Brian and Liz Hebert2020-03-26T14:12:43-05:00

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BRIAN AND LIZ HEBERT

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Brian Birthday 10/01
Elizabeth Birthday 10/23
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Brian

The Lord saved me at the age of 15 as a result of the infamous 9/11 attacks.  I had been attending the St. Amant Baptist Church in St. Amant, Louisiana, as a bus kid since I was five years old.  I remember being talked to about salvation often as a child, but I don’t think I really understood it.  When I became a teenager, my understanding of the Gospel changed. I knew that I was a sinner and that I must trust Jesus alone for salvation; however, my pride, rebellion, and self-reliance made me confident that my sinful lifestyle was okay the way it was without becoming one of “the church people.”  Yet, when I heard that the Twin Towers had fallen to terrorists, I didn’t feel so invincible after all.  As a result of that tragic day, I neither slept nor ate well because of the deep fear in my heart that I might go to Hell. God definitely had my attention. I thought, What if I had died in one of those crashes?  On the next church service that came around, I fell under the conviction of the Holy Spirit for my sin and asked Jesus to be my personal Saviour.  He has forever changed my life.

Liz

I was privileged and blessed to be reared in a loving Christian home.  My parents made sure from the time I was a baby that I was at church three times a week. My kindergarten Sunday school teacher asked me in class if I knew for sure when I died if I would go to Heaven. I told her, “Yes, I would go to Heaven,” and I honestly thought I would because my parents took me to church three times a week and made me behave.  She told me I would not go to Heaven, because being good does not save you. I realized I was a sinner and could not go to Heaven on my own. That day after class, I bowed my head and asked Jesus to come into my heart.

Through much prayer and listening to the Holy Spirit’s leading, my wife and I have decided to join forces with veteran missionary Brian Johnston and his family in reaching the people of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.  Bro. Johnston has labored for ten years in the Toronto area to win souls, disciple believers, plant churches, and build a strong, pattern church, the Gospel Light Baptist Church.  Our plan is to join his team in planting, multiplying, and strengthening churches all around the Toronto area.

St. Amant Baptist Church

10414 ACY Rd, Saint Amant, Louisiana

225-675-5346

stamantbaptist.org

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Brian Hebert Prayer Letter: God’s Not Done Yet!

Brian Hebert Prayer Letter: God's Not Done Yet!Thank you so much for your continued support. The crazy world we’re living in now has made things all the more difficult. We don’t take your faithfulness for granted. The world changed on us faster than we had ever expected. At the beginning of March, things were moving along quite well, I thought. We were moving along nicely teaching on soul winning in our teenIMPACT program. I was even starting to see some very encouraging things happening in the discipleship of two of our teen guys. Paul, one of those guys went soul winning with me one Friday night and watched me witness to a Chinese man in the cold for 45 minutes or so. He never complained or fidgeted around to show his discomfort. The man didn’t get saved, but when we got back into my van, Paul said to me, “That was really good! It’s just like Pastor said, ‘Trust and obey.’” I was so encouraged by that interaction and his excitement over the process of witnessing. In an interesting twist that I never saw coming, that same young man, Paul, got saved the next day after admitting to me that he wasn’t really paying attention when he first heard the Gospel many months ago. There has been some confusion over the “Sinner’s Prayer,” so I had him pray in his own words. He prayed a powerful prayer of faith to call on the Lord to be saved. These developments had me riding on air; however, COVID-19 hit and put a bit of a monkey wrench into our plans. We have not met as a church since March 12.

From the time we found out we couldn’t meet at the school we rent until today, we’ve been doing everything online. Pastor Johnston and I have had to increase our knowledge of online stuff more than I ever thought we’d have to. Two months ago, I had never heard of Zoom, but now I have a very good working knowledge of it. Two months ago, our church was posting small clips of messages on Facebook to draw people to our website, but now we’re not only livestreaming services to Facebook but to YouTube as well. In some ways, we are reduced in “attendance,” and in other ways, we’ve had Gospel preaching go out more than ever.

In some ways, we’ve struggled with some individual efforts to reach our teens, but in other ways, we’re seeing growth. In teaching on soul winning, I challenged the young people to find 10 prayer warriors who would pray for them to have boldness in witnessing. I thought this would be tough with the quarantine in place, and I even said as much to them, but one of our young men suggested that we already had enough to meet that challenge right in our own youth group. That day, all the teens and my wife and I committed to praying for boldness in each other! Our teens seem to be catching a burden to reach other teens in the Greater Toronto Area, and that has me encouraged. Yes, I’ve been teaching on soul winning, getting a burden for souls, and redeeming the time that we have left before Jesus returns; but to hear them, of their own accord, say to me and each other, “We need to go after more teens when this virus clears” is very encouraging. The camaraderie amongst our teens is very good, and I thank the Lord that this trial has brought us closer together as a youth group and a church.

Are there challenges to all this COVID-19 stuff? Absolutely. We are not immune to the discouragement of it all, but I’m seeing the sun start to break through on the dark days we’ve seen. God is doing things; we just need to open our eyes. Liz and I recently finished implementing an idea that I found on Facebook; we left each of our neighbours a card offering our services to help with grocery/medicine pickups, prayer, urgent errands in case they were self-isolating. We included a Gospel tract and a church invitation with each card. (Email me if you’d like a template to make your own.) No one has yet to take us up on the offer, but we’re praying that through all of this, we can see souls saved and God glorified. Please pray for us that what God has taught us in tough times will not be wasted because better times are returning.

Pressing toward the mark,

Brian Hebert

May 13th, 2020|Tags: , |
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