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I doubt if Rev. R. Veldman needs to be introduced to you but for those of you who don’t know him, he is pastor of Fourth Church here in Grand Rapids, and here’s his letter.

 

Dear Fellows:

A few days ago the request came my way to write this month’s letter to our servicemen in this country and abroad. I do this with all pleasure, of course. Several of you I know; others I’ve never had the privilege of meeting personally. I hope this opportunity may be given me some day. Meanwhile we all are one, are we not? Members of one denomination; lovers of one and the same truth; followers of one and the same Christ; children of one and the same God. From that point of view we feel close even though we’ve never met. God bless you all, wherever you are, whatever your way, now or in the future.

Funny business, this letter writing. On the whole, there are few things peo­ple dislike more. Many of you will agree at once, I know. Yet, there are few things people like better than re­ceiving letters. In fact, when people receive something that pleases them very much, they are often heard to say: “It’s like a letter from home.” And then there’s the matter of knowing what to write about. Why is it, that in a world chucked full of news and topics, we so often say: now what can I write? One reason is, I suppose, that so many things happen in my own little life and my own little part of the world that are not of particular interest to others. I could write about the holidays that are just passed, but what’s the use? If you were home, you know all about it; if you weren’t, why talk about a world other than your own?   I could talk about the weather, those mountains of snow that we saw here in Grand Rapids this year. But again, what’s the use? Most of it is gone by this time. There’s something about a snowfall, though. So gently they fall to the earth, those mil­lions upon millions of immaculate flakes. In the same way the blessing of the Lord falls gently upon His own—in count­less individual blessings for body and soul. Always the benediction of Jehovah is upon His people, it makes no dif­ference where they are and what may be their experience in life. Boys, if only we may see that—see that our Heavenly Father causes all things to come to pass, that He does so in love and grace where His children are con­cerned, and that this includes the things that are difficult and distasteful for a time.

As I write this letter it’s just one week ago that we crossed the threshhold of another year. Always such a solemn occasion, I think—one on which the soul is filled with many, even conflict­ing emotions, and the mind is filled with many thoughts. I know, by the time this letter reaches you, New Year will be long past, the winter far spent and we’ll be looking forward once again to the beautiful Springtime. However, all this will not change the truth one iota.

“Little children,” says John, “it is the last hour.” Peter says, “The end of all things is at hand.” Boys, that’s true every day of the year. Let us not be deceived. In fact, it’s truer today than it was yesterday. Every moment brings us nearer to the end, and, by God’s grace, to our eternal home. From that point of view no song is more constant­ly up-to-date than the one you know so well:

“One sweetly, solemn thought

Comes to me o’er and o’er;

Nearer my home am I today

Than e’er I’ve been before.”

It’s the part of true wisdom never to forget this; always to be mindful of Scriptures’ admonitions. Mark the sign of the times! Be spiritually minded and seek the things that are above! Lift up your heads on high and look for the salvation of your Lord! Watch and pray that ye fall not into temptation! Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown! Don’t make everything of that which really is nothing!

And how about the future? We’re still in this world. We must think of that too, of course, and we do. What lies ahead of us nobody knows—no one but God alone. Oh yes, in a general way we know. Both Scripture and ex­perience tell us that. This new year, too, will yield its usual crop of trouble and misery, heartaches and worries, suf­fering and pain and death and tears. That applies to all of us, whether in the service or at home. But the details are hidden from us. Before us there is always that impenetrable veil be­hind which God permits no man to look.

What must, we do? Is there no com­mand from God? Often, when begin­ning or resuming a march, you’ve heard the bark of the officer: “Forward march!” When, in actual battle, the zero hour strikes to fall upon the enemy, the com­mand is issued in one form or another: “Forward!” That same command comes to all of us. When Israel stood there before the Red Sea, fearful and doubt­ful, on both sides the: desert, behind them the still unconquered might of Egypt, before them the sea, the com­mand of the Lord came to them, through Moses: “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.” You men have your Bibles with you. Sit down now and read carefully that 14th Chap­ter of Exodus. Those Israelites were really in a spot, weren’t they? Yet, God tells them to go forward, meaning, of course, that He would be with them and make all things well. That’s always God’s promise to His people. The same applies to us. We must go on,—mind you, without fear or doubt.

I know, often it seems impossible to go on. There are times when one would seem to have every reason to fear, when things look hopeless, when it appears there simply is no way out.

I know, often we are inclined to des­pair, to become discouraged, even to grumble and complain and cry. We shouldn’t: we know that. Really, we should take God’s hand and say: “If God be for us who can be against us?” We know right well, that the language of faith is this: “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the Strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” Neverthe­less, how often we falter and doubt.

Therefore, Christian brethren, I’d like to leave with you this thought. Put your trust in the God of your salvation. The future is entirely and without fail in the hand of your God. His Name is Jehovah, is it not? He is very faith­ful and true. His promises can never fail. And He loves us with an ever­lasting love, does He not? He gave His own Son for us. Paul says: “Shall he not with Him freely give us all things?” He has always made all things well, has He not? And all circumstances of past and future are in His hand, are they not? Not one hair of our heads can fall without His good and perfect will. Fellas, believe that and put your confidence in Him. Always say to your­self, whatever betide:

“Jehovah’s promises are sure,

His words are true, His words are pure

As silver from the flame.

The base men walk on every side,

His saints are safe, whate’er betide,

Protected by His Name.”

Once again it’s time to hear from your servicemen, and we have two letters, one from our Holland church and one from First Church in Grand Rapids. You all know “Jerry,” so there is no need for further details.

“I am writing you to thank a lot of my friends who wrote a few notes in my convention booklet. It was sure wonderful to read notes from many of my old pals from all over. I have often thought about the convention, and when I read some of these things that were written, it reminded me much of the good times I spent with you at those meetings.

“Well, since this last column was in the Beacon Lights, things have changed. I am now in Germany and have a new job. The task which I am now perform­ing, is undoubtedly one of the best a young fellow in service can get into. I have the great honor to be a Chaplain’s Assistant. This job brings me into an atmosphere which I am used to. In the job I now hold, I assist the Chaplain in various activities, such as, correspon­dence, filing, teach Sunday School, play­ing the organ for Sunday Service.

“I certainly feel, often, being in this field, that we as Protestant Reformed people should have young ministers in the service of our country to preach the gospel and witness the true word of the gospel to all men, not just to our own people. We were left with one great commission by Christ, “To go into all the world and Preach.” This should not be limited within our own circles. I do believe that in the service, men need the true word, not all forms of religion. So, I’ll close this little writing by saying, “Let us as Protestant Reformed be international in our religion not isola­tionists.”

“With these short thoughts I’ll dose my letter off. May God bless us one and all, till we meet again.

Your “Airfriend”

Jerry

And here is Jerry’s address: Pfc. Gerald W. Kok, AF-16346116 Box 82, 7150 Air Base Group APO 633, c/o PM, New York, N.Y.

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Our second letter is from someone we haven’t heard from before, John Faber, and thanks for writing, John.

“I have been in service now for 14 months and have received the Beacon Lights faithfully. This is sincerely ap­preciated.

I have been in Fort Knox since I was drafted in September 1950. My duty is to cook for Co. C 13, which is stationed here. I have done this for 10 months. I have had the privilege of being able to come home quite frequently. I just came back from a 15 day furlough, which went too quickly.

It can be plainly seen that this, “Christian country” is the direct opposite in­side the army camps. There is very little spiritual upliftment that a Pro­testant Reformed serviceman can derive from chapel services.

Yours in Christ,

John Faber

Pfc. John Wm. Faber, US-55019650 Co. C. 13th AIB CCA 3rd Arm’d Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky

Hey, fellows! You’re slipping! Only two letters for this month!! Must be no one has anything to say. We thought you were all letter writers, so we don’t have anyone to take your place. I’ll grant you, I don’t like to write letters, but I do like to receive them, so that means I write them whether I like to or not. Otherwise, you know what hap­pens. So how about helping me out? You see, I’m supposed to have at least four pages for each issue of Beacon Lights, and this time it looks like there will only be, at the most, two pages.

Seriously, though, if you have any complaints, let us know. Perhaps you have some ideas as to what you’d like to see in “your” column. Another thing, I’ve heard rumors that some of you don t want to write because, oh, perhaps your spelling isn’t up to par, you don’t have enough to say, etc. We don’t care about these things!!! After all, some of you are in Germany or Japan, but wherever you are things are a lot different than back home. So why not tell us about it?

I’ll end my part by saying: Just LET US HEAR FROM YOU!!!!

And now for our first letter, which is from Harry Pieksma, from our Bell­flower Church:

“This letter is serving a two-fold pur­pose. First of all I want to give you my thanks for sending the Beacon Lights each month. Toward the end of the month I always find myself looking for Beacon Lights. I never thought as much of our magazine as I have since enlist­ing in the Air Force. Now it is an im­portant link between myself and the Church. My second purpose for this letter is a change in address. My home is in Bellflower, Calif. I am 1400 miles from home, but it is only 4 hours and 10 minutes by air. Last month I made the trip. Was it ever won­derful to get home again! Here at Sheppard I am taking the B-36 course. The maintenance of the craft will some-day be my duty here. That is a lot of work, for the B-36 is the “World’s Largest Bomber.”

Once again, thanks for Beacon Lights,

Yours in Christ,

Pfc. Harry W. Pieksma A F 19-387-803 3758 Student Tng. Sqd., Sheppard A.F.B., Texas”

 

We’re glad to hear that you fellows are enjoying Beacon Lights, and thank you for taking the time to let us hear from you, Harry.

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Another is from Ernie Van Weelden, who many of you will remember:

“Dear Christian Friends:

I received my first Beacon Lights a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it very much. Also our other church papers, and Radio Sermons. These and our Bible are our spiritual food here. The army chaplains haven’t much spiritual food for us, as Prot. Ref. servicemen. For we find our­selves mixed in with the youth of the wicked world in which we live. We must ever be on our guard, lest we fall into the temptations which they have to offer. Drinking, gambling and profanity is part of their everyday life from early morning until night. They have their movies over here, too. It’s nothing to be left alone in the tent when they have a movie. Many times life looks gloomy; but we must not be disheartened. For be­hind the scene is the hand of God. Let us fear Him, and know that He brings His judgments upon men for their wickedness, and that our salvation is in His son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I remain,

Your friend in Christ,

Pfc. Ernest A. Van Weelden, US 55-068-052, 25th M.P. Co., A.P.O. 25, c/o P.M., San Francisco, Calif.”

 

Thanks for writing, Ernie, and also for the picture.

We find that two of our servicemen have recently been discharged, namely John Bekendam from Redlands, and Carl Idema from First Church. Our first news item comes from Ernie Van Weelden from our Oskaloasa church, and he writes that he received his first copy of Beacon Lights since being overseas and that he enjoys it very much. Thanks for writing us Ernie, and we’ll look forward to receiving a letter when you have time.

We received a letter from Bill Faber from First Church, and we’d like to thank him for taking time out:

“I thought it was about time I drop­ped a line to let you know how I’m doing. I want to thank the staff first of all for sending the Beacon Lights. It really is appreciated, it brings us closer together with our own people, and I think all the boys will agree to that.

“So far I have been in the Army over 8 months and have been very for­tunate. I was stationed at Ft. Sheridan for 7 months in the M P.’s. Now I am on detached service in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have a clerk’s job in the Mili­tary Police Office. We have a detach­ment of about 38 men who ride trains and see that all Military Personnel are kept out of trouble, and also men who are AWOL (absent without leave) are picked up. It is surprising how many men go AWOL and it’s usually those men who are the ones who get into trouble. Just the other day we picked up a man who was a deserter since 1943.

“I don’t know how long I will be sta­tioned up here. My orders read for an indefinite period of time. In the Army you don’t know what will happen from one minute to the next, you just have to follow orders. But we were called for a reason, and we must make the best of it. They say “You will find a home in the Army,” but I never did yet. A Christian can’t be at home in the midst of worldly people. It surely will be swell to be amongst the Prot. Ref. people again. Until later.

Your Christian Friend,

Pvt. William Faber, U.S. 55074021 5107 A.S.U. M.P. Det., Hotel Dyckman Minneapolis, Minnesota.”

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Another letter comes from a Manhattenite, Al Visser. He’s one fellow we can really count on, so keep up the good work, Al.

“I came back from Chapel services a short while ago. Now that I haven’t too much to do, I figured I might as well drop you a line and let you know the new address. We drifted over the pond, finally, and arrived here in Germany. After leaving the ship, they took us to this place close to Mannheim. We have swell quarters here, wonderful barracks. I am enjoying my stay here so far. I’ve been out on a pass just once, but they are holding tight to the passes.

That is it for now, so I’ll sign off, and I’ll send along a picture of myself for Beacon Lights.

Sincerely,

Pfc. Albert P. Visser, U.S. 56092529 Btry. “B” 95th AAA Gun Bn., APO 46, c/o Postmaster New York, New York.”

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Seems as if only fellows from Manhatten have time to write this month, as we have received a letter from Harold Moss, “somewhere in Germany.”

“Well, it’s high time I write you once more, as it has been quite some time since I wrote to you. Since the last time, a lot of things have happened and I have gone far out across the ocean blue to a really beautiful land. As I write, it is Saturday morning, and we are out on maneuvers, or otherwise known as simu­lated war action. Our job for the present is to give anti-aircraft protection to Div. Trans., which is where all supplies come from, food, clothing, ammunition and transportation, and even the medics are included in it. So our part is not too bad as we are at present about 15 miles behind the main battle front. We have been out here for nearly a week now. The actual battle part did not start until one minute after midnight Friday morn­ing, and will last til Oct. 1st. From there we go into another maneuver, just like this one, only it will last from Oct. 3rd to Oct. 10th.

“The weather has been pretty nice up until today, but it looks like rain now. I suppose it will have to rain so as to make it all complete in everything.

“Since I have arrived in Germany I have crossed it 3 times already. From Bremerhaven down to Mannheim and then back to the Danish border and back to Mannheim again. Every mile I have traveled here I sure have enjoyed, as, it is really a beautiful land. From what I have seen of the States, I have yet to see any part of it that can compare to this in any way. I always thought Montanta was beautiful, as do many people, but this outshines it by far. I could easily elaborate on it some more but it would only fill a book, so I will just say I would not miss it for anything, although I would sooner be seeing it on my own, than under the Army, but then it is free in a way, this way. I always used to dream of taking a honeymoon trip out in Europe, and now more than ever I do. Seeing as how I am still single, I may yet get a chance, the Lord willing, that is. It is a picturesque coun­try everywhere you care to go.

“I have been to Heidelberg for a while one day, and saw the Heidelberg castle which is very amazing, in the fact that it is still in very fine condition. It seems like the castles were not touched in the past war at all, which is really wonder­ful.

“Right now, I am only a few miles from an old buddy of mine and a friend of yours, Al Visser. As of now, we have not met each other. I hope as soon as we get done with maneuvers I can get a pass to see him. He is stationed in Mannheim, which from his last letter, supposed to be his permanent camp. While mine is some miles from there at Mainz. As of this writing we have not yet been near our permanent camp. Dur­ing the time I have been here, I have lived in tents most of the time. I have spent only 13 days in barracks and these were sure wonderful. We have been living in tents due to the fact that our barracks at Mainz are not ready for us, but will be when we are finished out here in the field.

“It is amazing how fast this country has gotten back on its feet. As one does not find much evidence of the past war out in the country. In the large towns and cities, you can find lots of wrecked buildings, but the rubble has been pretty well cleaned away. Lots of new build­ings are going up in the place of wrecked ones. Most of the farms are growing wonderful crops, though right now most of them are stored away. The people here seem to live in constant fear of the Russians, for they almost all say something about the Russians being no good, and the like. It really is a shame that one nation must always be living in fear of another, but I suppose it is one more of the Lord’s ways, and His ways are past finding out.

“Before I started I just finished read­ing the August issue of Beacon Lights which I just recently received, and enjoy­ed it very much. Especially the article of Dr. Schuiler and Youth Society of Chatham. I must whole-heartedly agree with Dr. Schuiler, as we must never say we are the only True church, and all others are false, for then we are as near­ly bad as the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.

Now as for Communion, I have an idea of my own, which may be wrong or again, it may be right. I do partake of it here once in a while, but I try and think of our Form for the Lord’s Supper, and then I partake as an individual, and at the same time think of the True church in Christ, and my church back home. If I partook of it as a group with the rest, I never could do it, as too many of the boys here take it too lightly.

Well, I am going to sign off for now,—with my appreciation for getting Bea­con Lights, as I enjoy every bit of it.

A Friend in the Lord, Harold,

Cpl. Harold F. Moss, U.S. 56092759 Btry “D” 94th AAA, AW, Bn. (S.P) APO 42 c/o P. M.

New York, New York.

Thanks for writing us: such a swell letter, Harold, and we know the rest of the fellows are going to enjoy reading it as much as the staff has. Any time you fellows have spare time, why not drop us a line? After all, just because you write us one letter, is no sign we don’t like to hear from you oftener. If it doesn’t get in one issue, it’s sure to get in the next, and as I’ve been told, who doesn’t like to see their ‘stuff’ in print?

Summary of Rev Herman Hoeksema’s Address Prepared by Miss Jane Schipper

You understand that logically I cannot speak on the Signs of the Last Hour without speaking at least briefly on the Last Hour itself. Therefore, speaking of the signs of the Last Hour, I am going to call your attention to that Hour; sec­ondly, to the special significance of that Hour; and finally to the signs of the Last Hour, both gen­eral and special.

In general, I may say that in Scrip­ture the term hour refers to a definite period in which God accomplishes some­thing particular for the development of his covenant and kingdom. In that development of the covenant you can distinguish certain hours, that is, pe­riods in which God, as it were, changes something and brings something new in the history of His kingdom. From that point of view, you may speak of several hours on the clock. And now Scripture says, “Children, it is the last hour.” That has been the message to the church from the time of John to the present time. It will be the last hour until Christ comes. This means, of course, that there will be no more hours after this dispensation; no hour of the liberated, no hour of the millennium.

What is the chief characteristic of the last hour? It is the antichrist. The term means the one that is opposed to Christ. You know that the time will come when antichrist shall be great and there will be no room for the people of God. You must ex­pect that. You must not fear. For, don’t you forget, anti­christ has his pur­pose in Christ. Therefore, when Scripture says that the chief character­istic of the last hour is antichrist, I must add to that, that nevertheless the positive character­istic of the last hour is Christ’s coming. His coming will be revealed when His work shall be finished. Christ is coming. Not antichrist.

Scripture speaks of many signs. The most positive sign of his coming is the preaching of the Gospel. Christ is not coming tomorrow. He is coming, oh yes, but you must look for him first as he reveals his coming in the light of the elect from age to age, even in this pre­sent time. That is the most positive sign of the last hour. Together with the preaching of the gospel, you must ex­pect apostasy. Also, in your own church, and the Prot. Ref. churches are by no means excused from the rule. The more we determine to stand on the faith head of the gospel, the more we must ex­pect apostasy. That is why I admonish you, our covenant people, that you stand and not depart one inch from the very heart and center of the Prot. Ref. truth.

There are many other signs mentioned in Scripture, such as wars and rumors of wars. They are necessary. Why? To serve the church. We have nothing to be afraid of. Christ is King, not antichrist, but CHRIST, and he told you, “Behold, I have foretold these things before they come to pass, so that when they come to pass, you may believe.” Believe what? That Christ is coming.

There will be special signs, that the sun will become darkened, the moon will change into blood. Stars will fall from the heavens. The last sign of all will be the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. All shall see Christ coming on the clouds of heaven, as the glorious Lord of All. That will be the last sign.

In conclusion, I want to call your at­tention to the main thing, which is: That the signs of the Last Hour want to say one central theme—Living in the world, love the Lord your God, with all your heart and soul and strength, and you shall never be ashamed.

Meet Your Servicemen

The following letter may give you fel­lows an incentive to pass on some ideas of what you would like to see in Beacon Lights. It comes from Albert Visser, from our Manhattan Church.

“I received your letter a while back, and I am sorry I couldn’t answer before. Yes, I have been receiving the Beacon Lights every month. I never knew until l got in the army that this paper is as good as it is. It sure goes to show that when we have to live in a world sur­rounded by sin, such as you find in the service, that the Beacon Lights brings our thoughts back. There is one thing we must always remember, although the world is against us, God is with us.

It is very hard to say what to put in that section. I would strongly favor having a crossword puzzle. We would have something to figure out, and at the same time we would read the Bible. Be­sides, it would be educational. I think essays and letters from servicemen, change of address, and also reports from the home societies.”

For those of you who would like to write to Al, his address is:

Pvt. Albert P. Visser, U.S. 560-92-529, Btry, B., 96th AAA Gun Bn., Fort Lewis, Washington.

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Another letter comes from Holland, Michigan, and for those of you who know the young man, I’m sure you will agree it is “typically Jerry”.

During his grade school years Gerald attended four different Christian schools in various parts of the country, and thus acquired a wide field of acquaintance. He started school at Manhattan, Montana and attended there the first two years. The following year he attended Zeeland Christian School, and then went to Hull, Iowa, Christian school for one half year. He graduated from the 9th grade of the Hudsonville Christian School, where he enjoyed Miss Della Vander Vennen as a teacher for three years, where he was a member of the Chorus and Band for three years, manager of the Basket-Ball team for one year, and Vice-President of his class in his Junior year.

He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force last December and left for Lackland Field at San Antonio, Texas the 2nd of Janu­ary. He arrived there just at the time when there was a tremendous influx of Air Force volunteers, so that 70,000 men were crowded into a camp ordinarily meant for approximately 35,000. While most of the men stay at Lackland Field for just a few weeks of basic training, Gerald is stationed there permanently and would be very happy to hear from many of his acquaintances.

Here follows one of his last letters:

“Dear Folks:

Here comes a Jet again, zooming thru the air with breathless speed. I gaze up, and behold, I also am with that pilot. Over hill, over dale, over large cities, small towns, thru the clouds and over the sea I wing back toward my home, and in the city of the Dutch rush up the steps of 105 West 19th St., and cry Hi Folks. I see the family, mother in her rose dress, father in his pin striped suit, and sis in her blue jeans, bottom up and reading the paper. What a sight to behold! My thoughts turn back to when I was at Lackland Field. Nothing but men, more men, and still more. Same clothes, same purpose in mind, all work­ing toward the same goal, (that is for God and Country). Oh, how wonderful to be home! The peace and quiet fellow­ship with my own people. No more harsh words, no more drudging hours, no more dreary moments. This is to name but a few. Once more nights to myself with my girl. Sleep nice and long on a bed which is sleepable. Yes, this is home sweet home, where never will be heard a discouraging word, but only joy and happiness with my loved ones. The years will be long and dreary. Sometimes your eyes may be teary, But never forget this is my home, my native land, And through all its timber, clay, and burning sand, We always fight for what is right, The United States Air Force. (Written by myself, ahem, Gerald W. Kok, U.S.A.F.)

Your loving son,

‘Jerry’.

I’m just inserting this letter because it is typically ‘Jerry’. Fraternally, Bernard Kok.”

We also have Jerry’s address for those of you who are interested:

Pvt. Gerald W. Kok A.F. 163-46-116 Sqdrn. 3701 Lackland Field, San Antonio, Texas.

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We also talked to Mrs. Miedema from our Hope Church. Maybe some of you saw and talked to Harold, when he was home a few weeks ago. Harold left for service the 31st of October, and by the time you read this, he will have spent almost five months in the service. Be­fore entering the Armed Forces, he was employed by Lumber Specialties. He was formerly stationed at Camp Picket, Virginia, and was in California only a week, before he was granted a furlough of 14 days, which includes his travelling time. Upon returning from his furlough, he was issued warm clothing, so he ex­pects to be sent overseas in the near future. Why not drop him a line? His address is:

Pvt. Harold Miedema, 55-052-589, Co. B, 172nd Inf., 43rd Div., Camp Stoneman, California.

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For those of you who are interested, the weather certainly has changed. One day the sun is shining, the next we might have rain. But you should see it now! Looks as if we are liable to have a couple of inches of snow before morning. But then that is to be expected, it’s only March.

Watch the next issue for news of other Servicemen. This department is for our Servicemen, so how about letting us hear from you? No matter how brief you want to be, why not let us in on where you are and how you are getting on. It doesn’t take long to drop us a line, a postal card will do.

We’ll be looking forward to receiving pictures and letters so the other will be able to share some of your experiences.

If your address has been changed recent­ly, let us know, because that is news for fellows far from home. Why not write us now? Our address is:

Beacon Lights, c/o Miss Jane Schipper,913 Adams St., S. E., Grand Rapids 7, Michigan.

Also any ideas for items for “your col­umn”, such as those Al Visser sent us, will be appreciated.

Hoping to hear from you,

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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