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By the time you receive this edition of the Beacon Lights, the 1995 Young People’s Convention will be little more than memories of friends, fun, and fellowship. As I am writing this, though, there is still a week until the convention. The schedule promises a busy and enthusiastic week, and the Beacon Lights staff will report the events of this week to you next month.

The Beacon Lights staff would like cordially to welcome Rodney Kleyn as our newest member. Rodney is a newlywed, originally from Tasmania, who is studying so that he can enter the seminary. Welcome, Rodney!

I am pleasantly surprised at the amount of mail I have been receiving. I have received more letters of encouragement and articles than I had expected, and I would like to thank you for them. I promise to return all correspondence as soon as possible, but please expect a week or two for my response. I thank all of you who have written articles, and I would like to encourage others, especially those who are younger, to write. You need not be a professional writer to write articles for the Beacon Lights, and you need only look at my poorly written articles to realize this.

We have about 150 extra copies of each month’s publications from the past half year. Anyone who would like them may have them; I wish to get them out of my room so that I can see the wall once again.

This month’s edition has a wide variety of articles. Our “cover story” was written by Michele Ver Meer, and in it she explains the positive impact that missionary work in Ghana has had, not only on the lives of those in Ghana, but also on her own life. Her article is unique in that although it may reflect the sentiments of many of us, it could only have been written by someone in her unique situation. Thanks for the article, Michele! Reverend Hanko includes an incisive article, and if you read only one article this month, please read this one, especially the introduction. Jonathan Foster, a member of the C.R.F. in Northern Ireland wrote a poem about the scientific theories of the big bang and evolution. It is interesting to note that although scientists have authored an elaborate theory for the origin of the universe, the entire theory gets hung up on 10′43 of a second. No one “knows” what happened during the first 10′43 second of the big bang, or from where that came. Perhaps one of our readers can help them solve their dilemma.

Reverend Heys, my pastor for many years in Holland church, writes an article about making our calling and election sure. Reverend Heys now experiences back pain which makes it impossible for him to preach, so his only way of explicating the gospel is through the written word. Let us all remember Reverend Heys in our prayers.

Mark Vanden Berg starts the Dating and Marriage rubric with an important thought about how our marriages reflect the relationship of Christ to His church. Mindy DeMeester reminds us that siblings are more of an asset than a nuisance, and that we should be thankful to God for them. Al Brummel, Sr., a veteran child-rearer, gives some advice to young parents about raising children. I still am unsure, though, about who the cute baby is…. Tom Bergman included a crossword puzzle based on the book of Genesis, so I did not write a Bible Quiz for this month. He also gave me another puzzle on Acts, so keep an eye out for that in future months. Since school starts in September, Thelma Westra gave us a poem to help start the school year right, and all those who are involved in school—parents, students, and teachers—can use this poem as inspiration. Although Connie Meyer writes every month, we never tire of her original stories and ideas in “Little Lights.” Finally, four members of the staff, Tom Bergman, Sharon Kleyn, John Huizenga, and Daniel Kleyn, wrote the devotional for this month. We hope that they can be useful and inspirational to you in your daily devotions.

May God be with you in the coming month.