Being a member of a Protestant Reformed Church will make a significant impact on your decision as to what career you should or should not pursue. One must always keep before him God’s Word and His Will. Choosing a career does not simply involve what you want, and, therefore, you must not take this subject lightly. Now is the time to prayerfully consider what God’s plan is for you. During the convention this discussion will be divided into two main points. The first is “what is your career/calling,” and the second is “what is your responsibility.”
I. What Is Your Career/Calling?
A. How must one decide which career to choose and which ones not to?
B. How does a Christian’s career differ from the world’s choices for careers?
C. The need for a prayer life in making these decisions.
D. The calling to the ministry
E. Is the calling the same for a man and a woman?
1. in which ways yes?
2. in which ways no?
F. What do you want out of 1ife (your interests, your goals)?
G. What talents has God given to you?
H. Use your family and friends to help you.
1. important to have godly friendships
2. discuss with your parents
II. What is your responsibility?
A. To be a steward in all areas (time, money, ability)
B. Remember your church and what God requires of you
2. working Sundays
C. Are all the doors open, or does God close some of those doors?
D. Be responsible in your tasks now (in school, at home, on the job)
E. To support yourself or for the man to be able to support his family
F. Work hard (six days shalt thou labor)
G. Be a “good” employee or employer (honest, diligent, on time, etc.)
H. Make sacrifices ❖
Jack is a member of South Holland Protestant Reformed Church in South Holland, Illinois.
As the two missives that follow, the first by the Rev. G. Hutton, on behalf of Covenant Christian School in Northern Ireland, and the second by Mr. Deane Wassink, show, the Lord has blessed our response to the plea for help of Reformed saints in Northern Ireland, in the Christian education of their children, in the past year.
We (and by “we” is meant all who supported the work in Ulster, whether by prayer, gifts, work, teaching, or some other way) – we could help brothers and sisters in the Lord with a real need, as they struggle, financially and in other ways, to give their children instruction in a good, Christian school, according to their calling in the covenant. We could be instrumental in the support of a fledgling movement on behalf of Reformed education in another land. We could provide Biblical, Reformed teaching to some 20 children for a school-year. We could, through Mr. and Mrs. Wassink, bring a powerful witness to many across the ocean. Although this was not our purpose, we could leave a testimony to the good name of our Protestant Reformed people and, thus, of our Protestant Reformed Churches. We could express the communion of the saints in a concrete way, thus enriching that communion. In all this, we could serve on behalf of God’s covenant, to the glory of His Name.
We thank God for prospering our way.
Now that the work is concluded and the Wassinks have returned home, the Committee can see that several thousands of dollars are still needed, to take care of the financial aspects of the work. About $2,500 is needed for various expenses connected with the work, e.g., insurance for the Wassink family while they were in Northern Ireland; several thousand dollars are to be given to the Wassinks for their support. We trust that God will supply the needed money.
We ask for the support of our people and of all who are zealous for Reformed education. Those who have not yet given have the opportunity to do so,, now; those who have already given may now see the work through to a proper conclusion.
If you are willing to help, make your check payable to the Protestant Reformed Church of South Holland (Fund for Reformed Education in Ulster) and send it to:
Mr. Jack Lenting 17014 Wausau Avenue South Holland, IL 60473.
May God bless the work done, so that it bears fruit in years to come and to all eternity; and may He bless the rearing of His covenant children in the Truth, in Northern Ireland, in the U.S., in Canada, and in all the world.
Rev. George Hutton
When the future of Covenant Christian School in Ballyclare, Northern Ireland, looked to be in jeopardy because a teacher could not be obtained for the year 1984-85, Deane Wassink answered the Macedonian Call for help. Leaving behind family and Christian friends with whom the Wassinks undoubtedly had strong ties, they made their home for almost a year amongst people they had never met before and knew little about. They were confronted by a culture and a way of life somewhat different from that to which they had been accustomed and they tolerated honourably the lack of American conveniences and coped with added inconveniences, resulting from their involvement with the school.
Coming to the “Emerald Isle,’ the Wassinks soon won their way into the hearts and affections of the people in the little Bible Presbyterian Church in Larne, while Deane gained the confidence and respect of the children with whom he worked in the Christian School in Ballyclare. Assisted by his wife Donna, Deane settled into a difficult situation with all the unique problems of a small, young, and struggling Christian school. Seeing the need for simple music lessons in the school, Donna offered her services and soon became involved two mornings each week. As a team, Deane and Donna rendered very valuable service, not just to the school, which was vital, but also to the cause of Christ more generally by their walk and conversation. Covenant Christian School in Ballyclare will always stand indebted to the Wassinks and to the Protestant Reformed people who made their involvement with the school possible.
Because of the generosity of our friends in the P.R. churches our covenant children under God have received another year of Christian education and for this we are extremely humbled and thankful.
Dear Fellow Saints,
The academic year which has just ended was a very special one for my family and me as well as for the witness of our churches and schools. We have had opportunity to teach in Covenant Christian School in Larne, Northern Ireland. As far as my family and I are concerned, I can say that we experienced many things that will never be forgotten. We have made many friends with those of like faith. We have seen and experienced the covenant faithfulness of God in a land and among a people very different from our own.
I think the thing that impressed many people over there was that our people were so committed to the cause of Christian education that they sacrificed in order to put a family in Ulster to help in a time of need. Actions speak louder than words. Many observed and appreciated that.
I stand amazed, now that I am able to reflect on the year gone by, at the many opportunities we have had to witness. We became a part of the small but lively Bible Presbyterian Church in Larne. Leaving them was in many ways like leaving our family. We had the wonderful opportunity to teach a school full of covenant children. Not only did we meet many fellow saints in Northern Ireland who have a like commitment to Christian Education, but we also visited England and met with struggling saints there, we gave them samples of material on education from our churches and schools and offered what help we could. We hope and pray that we may be able to be of further assistance to all these fellow saints.
There is so much I would like to say. Perhaps I can tell you more about it when I show my slides. We express our thanks to those who have helped make it possible for us to work this past year in Northern Ireland. The labors there were difficult at times, but we are convinced that God blessed them to His glory.
On August 14, 1984, Mr. and Mrs. Deane Wassink and their four small children left for Northern Ireland, where Mr. Wassink will teach the 1984-1985 school year in Covenant Christian School of Newtownabbey — about 15 miles from Belfast. The Wassinks arrived safely, by God’s providence; and, at the time of this writing (September 29), Mr. Wassink has been teaching for almost a month.
The story behind Mr. Wassink’s going to Ulster begins in September, 1983, when a small group of concerned Presbyterians in Northern Ireland started the first parental, Protestant, Christian school in that country. Traditionally, the schools in Ulster have been the parochial schools of the Roman Catholics and the State schools used by the Protestants. Covenant Christian School, as this new school was named, is governed by an association called “Association for Christian Education in Ireland” (ACEI), operating through a Board. Members of several Presbyterian churches co-operate in the association. One of the association’s newsletters speaks of the carefulness of the Board regarding applicants for membership, “in order to maintain the confessionally reformed character of the organization.”
In its first year, the school had 14 students; this year; there are 21 students —there is growth.
Because Christian education is new in Ulster, teachers are not available; and the association has needed help from other quarters in the form of a competent, Reformed teacher for the upper “grades.” There is a teacher for the lower “grades.” Because the group is yet quite small, it needs financial help in the form of partial support of the teacher obtained from abroad. The association does provide some of the support of this teacher.
In late spring of this year, the association learned that the school would not be receiving a teacher it had counted on for the 1984-1985 school year. Because members of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Larne, Northern Ireland, including her pastor, The Rev. George Hutton, are members of the ACEI and because the Bible Presbyterian Church had recently come into close contact with the Protestant Reformed Churches, through our South Holland Church, the request for help came to the South Holland Church for a Protestant Reformed teacher. Already, in one of his earliest letters to the Evangelism Committee of South Holland, Rev. Hutton had written, “Some of us are very concerned about the schooling of our children and are determined to give them a reformed Christian education. I know that the Protestant Reformed Church has years of experience in this field and for this reason I am asking if there is possibly any material specially directed to parents dealing with this particular matter.” (By this time, the Bible Presbyterian Church has asked our synodical Committee of Contact to pursue close church-relations with her; and our Synod has sent two ministers to her “in order to explore the possibility of establishing sister church relationships with (her).”)
The request was urgent: the school needed a teacher by September.
Several men in different areas of our denomination then undertook to discover whether a teacher was available and whether there was the readiness of our people to support the work financially. The results were gratifying in the extreme. Mr. Deane Wassink of our Holland, Michigan Church became convinced that the Lord called him to this work of Christian education. However, he had already signed a contract to teach in the Hope Protestant Reformed Christian School, where he had taught the year before. But Hope very graciously agreed to release Mr. Wassink from his contract and, at that late date, to find another teacher, thus co-operating on behalf of the school in Ulster.
No less gratifying was the response to the newsletter distributed throughout the churches of our denomination, asking for financial support. Our committee had hoped for $5,000 by September. At the present time, $14,000 has been given, mostly by members of the Protestant Reformed Churches, from all across the United States and Canada, in large amounts and in small. Some from outside our churches have also contributed; and their gifts have been gratefully received. The liberality of our people and their zeal for the cause of God’s covenant are nothing short of amazing. May God bless the gifts and the givers! The Diaconate of South Holland is administering this charity.
Several thousand dollars are still needed for the work. Anyone who is willing to give should make his check payable to “Fund for Reformed Education in Ulster” and send it to Jack Lenting, 17014 Wausau Ave., South Holland, IL 60473.
The address of Mr. and Mrs. Wassink is:
28 Hillmount Gardens Larne, County Antrim Northern Ireland BT40 1TF. The Wassinks will be encouraged by your letters. They need our prayers — remember them and the cause of Christian education in Ulster in your prayers.
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