Pilgrim Holiness Missions
At Conference time in 1970, Beverly Fay and Eileen Comfort met with the Conference
Council and shared their burden for the American Natives in Canada. The Council
agreed to help underwrite their missionary effort with the Society of Indian
Missions giving the oversight and direction.
and Eileen began at 390 Elgin Aye, Winnipeg, Manitoba, in a large 3 story
house. There they took in ladles as tenants to help finance their efforts
while ministering the Word of God through Bible studies and children's services.
Eventually the Indian Metis Christian School was started with Bev as Principal
and Eileen as Supervisor. The work continued to grow and a church was purchased
Rev. & Mrs. Lloyd Wokenfield & family pastored the flock for awhile.
Then a native pastored the group for a short period Bev moved on to pioneer
a new work in Blind River with Ruth Smith in the late 80's. Eileen stayed
on at Winnipeg and served as office manager, treasurer, and school supervisor
until her parents' health failed. S.I.M. purchased another house across the
street at 386 Elgin Ave., and The Mark Becker Family headed up the Canadian
efforts of S.I.M. among the American Natives. Rev. Jerry Slaughter and family
pastored the church and worked in the school.
In 1994 the church was burned. After much prayer and several attempts to buy
a suitable property, the purchase of a former Legion Hall was finalized in
early 1996 and was put In use in the spring as offices, school sanctuary and
mullet-purpose area. This was made possible through the insurance settlement
and gifts and donations besides the sacrificial efforts of the local congregation
Bro. Slaughter worked towards making the church an indigenous church.
The Slaughters moved from Winnipeg in the summer of 1997. Rev. Dale Sherman
was appointed by S.I.M. to supervise the work of S.I.M. Canada. This allowed
the Beckers to concentrate on the work of the school and church in Winnipeg.
Bro. Sherman, along with his family, also are in charge of the work in Fairford
besides visiting numerous Reservations and supervising S.I.M. mission efforts.
Ron and Janice Carriere carried on a street ministry each Sunday morning.
Wanda Wells and Charity Hostetter have also worked in Winnipeg in various
positions in the school and church ministries.
In 1972, the Conference Council met several times with Rev. and Mrs. Howard
Beveridge who had spent a term under Flying Missions in Brazil. The Beveridges
had a burden for Brazil and agreed to pioneer a work for the Pilgrim Holiness
Church of NY, Inc., in Manaus, Amazonas Brazil. They were sent by the Conference
and "a new day dawned" for Conference Missionary Efforts. A Conference
Missionary Secretary was elected and now the PHC of NY had their very own
Mission Field. The "Igreja dos Peregrlnos (Church of the Pilgrims) was
founded October 19,1972.
The work in Manaus was begun in a house on 14th. Street in the Alvaroda bayou
of Manaus. It was called "A House of Prayer". Then the property
on 5th Ave. was purchased and the Beveridges built a parsonage, wall, garage,
etc. Later the Fey Memorial Church was erected less than 2 blocks from the
compound. It was dedicated March 10,1979. It is a 2 story building with the
sanctuary upstairs and a day school and Sunday School rooms downstairs. The
day school of about 150 students is directed by Auxiliadora Xavier and 3 other
The Beveridges' oldest daughter, Rebecca, died in April 1976. November 22,1960,
the mission home where the Beveridges were living was destroyed by fire.
The next area opened was about 45 minutes through the city in the bayou of
Coroada. Under the direction of Manuel and Margaret Ortigosa property was
purchased and a frame church and parsonage erected. The Ortigosas pastored
this work until May 1976, and then Antonio de Lima and family assumed the
pastoral duties until 1995. In about 1991, the frame church had so that a
new concrete structure was built to replace it.
In about 1977 the Lynn Haynes family went to Brazil as our missionaries. They
continued to labor faithfully there for 13 years. About this time an adjourning
property to the parsonage was purchased which had a nice 2 story house on
ft. This house is now the home for our missionaries and the former parsonage
became a guesthouse for several years as well as serving as classroom for
training sessions. Under the Haynes leadership a new work was begun in the
interior. A church, parsonage, and a caretaker's house were built. Farina
and other crops were planted. Living conditions were very primitive and travel
to this work from the city was often impossible. A native by the name of Raimunda
pastored this work which came to be known as the Sickler Memorial. In about
1900 the property consisting of 65 acres and the buildings was sold and the
money placed in the Sickler Memorial Fund. The Haynes family returned to the
States on June 10,1991.
On September 1, 1991, the Rod Wells family went to take up labors as missionaries
there in Brazil. Under their leadership the former guesthouse was remodeled
Into a Training Center. Also, a new work was begun in a bayou called Nova
Floresta. The property which was purchased March 30, 1994 had a store building
on it which was used as the church. In March 1997, it was remodeled into a
church with classrooms. With the help of a Work Team from the Conference and
the funds from the Sickler Memorial Fund, a new parsonage has been built behind
the church. This work is progressing well. Edilson and Rosa de Carma are the
All 3 of the churches are now pastored by nationals. Lay Pastor Antonio Batista
leads the Fey Memorial (Alvaroda) Church with a promising young man by the
name of Itamar as his Sunday School Superintendent and assistant. Pastor Franscisco
and his wife, Franscisca, pastor the Coroado Church. A new brick (block) parsonage
now replaces the original frame bulling which deteriorated and was torn down.
The Wells have been in the States for medical reasons since June 1990. They
hope to return to the field In August 2001.
The Wells resigned as the Brazil Missionaries in 2008.
Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Mills are preparing for becoming the new resident missionaries for this work. Anticipated time of their arrival in Manus is late summer/early fall of 2010.
In 1979 Rev. Lee Carroll and the Board of Mountain Faith Missions of Haiti
offered their work in Haiti to the Pilgrim Holiness Church of NY, Inc. At
the 1960 Conference this responsibility was accepted along with the properties,
vehicle, etc. Rev. and Mrs. Robert Vermylea were our missionaries and also
supervised the work of FEA in Grand Riveria. The Saxtons went to Haiti In
1963 and a year later the Dan Irvine family joined them. The Saxtons lived
in Saut d'Eau and the Irvines lived on the Mireabalais compound. Bro. Irvine
supervised the schools and the Mireabalais district while Bro. Saxton was
Field Superintendent and headed up the training of the pastors, the government
and foreign aide projects, and the general oversight.
Haiti has been the site of political upheaval for many years. This resulted
in our not having a resident missionary on the field for about 6 years. In January 1995 the Saxtons returned to Haiti. In the interim period
of their absence, the work was very capably led by National Director, Pastor
Jean Robert Louis and National Committee Secretary, Pastor Constant DuVoicois.
A spirit of revival prevails among our churches. A camp meeting during late
July and early August each year has grown to an attendance of a total of
During the Saxtons' last year on the field, 2 new churches were built The
Evelyn M. Whitney Memorial Church at Domond Is our nicest church structure.
We have the Gatone Memorial Church in Crocchi, the Richmond Memorial Church
and some other churches that have been constructed through the donations of
Grover Bennett, Nevada, Peebles PHO, and others. We have about 15 churches,
11 schools, several hundred members, about 1000 school students, several national
pastors, national teachers, and laborers. We are in need of a resident missionary
family there. Would you please pray for the Lord to supply the need?