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2009-07-19 Bulletin


Our Church Family

Congratulations to Hilda Zuidhof as she celebrates her 84th birthday on Friday, July 24th and to Lillian Mercier for her 81st and Harry Van Stryland for his 78th birthday on Saturday, July 25th. To each of you we pray that your day will be filled with lots of love and God’s many blessings!

Ruth has been in the Lacombe hospital for some time now. She has extreme difficulty with breathing made worse due to her poor heart function. She also has leg and feet gout. She has again received a blood transfusion and should have had special lung and heart tests in the Red Deer hospital last Friday, since she does not improve and cannot walk at all. We hope and pray that something yet can be done for her.

Do remember our seniors and shut ins in prayer: Tilly Biel, Albert De Waal, Lea Dykstra, Wigger Meindersma, Theresa Salomons, Ruth Sluys and Ann Swier.

Remember our missionaries around the world.

Bethel News

Next Sunday, July 26th

Mr. Wayne Bouwman will be leading our morning service and Mr. August Luymes the evening service. Pastor Mike is on holidays.

Bethel Youth News

The Young People lost a close game of baseball to the Young Adults, who broke the game open in the later innings with some key hits. Along with the youth service this evening there will also be a game afterward, so stick around for the fun as the YA’s lead the summer series challenge 2-1.

Denominational News

ServiceLink Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the many exciting volunteer opportunities offered through our denomination on the new Summer HotList at: volunteer@crcna.ca or call Carol Sybenga at 1-800-7303490. There are short-term or longer, individual or group and Canadian or international positions available. There are also Discovery Tours to various countries to learn about the work of our denomination in these places. If you have a heart to serve or would like to see and learn this may be for you.

Mission Phillipines:

Walk in the shoes of staff as they take you on a journey that spans over 40 years. Experience the struggles and joys of the Christian Reformed Church, hear the excitement of work that God is doing through partner staff and come face to face with those whose lives have been transformed.

Where: Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas, Negros Occidental, Bacolod City, Iloilo, Los Banos, Butuan, Philippines. When: Oct. 17 – Nov. 1, 2009 (Application deadline: Aug. 14). Join CRWRC and the Christian Reformed Church of the Philippines, in a celebration of thanksgiving and rejoicing for all that God has done and is doing in the Philippines! For information contact Carol Sybenga at 1-800-730-3490 or volunteer@crcna.org.

The Persecuted Church


Joseph Francis and two others were jailed on Sunday, July 12th for forged documents in connection with false charges of assaulting a woman who visited his office in 2006. Francis, a national director of the Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), which for more than two decades has defended Christians and others against spurious charges by Islamists, was arrested on Thursday July 9th along with CLAAS official Ashar Sarfaraz and Sarfaraz's brother-in-law, Zulfiqar Wilson. All three were remanded to two days of police custody under pressure from Islamists who have harassed Francis and the other two men with false accusations. On Sunday a magistrate sent them to the jail to await trial. One of Francis' lawyers, Akbar Munawar Durrani, told that the court did not listen to their arguments for releasing Francis as it was biased toward the Islamists who have urged the woman to charge the CLAAS officials with assault. In December 2006 CLAAS officers had counseled the woman, identified only as Roma, when her Christian parents brought her to the CLAAS office because she was had converted to Islam. "She was brought to us because she had converted to Islam, and her parents wanted us to explain to her the consequences and implication of doing so" said CLAAS Program Officer Katherine Sapna. Pray that Francis, Sarfaraz and Wilson will rely on The Lord in these circumstances; pray that they will be released. Pray especially for Francis' health: there are serious concerns. Thank God for the work of CLAAS; may the remaining staff find strength to continue their important work for persecuted Christians.