The 2017 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo was held in Walton, Ontario, in Huron County. The Match was held from September 19 to 23 with over 76,000 visitors. This was not a record attendance because the Match closed on Wednesday due to major rain and mud. The remainder of the week was very warm.
The Reformed Evangelical Outreach committee set up the large tent filled with an inviting display of books and Bibles. Approximately 20,000 tracts, 5,000 calendars (which had monthly Bible texts on a beautiful picture of nature) and hundreds of Bibles were handed out to children. Over 200 books were purchased, including devotionals, Christian edifying books, Bibles and children books. Overall, they were very well received by young and old.
It was surprisingly sad how many Ontario school children, when asked if they had a Bible, replied by saying, “What is a Bible?”
There were many opportunities to have a conversation with those that did ask questions or made comments regarding the Reformed faith or general Christian conversation.
Please pray that God will bless His Word that went forth at the International Plowing Match and that souls will be saved to the honour of God and to live and die in the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord willing, the 2018 International Plowing Match and Expo is scheduled for September 18 to 22 near Pain Court, in Chatham-Kent County, Ontario.