Mr. Wigger is a member in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
On October 10 Rev. Barry Gritters and Rev. Ken Koole were scheduled to go to Northern Ireland for our churches’ annual visit to that mission field. The purpose of these visits is to investigate the welfare of our missionary and his family and to conduct a “church visitation” with the elders and deacons of the Covenant PRC in NI. Each year a delegation is sent, consisting of one representative from our Hudsonville, MI PRC, the calling church, and another representative from either the Mission Committee or the Contact Committee. Both of these committees are involved in the work. Even though there have been sister-church relations established (Contact Committee), Rev. Hanko is yet our missionary and performing mission work in the British Isles (Domestic Mission Committee).
We can also report that Rev. Gise VanBaren, emeritus minister in our churches, along with his wife, have been in Northern Ireland for awhile to help Rev. Ron Hanko and his wife Nancy while she recovers from recent surgery.
From Rev. Richard Moore, our missionary to Ghana, we learn that work has begun on the septic system and on the storage building necessary for the storage of construction materials. Our missionary hoped to have work permit applications made that week, so that work could actually begin on the footings for the structure of their church building.
The government in Ghana has also licensed the Ghana Mission of our churches to marry couples on their property. Rev. Moore can now perform marriages and record them for the government.
All of this is, of course, encouraging for our missionary. We are sure a permanent church home will be most welcome, since Rev. Moore reports that the last few Sundays well over 100 people have attended the worship services. They are obviously outgrowing the use of the missionary home for worship services.
We recently learned that our Domestic Mission Committee has decided to provide preaching services two Sundays each month for the group of believers in Fayetteville, NC with whom they have been working for some time. So, in addition to our missionary, Rev. Jai Mahtani, making regular visits to Fayetteville, various of our pastors will be preaching there. Rev. James Slopsema, pastor of the First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, was there on October 1 and 8.
Regular readers of the “News” may remember that from time to time we have included evangelism news from the First PRC in Holland, MI and their efforts to provide Spanish literature to the sizable Spanish-speaking segment of Holland and beyond. We are happy to report that these efforts have been very successful — in fact, you could almost say too successful. Demand is far outpacing supply. Requests have come from Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bolivia, and Spain, to name a few. Besides the three pamphlets already printed, there are five more waiting the necessary funds to have them printed. First Church did not ask us to do this, but it is very clear that they could use some help here. Ayuden nos! If there is anyone who would like to make a special contribution to the printing of this literature, you can mail it to First at 3641 104th Ave., Holland, MI 49424.
On September 19 there was a combined meeting of all the Adult Bible Societies in the west Michigan area at the Hudsonville, MI PRC. This meeting brought together for the first time members of Mr. and Mrs. Societies as well as from Men’s and Ladies’ Societies, who up until that night had each had their own League Mass Meeting. Mr. Angus Stewart, a 4th year student in our seminary from Northern Ireland, spoke very practically on the subject, “How to Make Bible Study Profitable for Our Daily Walk.” A collection was taken for the Covenant PRC of NI.
A couple of days later, on September 21, Rev. James Laning, pastor of the Hope PRC in Walker, MI, was the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the RFPA, held this year at the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI. Rev. Laning spoke on the topic, “Studying to Answer Rather Than Studying Destruction.”
Members of the Grace PRC in Standale, MI were recently asked whether they would like to refresh their Bible knowledge, and whether they would like to learn better how to apply the Word to today’s issues. If they were interested, then they were invited to attend a special class taught by their pastor, Rev. Mitchell Dick. Rev. Dick promised to go through the entire Bible in this class over the course of two or three years, with the aim to teach/review the history of the salvation of the people of God from the point of view of the covenant of grace.
The congregation of the Randolph, WI PRC met on October 2 to call a pastor from a trio of the Revs. A. denHartog, M. Dick, and J. Slopsema. Voting resulted in a call being extended to Rev. Dick.