News From our Churches

Minister Activities

Rev. Daniel Holstege, pastor at First PRC of Holland, MI, had been considering the call to become the second missionary to the Philip pines. His response came on Sunday March 20. In his acceptance of this call Rev. Holstege revealed his strong conviction that God had been preparing him, along with his wife and family, for this work for a long time, and that now God commanded him to go to this field of labor. The acceptance letter read in Doon, IA that day quoted Matthew 10:37-38: “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.” We rejoice with the saints in the Metro Manila area, and with Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn as they await the arrival of the Holsteges on the field. God be praised for making His will known and for sending a man to a field white for harvest! Continue to remember Rev. Holstege and his wife Leah in prayer, as well as the Doon Council, as they make plans to transition to the field in the coming months. We do not forget to pray for the congregation of First PRC of Holland, MI, as God has led their pastor to leave their midst presently. This rending does not come easily. May God be with them and fulfill their needs now and in the future, as we know He will.

Rev. Aud Spriensma, pastor in Byron Center, MI PRC, traveled to the Philippine mission field in late March/early April to assist in the work there. Rev. Spriensma preached in the Berean PRC on March 27, in Maranatha PRC of Valenzuela on April 3, and in Provident Christian Church of Marikina on April 10. The Spriensmas and Kleyns also traveled to Bacolod City and then to Southern Negros Occidental for the monthly teaching among Reformed believers and pastors there. Missionary Activities San Pedro, Laguna is located about 25 miles south of Manila via the South Luzon Expressway. The trip takes one and a half to two hours. Missionary-pastor Daniel Kleyn has for a number of years been in touch with, and visited, a man there named Ray Rodriguez. This man indicated an interest in having the members of the congregation there hear of the Reformed truth as understood and confessed by the PRCA, and also to learn more about our denomination. A conference was held there on March 25 with Rev. Kleyn introducing the PRCA and our mission work, speaking about common vs. particular grace, as well as giving two speeches on double predestination to the 30 in attendance. Sharon Kleyn set up a table for books at the conference and sold about 65. Rev. Kleyn summarized it as “a good day and an encouraging time with these new contacts. They also showed an interest in having us come again sometime.”

Congregation Activities

March 28 was the date. The basement of the Doon, IA PRC was the place. About 35 men of all ages converged for the annual combined Men’s Society meeting of the five Siouxland area churches. Lively discussion was held on I Chronicles 29, surrounding the history of David’s kingship being passed to his son Solomon and the nearing of the building of the temple. Edgerton men introduced the after-recess topic “Are We Too Busy to Redeem the Time?” using a 25-year-old Standard Bearer article as the springboard for the conversation. Refreshments followed and all agreed the evening was a profitable one!

Young Adult Activities

The Midwest Young Adults Retreat, hosted by Calvary Protestant Reformed Church in Hull, IA will take place Monday, August 15, 2016 to Thursday, August 18, 2016, D.V. The retreat will be held at the Ingham Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp in Okoboji, IA which is about an hour and a half drive from Hull. Rev. Joshua Engelsma, pastor at Doon, IA PRC and Rev. Cory Griess, pastor at Calvary PRC of Hull will be the featured speakers. Registration is now open at http://www.midwestyaretreat.com.

The mid-March Young Adult retreat held in Loveland, CO was a great success with over 40 in attendance and a theme entitled “Our Lives of Joy.” Rev. Brian Huizinga spoke on “Our Lives of Joy in Christ: Never Rejected, Always Received,” while Rev. Steven Key’s speech was “My Exceeding Joy—Even in Darkness.” Activities included group devotions and discussions, snowshoeing in the mountains, Bible Trivia competition, singing together, gym nights and bonfires. Those who attended expressed very positive sentiments regarding the conference!

Sister Church Activities

This from the Limerick, Northern Ireland Reformed Fellowship newsletter where Rev. Martyn McGeown labors:

We continue our “Back to Basics” Lecture series in Limerick. The last four lectures were “Why the Cross?,” “The Resurrection,” “What Is Sin?,” and “Our Sin and God’s Justice.” Our next lecture will be “God Is Good” (April 16). The lectures are about 30 minutes long (sometimes I stay within the time limit), and are designed to explain fundamental truths to an unbelieving audience. My last two lectures in Wales were “Spiritual Gifts” (November 19, 2015) and “The Love of the World” (February 2, 2016). The next speech will be on “Christian Wisdom” on May 12, D.V. We are also expecting visitors around the time of the British Reformed Fellowship Conference (July 16-23). Some have already indicated their desire to visit Limerick. We look forward to that and to an excellent conference with friends old and new, and near and far!

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.