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Missions in India: Our Congregation’s Joy

The mission field that the Lord has given to Georgetown PRC can be described in one word—joy. You may find that to be an unusual way to describe this work of God. There has always been much work involved for us in his providence. And there have been many struggles and painful lessons. There has […]

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Foreign Missions in the Philippines

Introduction  After several years of investigation and development by the Foreign Mission Committee (FMC), in 2001 our PRCA synod approved the proposal of the FMC that a mission field be opened in the Philippines, with the Doon PRC as the calling church. Since then, Rev. Audred Spriensma (2002–7), Rev. Daniel Kleyn (2009–23), Rev. Daniel Holstege […]

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Contacts and Outreach in Mexico

In August 2018 a group from First Protestant Reformed Church set out on a trip to Mexico City. The catalyst for this adventure was Doner Bartolon, a former member of our congregation who had deep roots in Mexico. Doner’s connections, both online and from past relationships, with churches south of the border paved the way […]

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Church Abroad

The body of Christ is a diverse group of people gathered out of every nation across our world. It’s all too easy to lose sight of this fact in the local churches where we worship each week. Most churches in the Protestant Reformed denomination are relatively homogeneous, made up of primarily middle-class people from Dutch […]

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Covenant and Evangelism

The promise of the covenant is a wonderful and glorious truth. This promise of friendship with God is one which we, as members of the Protestant Reformed Churches, have heard in the preaching and the instruction of our parents growing up. There are many good applications that can be made from the doctrine of the […]

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Sadly, yet under God’s providence, the first 400 years of the history of Christianity in the Philippines involved a false church (Roman Catholicism) and false doctrine (liberal Protestantism). Today 80% of 100 million Filipinos (the capital being Manila with 12 million) profess Roman Catholicism but only 40% attend (contrariwise approx. 6% are protestant and 2.7% […]

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God’s Church in Egypt

If we were to choose a country to be instrumental in the history of God’s church, Egypt probably would not make our list. This country, whose famed monuments to her idolatry endure to this day, had a long and bitter history with the Old Testament church. It was in Egypt that the children of Israel […]

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A Reformed Presence on Guam

The island of Guam, 30 miles long and 4 to 12 miles wide, has been reached by the gospel. It also has had a Reformed presence on it since the 1950’s. This Reformed presence includes links to the Protestant Reformed Churches.   The original inhabitants of the island were called Chamorros. They are relatives of various […]

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Nations, Tribes, and Tongues

Across mountains and plains, valleys and seas, God has ordained that His word will be preached. By His Spirit and grace, it will enter deep into the hearts of believers across the globe. He is gathering. He is defending. He is preserving a church chosen for eternal life. God is using means and only he […]

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A Tough Life, but a Tougher Faith

“I was an angry, angry man,” he said. I stood on the tattered steps of a dim auditorium face to face with the man. Scars covered his cheek, and tattoos peeked from behind his navy collar. A long sequence of faded numbers over an orange stripe crossed his back. We were in the Ionia State Prison, and this inmate was telling me about his journey to Christ.  On a Saturday in late August of 2019, I had the opportunity to sing […]

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I would like to respond to the article “What Does Evangelism Really Look Like?” in the July 2020 issue. I appreciate the enthusiasm for evangelism that Miss Kuiper displayed, particularly on a college campus where the gospel is so despised. It is easy for us to become complacent, since we are so comfortable in our […]

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Note: The following is from a speech given for the Young People’s Mass Meeting in December 2019 at Trinity PRC.   Young people, your Lord calls each of you to witness to him and to the glad tidings concerning salvation from sin and death by him; and he calls you to do that, not simply […]

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Five years ago, I didn’t know what the word ‘evangelism’ meant. I only knew we had a committee at our church that took care of it. We all have our excuses for not doing evangelism, and personally, my flesh loves them. What I’ve learned to love more, though, is the satisfaction of obeying my Lord, […]

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What is the Mission of the Church?

What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, Kevin DeYoung, Greg Gilbert, Crossway, 2011, paperback, 288 pp.   There is confusion among young people today about the mission of the church. This confusion is being spread by “Reformed” colleges and universities who are presenting cultural redemption, […]

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Life on a Mission Field

According to God’s good pleasure, he has placed each of his elect saints in different circumstances in life, and as the children of a missionary, we have been given the opportunity to experience living among another nationality in another country from which God also gathers his elect people. About 1,500 miles (2,500 km) from Singapore […]

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Issue at Hand, May 2020

Issue at Hand, May 2020 Dewey Engelsma   Sa mga Minamahal na Kapatid sa Pilipinas, 8,111 milya ang layo natin sa isa’t isa. Malamang hindi tayo mabigyan ng pagkakataon na magkita dito sa mundo. Kung nagkikita tayo, siguro mahihirapan tayong magkaintindihan ang isa’t isa. Sadyang magkakaiba ang ating mga kultura, klima, kaugalian at iba pa […]

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Missions in the Philippines: Interview with Rev. Daniel Kleyn, a Missionary of the PRCA in the Philippines   BEACON LIGHTS: Where is the Philippines? REV. KLEYN: The Philippines is located in Southeast Asia, approximately 8,000 miles from central USA. It usually takes a good 25 hours or more to travel from the USA to Manila. […]

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Being a Student in the Theological School of the Protestant Reformed Church in the Philippines Jeremiah Pascual    Dear Readers of Beacon Lights,             As many of you probably have heard by now, the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines have received by the grace of God their own seminary for the training of men […]

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