Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

Foreign Mission Stations

philmap2The PRC have two foreign missionaries working in the Philippines at present, with metro Manila as the base. Rev.Daniel Kleyn (assisted by his wife Sharon) and Rev. Daniel Holstege (assisted by his wife Leah) carry out the responsibilities for a number of labors with churches, pastors, and contacts throughout this country (See map to the left). Visit their website to learn more about these labors. You may also visit the Kleyn's blog to see a more personal side to the life and work in this foreign land.

In addition, the PRC help support the mission labors of the Covenant PRC (N.Ireland) in Limerick, Ireland, where Rev. Martyn McGeown serves as missionary. And, several of our congregations are involved with labors in India (Georgetown PRC) and in Myanmar (Hope PRC, Walker). Our sister church in Singapore (Covenant ERC) is also involved in mission labors in India, in Kolkata, through her missionary Rev. Emmanuel Singh.

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PRC Missions in the Philippines (48)

Philippines missionaries

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

Philippine Mission Resource website (audio and literature)

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship, Republic of Ireland (Mission Field of the CPRCNI) (17)

Website

This is a mission field of the Covenant PRCNI, financially supported by the PRCA.

LimerickmeetingplaceMissionary: Rev. Martyn McGeown

38 Abbeyvale, Corbally,
Limerick, Ireland.

martynmcgeown@gmail.com

Mission:Limerick Reformed Fellowship

Worshiping at: Conradh na Gaeilge Hall 

Thomas St., Limerick City

Services: 11:00 a.m.; 5:30 p.m.

Coming lectures in the British Isles

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Myanmar Labors (Hope PRC, GR) (11)

This is a mission labor of Hope PRC, Grand Rapids, MI, with assistance from her Reformed Witness Committee and the Foreign Mission Committee of the PRC.

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India Missions (0)

The India mission labors involve the work of Georgetown PRC in Vellore with assistance from the Foreign Mission Committee of the PRC, and the work of Covenant ERC (Singapore) in Kolkata.

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Emmanuel Singh presenting in CERC on the Kolkata, India missions, 2016

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Limerick Mission Newsletter - April 2016

Limerick Reformed Fellowship
Rev. Martyn McGeown, missionary
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally Co. Limerick, Ireland
http://www.limerickreformed.com

Friday, April 1, 2016

Dear saints in the Protestant Reformed Churches,

Some of you have wondered why the newsletters from Limerick have become infrequent.  There are two main factors:  1) Apart from the day-to-day and week-toweek activities common to all churches and to many missions, there is not a lot of “unusual” news to report; and 2) The “unusual” occurrences tend to be private or confidential (pastoral issues or personal trials, which do not belong in a public newsletter).   

Despite the lack of “news,” the normal work on the field continues.  Since the last newsletter, I finished a series on Psalm 137 (“Remembering Zion by Babylon’s Rivers”) on November 8 (5 sermons), and I started a series on “The Nativity and Childhood of Jesus Christ” (using material from Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2).  Since we in the CPRC/LRF do not observe religious holidays, we rarely have an opportunity to preach “Nativity” texts.  I must be the only Reformed minister who is still preaching a Nativity series past Easter!  Our current sermon (number 19) in the series is “The Son of God Called a Nazarene” (Matt. 1:1923).  I also finished the third time through the Heidelberg Catechism on March 6, and recommenced with the Catechism on March 13 with a sermon, “Walking in the Good Old Paths” (Jer. 6:16).

Some of our members/regular visitors have suffered afflictions recently.  Bill Davies, our oldest member (81 years old), has undergone two operations on his colon (in October 2015 and February 2016), and has not been in the LRF since October.  He is regaining strength and hopes to be able to return to the worship services soon.  Jimmy Hogan, who has attended our evening services, Bible studies, and public lectures for several years, was in hospital for much of the month of December.  He suffered breathing difficulties, and even after several operations he must carry a personal oxygen tank in case of an attack.  He still enjoys attending our Bible studies, and a few weeks ago he came back to the evening service.  I was privileged to visit him both in the hospital and in his home to minister the Word of God to him and his family.  Joanne Cesar is the sister of Rev. John Flores of Bulacan in the Philippines.  Although she and her family do not attend the LRF, I have been teaching her children in Shannon for some time.  She became seriously ill and was hospitalised for a number of weeks.  (Because of this, there has been no catechism instruction in Shannon since before Christmas).  Her parents, Tino and Nancy Flores, who are members in PRC Bulacan in the Philippines, have come to Ireland to assist Joanne and her family at this time.  While they are here, they are under the spiritual oversight of CPRC/LRF.

 

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The Floreses and the Mansonas  

They are a welcome addition to our little group.  The Mansonas, who are also Filipinos, especially enjoy having them around.  There is much Tagalog spoken after the services!  I was able to tell Tino and Nancy on March 20 that Rev. Daniel Holstege has accepted the call to be the second missionary to the Philippines.  They were very happy about that.

On Tuesdays, we continue our Bible study.  We started the book of Romans on October 6 and have reached chapter 5.  We have a second Bible study at the Mansonas’ home on Revelation, which we have almost finished.  Last time we began chapter 22. In addition, Chester and Dale continue to be excellent catechumens in “Essentials of Reformed Doctrine” on Saturday mornings. We begin Christology (Lesson 12) this week.  

We continue our “Back to Basics” Lecture series in Limerick.  The last four lectures were “Why the Cross?” “The Resurrection” “What Is Sin?” and “Our Sin and God’s Justice.”  Our next lecture will be “God Is Good” (April 16).  The lectures are about 30 minutes long (sometimes I stay within the time limit), and are designed to explain fundamental truths to an unbelieving audience.  My last two lectures in Wales were “Spiritual Gifts” (November 19, 2015) and “The Love of the World” (February 2, 2016).  The next speech will be on “Christian Wisdom” on May 12, D.V.

The group enjoys visitors, especially if they stay for the Sunday services.  Rev. N. Decker and Peter VanDerSchaaf from the Contact Committee were in Limerick for the weekend of January 17.  We enjoyed their fellowship and the preaching of Rev. Decker.  Dr. Julian Kennedy, deacon of CPRC, was here for the weekend of January 24.  David Hutchings from South Wales stayed for about a week in late February.  We are also expecting visitors around the time of the British Reformed Fellowship Conference (July 16-23).  Some have already indicated their desire to visit Limerick.  We look forward to that and to an excellent conference with friends old and new, and near and far!

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Some of the saints in South Wales.


In Christian love,
Rev. Martyn McGeown

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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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Visit and Work of Rev.D. Holstege in the Philippines

Rev. D.Holstege (First PRC, Holland, MI) has been the latest PRC pastor to give assistance to Rev.D. Kleyn in the Philippines. He arrived on Jan.8, 2016 and will be returning this week, D.V.

Missionary Kleyn and his wife have given an update on their blog, posting some pictures and descriptions of his labors and experiences (including when his wife Leah was with him the first week.). Below are a few pictures - for the details visit the link provided here.

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Philippines Mission/Contact Committee Updates - January 3, 2016

Daniel HolstegeFrom the Jan.3, 2016 bulletin of Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela City, the Philippines comes this note:

Rev. Daniel Holstege and his wife Leah (First PRC, Holland, MI) will be arriving in the Philippines this coming Friday, the Lord willing (Jan.8). Rev. Holstege will be assisting with the PRCA’s mission work.

His preaching schedule while he is here will be the Berean PRC on January 10, Maranatha PRC on January 17, and Provident Christian Church on January 24.

He will also speak for 7M, as well as during the monthly visit that Rev. Kleyn makes to Bacolod and Southern Negros Occidental.

We pray for traveling mercies for Rev. Holstege and his wife, as well as for God's blessings in his labors while on that mission field.

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And from Trinity PRC's bulletin (Hudsonville, MI) we learn of this delegation visit from the Contact Commmittee to N.Ireland and Ireland:

CPRC NI buildingThis week Friday [Jan.8, 2016] Rev. N.Decker will be traveling with Pete Vander Schaaf to Northern Ireland as a delegation of the Contact Committee.

The primary purpose of the visit is to conduct church visitation with the council of our sister congregation, the Covenant PRC of Ballymena and visit the Limerick Reformed Fellowship.  Rev. Decker will be gone for two Sundays and be returning on Tuesday, January 19.

We also pray for traveling mercies for these men and for God's blessings on their labors on behalf of the denomination.

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Contact Committee Delegation in the Philippines - Update Dec.17, 2015

As the delegation of Profs. R. Cammenga and R. Dykstra continues their visit to and work in the Philippines on behalf of the PRC Committee for Contact with Other Churches, Rev.D.Kleyn posted on his blog Friday Dec.17 a summary of their work so far. The report contains many profitable pictures with descriptions of their labors.

Below is a glimpse at some of the visits and works done so far; visit the post to find the complete summary.

In response to a request from the PRCP (Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines), a delegation from the Contact Committee of the PRCA traveled to the Philippines in December 2015 to begin the work toward the goal of establishing a sister-church relationship between the PRCA and the PRCP.

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On Sunday, December 13, Prof. R.Cammenga preached in Provident Christian Church. Outside the church gate with Bro. Bien Montoya and his son BJ.
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Just before the worship service.
ProfRD BereanPRC Dec 2015
Meanwhile Prof. R.Dykstra was preaching at the Berean PRC and having lunch with the saints there.  After lunch we and some of the members of Provident joined him at the Berean church for a speech on Christian Education.
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On Tuesday, instead of the regular 7M meeting each professor gave a lecture on a special topic, with other men invited to attend (in addition to the pastors who regularly attend 7M).
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Prof. R.Dykstra spoke on Old Testament Types.
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Prof. R.Cammenga spoke on the Assurance of Salvation.
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Mission News Updates - December 13, 2015

On this second Sunday in December we can provide these updates on the PRC mission trip the Philippines. Rev.D. Kleyn for the content for these reports.

 

ProfsRC RD dec 2015

FROM THE PHILIPPINES (from Missionary-pastor D.Kleyn):

Profs. Dykstra and Cammenga arrived safely in the Philippines. All their flights went fine, except for a delay of about 3 hours in Japan. They landed in Manila just before 1:00 am, and we made it back home by about 3:00 am. It’s good to have them here! They didn’t appear too travel weary, even after the delayed flight (see picture above). They will be here for two Sundays, D.V.

The main purpose of their visit is to hold meetings with the consistories of the PRCP in order to discuss the matter of a sister church relationship between the PRCA and the PRCP. These meetings are planned for Thursday (Dec. 17) and Sunday (Dec. 20). Their schedule also includes preaching in four different churches in the Metro Manila area on the two Sundays they’re here, and speaking at the 7M classes to be held this coming Tuesday.

 If you wish to learn more about the recent trip of Rev.Jon Mahtani to the Philippines and his assistance to Rev.Kleyn and the churches and saints there, visit this post on the Kleyn's blog.

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Philippine Missions Newsletter - November 2015

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

The November 2015 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. The need for a second missionary - perhaps more - remains great. Rev.Kleyn also reports on the visitors planned for the field in the coming months.

Let's remember to pray for the Kleyns as they serve the Lord and His people in distant lands - and by themselves at this point. May they daily experience the unfailing presence of their Lord and the faithful support of their fellow-saints.

You will find the full newsletter below in image form but the November newsletter is also 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.

Nov 2015 Phil News Page 1
Nov 2015 Phil News Page 2

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Limerick Reformed Fellowship - November 2015 Newsletter

LimerickmeetingplaceMissionary-pastor Martyn McGeown has published his latest newsletter on behalf of the Limerick (Ireland) Reformed Fellowship where he serves for the calling church, Covenant PRC in Ballymena, N.Ireland.

The newsletter is published here and also attached in pdf form.

Once again, Rev.McGeown has written an informative and interesting update on his labors, so be sure to read the latest mission news from Limerick in the Republic of Ireland!

Nov 2015 Page 1
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