In this article we submit to our people a report of our labors in Florida. Our people know, of course, that the Mission Committee of our Protestant Reformed Churches sent the undersigned to labor for six Sundays in the Bradenton area of Florida. And I am sure that they wish to be informed of our work there.
Since 1977 our domestic mission committee has been made up of members of Classis West in the Hull-Doon-Edgerton area as well as members of Classis East in the Grand Rapids area. This year the membership consists of EAST: Rev. R. Flikkema, Rev. J. Kortering, Rev. R. Miersma, Rev. B. Woudenberg, Mr. G. Feenstra, Mr. J. Kalsbeek, Sr., and Mr. C. Kregel; WEST: Rev. M. Kamps, Rev. J. Smith, Mr. H. Hoekstra, Mr. A. Kooiker, and Mr. E. Van Ginkel.
February, 1985 Greetings in the name of Ebenezer, for Jehovah hath helped us (I Samuel 7:12). In the confidence of Ebenezer do we labor in the cause of the truth and for the establishment of permanent beacons of the brilliant truth of the glory of God and the salvation of sinners.
There is a general sentiment amongst the readers of the Standard Bearer, that they would like to hear something from the Home Missionary concerning his labors during the past four months in the field. At least if I have correctly interpreted a cross-section of such opinion expressed to me during the past few days here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gladly do I relate a few of my experiences as a novice in the field of Missionary endeavors.
The undersigned was going to write concerning his labors in Loveland, Colorado in this issue, but this will have to wait till the next issue of our periodical. At this time the writer of these lines is enjoying a few days of relaxation at home in as far as that is possible at a time when the entire family is busy with the activities of the Young People’s Convention held in Hudsonville, and also in the celebration of our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. Our many thanks to all who have sent us their well-wishes and prayed God’s blessing upon our family...
To properly understand the labors of the undersigned here in Loveland, Colorado, there are a few pertinent facts, which should be kept in mind. First of all the reader should understand the Church Political status of this congregation here at the foot-hills of the Rockies.
Once more the undersigned is back in Loveland, Colorado, where he is laboring, and is ministering unto the spiritual needs of the Protestant Reformed Hope Church of Loveland, Colorado. Yesterday, Sunday, September 18, I might again teach Sunday School, and preach twice in their midst. And it was a real joy to preach the Word in their midst. And it was also received, as it truly is, the Word of God, by this congregation.
(Editors’ Note. By special request, we present this report on the work in Jamaica. The snapshots, courtesy of Mr. Meulenberg, show the three groups of Jamaican brethren present at the meeting described in the article.)
Some time ago we informed our readers that approximately $3,000.00 was deposited in Barcleys Bank in Jamaica, an amount collected by our churches to be used for the poor. Some of this amount was distributed by Rev. Heys and Mr. Feenstra while they worked there last summer. Distribution of the balance however, awaited further decision by the deacons of Hudsonville in consultation with our emissaries.
“…Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; And Mizpah: for he said, The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.” Genesis 31:48, 49