Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
In early November the Young People’s Society of the First PRC in Holland, MI met for one of their special monthly meetings. Mr. Paul Goh, a student in our seminary from our sister churches in Singapore, and his wife Suet Yin, gave a slide presentation of the churches there. Some of our readers may also know that First in Holland is this year’s host church for our denomination’s annual Young People’s Convention. Since August 13-17 is now only eight months away, you can imagine that First is very busy with the planning stage of this year’s convention. Three speakers have been chosen and have agreed to speak. They are Rev. W. Bekkering (Pella, IA), Rev. G. Eriks (Loveland, CO), and Rev. R. Van Overloop (Georgetown PRC Hudsonville, MI). A theme in harmony with First’s lake shore location has also been adopted, “Christ Our Guiding Light on the Sea of Life.” The theme passage and song are Psalm 27:1 and Psalter #71. We should also add that this year’s convention will be held at Lake Ann Baptist Camp near Traverse City, MI. Now I have never been to that camp, but my wife and I have spent a couple of weeks of vacation on Lake Ann, and let me assure you that the scenery in that part of northern Michigan is reason enough to make plans to attend.
Our Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI and our denomination’s Domestic Mission Committee have approved another six months of supply for the saints in Fayetteville, NC. Rev. J. Mahtani, our missionary to the Eastern United States, laboring in Pittsburgh, PA, will return there to preach three out of those six months. Various ministers from the Grand Rapids, MI area will be going there to preach the other three months for two Lord’s Days each month. Let us remember to pray for God’s saints there, as well as our other mission fields, but especially as it appears that this particular mission field is beginning to prosper.
This past Thanksgiving Day the members of our mission in Pittsburgh, PA were encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to join them in a time of thanksgiving and worship. After the service all were invited to proceed to the home of our missionary, Rev. J. Mahtani, his wife Esther, and their family, for a Thanksgiving meal, followed by a fun time of games and fellowship, including a table tennis tournament to try and beat our missionary. Sunday morning, December 3, Rev. R. Moore, our churches’ missionary to Ghana, was privileged to be part of what I believe was his first wedding since arriving there as missionary. We, along with the saints there in Ghana, rejoice that God has led this couple to see the blessings of the covenant and that they desire to be married in the Lord.
The Evangelism Committee of
the First PRC in Holland, MI continues to see positive fruit on their on-going Spanish ministry. A recent issue of their monthly newsletter, “The Tulip,” included a translation of two e-mails they received from a man in Spain who has an interest in our churches and doctrine. First will soon be forwarding these to our Domestic Mission Committee for their consideration. One e-mail said in part, “Spain is not a 3rd world country, but there are few believers…. We live in the south of Spain and there exists much idolatry. They come out with multitudes of idols to the streets and the people adorn them. We are a small group of believers who are beginning to start work and meetings. Almost all of us have been believers for a year and we need the help of the church.”
The Evangelism Committee of the Hudsonville, MI PRC has been busy this past year duplicating the entire series of sermons their pastor, Rev. B. Gritters, preached on the end times at the end of 1999. A donation was given to make this set available for every household in their congregation. There was a total of 18 sermons preached, and it was the committee’s hope and prayer that the Hudsonville congregation would use the tapes for themselves or pass them on to neighbors who may be interested in the biblical teaching of the Lord Jesus’ second coming.
While Rev. R. Miersma was filling a recent classical appointment at the Randolph, WI PRC, he was also able to lead a combined Men’s and Ladies’ Society meeting. The topic for discussion that night was “Activities Within the Church.” On November 26 the Choral Society for the Peace PRC in Lansing, IL presented a combined program and Singspiration centered in the theme of Thanksgiving. The Choir of the Hudsonville, MI PRC presented a concert of songs centered in Thanksgiving and the birth of Jesus Christ for their congregation on December 3.