Missionary-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.
Foreign Mission Stations
The 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.
Secretary for Foreign Mission Committee:
This is a mission field of the Covenant PRCNI, financially supported by the PRCA.
Missionary: Rev. Martyn McGeown
38 Abbeyvale, Corbally,
Mission:Limerick Reformed Fellowship
Worshiping at: Conradh na Gaeilge Hall
Thomas St., Limerick City
Services: 11:00 a.m.; 5:30 p.m.View items...
Missionary-pastor Daniel Kleyn recently participated in a special conference hosted by the Provident Christian Church in Marikina, the Philippines. He made a special post about it on his blog, which included several pictures. You are encouraged to visit that post here, while learning about the basics of the conference here.
This past Thursday (April 17) was a public holiday in the Philippines. Provident Christian Church in Marikina, one of the churches we are working in, decided to have an outreach conference that day. The people invited many friends and family. Some of the members did this by handing out copies of the pamphlet, "Knowing The True God" by Rev. Houck with an invitation to the conference tucked inside. In God's providence, several visitors attended.
The audience consisted of many from PCC as well as several visitors.
Special Banner made for the PRCP organizational meeting.
The organizational and first meeting of the new federation of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (PRCP) was held this past Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Valenzuela on the north side of Metro Manila.
NOTE: For more information and pictures, visit this post on the Kleyn's blog.
The Consistories of the Berean PRC and the First Reformed Church of Bulacan, led by pastors Vernon Ibe and John Flores (front center).
At this meeting, the Berean Protestant Reformed Church (where Pastor Vernon Ibe serves) and First Protestant Reformed Church in Bulacan (where Pastor John Flores serves) were united together formally and officially in a special ceremony, followed by a regular business meeting in which many details of organization were treated, in addition to some regular business (Official report is still to come).
The "Declaration of Agreement" signed by all the offcebearers.
Berean PRC and First RC Consistories with our two missionaries, R.Smit and D.Kleyn (back right).
We rejoice with our brothers and sisters in the Philippines and pray that God will richly bless the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines.
Group picture with visitors to the PRCP organizational meeting.
Note: These pictures were sent in by Missionary-pastor R.Smit, for which we thank him.
Our missionaries in the Philippines, along with the Foreign Mission Committee and the calling church, Doon PRC Council, have recently published the first newsletter of this year. The March 2014 issue, penned by Rev.Daniel Kleyn, focuses on one of the churches in which they are currently laboring - the Provident Christian Church.
You will find the full newsletter below, complete with some new pictures of this church group. The March newsletter is also attached here in pdf form.
The latest newsletter from the Limerick Reformed Fellowship, a mission labor of Covenant PRC of N.Ireland with assistance from the PRC, has been published! In this newsletter missionary-pastor M.McGeown reports on recent visitors to the mission as well as on his labors over the last few months.
You will find the newsletter in full form below as well as attached in pdf form.
The recent delegation from Doon PRC and the FMC have returned home. If you have not yet seen the posts on the Kleyn's blog about this visit, you ought to do so - complete with plenty of fine pictures!
The combined consistories of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church and the First Reformed Church of Bulacan will hold their next meeting this Friday, January 31, 2014, the Lord willing. The meeting will be held in the Berean PRC’s building in Mayamot, Antipolo City.
In that connection, our missionaries also report that the government recently approved a name for the proposed federation of churches in the Philippines. Here is the announcement they made:
“The combined consistories of the Berean Protestant Reformed Church and the First Reformed Church report that the desired name for our new denomination has been approved by the SEC after our second attempt at registration with the SEC. “Federation of Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines, Inc.” is the name that has been approved by the SEC. As a result, the final step of the registration process with the SEC can be completed by the end of January. We give thanks to our heavenly Father for this good news, and seek His continued blessing upon our preparations for the organizational meeting on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, according to His will.”
Let's remember to pray for our missionaries and their wives and families, for Rev.V.Ibe and his family, for Rev.J.Flores and his family, for the other pastors, and for the saints there. May the Son of God continue to gather, defend, and preserve to Himself by His Spirit and Word, out of the whole human race, that church chosen to everlasting life (Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 54).
Missionary M.McGeown and Covenant PRC of N.Ireland, the calling church of the Limerick Reformed Fellowship in Ireland, have published the latest newsletter on the work of missions in this city and beyond. One of the ongoing labors of the CPRC and Limerick RF is in Wales, and our missionary includes a report on this work. And, of course, he also reports on his labors in Limerick, as the group continues to grow spiritually and in number, "slowly and steadily". In this newsletter you will also receive an update on the 2013 British Reformed Conference and a new BRF Journal.
Below you will find the full newsletter in image form. To read it in pdf, go to the bottom of this news item, click on the "read more" button; there you will also find the full report in pdf form.
Our missionaries in the Philippines, along with the Foreign Mission Committee and the calling church, Doon PRC Council, have recently published the last newsletter of this year. The December 2013 issue, penned by Rev.R.Smit, is packed with the latest news and information about the difficult and diverse labors of our two missionaries in that part of the world.
They also include news about the recent typhoon that devastated the central part of the Philippines and affected the PR Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte. And they also convey their disappointment in the delay of forming a church federation involving the Berean PRC and First Reformed Church of Bulacan.
To find out more about these matters and more, read the newsletter below. Besides the form here, it is also attached in pdf form.
One of the major stories in the news in the last week has been the "super" typhoon (named "Haiyan") which hit the central portion of the Philippines. With the death-toll rising and wide-spread damage reported, our concern is obviously for our own missionaries, church members, and mission station members scattered in various places there, including near the area most strongly hit.
Missionary-pastor D.Kleyn has informed us that he and his wife, the Smits and their family, as well as all the members of the churches and missions stations they serve are safe. Manila was not hit as hard as expected but the island of Leyte (where we have a mission station) was. Rev.Kleyn reports that though there was significant damage to PR fellowship members' homes in Leyte, all lives were spared, for which they are very thankful.
Let us remember to pray for our missionaries and fellow saints in that part of the world, especially now as they deal with the aftermath of this powerful storm.
Doon PRC Consistory added this note:
This past week the Lord sent a powerful and destructive typhoon through the central Philippines. The typhoon did not affect Manila, so that our missionaries and their families and all the churches and contacts in Manila are doing fine. To the best of our knowledge, this is also true of our contacts in the central Philippines and that the Lord was pleased to spare their lives. We thank God for His protection and care. We pray He may continue to watch over our fellow saints in the Philippines.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Psalm 46:1-3
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. Psalm 56:3,10
The consistory of the First Reformed Church of Bulacan has informed our missionaries in the Philippines that eleven families from the Protestant Reformed Fellowship in Albuera, Leyte had their homes and possessions almost completely destroyed, along with their building for worship by the recent typhoon. The FRCB consistory will be investigating the benevolent needs as soon as possible though travel to the affected area remains very difficult. At this time added assistance from our PRCA diaconates is not needed. Continue to remember the affected saints there, as well as the consistory of the FRCB as they seek to provide the necessary assistance and God's Word of comfort.
The week of October 21, 2013 our two missionaries in the Philippines, Rev.R.Smit and Rev.D.Kleyn, made their monthly trip to Negros and Southern Negros Occidental to carry on their labors among the people and pastors in Bacolod City and Sipalay. Through their blog Rev. and Mrs. Kleyn took us along on the journey southward.You are encouraged to visit that blog post and take the trip with them, as they show us the scenes along the way and the labors in which they are involved in teaching Reformed doctrine and Reformed church government.
Remember to keep these men and their wives and families in prayer as they make many sacrifices to bring the gospel of sovereign grace to these more remote areas of the Philippines. And pray also for those who hear the gospel, that they might be convicted of its truth, embrace it with believing hearts and minds, and walk in its light.
The picture above is of the group in Bacolod City. Below is Missionary R.Smit teaching his classes on church government.