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A letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to his son-in-law, the Rev. Pieter Jan Oggel, which was published in De Hope on this date, reporting on his attendance at a "Christian State Convention." From what V.R. says in his letter, this organization is apparently concerned with evangelizing the State of Michigan. V.R. does not mention where the convention was held but it met in a large Congregational church which could seat as many as 1200 people. V.R. was very impressed with the quality and Christian conviction of the speakers. The convention had a very evangelistic tone which would have appealed to V.R.."In all these meetings my soul was struck with the great need to be with Jesus and have His love in our heart." And "Again I am convinced that it is very important for Ministers and for the church of God in the world to meet each other and encourage each other to do the work of the Lord." This letter is a good example of V.R.'s ecumenical spirit.
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Van Raalte, A. C. and Kennedy, Simone, "A Letter of Albertus C. Van Raalte to His Son-in-Law, the Rev. Eter Jan Oggel Published in De Hope" (1868). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 455.