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In the April 1, 1978 issue of the Standard Bearer there appeared an article entitled “Singapore.” In this article the Foreign Mission Committee informed you that it had sent two emissaries, Elder Dewey Engelsma and myself, to Singapore to investigate a possible field of labor with a group of young people who call themselves the Gospel Letters And Tracts Department (GLTD). This article, written on the basis of past correspondence with the GLTD, was necessarily brief and incomplete.

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Since this was the first opportunity for me to attend synod as a delegate, I looked forward to this with eager anticipation. It is an opportunity that anyone who loves our churches and the work in them would greatly enjoy. With a great sense of excitement, therefore, and a measure of fear and awe I came to the synod. I make this brief report to you not only that you may know some of the decisions made by our synod but also that you might share in a way in the excitement and joy of these labors. This is the...

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What does our synod do during the week and a half of meetings every day from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.? Although the specific decisions are recorded every year in our published Acts of Synod this is only a very brief account. Many painstaking and careful labors are performed which our Acts of Synod might not indicate. Decisions must be made that often must stand for years to come and must serve for all our churches, and especially must serve for the fulfillment of our mandate as churches to preach the gospel of Christ Jesus to the glory of the...

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Having returned home safely, in the mercy of our covenant God, and by means of planes that two days later were grounded because they were found to be unsafe for use, and having in a former contribution written about Christ’s Church in Christchurch with the promise to write again after visiting the other Orthodox Presbyterian Churches in New Zealand outside of and beyond the one in Christchurch, I will at this time give a further report of our work “down under. ” 

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By the time this article appears in print almost a half a year will have gone by since we had opportunity to visit some of our churches on our furlough. It was a real joy to be back in the U.S.A. for a while and to be able to speak on the Lord’s work here in Singapore. We were much encouraged by the evident interest and excitement about the mission work in Singapore that we found among our people. We trust therefore also that you will be interested in hearing again about the progress of the work.

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It is useless and futile to try to come to some conclusions concerning whether the pulpit or the pew is to blame when decay sets in, in the life of the church. The two go together. The Scriptures tell us, in the letter of our Lord Jesus Christ to the church of Ephesus, that spiritual deterioration begins inevitably with the loss of the church’s first love. There is good reason why the first of the letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor is a letter to Ephesus.

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