Mr. Wigger is a member of the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.

Our Seminary has an internship program in which a student is placed in a congregation for six months to engage in the work of the ministry under the supervision of the consistory and pastor. This provides the senior seminary students practical experience in the work of the ministry. This year the faculty of our seminary has asked the consistories of First PRC in Grand Rapids, MI and the Byron Center, MI PRC to allow Seminarians Andrew Lanning and Clay Spronk to do their internships in their respective congregations beginning July 1. The consistories have enthusiastically approved this request.

 

Minister Calls & Trios

 

The Hudsonville, MI PRC has extended a call to Professor D. Engelsma (Prot. Ref. Seminary) to be their next pastor. The Hudson—ville consistory acknowledges that Prof. Engelsma has obligations to our seminary and is willing to work with him regarding those obligations, should he accept their call.

Rev. A. denHartog (minister-on-loan in Singapore) has accepted the call to serve as the next pastor of Southwest PRC in Grandville, MI.

Rev. A. denHartog’s acceptance of the call to Southwest also, of course, means that he has declined the two other calls extended to him, one from Bethel PRC in Roselle, IL and the other from First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Rev. Doug Kuiper, pastor of the Randolph, WI PRC, has declined the call extended to him to serve as the next pastor of the Doon, Iowa PRC.

That decline resulted in the council of Doon presenting a new trio to their congregation, from which they were to call on February 7. That trio consisted of Rev. A. denHartog, Rev. D. Overway, and Rev. M. VanderWal.

First PRC of Holland, MI was to call a pastor from a trio consisting of Rev. G. Eriks, Rev. S. Key, and Rev. J. Slopsema.

 

Congregation Activities

 

We give thanks to our heavenly

Father with Rev. and Mrs. R. Smit and family, serving in the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, who were blessed with the birth of a son and brother, Seth Richard, born Friday night, January 7, in Lacombe. Due to complications with Seth’s breathing, both mother and child were transferred to Red Deer Hospital the next day, where he received treatment at their Special Care Nursery. Seth came home Tuesday, the 18th of January, and as of this writing was yet receiving a small amount of oxygen continuously until the doctors permit him to be weaned off from it. May the Smits find comfort in knowing that Jehovah holds even the smallest of His children in the palm of His hand.There was a note from the Building Committee of the Lynden, WA PRC in a recent bulletin thanking their membership for their help with painting and cleaning done at Lynden over the past six months. The latest painting project was planned for January 25 and called for the congregation to paint their church narthex. Due to a great turnout for this “paint party,” the work was done in three hours. In the past six months Lynden’s basement, nursery, four bathrooms, and stairwell have all been completed. Plans are now being made to paint the kitchen and council room on a future date. With that kind of success, why not!

 

Mission Activities

 

A delegation of Mr. Warren Boon, on behalf of Doon, Iowa PRC, the calling church, and Mr. Andrew Brummel, on behalf of the Foreign Mission Committee, left for a two-week stay in the Philippines on January 25. They were planning to oversee our denominational mission work, to meet with our missionary, Rev. A. Spriensma and his family, and to visit families of the Berean Church of God (Reformed) in Manila. In the first weekend of their visit they planned also on traveling to Bacolod City to visit with some of the contacts there.

The past couple of months all our church bulletins have seen a request for Reformed books for the Philippines. This request was to continue until the end of January. Since then our bulletins have also seen a thank-you for donated books. Because of a generous outpouring from all the churches, there have been hundreds and hundreds of books given for the Philippines’ library. These books were to be shipped out in February, D.V.

Rev. A. Stewart, missionary pastor to the saints of the Covenant PR Fellowship in Ballymena, NI, spoke January 21 in South Wales at the Rest Convalescent Home in Porthcawl on the subject, “The 1000 Years ofRevelation 20.” The following week, January 28, he spoke on the subject “Problems with Revivals” at the Ballymena Protestant Hall in Ballymena, NI. At that same meeting, Mr. Lindsay Williams gave a short slide presentation on the Welsh Revivals.

 

Young People’s Activities

 

On a recent Sunday, the Young People’s Society of the Doon, Iowa PRC met for their weekly Bible study. In addition to the study of God’s Word, they also considered the important question, “How to React When People Swear.”

 

School Activities

 

On January 27, the PTA of Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI met. Rev. C. Haak led with a timely meditation entitled, “Ready to Learn.”

 

Young Adult Activities

 

Post High Young Adults in and around Grand Rapids, MI were invited to Faith PRC in Jenison, MI Sunday evening, January 30, to hear Rev. W. Bekkering speak and answer questions about our mission work in Ghana.