According to an October 29 bulletin from Randolph, the Reformed Witness Hour “Will again be broadcast in this area beginning November 5, at 3:45-4:15 P.M., over WBEV, 1430 AM and 95.3 FM.” The November 5 bulletin was accompanied by a newsletter, the contents of which pertained to that radio broadcast. The part of the letter which dealt with the matter of financing was of more local interest, but I’m certain that the remainder could be repeated with profit in this column. Here it is:
“Today, for the first time in quite a while, we can hear the Reformed Witness Hour. That is good for us as Protestant Reformed people who love the Truth and who want to make use of this opportunity to be edified, instructed, and comforted. It is good also that those outside of our churches have this opportunity to hear the Truth as it is set forth in the Scripture.
“There is much emphasis these days on witnessing, outreach, and evangelism. The sad part is that, by far the majority of it is false witnessing because it does not make known the Christ of the Scripture. It is also our calling as a church to be engaged in missionary work, in church extension, and in personal witnessing. Our calling is to make known the Christ who is the revelation of the God of our salvation. The God who sovereignly realizes His counsel for His own glorification and for the salvation of His people. We must be thankful for the means of the Reformed Witness Hour to assist us in one aspect of our calling to make known the Reformed Truth.”
A newsletter distributed to the members of our South Holland congregation indicates that the Evangelism Committee there is also continuing to make use of the air waves, for the purpose of extending our witness. The letter is some three months old already, but interesting nonetheless. The first paragraph concerns the Sunday afternoon broadcast of one of the church services. According to the committee, the “radio broadcast continues to be a blessing to many. It is our desire to improve upon the airing of our broadcasts so from now on we will be using announcers chosen from our own congregation. A name, too, has been selected for our broadcasts: ‘The Living Word.’ We go forward in the confidence of faith that God will bless it ‘and cause it to prosper in respect to that for which I have sent it’ (Isaiah 55:11)”
The radio broadcast is not the only project of this obviously active committee. Their pamphlets, according to the newsletter, “have had wide distribution.” As evidence of that: “the Good News For the Afflicted booklet is in its second printing.” And, “our supply of the booklet on Pentecostalism is completely gone and a second printing has been ordered. We have received many requests for this booklet from outside our circles.”
Another of the paragraphs in the newsletter puts these efforts in proper perspective. “While the Evangelism Committee was preparing these booklets, it was our prayer that God would use this humble means to strengthen the faith of His children. Let us rejoice in the fact that He is doing that! To know that He is answering our prayers is a source of encouragement to us. Our constant prayer is that God may deem us worthy as a congregation to be used of Him for His name’s sake.”
Rev. and Mrs. Lubbers expected to leave for Jamaica from the Kent County Airport at 7:50 in the morning of January 3. We could, using the following lines from First Church’s bulletin, “express our thanks to them for the fellowship and communion we might enjoy together these past weeks, and we wish them God’s richest blessings as they resume their labors in Jamaica. We commend them to the care of Him of Whom Jesus said: ‘Not even a sparrow falls without the will of your Father Who is in heaven.'”
That same bulletin went on to report that “the Rev. and Mrs. J. Heys expect to join them a week later for a five-month stay to assist Rev. G. Lubbers in the work.” A Holland bulletin also made note of the fact that the Mission Committee and Synod had requested that Rev. Heys return with Rev. Lubbers in order to give assistance in the school. Rev. Heys “would be giving instruction in Scripture interpretation and sermon construction,” as well as, no doubt, serving as guest preacher in various of the churches there. Holland’s consistory granted the request, and their pastor planned to leave for Jamaica from Chicago on January 8.
Rev. Heys requests that any announcements intended for Holland’s bulletin be sent to the Church (290 East 18th St. in Holland), or, if still sent to his home address, be “clearly marked on the OUTSIDE of the envelope that it is a bulletin announcement. “Otherwise,” he adds, significantly, “it might not be read till sometime in JUNE!” In Jamaica, incidentally, Rev. Heys will be staying in a rented house only a couple of blocks from Rev. Lubbers. Rev. and Mrs. Heys have, on a previous occasion, made an extended stay in Jamaica. Not without good reason, then, certainly, he adds his Jamaican address—Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies General Delivery, c/o Rev. Geo. C. Lubbers. Airmail is 17c per half ounce.