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Covenant PRC, N.Ireland Newsletter - February 2017

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Covenant Protestant Reformed Church
Ballymena, NI

16 February, 2017

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

Church Visitors

CC visitors CPRC 2017Rev. and Sue VanOverloop (Grace PRC) and Sid and Lisa Miedema (Byron Center PRC) stayed with us at the CPRC manse from Friday 12-Saturday 21 January. It is especially enjoyable when our annual church visitors come with their wives!

As well as preaching at both Lord’s Day services, Pastor VanOverloop led a Tuesday morning Bible study on “Paul’s Prayers for the Ephesians” and gave a Wednesday night lecture on “Content With Who I Am in Christ.” The Ballymena Guardian and the Belfast News Letter carried articles promoting this speech. The congregation and visitors appreciated Rev. VanOverloop’s ministry.

Building the wall in Nehemiah 3 was the theme of this year’s official church visitation with the CPRC Council (Monday, 16 January). What a great example to the church of all ages: In Nehemiah’s day, everyone joined in the work despite the opposition of the ungodly!

Our congregational dinner in the Ross Park Hotel was a good night of fellowship (Friday, 20 January). Our thanks to William Graham for his fine work as the after-dinner quizmaster. Besides our four church visitors, most of the congregation, and a good number of friends, our nephew Travis Hanko (Grace PRC) was also present at the dinner, having flown to Northern Ireland for a couple of days during a university course in the Netherlands.

Alicia Prins and Dana VanDyke (Trinity PRC) were in Northern Ireland in late December, staying with David and Kirstin Crossett. Our thanks to them and the church visitors for bringing over a good number of books for our church.

Rev. McGeown’s New Book

The CPRC Bookstore has been getting out a lot of RFPA literature of late, including Prof. Hanko’s excellent book, Corrupting the Word of God: The History of the Well-Meant Offer.

McGeown Called Watch 2016Our current bestseller is Rev. McGeown’s Called to Watch for Christ’s Return ( calledtowatch.html). Apart from our BRF Conference books, which we sell at a very low cost, no other book has sold so many copies in such a relatively short period.

Our biggest difficulty lies in keeping up a stock of them through couriers travelling from Grand Rapids to the CPRC or the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF). For the present, I am holding off sending articles on Called to Watch for Christ’s Return to the Ballymena press because we are running low.

Three weeks ago, I e-mailed a piece to newspapers in the Cookstown area of Northern Ireland, where Pastor McGeown was brought up and where most of his family live. The Mid-Ulster Mail put it on their website and linked to it from their Facebook account. They also published it in full and prominently in their weekly printed version, along with two photos of the author and his book (2 February). This garnered more sales than any such article we have had published in any (secular) newspaper before. Hopefully, some of the new people reading this superb book on Matthew 24-25 and the end times will develop a spiritual taste for the truth of the biblical and Reformed faith, and will want other materials from the CPRC Bookstore in the future.


The ministry of the blessed Word continues in the CPRC in various forms. On Tuesday mornings, we have been tracing the Old Testament’s teaching on holy wars from the Pentateuch through the historical books, especially Joshua and Judges.

We recently concluded six Wednesday night classes on “The Government of and Offices in the Church” (Belgic Confession 30). We refuted Charismaticism, Episcopalianism, and Anabaptism by insisting on only and all the three permanent, ordinary, and biblical church offices: pastors, elders, and deacons. On this scriptural basis, we then considered church office-bearers in connection with the Spirit of Christ, good order, and broader assemblies ( confessionclass.htm). It was good to have with us in the class two visitors from the Republic of Ireland, one from Co. Wexford and one from Co. Limerick, Colm Ring of the LRF.

Last Sunday's services included the 31st sermon on “The Life of Jacob,” the longest series I have preached ( audio/OTseries.htm). Stephen Murray has already produced two of the three box sets on Jacob (CD or DVD), covering sermons 1-12 entitled “Jacob’s Birth, Blessing, and Young Family” (Gen. 25-31) and sermons 13-22 on “Jacob’s Enemies: Laban, Esau, and the Canaanites” (Gen. 31-35).

Jacob sermons CPRC 2017

The last two months have been very quiet on the translation front, with just 10 added to our website: 5 Spanish, 2 Hungarian, 2 Indonesian, and 1 Portuguese ( However, we have also received our first ever subtitled video. Tibor Bognár, who was at the 2016 British Reformed Fellowship (BRF) Conference, added Hungarian subtitles to a YouTube video of my sermon on “The Sovereignty of God (I).” This video is atop our special Hungarian page, which contains some 185 translations ( languages/hungarian.htm).

With 2017 being the 500th anniversary of the great Protestant Reformation, the CPRC is delighted that Prof. Engelsma has agreed to come to Northern Ireland to give some speeches in October and early November, and to preach on three Lord’s Days. We are holding a mini-conference on Saturday, 21 October, DV, the week before the PR Seminary conference in Grand Rapids. This also means that I am released to preach for the LRF on Sundays 29 October and 5 November, when Rev. McGeown is to be in the US to speak at Reformation conferences in Michigan and Colorado, respectively.

May the Lord be with all His believing children, the children of the Reformation,
Rev. & Mary Stewart


India Outreach Newsletter - February 2017

India Outreach e~Newsletter
February 2017
Dear friends,
We have been very blessed to say we have had a very active past few months with our growing relationship with the Protestant Reformed Church in Vellore and the Grace Foster Home.  
Liz Van Drunen and Emily Moelker have completed their 3 month stay with the Grace Foster Home and have continued on their 6 month trip and are now in Singapore.  Joel and Ellen Bruinooge have returned safely, along with the delegation from the Foreign Mission Committee.  Prof. Gritters and his wife Lori, along with Deane and Donna Wassink have also returned safely from their stay in India.
All those returning have reported the enthusiasm for the truth of the Gospel they have encountered.  Deane stated what a blessing it was to worship with the Tamil congregation for the "Old Years" and "New Years" service where Prof. Gritters preached from 10 PM at night to 3 AM in the morning.  One interesting happening from that evening, as Deane recalls, "We worshipped on a rooftop in this Hindu village. Prof. Gritters brought the message. Prof. and I agreed, it appeared that a spiritual warfare was going on. Hindu chanting was blaring over the speakers so loud it was hard to hear him preach. In the middle of the message when our frustration was hitting a peak. God caused the power to all go off. The only words that were heard were the Gospel. We read our Bibles and notes with flashlights. Even when it returned, the power of the word of darkness was much weaker."
As of this time Brad Kamminga and Joshua Vanderwall are both with Pastor Paulraj and the Grace Foster Home.  We ask that you pray for them during their time there that they may be safe and be a blessing on the work there.
Below is a report from Ellen Bruinooge on her and Joel's time in India.
Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen 
India Visit Report                        By Ellen Bruinooge

I never know exactly what to say or how to start these mission trip reports. It is impossible to put into writing all the emotions, experiences, events that took place over this two week period. I have started this article a few times, only to be distracted by my own emotions and going back to pictures of what I was writing about. Even pictures do not do it justice as it is too hard to capture the pure joy on the faces of both children and adults connected to Vellore Protestant Reformed Church, the laughter of children, the evidence of love between the children, the evidence of God's love to them. There is love and joy in spite of many obstacles that we cannot begin to imagine here in the States. We heard way too many stories of people - often young people - ostracized by family and community because of their profession of faith. There are children at Grace Foster Home unable to make this public formal profession at church because a relative/guardian does not allow it. 13, 14, 15 year olds passionately talk about making this profession of faith when they turn 18 and become adults.....knowing they will lose any remaining family contact. Heart wrenching......and amazing Grace!
We (Joel and Ellen Bruinooge) traveled with representatives of the Foreign Mission Committee, Rev Doug Kuiper and Ike Uittenbogaard, and Ike's spouse, Phyllis. Although we knew Rev Kuiper only in passing and never met the Uittenbogaards, traveling to a third world country and gathering with saints of the universal church create instant and lasting bonds. Plus - you see each other first thing in the morning, knock on each other's doors and meet in your hotel rooms. Yep......instant bonding!
In a sentence - God's work there is thriving. The people - young and old - are hungry for the word, in church, in Bible Studies, in seminars, in family devotions. They clearly have grown in their Biblical understanding, in their understanding of the church, and in their communion with each other. We saw evidence of this in the various activities we participated in.
A highlight of these visits to India is the "house visits". These are short visits in the homes of various parishioners. We often did this later in the afternoon and early evening and spent time in parts of the city and countryside we would not otherwise have seen. We walked down some pretty dark narrow streets, walked about ½ mile through a field and avoided cows and bullocks on the road in making our way to homes. Homes are humble by any standard - one or two rooms. Furniture is usually some stackable plastic chairs although some homes had a couch or table. Scripture is read and briefly explained, prayer offered, and snacks served. Paulraj said they always offer him food - it must be a universal pastor thing!  Any leftover food was sent home with Paulraj in a metal lunch bucket. Nothing is wasted! It was obvious that Paulraj makes these visits consistently as he knows the people well and the details of their lives. He took time to explain each family's particular needs and these were incorporated into the prayers. Although there was no communication through language, there was perfect communication in our shared faith and our common bond. Each time teams go to India and do house visits, the bonds strengthen!
Seminars were taught by Rev Kuiper, church services and Bible Studies led, visits made to villages that are part of the Village Outreach of Vellore PRC, and a day long Retreat held with members of the English group. This group of medical personnel, led by Dr Ronald Carey, is a fluid group in that they come and go depending on their assignment and responsibilities. We still saw several familiar faces and it was great to reconnect with them. They are a hard working group and spend much time in study of the Bible and Reformed teachings.
A trip to India would not be complete without spending time with the children of Grace Foster Home. This was the first time Joel and I had been to Eden Campus. What a difference this move has made in the lives of these children! Eden is literally an oasis for them. The boys and girls hostels face each other across a large open area. Lots of play goes on in this space......although not with any toys that we could see. The kids hang out, run around, talk, and eat in this area. Large tarps were purchased in previous visits and these are laid on the ground and the kids sit cross legged and eat. There is unspoken order here. The kids seem to know just what to do and they do it with smiles. Some children we first met in 2008 and are now young adults and active members of the church. The evidence of the covenant is hard to miss; these are covenant children brought up in a covenant home and taught the Reformed faith. They speak openly about being brought to the faith and are eager to testify of God's love to them.
Liz VanDrunen and Emily Moelker, volunteers at Grace Foster Home, have totally immersed themselves in the life of this home. They were about halfway into their 3 month stay there and are obviously much loved by the children and staff. They teach, mentor, play, and learn....and they were a joy to watch as they served the children in so many ways.
We are thankful for this opportunity to serve again in India. We thank each of you for your support of this ministry, for your passion for the spread of the gospel, and for your continued prayers for the dear saints in India.


Opportunities for Giving
The needs of Paulraj and Kasthuri are endless, however their greatest desire is for your prayers. Please pray for them in their mission to deliver the message of Christ to all who will listen, in a nation where Christianity is despised. Please pray for their safety in sharing this message while surrounded by those who hate them. Please pray for the growth of the Protestant Reformed Church of Vellore and for all those who are members. Please pray for the children of Grace Foster Home, that they may continue to grow in the knowledge of their Savior who loves them.
If you have been moved by this ministry, please also consider a financial gift to assist in the day to day needs of Paulraj and Kasthuri, as well as the children of Grace Foster Home.
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Thank You!!

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Zion PRC Organization - February 8, 2017

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On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at a special service held in her sanctuary, Faith PRC gave birth to a new daughter congregation - with the chosen name of ZION PRC.

The plans and preparations for this stretched back into 2016 (and beyond), when the Council of Faith PRC encouraged some of her members to form a new church, to help ease the space limitations due to her steady growth. Soon a number of families committed to doing this, and began holding worship services at Heritage Christian School in Hudsonville, MI. In a matter of months the Council-set goal of 40 families was reached to seek organization as a new PRC.

At the meeting of Classis East in January of this year, the delegates approved the request of these families and individuals from Faith and from a few other local PRCs to proceed with organization, Faith's Council being entrusted with the final steps and organization service. The date of February 8, 2017 was set and on that date the organization was carried out.

RevCSpronkRev. C. Spronk, pastor of Faith PRC, led the service, preaching the message "The Life of a Spirit-Filled Church" from Acts 4:31-32. Following the regular portion of the service, a special congregational meeting was held, in which Zion's male confessing members chose her officebearers from the nominations Faith's Council has approved. Chosen as elders were Gary Kaptein, Howard Pastoor (three-year terms), Randy Dykstra and Brian Decker (two-year terms); chosen as deacons were Justin Koole, Scott Van Uffelen (three-year terms) and Rodney Rau (two-year term).

Zion PRC is still temporarily meeting at Heritage Christian School (miusic room in the NE corner of the building), holding worship services at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Rev. J. Slopsema is leading the morning services and teaching the Heidelberg Catechism. The evening services are supplied by ministers from Classis east and from the PRC Seminary. The congregation cordialy invites you to join them in worship on Sundays and in fellowship at her weekly Bible studies.

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We rejoice in God's gracious provision of a new congregation in our denomination, and pray that His richest blessing may rest upon her as she seeks to serve the Lord in her worship and fellowship, to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and be a faithful witness in the community in which God has placed her.

"Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King." Psalm 48:2

"Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem." Psalm 51:18


Myanmar Report of Rev. Titus - December 2016

 Through the Council of Hope PRC (Grand Rapids, MI) comes this December 2016 report from Rev. Titus concerning his labors in Myanmar (Burma).

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Dear brethren,

Greetings in our sovereign covenant Lord's name. I believed that for His mercy you are doing well in this cold winter there.

Here also temperature went down up to 65 DF, so many people caught cold, and myself also got a very strong cold, coughing the whole night, could not sleep well, doctor gave me some injections as well as pills. Last Sunday my congregation had to bear with me my rough voice for too much coughing, but thankfully Lord's Day worship went well.

So, I need to be short this time of report, but very interesting improvement in our government's reforming the country, the Lord willing, next month I will report.

In His providence care we can still have Tuesday Bible class, and we still discussing "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine." We reached lesson 14. We had a great deal of discussions with our reformed truth and our country's so-called Christian view, which is sometimes very different.

I am still very busy, editing my KJV Burmese translation. I started editing the book of 2 Thessalonians and I preached every week from out of that editing. And I reached translating chapter 23 of the book of Deuteronomy. Evening services Heidelberg Catechism, now I reach LD 11.

And every week put out Sunday Digest. I am still translating "For They Truth's Sake" by Prof. Hanko, now I am still translating "Believers and Their Seed." And I reached "Come, Ye Children," by Gertrude Hoeksema, "Ehud Left-handed Judge." Catechism classes, younger one, we started Heidelberg Catechism, by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma; this week we reach lesson 11. Older youth, I am teaching "Essentials of Reformed Doctrine, A Guide in Catechetical Instruction by Rev. Herman Hoeksema, revised by Prof. Herman Hanko." We are now re-discussion on the points that the youth have to know more, so we kind of free-hand discussions, youth asked me from lessons that they like to know more about or things they did not very clear the first time.

I start translating a new book, "Unfolding Covenant History," by Homer C. Hoeksema, I am translating the chapter "The Creative Work in the Beginning."

Thank you very much for supporting my ministry till today, without your help I cannot do all the things that I do for His people. Please, continue to pray for us, so that the name of the Lord will be glorified here in this land. I and my family also pray always for all of you and your families and congregations. The Lord's blessings to you all.

Your brother,
Rev. Titus


Reformed Witness Hour Messages for February 2017

First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for February 2017 on the RWH radio program.

revrkleynRev. Rodney, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA, begins his four-month service for the RWH program with a new series on the law of God.

You are encouraged to listen to these important messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour, now in its 76th year of broadcasting the truths of God's sovereign, particular, efficacious grace!

Below are the messages scheduled for this month, also in flyer form (attached in pdf).

February 5, 2017 - How I Love Thy Law, Psalm 119:97

February 12, 2017 - No Other Gods, Exodus 20:2

February 19, 2017 - The True Worship of God, Exodus 20:4-6

February 26, 2017 - A Name to Be Reverenced, Exodus 20:7

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Reformed News Asia - January 2017

Issue 37 - January 2017
We print pamphlets written by our members and those from other Reformed churches of like-minded faith. They include a wide range of topics from doctrines to church history and practical Christian living. These pamphlets serve to promote knowledge of the true God as expressed in the Reformed faith.
FEATURED Pamphlet!
Hating Your Own Life
By Rev Angus Stewart

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26 

Jesus instructs us to hate ourselves and even our family. What does this mean? It means to hate our sins and sinfulness! God's children hate themselves as those who are sinful and sin! A believer hates his own life because he loves Jesus Christ who has saved him from destruction and has given him the knowledge of God.

Three biblical examples are cited in this pamphlet. Read to find out more!

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All pamphlets are free. CERC reserves some discretion regarding large orders and/or orders from those outside Singapore.

Featured Book
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Called to Watch for Christ's Return
by Rev Martyn McGeown

From the RFPA website:

"Christ had two concerns. First, his disciples must know the signs of his coming, which are footsteps of his approach. But Christ is not satisfied with mere “sign-gazing,” which can lead to speculation and idle, foolish living. He did not give signs to satisfy our curiosities, but so that we will be ready for him when he returns. Therefore, Christ’s second concern was the readiness of his disciples, which is expressed in his urgent and repeated warnings to watch for his coming in light of the signs."
Audio Recordings
In connection with 2 significant events that happened in CERC in the past month, Rev Lanning preached the following sermons:

1) Installation of Rev Emmanuel Singh as CERC's missionary to Kolkta, India:
Gentiles Hearing And Believing

2) Confession of Faith, Adult Baptism and Infant Baptism of a family
The Blessed Covenant Family

Click to listen to the sermons!

Upcoming Events!
Church Camp 2017

Here's some early publicity for our annual church camp! In case you're making plans to attend, here are the details:

Dates: 12-15 June 2017
Location: Awana, Genting Highlands (Malaysia)
Speaker: Rev Andy Lanning

For more information, please contact Boaz Leong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Straight off the website: "At Awana, comfort is rivalled only by the view. Indulge in five-star luxury while enjoying the breathtaking view of a majestic mountain range, and make full use of our 18-hole golf course, heated swimming pool, and other sports facilities."

Past Events...
Wedding of Cornelius and Jemima Joy
CERC started off the year with a very joyous event -  the marriage of Cornelius Boon and Jemima Joy Yeow! On 7 Jan 17, a simple wedding ceremony was held at First Evangelical Reformed Church, uniting the couple in holy matrimony.

We pray the Lord's blessings upon them as they begin their married life, desiring that their lives may be as described in their wedding text (Phil 4:6-7):

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Installation of Rev Emmanuel Singh
On 8 Jan, Rev Emmanuel Singh was installed as CERC's missionary pastor to Kolkata, India. We are thankful for Rev Emmanuel's acceptance of the call and his willingness to labour on the mission field. We pray that the Lord may gather His people through the faithful preaching of His Word.

Acts 15:7b "Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe."

Rev Emmanuel Singh (on a previous trip for his examination)
Confession of Faith, Adult Baptism and Infant Baptism!
On 22 Jan, CERC had more cause for rejoicing as we witnessed a family joining the church through COF, adult baptism AND infant baptism! This was the final group from the 2016 membership class - the Lehnert family. Curtis made COF, while his wife, Esther, and 2 children were baptised.

We thank the Lord for the growth of the church and the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of these hearers of the Word. We pray for His continued blessings upon the 2017 membership class.

Confession of Faith of Curtis
Baptism of Esther
Baptism of Gabriella
Baptism of Roman
Visitors from USA!
You may have heard that we in CERC love having visitors - especially fellow saints from our sister churches. Imagine our delight then we we heard of the Lentings and Bodbyls coming to visit!

Mark, Bethanne and Nicole Lenting were here over the Christmas and New Year period, while Tom and Gretine Bodbyl arrived not too long after. Here are some snippets from their stay here.

[Lentings] Pulau Ubin! Looking fresh, but ready to collapse after 4 hours of cycling.
[Lentings] Christmas dinner! Minus the snow and cold (:
[Lentings] Sunday Farewell dinner!
[Bodbyls] Supper with some church members after Sunday worship
[Bodbyls] MORE food and fellowship with a couple of families from church
[Bodbyls] Sunday Farewell dinner!
What a wonderful time of fellowship. Do holler if you plan to visit; we'd love to have you!

Psalter #27, Stanza 2:

I love Thy saints, who fear Thy Name
And walk as in Thy sight;
They are the excellent of earth,
In them is my delight.

Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church
We are a Reformed Church that holds to the doctrines of the Reformation as they are expressed in the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dordt.

Lord’s Day services on Sunday at 930 am & 2 pm • 11 Jalan Mesin, #04-00, Standard Industrial Building, Singapore 368813 • Pastor: Rev Andy Lanning  • 

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