Golden Lampstands of Iowa - Aredale

 
Aredale
The small town of Aredale, with its population of less than 100 people, lays 15 miles northwest of Hitesville. It is a definite farming community, with corn and bean fields surrounding the town.
In 1928, brethren Harm Harms and George Uhlenhopp, both saved a few years before, had the use of the Aredale town hall. For two weeks they spoke in the Gospel, with a little interest.
In 1930, Chauncey Yost moved with his family to a farm south of Aredale. Chauncey had been, in unsaved days, a professional wrestler, and at the time of his conversion, he had in his plans that he would seek the world's lightweight championship. This was to include a bout with the light-weight title holder at the time. After his conversion, however, he felt that wrestling was not in God's plans for him. Rather than to amuse people and add to his own prestige and honor, he felt he should warn the people and point them to Christ. Chauncey was a friendly person and a good conversationalist. He wasn't afraid to tell those he met what great things the Lord had done for him, and that he was sure he was going to heaven. Some of the people did not believe him, yet it left them interested.
In the summer of 1931, Mr. O.G. Smith began meetings in the Cold-water church, northwest of Aredale, and he later put up his tent on a farm yard near there. There quite a number were saved. Some, who had been religious, found out they had never been born again. Among them was Oscar Chapman who wanted to go to heaven, seeking his salvation very diligently. Finally, he came to the conclusion it was hopeless for him. He decided to just quit cultivating corn, saying "I'm not going to plow corn anymore, if I have to go to hell anyhow." That same day he found the Saviour, as he read Romans 6:23, "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Oscar's wife, Thelma, was saved on June 11, as John 3:16 filled her longing soul. Now, together, they could enjoy spiritual things.
Maxine Ayers had gone forward at altar calls in religious meetings three times. She didn't think she could know till she died whether she would be in heaven or hell. Her husband reminded her that Chauncey Yost had told him that he knew for sure that he was going to heaven. He claimed that he was as sure of heaven as if he were already there. Maxine did get saved on August 12th on the way home from a Gospel meeting, while her husband and another sang, "Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow." many others were reached by God's grace in this series of meetings. The whole community was stirred, and it became the talk of the people.
Thirty-five were baptized on the Sunday afternoon of September 24th that year. Other times baptisms were held in the waters of the West Fork River or one of its branches. Some were baptized also in a lovely pond on the Carl Creeden farm.
In the fall of 1933 the believers were gathered together by the Spirit of God through the Word of God. They came together to carry out the truth of the last request of our Lord Jesus Christ, given as He was gathered with the disciples in the. Upper Room just before He was betrayed by Judas (who had left the 11 who were with the Lord, and went out, and for 30 pieces of silver sought to betray Him with a kiss). The Lord Jesus, "Took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, this is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of Me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you." (Luke 22:19, 20) This was practiced in the assembly of believers in the early church of Acts 2, and each true local Christian church since. This precious truth is borne out in I Corinthians 11:23-26.
The early church at Aredale, when it began to function, consisted of seven couples and a number of single people, making at least 20 believers. More than 35 have been added through the years. It has been a joy to see God moving among the people at times, and the result has been a few more trusting the Savior, and being brought into the warm fellowship of the assembly. Then, again, we find we live in a passing scene, and ten or more dear saints have passed on to Glory. Also, some have moved into other areas.
The Assembly at Aredale has always met in its present location. The building, a very humble place, has been added to and improved through the years.
Maybe distance from God has affected some here in Aredale, as well as in other assemblies. This is sad to say. How could it be, that some would turn aside, after such Love drew them together with such a precious forgiveness, effected at Calvary? May we ever keep a warm hearted, forgiving spirit, and cleave to the Book of books and its precepts.
I must commend this assembly, having often spent a Lord's Day with them. My heart has been touched at the humility and tenderness of the Lord's people, as one after another, the entire count of the men has risen to express a warm-hearted thanks to the Savior, as they remember Him.