2019 International Plowing Match

 

The 2019 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo is scheduled to be held in Verner, West Nippissing, Ontario from September 17 – 21.  This years Match marks the second time in the history that the International Plowing Match is to be held in northern Ontario. The International Plowing Match and Rural Expo attracts 70,000 to 95,000 visitors in the five days of exhibiting the past, present, and future technologies of farm equipment, merchandise for sale, food, antiques and plowing contests. A great week for farmers and visitors alike.

The Reformed Evangelistic Outreach hopes to set up a booth in the tented city to handout Christian tracts, bookmarks, calendars, free Bibles and booklets. Many Christian books are on display to be sold at cost. The Reformed Evangelistic Outreach is supported by the FRC, HRC, URC, and many individuals since starting 36 years ago.

Each year tens of thousands of tracts, bookmarks and calendars are handed out in the English and French languages. Hundreds of Bibles are handed out, especially to children. Every year bus loads of children visit the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo from local schools. Many children have never had a Bible.  At last years International Plowing Match and Rural Expo one child asked for another Bible, because she said, “My mother would like a Bible, she doesn’t have one.” Frequently the six to eight volunteers working in our booth are asked questions regarding the Reformed Faith and Christianity or to share their own Christian experiences. One of the workers in our booth is fluent in French and is very much appreciated by many.

The Reformed Evangelistic Outreach is aware that our work is nothing without the Lord.  We are to sow the seed, but God gives the increase!  Please remember this evangelical outreach in your prayers, especially as we near September 17, 2019. Pray that the Lord will work with His Holy Spirit in hearts to make alive the spiritually dead and strengthen those who are seeking the Lord to grow in grace.

2017 International Plowing Match

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.

2016 International Plowing Match

The Reformed Evangelical Outreach had a very good week at the International Plowing Match held September 20-24 in Wellington County near Harriston. Comfortable seasonal weather brought over 96,300 visitors through the gates! Only two other times in IPM history of 100 years did attendance reach 90,000!

The “tented” city streets were crowded which kept the nine workers busy handing out hundreds of Bibles and thousands of tracts, calendars, booklets and bookmarks – mostly to children.  We were encouraged by how many children do have their own Bible, and were thankful for those who reached out with willing hands to receive one. Our prayer is that God may be pleased to bless His Word to the children of Ontario for Jesus’ sake.

A variety of Christian books – including Bibles, devotionals, doctrinal books, commentaries, sermon – were sold.  Many discussions, questions and conversations regarding Christian books, true faith, and what it means to be Reformed, etc. occurred throughout the week.

The Reformed Evangelical Outreach thanks all volunteers donors, and churches who support this outreach with prayer and help financial assistance.

This years International Plowing Match hopes to be held in Huron County, Ontario (in the Seaforth area) from September 19 to 23, marking the Match’s 100th anniversary. For additional information visit our website at www.reoutreach.com.  Should you have any question or wish to volunteer or give financial assistance please email contact@reoutreach.com.

2015 International Plowing Match

Every year, the Reformed Evangelistic Outreach sets up an exhibit tent at the International Plowing Match which draws an average of 60,000 to 80,000 people. Arranged by the executive committee, several churches of eastern Ontario help set up the large exhibit tent to display books, tracts, colouring books and much more. In 2015 the IPM was located close to the town of Finch, Ontario.

Many young and old, as well as busloads of children from the local schools visited our booth. Bibles and books were purchased and handed out, thousands of calendars, tracts and bookmarks were given out to the passerby’s and those who entered our booth. Hundreds of free Bibles were handed out to school children. They were well received and the spiritual conversations with so many gave us a sense of awe that God is still at work. There was hardly a time when the booth had no visitors. Being close to the Quebec border, we were blessed with a volunteer who was fluent in French. French tracts, bibles, literature and calendars were available for our French speaking guests.

A man and his wife encouraged us to please keep up this good work. He shared his experience of a rebellious youth and stated, “At the age of thirty Jesus came in to my life, and saved me!”

Please pray for us as we hope to set up our booth in Wellington County, south of Harriston, Ontario from September 20-24. For additional information visit our website at www.reoutreach.com. Should you have any question or wish to volunteer or give financial assistance please email contact@reoutreach.com.