Mr. Chairman, Members of the RFPA and Friends,
Again the Board of the RFPA comes before you with our annual report and once again, by the grace of our Covenant God, we are thankful and rejoice to inform you that we have fulfilled our mandate, which according to your constitution consists in “the express purpose of witnessing to the Reformed Truth” and, “to witness to the truth contained in the Word of God and expressed in the Three Forms of Unity.” We can inform you further, that our subscription list continues slowly, but steadily, to increase. During the past 12 months we had approximately 50 cancellations and 54 new subscribers were added to our mailing list. This indicates that our subscription list is holding, whereas the trend nowadays in the church world is that subscription lists of religious periodicals tend to decrease. At present 1,275 copies each issue are printed; 125 copies of which are retained for Bound Volumes, requests for back issues, and a mailing margin.
Cooperating with the Mission Committee of our churches, we are most happy to report that several contacts were made in various countries of the world. For example, interest in our publications have been received from people in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, England, and South America. It might also be of interest to the members present to learn that our Standard Bearer is sent to many countries. 43 copies of each issue are mailed to foreign countries such as Switzerland, Japan, Hungary, The Netherlands, England, New Zealand and Australia. Our brethren on the Island of Jamaica receive 22 copies and 14 are mailed to Canada. The bulk of our subscribers reside in our own state of Michigan. The distribution in the states is as follows:
572 copies in Michigan
74 copies in Iowa
70 copies in Illinois
55 copies in California
16 copies in New Jersey (a state which has no Prot. Ref. church as yet).
Your Board also was instrumental in the printing and distribution of over 5,000 of the recently printed folder catalog listing all the material published by the RFPA and other organizations of our Prot. Ref. Churches. Several new subscribers were obtained by means of this catalog:
Mr. Gerrit Pipe continues to be our mailing clerk and Mr. Henry Vander Wal, Business Manager.
The Board heartily thanks the Editor-in-Chief and department editors for their dedicated labors in the past year.
Board retirees this year are: G. Bouwkamp, J. Buiter and T. Rietsma.
We are also thankful for the many gifts received from individuals, societies, and congregations enabling us to “sound forth true Reformed testimony,” while it is yet day. We wait upon our covenant God’s blessing in our endeavor, mindful that, “except the Lord. build the house, they labor in vain that build it, except the Lord keep the city the watchmen waketh but in vain.”
G. Bol (Sec’y)
Balance on hand Sept. 1, 1970—$4,735.85
Receipts for the year—$13,506.77
Wobbema Printing Co.—$4,582.75
National Correct Color—$1,078.00
Photo Composition Service—$4,920.00
Holland Bookbinding Co.—$317.55
H. VanderWal — transportation expense—$74.96
G. Pipe — transportation expense—$100.00
Disbursements for the year—$11,793.84
Balance on hand Sept. 1, 1971—$6,448.78
Protestant Reformed Churches
Hudsonville Ladies Aid—$20.00
First Church Ladies Aid—$50.00
Eastern Ladies League—$50.00
South Holland Ladies Aid—$25.00
First Church Men’s Soc.—$30.00
Southwest Men’s Soc.—$25.00
Hope Men’s Soc.—$35.00
—G. Bouwkamp, Treasurer