David Harbach is a teacher at Adams St. Prot. Ref. Christian School, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In March of this year, Rev. den Hartog received a Rev. and Mrs. J. Klamer into his home. Rev. Klamer is a missionary of the Dutch Reformed Church (Liberated) in Holland. What was interesting to Rev. den Hartog was how Rev. Klamer had dealt with some of the same questions we have faced in Singapore, such as the questions of the place of our Confessions in the work of missions and the principles of doing mission work. Rev. Klamer labored in Indonesia for ten years before there were any real converts, due in part to the fact that the people were very backward. This made our missionary realize how very small our hardships are compared to what other missionaries and their families have endured for the Lord’s sake.
The Youth Fellowship of the church in Singapore has had between twenty and thirty members studying the Heidelberg Catechism. Pastor Lau teaches them the catechism while the two pastors and a couple of elders take turns giving the messages for the meetings. Rev. den Hartog made an interesting hospital visit when he visited a Burmese diplomat who has terminal cancer. This opportunity arose because one of the nurses of the church in Singapore witnessed to the man.
Rev. den Hartog received another invitation to speak for a youth group outside of the church. This is the second time this has happened for two different youth groups. In both of these groups there is one leader who is very interested in the Reformed Faith. Both of these brothers have attended the Reformation Day Lectures. They have been reading Reformed books and desire to bring the Reformed Faith into the churches where they are members.
Remember Singapore Camp Day of 1985 in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area? Well, Byron Center Protestant Reformed Church Evangelism Society is sponsoring another camp day with an emphasis this time on evangelism. Rev. Ron Van Overloop has agreed to speak on the importance of personal evangelism, along with another missionary who will speak on mission work as corporate evangelism. If you desire to camp with them, they have reserved a section of Hungry Horse Camp Ground near Dorr, Michigan for August 6-9. If you have a desire to be a part of this camp day then call Ardith Oomkes at 616-698-6697 or Ellen Kamminga at 616-878-1444.