Archives for May 28, 2022

Visit To Ontario

After preaching an Ascension Day message for our church in Grand Rapids on Thursday evening, the Queen and I drove to Ontario for the first time in three years due to Covid. We were relieved to cross the border into Canada without difficulty. After having a delicious noon meal at the home of Henk and Michelle Vrugteveen, I gave the attendees a power point presentation on the seminary, updating them on a number of exciting developments (photo 1). Afterwards, we had a blessed time with one of Henk’s employees named Ben, who shared with us how God wonderfully converted him (photo 2–Ben in center, Henk on right). 

On Friday evening, I participated in a 2.5 hour service of installation in Burgessville, Ontario of Dr. Maarten Kuivenhoven, who is appointed to be assistant professor of theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary. Pastor David VanBrugge led the installation service from Job 8, followed by Dr. Kuivenhoven’s inaugural sermon from Ephesians 4. I brought an address on behalf of the seminary and Dr. David Lipsy spoke on behalf of the local church of Burgessville HRC, which is the calling church for Dr. Kuivenhoven. Afterwards, we had good fellowship with the people and also among the ministers who attended (photo 3–ministers with wives, and several children; photo 4–ministers only). Please pray that God will greatly bless Dr. Kuivenhoven’s work at PRTS to His glory and the welfare and maturation of the students.

We then continued to drive on another nearly two hours to arrive at the home of my dear brother and sister-in-law, John and Miekie Beeke. After three years, it was sooooo good to see them again that we fellowshipped with them until 1:00 a.m. it was truly a full day!