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Delegations to Myanmar and the CERC in Singapore This Week - Feb.18, 2016

Myanmar mapThe Council of Hope PRC (Walker, MI) is once again sending an elder/deacon delegation to Myanmar. From a recent bulletin we learn of these details:

The Lord willing, Elder Dave Jessup and Deacon Jonathon Kamps will visit Myanmar from February 18 to March 1.  During the trip Rev. Titus’ church in Yangon will host a week-long gathering of thirty-seven men from various parts of the country to discuss the instituted church and the necessity of membership in a true church, as well as the special offices and their functions. Our delegation also plans to spend time with the council from the Yangon congregation (Rev. Titus, Elder Soe Thein, and Deacon Timothy) to discuss various parts of the church order, review the budget the council has developed (their first ever), follow up on questions from previous trips, and discuss any new questions or topics they have.

And the Contact Committee of the PRC is also sending a delegation to our sister-church in Singapore to conduct the annual church visitation. That delegation also leaves this week. From Grace PRC's bulletin we learn more:

Rev. Ken & Pat Koole and Mr. Dave & Mary Kregel will be in Singapore over the Sundays of February 21 and 28. Rev. Koole and Elder Kregel will conduct church visitation with CERC’s Session while they are here, and Rev. Koole will preach a couple of services for CERC.

 Let us remember these delegations in prayer that they may have safe travels and profitable labors.

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Philippine Mission News - Feb.14, 2016 (New trio, Etc.) - UPDATED!

PRC Bulacan

From the bulletins of the PRC in Bulacan, the Philippines  and Doon PRC, the calling church for the PRC missions there we gather these items for news on this second Sunday in February:

  • Visitors: Rev. Joshua Engelsma (pastor of Doon PRC, and representing the Foreign Mission Committee) and Deacon Lee Hoekstra and his wife Joann (representing Doon PRC).
  • Rev. Daniel Kleyn will be preaching for our 1st service and Rev. Joshua Engelsma will be for our 2nd service
  • Our Consistory will be meeting after lunch together with the delegates from Foreign Mission Committee. The agenda will be on the subject of the Diaconate office.
  • Next 7M is planned to conduct for on Tuesday (Feb. 16).
  • First Classis meeting for this year is scheduled on February 25 at Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela led by the Chairman, Rev. Ibe.

And from Doon PRC:

  • The Council of Doon PRC has a new trio from which they will call a second missionary to the Philippines.  It is made up of Revs. Brian Huizenga (Hope, Redlands, CA), Dan Holstege (1st, Holland, MI), and C. Griess (Calvary, Hull, IA).
  • The congregation will vote from this trio on Monday, Feb.29, D.V.

Missionary-pastor D.Kleyn has made an initial post of the Doon/FMC delegation visit on his blog. Below are a few of the pictures; visit the post for more details.

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Deacon Hoekstra greeting the PRC in Bulacan on behalf of Doon PRC and the FMC

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Rev.J. Engelsma speaking for the 7M meeting in Manila.

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Group picture of PRC in Bulacan

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FMC Delegation to Make Visit to the Philippines Feb.11-24 (Update!)

philmap2From Doon PRC's bulletin we find this notice (Doon in the calling church for the foreign mission labors in the Philippines, with Rev.D. Kleyn and his wife Sharon serving there at present):

This week Thursday, February 11, Rev. Engelsma and Lee & Joann Hoekstra plan to leave for the Philippines as the annual Doon/FMC delegation. They plan to return on Wednesday, February 24. Pray that God would give them safe travels and bless their time on the field.

According to Rev.J. Engelsma the delegation's plan is to visit all of the churches and groups with whom our missionary is working and in that way get a taste for all of the places, people, and labors.

Let us be in prayer for this delegation as they travel and as they make these visits. May they gain good knowledge of the fields and labors and also be an encouragement to our missionary and his wife.

To read about some of Rev.J.Engelsma's impressions and thoughts, visit his blog posts at the RFPA blog site. Here is a sample of what he wrote about his first Lord's Day with the saints in the PRC of Bulacan:

Today (Sunday) is difficult to put into words. For a while now I've been thinking about how to describe and summarize it, but I'm not sure I can. It was a day of sensory overflow—physically, emotionally, spiritually.

Some of the more physical things are easier to describe, although impossible to express. We were on the road by 6:30 this morning, in order to travel the 2 hours to the PRC of Bulacan. The ride put into perspective the 20 steps I have from the backdoor of the parsonage to the church, even on the windiest, coldest Iowa morning. Along the way we had to creep through a large, street-side market swarming with people, and vehicles, and people, and animals, and more people. The sights, the smells, the sounds—they were almost too much to handle at once. My head was on a swivel and I still missed 95% of it, I'm sure.

That was the easy part. Now comes the hard: describing our time with the congregation and council of Bulacan. How do you put into words the genuine, Spirit-worked thrill of worshiping God with the brothers and sisters in Bulacan? Impossible. How do you describe the smiling faces and joyful greetings in the Lord? It can't be done. How do you even begin to convey the soul's rapture at hearing Psalter numbers sung in a language you can't understand but yet you do understand, hearing the soul-stirring cry of Ps. 51 in the Tagalog tongue express one's own sorrow for sin? Inexpressible. How do you communicate the rush of silent tears of joy and gratitude? God alone has them bottled.

Today we met some other members of our family. They are different from us. Their native tongue, their skin color, their backgrounds, their taste buds, their culture—all is different. And yet we are the same. One in faith, one in hope, one in love for God and for his church, one in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A beautiful Sabbath.

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Reformed Witness Hour Messages for February 2016

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First PRC of Grand Rapids, MI and the Reformed Witness Hour Committee announce the messages scheduled for February 2016 on the RWH radio program.

revrkleynRev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of Covenant of Grace PRC (Spokane, WA) begins his four-month service for the RWH program and has planned a special series on the second coming of Christ and the signs that announce it, as well as special messages for the Lenten and Easter seasons.

You are encouraged to take in these timely messages and to let others know about them too. Help spread the word about the Reformed Witness Hour!

Below is the schedule of messages, which you will also find attached in pdf form. For stations and time of broadcast, visit the RWH website, where you may also listen to and download past messages from the archive section.

February 7, 2016 – Rev. Rodney Kleyn - The Second Coming of Christ - Revelation 22: 12-13

February 14, 2016 – Rev. Rodney Kleyn -The Millennial Kingdom - Revelation 20: 1-6

February 21, 2016 – Rev. Rodney Kleyn - Signs of Jesus’ Coming - Matthew 24:8

February 28, 2016 – Rev. Rodney Kleyn -This Gospel in All the World - Matthew 24:14

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Rev.J. Mahtani Declines Call to the Philippines

JonMahtaniRev. J. Mahtani, pastor of Cornerstone PRC (Dyer, IN), declined the call from Doon (Iowa) PRC to serve as a second foreign missionary to the Philippines. 

May God bless Rev. Mahtani and his family as they continue to serve the saints in Cornerstone. 

And may He also continue to uphold Rev. Daniel and Sharon Kleyn as they press on in their labors in the Philippines - waiting on the Lord for another missionary to provide assistance.

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Rev.J. Mahtani Receives Missionary Call to the Philippines

JonMahtaniOn Sunday, January 3, 2016, the congregation of Doon PRC voted to extend a call to Rev. Jon Mahtani, currently pastor of Cornerstone PRC in Dyer, IN. The trio from which they called consisted also of Revs. C.Griess (Calvary PRC) and B.Huizinga (Hope PRC, Redlands, CA).

The call is to serve as second missionary in the Philippines alongside Missionary-pastor D. Kleyn.

May the Lord give wisdom and understanding to this brother as he weighs this call. He plans to answer it by Sunday, January 31.

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