastor at Cornerstone PRC of IN, declined the call to be the second missionary to the Philippines on January 31. In the letter read in the calling church at Doon, IA, Rev. Mahtani expressed an extreme struggle with regard to this call. In the subsequent congregational prayer, those in Doon acknowledged God as Supreme, who makes no mistakes. Some disappointment is natural, but we must take heed that the disappointment not become sin against God, who knows best. Our prayers continue to be with Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn as they labor diligently in the metro Manila area.
Doon then announced a new trio from which to call a second missionary. The trio consists of Rev. Cory Griess (Calvary PRC, Hull, IA), Rev. Daniel Holstege (First PRC, Holland, MI), and Rev. Brian Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA). The men of the Doon, IA congregation called from this trio on February 29.
The annual delegation to the Philippine mission field, consisting of members of the calling church Council and Foreign Mission Committee, made that trip from February 11-24, 2016. Lee Hoekstra, member of Doon’s Council, and his wife Joann accompanied Rev. Joshua Engelsma to encourage our missionary, Rev. Daniel Kleyn and his wife Sharon, along with the saints in the various churches. The delegation also evaluated the field of labors, with plans to report back to the Doon Council, FMC, and to Synod 2016.
The Classis of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines met on February 25 in the Maranatha PRC of Valenzuela, chaired by Rev. Vernon Ibe of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church.
When Rev. John Flores, pastor in the Protestant Reformed Church in Bulacan, Philippines, flew to the island of Leyte with elder Reden Zuniega from January 29-February 1 to visit the saints in the Protestant Reformed Fellowship of Albuera, he had the opportunity to preach there. Interestingly, through live-streaming he also led the second service in his own congregation on the main Philippine island. The first service in the PRCB that day was led by an elder.
The Pittsburgh Protestant Reformed Mission recently received visitors from Georgetown PRC as well as from Providence PRC and Grandville PRC. We are glad that these visitors from Michigan could explore the Pittsburgh area and mingle with the saints there. This type of activity is definitely uplifting to the group in Pittsburgh—they would welcome your visit!
The next meeting of Classis West is scheduled for March 2 in Crete, IL PRC. Classis East will meet next on May 11 at Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI, D.V.
Young People’s Activities
The 2016 PRC Young People’s Convention will be held August 8-12 at Lake Williamson Christian Conference Center in Carlinville, IL. The theme of this convention, hosted by Grace and Wingham PRCs, is “Contentment in an Age of Entitlement,” based on. Scheduled speakers are the Revs. Ryan Barnhill, Rodney Kleyn, and Ronald Van Overloop, with many exciting activities being planned. We hope to see a large crowd of our young people in attendance! Also, chaperones are needed.
The Young People’s Society of the PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada invited those from their own congregation as well as those from neighboring First PRC of Edmonton to a Black Tie Dinner in the Central Alberta Christian High School on February 12. It sounds like an evening of fun and fellowship was enjoyed by all in attendance!
The young people and adults from First Edmonton PRC often play volleyball at Westminster Junior High School, something that occurred twice in February.
The Athletic Boosters of Covenant Christian High School of Grand Rapids, MI held a “Special Needs Night” in February between basketball games. The plan was to “Gold Out” the gym, with special t-shirts sold for the occasion. Proceeds of the shirt sales were donated to the cause of Protestant Reformed Special Education. Special games and activities were planned throughout the evening.
The PTA of the Genesis PR School in Lacombe, AB, Canada invited everyone over 16 years of age to a night of bowling at the Ambassador Lanes there.
2016 is a presidential election year in the United States of America. Members of the three Iowa PRCs had the opportunity to begin this process by attending Iowa’s first-in-the-nation presidential caucus events on February 1. May our all-wise God guide and control these proceedings to the honor of His name.
At a recent congregational meeting the members at Providence PRC in Hudsonville, MI approved the purchase of two new furnaces for the church.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.