Revival Meetings in Rainham Township

Herald of Truth, Oct. 1, 1893

Our communion services were held here today, Bishop Amos S. Cressman ((Living on a farm south of New Hamburg, Ontario, his home congregation met at the Geiger Meetinghouse.)) officiating, and Brothers Moses C. Bowman and Gilbert Bearss assisting. Quite a number of friends from a distance assembled here to partake of this great love-feast which was instituted by our Saviour Jesus Christ. It is truly a solemn service, and in order that we may be capable of engaging ourselves herein to the honour and glory of God, we must live a life pleasing in the sight of God, unspotted from the world, be kindly affectioned one toward another, and the greatest of all is to have charity one for another. We are all such dependent creatures We have to rely on the Lord for sustenance; so if we allow the Lord to have His way He will gently lead us in the narrow path, the path where sin cannot enter. 1 Tim. 4:12 says: “Be thou an example of the believers, in word in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

We wish all a safe return by God’s vigilance We have great reasons again to thank our Redeemer for all the blessings we receive from His bountiful hand We were faithfully admonished and encouraged on our work by Bro. Jacob K Brubaker ((Jacob K. Brubaker, bishop of the New Danville (Stumptown) Mennonite congregation, south of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sister congregation of the Byerland congregation, roots of the Rainham Hoovers.)) and family who spent a short time here labouring in the When we hear the Gospel proclaimed in all its purity, and . hear from time to time what is required of us we can plainly see the necessity of standing ‘‘firm and immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord.” Brother Brubaker’s endeavours for good were much appreciated, and quite a number of his hearers constrained him to remain with us a little longer, but he frankly said if we could remember and comply with what we heard in the short time he had been with us, we could likely get satisfied.

He exhorted us to live in peace, which I trust we will all remember. We know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord. My prayer is that we may all live in peace, and harmony, having one and the same mind, shaping our lives after our exemplar Christ Jesus So many times I hear people desiring good able speakers to come and lobar with us. It will profit us but very little in the spiritual life if we are not willing to stand right by them and We can never prosper in any other way. Bro. Jacob Brubaker and family took their departure from Canada on the 29th of Sept. We wish them God speed and a prosperous journey home. Bro. Joseph Weaver and wife have been in our midst for a short time. We are very much pleased with their presence and hope they will stay with us some time yet. May God have all the honour and praise for all things. ((Joseph W. and Anna (Hoover) Weaver, formerly of the Rainham Settlement, moved to Goshen and later Elkhart, Indiana. From the Herald of Truth, 14 July 1904: Weaver – Joseph W. Weaver was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 14, 1829; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., June 30, 1904; aged 74 Y., 7M., 16 D. The cause of his death was stomach and heart trouble. He passed away quite suddenly, having walked out of doors a half hour before his demise. He was married to Anna Hoover at Rainham, Ont., Canada, on Mar. 9, 1858. To this union were born 14 children, two of which preceded him to the spirit world. He is survived by his wife, 4 sons, 8 daughters, 37 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also by two brothers and one sister. He united with the Mennonite church 43 years ago and retained his membership to the end. he was a quiet, unassuming, hard-working, upright man and held in high esteem in the neighborhood where he lived for nearly fifty years. His funeral was largely attended. Services at the Clinton (Brick) Meetinghouse by D. H. Bender, assisted by Amos Cripe. Interment in the Cemetery adjoining.))

Lydia Hoover.
July 1, 1894