Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

PRC Missions in the Philippines

2018 delegation missionaries

Missionaries Daniel (Sharon) Kleyn, Daniel (Leah) Holstege & family, Richard Smit (Tricia) & family
Calling Church: Doon PRC, Doon, IA

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PRC Missions in the Philippines - May 2016 Newsletter

YPConf 2016 1Our missionary in the Philippines, along with the Foreign Mission Committee and the calling church, Doon PRC Council, have just published their latest newsletter.

The May 2016 issue, penned by Missionary-pastor D.Kleyn, provides information on the recent visitors/helpers to the field and the ongoing busyness of the labors in the various places in the Philippines. He also calls attention to and expresses deep gratitude for the provision of a second missionary for the field - Rev. Daniel Holstege.

Let's remember to pray for the Kleyns as they serve the Lord and His people in distant lands - and for the Holsteges as they prepare for the labors and life of this field. May they all experience the unfailing presence of their Lord and the faithful support of their fellow-saints.

You will find the full newsletter below in both print and image form, and in addition the May newsletter is attached here in pdf form. You may also visit the Kleyn's blog to see a more personal side to the life and work in this foreign land.

 

PRCA FOREIGN MISSIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES

MAY 2016 NEWSLETTER

PRCA Missionary: Rev. Daniel Kleyn – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Greetings from the Philippines to our fellow saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches. It has been quite a few months since the last newsletter, thus high time to fill you in again with some Philippine mission field news. Here are some of the highlights for each of the past months.

DECEMBER 2015

• At the beginning of the month of December, we enjoyed a one week visit from some of the Kleyns (4 brothers and 2 nieces). For three of them, this was their first time here. In addition to visiting and worshiping in two of the PRCP churches on Sunday, we also had time to do some sightseeing together. The visits by family are definitely a highlight.

• A delegation of the PRCA’s Contact Committee was here from December 11-21. Prof. Dykstra and Prof.Cammenga came on this visit. Their purpose was to meet with the Consistories of the PRCP in order to begin the work toward a sister-church relationship between the PRCA and the PRCP, something the PRCP requested. Two meetings were held during which inquiry was especially made concerning agreement in doctrine, worship, walk of life, and church government. It was evident to all involved that the Lord has blessed the two denominations with unity in all these areas. Discussion also took place concerning the process of actually establishing a sister-church relationship. The CC of the PRCA now plans to report to Synod concerning their visit and to seek Synod’s permission to proceed. The professors each preached twice on the Sundays they were here and were thus able also to meet the members of the churches. Each of them also gave a speech for our 7M pastors’ classes. Their visit was greatly appreciated. The PRCP is very thankful for this positive response to the request for a sister-church relationship and grateful that the process has now begun. May God’s blessing rest on this work.

JANUARY 2016

• Rev. Daniel & Leah Holstege visited in January. Leah came for one week (January 8-15), and Rev. Holstege for three (January 8-25). Rev. Holstege had opportunity to preach and teach in most of the churches that are part of the PRCP and/or part of our mission work. This included lectures he gave for the pastors’ classes in Manila (7M) as well as the pastors’ classes in Negros (SNO). It was good to receive his help, and the saints here enjoyed hearing him and getting to know them, too. Little did the Holsteges (or we) know at the time that he would be the next minister to receive the call to serve as a missionary here. But the Lord no doubt gave them the opportunity to visit here as a way to help them in their consideration of that call. We also look back to their visit now with much thanks to the Lord for the time we could spend with Rev. & Leah. We did not really know them that well (nor they us, for that matter), thus it was good to have this time to get to know each other.

FEBRUARY 2016

• The main event in February was the annual delegation visit of Doon PRC and the Foreign Mission Committee. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit of Rev. Engelsma and Deacon Lee Hoekstra, along with Lee’s wife Joann. The delegation was able to visit and meet all of the churches and groups in which I am currently working. This gave them a good taste of the mission labors, along with some of the challenges in the work. Their time among us was a great encouragement to us in the work. Joann’s presence (along with that of the other wives who have been here in the past months) was greatly appreciated by Sharon, as well as by the saints in the churches and among our contacts here. We thank the delegation for their visit, and the denomination for the interest in and support for the work that such a visit shows.

• Another significant event in February was the Classis meeting of the PRCP, which was held in Maranatha PRC on the 25th. Rev. Ibe chaired the meeting. One of the main items on the agenda was the request of Rev. Leovino Trinidad (pastor of the Maranatha PRC) to be examined by the Classis according to Article 9 of the Church Order with a view to being declared a minister of the Word and Sacraments within the PRCP. Classis approved the request on the ground that the requirements of Article 9 of the Church Order had been met, and subsequently scheduled his examination for the next regular Classis meeting (Monday, June 13). Classis also adopted an exam schedule, with the 12 sections of the exam being divided equally between Rev. Flores, Rev. Ibe, and myself. Rev. Trinidad is now busy preparing himself for this examination. We pray the Lord uses it to provide another faithful minister of the gospel within the PRCP.

MARCH 2016

• The main event in March (really in the whole of the past year) was that the Lord provided another man to serve as a missionary in the Philippines. We are both very thankful to the Lord for leading Rev. Holstege to accept the call. We were very excited to hear the good news, as were also the members of the churches and groups here. We are grateful to the Holsteges for their willingness to take up this work alongside us. We especially thank the Lord for His faithfulness in calling and sending Rev. Holstege. We look forward to the Holsteges arriving here and to the many years, the Lord willing, of laboring together in the Philippines.

• A longtime contact, Ray Rodriguez, organized a conference in the San Pedro CRC and asked me to give three speeches there on Friday, March 25. The topics were Common Grace vs Particular Grace, The Doctrine of Double Predestination, and Objections to Predestination. Approximately 30 people attended, including a good number of young people and young adults from the San Pedro CRC. The conference went well and the speeches were well received. I was pleasantly surprised by this with regard to the issue of common grace vs particular grace. The elders asked me more than once if I would be able to come and speak again. They also asked if I might be available to preach for them on Sundays sometime.

• Rev. Spriensma and his wife Alva arrived on March 25. On their first Sunday here, Rev. Spriensma preached for both worship services in the Berean Protestant Reformed Church. This gave the Spriensmas the opportunity to become reacquainted with the saints they had come to know and to love in the BPRC during their 5 years in the Philippines (2002-2007). They thoroughly enjoyed this, as did the members of the BPRC. Rev. Spriensma also preached and lectured in some of the other churches and groups during their time here. We once again enjoyed this visit. In some ways it was an opportunity to repay them for their hospitality to us when we visited them here in 2003 (not knowing at that time that we would one day be living and working here in their place). The Spriensmas returned home again on April 4.

APRIL 2016

• The PRC in Bulacan hosted a Youth Conference on Saturday, April 9. The theme was “Biblical Courtship and Marriage,” and speeches were given by Rev. Ibe, Rev. Flores, and myself. Attendance was around 120, which included many visitors from outside the PRCP as well as a good number of adults/parents (You’re never too old to learn about dating!). Rev. Spriensma was able to attend and to participate in an open forum and give closing remarks. The speeches were well received and the day an encouragement to all.

• Book sales continue to go very well here, thus Sharon has frequently needed to submit orders for more books from the RFPA. As an example of good sales, we recently sold a combined total of 250 books at two separate conferences, and then also sold and shipped more than 130 books to three different contacts in Negros Occidental. The shipments from the USA take about two months to get here, which means we have often had to tell people, “No stock now!” But three large boxes of books arrived at the beginning of the month, so back-orders have been filled and our shelves are stocked again – for a while. Both we and the saints here thank the churches for the collections which subsidize book prices and thus enable our fellow believers here to obtain Reformed literature at very affordable prices.

• We recently made plans for our biyearly furlough. We are scheduled to leave here on June 14 (the day after the PRCP Classis meets), and to return home again on July 28. We plan to spend the first week in the Midwest, in order to attend Synod and to spend time in our calling church (Doon PRC). Rev. Richard Smit has received permission from his consistory to cover for me for four weeks of our six week absence. We appreciate that very much, as do the saints here. We are beginning to look forward to spending time among you all and with our families. We also hope to spend a good amount of time with the Holsteges.

We thank you for your continued support of the work here and for your prayers for us and the saints. We especially remember the Holsteges in prayer as they begin adjusting to the significant changes they have ahead of them and while they start making the necessary preparations for the move and the work here. Until next time, we send our Christian love and greetings to you all.

Rev. Daniel Kleyn

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Philippine Mission News, May 1, 2016 - Rev.D. Holstege Farewell and Preparation

Daniel HolstegeFrom a couple of our PRC congregation bulletins we learn the following concerning Rev. Daniel Holstege who on March 20, 2016 accepted the call to serve as second missionary to the Philippines:

Rev. D. Holstege preaches his farewell sermon at First PRC, Holland, MI tonight [May 1, 2016]. He will begin studies in Missions and in the Tagalog language for a few months prior to moving to the mission field.

And from Doon PRC's April 24, 2016 bulletin we find this note:

The Council has set the date of his installation for Friday, July 1, at 7:00pm. Rev. Holstege will preach an inaugural sermon on Sunday, July 3.

We continue to pray for this pastor and his wife and family as he ends his ministry in First PRC of Holland and prepares to take up this work in the Philippine mission field.

For more information on this field and the work of our current missionary, Rev.D. Kleyn, visit the Kleyn's blog. Or visit the Philippine mission section of the PRC website.

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Missionary-pastor D. Kleyn speaking at a recent conference in San Pedro.

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Philippine Mission News - April 15, 2016

Rev.Daniel and Sharon Kleyn recently posted some updates on their blog about the visit of Rev. Aud Spriensma and his wife Alva. Rev. Spriensma served a missionary to the Philippines from 2002-2007, and enjoyed renewing old friendships as well as making new ones. Below are some pictures of their visit and work.

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The Berean PRC with the Spriensmas in their midst on March 27, 2016.

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Rev.Spriensma preaching in the Berean PRC.

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Teaching the pastors in Sipalay on Tuesday, March 29.

Rev.Kleyn also reported on the special youth conference held in the Maranatha PRC on April 9. The conference centered on the theme "Biblical Courtship and Marriage" with speeches by Revs.D. Kleyn, V.Ibe, and J.Flores. Below are a few pictures form this event. The speeches may be found here.

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The young people with the speakers.

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The Organizers and Speakers: Andy Ragual, Rev. Flores, Rev. Ibe, Jeremiah Pascual, Rev. Kleyn

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Philippine Mission News - March 27, 2015

philmap2From the March 27, 2016 bulletin of Provident Christian Church (Marikina, the Philippines) come these news items concerning the labors of Missionary-pastor D. Kleyn and Rev. A. Spriensma, former missionary to the Philippines currently assisting in the work there for the next few weeks:

  • Rev. Daniel Holstege was led by the Lord to accept the call to serve as a missionary in the Philippines. We give thanks to God for His goodness in providing another missionary, and we look forward to the Holsteges arrival here in the Philippines.
    Let us remember Rev. Holstege and his wife Leah and their children in prayer as they now make preparations in the coming months to make the move to the Philippines. The dates of his installation as a missionary and of their move to the Philippines have not yet been decided.
  • Rev. Spriensma is preaching today in the Berean PRC, and next Sunday in Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela. He is scheduled
    to preach for us here in Provident for both worship services on Sunday, April 10.
  • The Spriensmas and the Kleyns plan to travel to Bacolod City tomorrow and then also to Southern Negros Occidental for the
    monthly teaching among the Reformed believers and pastors there.
  • The next 7M (pastors’ training classes) is scheduled to meet here in PCC on Tuesday, April 12, the Lord willing.

For the latest personal news and pictures on the life and labors of our missionary in this country, visit the Kleyn's blog.

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Philippine Mission News - March 20, 2016 - Updated! Rev. D.Holstege Accepts Call

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On this Sunday, March 20, 2016, find below a few news items concerning the PRCA mission labors in the Philippines:

1. Today Rev.Daniel Holstege (First PRC, Holland, MI) announced that he was led by the Lord to accept the call from Doon PRC to serve as second missionary in the Philippines. We thank God for this provision of a great need, and rejoice with Doon PRC, the FMC, and the Kleyns in God's answer to prayer. At the same time, we pray for the Holland congregation, that they too might see the wisdom of God in this decision.

2. Rev. Aud Spriensma (Byron Center PRC) and his wife Alva, who formerly served in the Philippines (2002-2007) plan to leave this Thursday, March 24, for three weeks of assistance on the field (Sundays of March 27, April 3 and 10).

3. For the latest personal news and pictures on the life and labors of our missionary in this country, visit the Kleyn's blog.

4. Remember in prayer all the needs of this labor - our missionary and his wife, the saints in the various churches of the PRCP, and those who hear the gospel of sovereign grace through the preaching of the Word and through the witness of believers.

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Philippine Mission News - Feb.28, 2016

The following updates may be given regarding PRC mission labors in the Philippines and in the federation of PRCs there.

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Deacon L.Hoekstra giving greetings to Provident Christian Church from Doon PRC and the FMC.

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Delegation with members of the Berean PRC Consistory.

  • The Classis of the PRCP met Thursday, February 25. The meeting was chaired by Rev. Ibe and was held in the Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela. Most of the work of Classis was routine. The most significant item that Classis treated was the request of Rev. Leovino Trinidad (the pastor of the Maranatha PRC) to be examined by the Classis according to Article 9 of the Church Order with a view to being declared a minister of the Word and Sacraments in the PRCP. The Classis approved his request and scheduled his examination for the next Classis meeting. Classis will hold its next meeting on Monday, June 13, the Lord willing.
  • The congregation of Doon PRC will be voting to call a second missionary to the Philppines on Monday, Feb.29 from a trio consisting of Revs. Brian Huizenga (Hope, Redlands, CA), Dan Holstege (1st, Holland, MI), and C. Griess (Calvary, Hull, IA).
  • The next PRC pastor assigned to visit the Philippine mission field and provide assistance to missionary-pastor D. Kleyn is Rev. A.Spriensma (Byron Center PRC). He is scheduled to be there for the Sundays of March 27, April 3 and 10.
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