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

Philippine Mission Resource website (audio and literature)

Missionary blogs:

Philippines Mission Update: Seminary Videos Used for 7M Classes

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This past week Missionary-pastors D. Kleyn and R.Smit once again held their 7M pastors' training classes in the Metro Manila area. Rev. Smit is teaching a class in OT exegesis and Rev.Kleyn began a class in catechetics (how to teach catechism to the youth of the church).

What made this time unique is that for the first time the missionaries used videos of one of our own Seminary courses - videos that had been made with this very purpose in mind. Rev.Kleyn used and will be using videos of Prof.B.Gritters course on Catechetics taught just last Fall (2014) in our Seminary. Some thirty lectures were saved on a flash drive and sent to our missionaries in the Philippines through Prof. (emeritus) D.Engelsma who was just there for a special conference.

This was exciting for both the missionaries and for the faculty here, as we have been taping other classes with this in mind (Dogmatics, church history, church polity, etc.). Both missionaries testified to the great value of this for themselves and for the pastors being trained there. One of them made this comment by way of email as a follow-up:

I've looked forward to what happened on Tuesday for a long time: having lectures of a complete course from our Seminary courses used in a pastor's training setting, like 7M. It was indeed a thrill to witness what I regard as no little accomplishment and a significant cooperation between our seminary and our mission work in the Philippines, addressing a concrete need.

We thank the Lord that this modern technology can be used in this way. May we continue to pray for God's blessing on this kind of cooperation between our Seminary and our mission labors in distant lands.

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Rev.Kleyn also sent along a couple of pictures of the class, for which we thank him.

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December 2014 Newsletter from the Philippines Mission

Our missionaries in the Philippines, along with the Foreign Mission Committee and the calling church, Doon PRC Council, have just published their fourth newsletter of this year

The December 2014 issue, penned by Missionary-pastor Richard Smit, provides a detailed update of their exciting labors with the established churches and various groups with whom they have contact. This newsletter includes a special note about the "early" return of Rev.Smit and his family to the U.S, as they await the arrival of a new baby and a call to one of our churches.

Let's remember to pray for the Smits and Kleyns - and all our missionaries and their families - as they serve the Lord and His people in distant lands. May they experience the nearness of their Savior and the support of their fellow-saints in this time of year.

You will find the full newsletter below in image form but the December newsletter is also attached here in pdf form.

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September Newsletter from the Philippines Mission

Our missionaries in the Philippines, along with the Foreign Mission Committee and the calling church, Doon PRC Council, have just published their third newsletter of this year.

The September 2014 issue, penned by Missionary-pastor D.Kleyn, provides a much-needed and interesting overview of their labors in the various places and with various groups. This newsletter includes plenty of pictures to help us visualize the people among whom our missionaries labor.

You will find the full newsletter below in image form but the September newsletter is also attached here in pdf form.

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Kleyns Return Safely to the Philippines After Furlough

DKleyn - Spokane Presentation - July 2014After a six-week furlough in the United States missionary-pastor Daniel Kleyn and his wife Sharon returned home to their place of labor in the Philippines this past Thursday (July 17, 2014).

On their latest blog post they reported on the last parts of their furlough, including a trip to the West where they gave presentations in First PRC, Edmonton, AB, Lynden PRC, WA, and Covenant of Grace PRC in Spokane, WA (see picture here).

And they included this note at the end after they had arrived back in the Philippines:

"We arrived home again late Thursday night, July 17.  All thanks to God for prospering our journey and for blessing the work.  We were greatly encouraged and refreshed through the furlough, and are now glad to be home again to take up our work here in the Philippines."

They report that the effects of the latest strong typhoon, which went through the Philippines just south of Manila this past Wednesday, brought down trees and caused flooding. The missionaries homes did not experience the flooding, but the lower level of Rev. and Mrs. Ibe’s home did.

We pray that they and the Smits may experience God’s continued care and blessings in their labors in that part of God's kingdom and church.

Let us also remember to pray for Rev.S.Key (Loveland, CO) as he considers the call to serve as missionary in the Philippines to replace Rev.R.Smit.

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New Philippines Mission Newsletter - June 2014

Our missionaries in the Philippines, along with the Foreign Mission Committee and the calling church, Doon PRC Council, have recently published the second newsletter of this year.

The June 2014 issue, penned by Rev.Richard Smit, focuses on several of the most significant developments on this varied field of labors. These include the recent formation of a federation (Classis) of PRCs in the Philippines, the recent move of Rev.V.Ibe and the Berean PRC to a new location, and the decision of Doon PRC's Council to release Missionary-pastor R.Smit from his labors on this field.

You will find the full newsletter below, complete with some special pictures of the federation event and of the Smit family. The June newsletter is also attached here in pdf form.

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Other Philippines Mission News: Rev.D.Kleyn on Furlough

The following bulletins carried the latest news on the upcoming furlough of Missionary-pastor Daniel Kleyn and his wife Sharon. To follow their activities while on furlough, visit the Kleyn's blog!

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From the Provident Christian Church Bulletin (Marikina, the Philippines):

Rev. D. Kleyn, a missionary in the Philippines of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, will be teaching and preaching for us today, the Lord willing.

The Kleyns will be leaving tomorrow (June 2) for a 6 week furlough in north America, God willing. During the furlough, the Kleyns will have opportunity for vacation time with their families. Also, Rev. Kleyn will meet with the consistory of Doon PRC (his calling and sending church), and the Foreign Mission Committee. He also plans to attend the PRCA synod, preach in some of the churches, and give presentations regarding the mission work that Rev. Smit and he are doing in the Philippines. The Kleyns plan to return to the Philippines on July 17.

While Rev. Kleyn is gone, Rev. R. Smit has agreed to preach and teach for us here in PCC for two Sundays – on June 29 and July 6. He has also agreed to lead most of our Thursday evening Bible study and doctrine classes, starting on June 5, God willing.

And from the June 1, 2014 Doon PRC bulletin (the calling church):

Rev. and Sharon Kleyn plan to begin their furlough this week. There are many purposes to the furlough, one of which is to give the missionary and his wife a time of refreshment and encouragement in the work. In thanksgiving for the opportunity we have as the calling church, let’s especially use the Kleyns’ time in our midst to fellowship with and encourage them. The Kleyns will initially fly to Michigan, and then travel to Iowa arriving in Doon on Thursday. They will be lodging in the parsonage.  Rev. and Sharon plan to attend the church picnic with us on Saturday, and Rev. Kleyn will be preaching for us on Sunday. The following Wednesday they will be back in Michigan so that Rev. Kleyn can be present when the Philippine mission field is the object of Synod’s attention.

Rev.D.Kleyn will be giving at least three main presentations on the mission work in the Philippines while he is on furlough in the U.S. These are noted below. Take an interest in the work and be sure to attend one of these interesting presentations.

From Calvary PRC bulletin (Hull, IA): Rev. D. Kleyn plans to give a presentation on the mission work in the Philippines on Sunday evening, June 8, at 8:00 p.m. in Calvary PRC in Hull.  All are welcome to attend.  Hope to see you there.

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Picture of the audience at the Calvary PRC presentation (June 8, 2014).

Bethel PRC (Roselle, IL): Save The Date! Tuesday, June 10, 7.30PM: Rev. Daniel Kleyn, one of our denomination's missionaries in the Philippines will be giving a presentation on the ongoing work there at our church.

From First PRC, Holland, MI bulletin: Rev. D. Kleyn plans to give a presentation on the mission work in the Philippines on Sunday, June 22 at 8:15 p.m. in the First PRC of Holland.  All are welcome and invited to attend.

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