Mr. Wigger is an elder in the Protestant Reformed Church of Hudsonville, Michigan.
In his latest newsletter, written just before his furlough to the United States in June, Rev. A. Spriensma, our denomination’s missionary to the Philippines, informs us that the Berean Church of God Reformed in Manila has recently set up a committee to work on translating some of our pamphlets and books into the Tagalog language. Somewhat related to that, Rev. Spriensma also writes that ten of the young people recently recitedMatthew 5:3-16 and were given their own copy of the KJV Bible. These young people memorized and recited this passage not in their native language, but in English, and KJV at that. Rev. Spriensma adds that they did an excellent job, and all ten catechism students have already put their new Bibles to use in the worship services. We could also add that while on furlough in the States, Rev. Spriensma will be preaching and giving a presentation of his work in the Indiana/Chicago area June 13 at Cornerstone PRC; in the Grand Rapids, MI area at Trinity PRC in Hudsonville on June 27; and in the Iowa area at Doon PRC on July 11. Rev. Spriensma hopes to make copies of this power-point presentation available for churches and individuals who cannot make the in-person presentation.
Our churches’ Domestic Mission Committee has decided to continue investigating the possibility of developing our mission labors in Allentown, PA. They plan to do this by making four visits to the area in 2004. Rev. Mahtani, our denomination’s missionary to the eastern United States, and Gary Boverhof, a member of the DMC, made the first visit in February. Gary Boverhof plans to accompany Rev. Mahtani to Allentown again in December, the Lord willing. Rev. Mahtani returned there May 21-23 along with his wife, and will go again in September, in order to encourage the saints there and to keep up the contacts we have in the area.
Rev. R. Cammenga and his wife and their three youngest children, along with several other members of Southwest PRC in Grand Rapids, MI, the calling church for Rev. J. Mahtani and our churches’ work in Pittsburgh, PA, spent the Memorial Day weekend in Pittsburgh. Besides visiting the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium on Saturday, May 30, Rev. Cammenga was able to preach for the Fellowship on Sunday and also give a speech on “Christian Patriotism” at their annual Memorial Day picnic on Monday.
Our churches’ missionary to Northern Ireland made another trip to South Wales on June 4. He reports that there was a good response to the speech he gave entitled, “The Last Days.”
Rev. W. Bekkering, one of our churches’ missionaries to Ghana, West Africa, left his work in Accra the last week in June to join his wife in the States for their annual vacation with their family.
Members of the Covenant of Grace PR Fellowship in Spokane, WA were encouraged to reserve the Wednesdays of June 9, 16, and 23 for a seminar series, “The Holy Worship of God,” which was to be conducted by Missionary Rev. T. Miersma under the topics, “Living Participants in Worship,” “Biblical and Reverent Worship,” and “Preaching, the Heart of Worship.”
Young Adult Activities
Saturday, May 25, there was a Young Adults’ outing at the Yucaipa Community Park for the young adults of Hope PRC in Redlands, CA. Activities included soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball, with plenty of good food to fill the time between periods, innings, sets, or games.
Rev. J. Laning, pastor at Hope PRC in Walker, MI, arranged for a group of his congregation’s young people and young adults to accompany him on a trip to Wingham, Ontario, when he filled a classical appointment there to the Wingham PRC. On Saturday there was a time of fellowship with the young people of Wingham. Rev. Laning preached twice on Sunday and then led a Bible discussion in the evening, before the group returned on Monday.
The young adults in and around the Kalamazoo, MI PRC were invited to join the Young Adult Society of Kalamazoo for a fun day of discussion and games at their church on Saturday, June 5, from 8:30 a.m. until early evening. Rev. W. Bruinsma, pastor at Kalamazoo, spoke on “Holding Fast to the Truth.”
Young People’s Activities
The Young People’s Society of Southwest PRC hosted a softball tournament on Saturday, May 29 at Whistle Stop Park in Byron Center, MI. There were 15 teams entered, and most of our area’s churches were represented. Games began at 8:00 a.m. and concluded roughly 12 hours later, with a concession stand open all day.
Let us continue to pray for our five vacant churches, for those churches with pastors just beginning to serve, and for all our pastors, that God might lead them according to His will unto the good of His people.
Rev. R. Smit, pastor of the Doon, IA PRC, has accepted the call he received to become the next pastor of the Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, AB, Canada. Since Rev. Smit’s acceptance of the call from Immanuel, the council of the Doon, IA PRC presented a trio of the Revs. W. Bruinsma, G. Eriks, and J. Slopsema, from which their congregation was to call on June 16.
Rev. J. Slopsema declined the call from Georgetown PRC to serve as their next pastor.
Rev. M. DeVries accepted the call he received from the Wingham, Ontario PRC to become their next pastor.
First PRC in Edmonton, AB, Canada extended a call to Rev. C. Haak to replace Rev. M. DeVries as their next pastor. With Rev. Haak on trio were the Revs. J. Laning and C. Terpstra.
From a trio of the Revs. G. Eriks, D. Kleyn, and C. Terpstra, the Faith PRC in Jenison, MI extended a call to Rev. C. Terpstra.
On May 30 the Hudsonville, MI PRC extended a call to Rev. J. Slopsema to serve as their next pastor. With Rev. Slopsema on the trio were the Revs. A. Brummel and A. den Hartog.