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Written by Rev. J.W. Wullschleger
St. Thomas FRC Work Group to Ecuador
From June 27 to July 10, a group of some enthusiastic members of the St. Thomas congregation went to Ecuador on a mission trip. (Actually, we failed to mention their plans last time, for which we apologize.) Among other things, it included a few days of mixing cement, sanding and painting fences for a poverty-stricken church in Quito, the capital of this South American country. The group also went to an orphanage and taught Sunday school to the Ecuadorians. Besides that, they brought toys and clothes for the children. A lot of planning and preparation went into this. Funds raised, $18,000 in total, is $3,000 in excess of the amount needed. This excess amount is used for VBS material, work tools, and to help the Jonkmans in Ecuador. The St. Thomas group will be available to give slide presentations of their trip. If you want to learn a few Spanish words, here they are: ÒVealo otra vez prontoÓ (see you again soon).

ICRC Youth Conference
The International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC) is sponsoring an international youth conference to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 27 Ð September 1, 2003, D.V. Each member church has been invited to send two delegates to this conference. Tim Feijer (Brantford FRC) and Arian Droogendijk (Dundas FRC) were elected to represent the FRC because they won an essay-writing contest sponsored by the Synodical Youth and Education Committee. The subject on which they wrote was, ÒThe Challenge of Being Reformed Today.Ó The two winners were chosen from applicants from across the denomination. Congratulations!

Congregations Celebrate Anniversaries
Two of our congregations had an anniversary this past month. The Hamilton congregation commemorated its 50th anniversary on June 24. June 21 marked the 10th anniversary of the Brantford congregation, a church plant from Hamilton. A commemoration service will take place later this year, the Lord willing. May the Lord continue to bless both these congregations for years to come and help them remain faithful to His Word and cause.

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