Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

From the Editor

Written by Rev. H. Overduin
It is very fitting that with the December issue of The Messenger we include another Mission News insert. In December we think especially about the miraculous birth of Jesus Christ, and surely, that historical divine event more than 2000 years ago gives endless reasons for us to be mission-minded still today. What did the angels say to the shepherds the night of Jesus' birth? Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people [emphasis mine]: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, [Who] is Christ the Lord (Lk.2:10,11). There is no other Saviour Who can deliver sinners from sin, Satan, death, and hell, but Jesus Christ alone! (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim.2:5,6). May God continue to motivate, to help, and to bless us as individuals, as congregations, and as a denomination in making known His blessed Gospel throughout the ends of the earth. What reasons there are to praise the Lord for the mission work in Cubulco, Guatemala, and to continually pray for that work.

Institution of the Reformed Church at Cubulco, Guatemala
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. These were the words of Rev. Schouls, the minister of the Vineland FRC, the sending church, when he reported on the institution of the Iglesia Reformada De Cubulco on Sunday, October 1, 1995. He describes how moving it was that after the Form for Baptism and the questions for Confession of Faith were read, six families and other individuals, a total of about 60 or 70 souls, came forward to make confession of their faith and to be baptized. The next day, two elders, Santiago and Chemito, were installed, and Froilan as deacon. Pastor Schouls reports (see Messenger, November 1995, pp.8-10 for detailed report) that when they "quietly said 'Si' in response to the questions, a shiver went up my spine." After the sermon on 1 Peter 2:6-10, preached by missionary Rev. Ken Herfst, words of greeting from the churches in Canada, based on 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17, were given by Rev. Schouls. Then the Lord's Supper was administered for the first time. Again we quote Rev. Schouls. "Because there is no room to sit around a table, all stood outside, on the covered back porch. Solemnly the elements were distributed. Not a sound was heard--even the little children who were watching seemed struck by the weight of the moment. After the conclusion of the administration of the sacrament, Rev. Herfst, for the first time, dismissed the congregation with the benediction."

May the Lord richly bless this newly established Reformed congregation, causing her by the Word and the Holy Spirit's application to be more and more rooted and built up in [Christ], stablished in the faith (Col.2:7a). We pray too that the Lord may cause many more Achi Indians to be brought to faith and repentance and be added to the church, to the praise of God's grace and glory.

Literacy Worker Needed
Your attention is drawn to an ad for the position of literacy worker to join our mission team in Guatemala. Because the work is increasing, we need another worker. May the Lord send us the right person.

Newest Addition to Mission Team Family
Congratulations to Gary and Martha DeSterke with the adoption of another Guatemalan child. Only several months after arriving back in Guatemala their desire has been fulfilled. May God bless you and Jonathan, with older brother David and sister Ruth.

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