Brian and Liz Hebert2020-12-30T14:48:42-06:00

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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: Ending the Year with New Perspective

Brian Hebert Prayer Letter: Ending the Year with New PerspectiveIt truly feels like only a few months ago that we were looking at 2020 with hope that “our” plans would go forward without a hitch and that we could go on as normal. That’s obviously not what happened. We found ourselves in a new world we didn’t recognize, and that new world made us adjust the method—not the message—of the Gospel. In fact, more people than ever have had nothing but death and the desire to escape it on their minds for the majority of the year.

We started our November with renewed focus on teaching and training the young people here in our church. It’s been a burden on my heart for each of them to have the know-how and the confidence to be able to share the Gospel before they move out of the house and go off to college. As the Lord gave us opportunity each week, my wife and I were able to take most of our teens out personally for soul-winning training time as we knocked doors. We focused on helping them make the next step in their duty to share the Gospel. For some, it was being confident enough to speak at the door and invite someone to church; for others, it was learning how to transition from inviting someone to church to bringing up the Gospel. We’ve not arrived yet, but that’s why I’m asking you all to pray. Pray that I am the leader I should be to teach them what they need to know. Pray that I am the encourager I need to be so that, with the Spirit’s leading, I can instill confidence in them. Pray that their hearts are receptive to stepping up and sharing Christ. We continued this until cold weather and COVID hit us again.

We also spent November and December working with the teens on their Christmas Program. Each week, and sometimes daily, I tried to be the annoying “Jiminy Cricket,” making sure that they were reading and practicing their parts. At first, they were shocked and a little trepidatious that we were doing this, and I heard more than one plea to make it easier. But as time went on, I could see confidence starting to grow in them. We kept encouraging, and they kept working. God’s goodness was with us in a very unique way though, as just the week before the program was to be performed and recorded before a live audience, it was announced that we would be put on full lockdown AGAIN! This could have been a spirit-killer, but God was so good to give Pastor Johnston the idea to record it the Sunday beforehand at church. This also gave our teens the opportunity to record their lines without the pressure to get it right the first try because we could just edit out the mistakes . . . which were relatively few, truth be told. The teens really surprised me in that, for the most part, their lines were memorized and their delivery of their parts was well thought out. This is in no small part due to the excellent parents they have guiding them from home. They did a phenomenal job. I pray it is a confidence booster that shows them when they work hard and depend on God, He can use them for great things. If you watch them do their parts, you’d think they’ve been doing this for years. The Gospel was clearly presented through their ministry. Please pray that those touched by their work will be saved and added to the church.

We are fully online again and in full lockdown. We are limited in some ways, but God has been using the online presence at Gospel Light Baptist Church of Richmond Hill to lead people to Christ and share God’s message of hope to many in our area. Without COVID, we might not have done any of this as fast as we did. Please pray as we finish our Gospel Mailing Project (mailing Gospel tracts to homes in our area) and for the continued work of the Gospel Film we had personalized by Evangelist Caleb Garraway. Please pray again for our neighbours as we gave some Christmas cookies and Gospel booklets to those we’ve connected with on a personal level over this past year. Pray for spiritual strength; this has been a difficult year that has revealed many areas in which I personally need God to grow me. I personally hate this COVID thing, but I love the God Who sent it and knew it was for our good and His glory. We want to do more for Jesus in 2021. Hope you’ll join us.

Pressing toward the mark,

Brian Hebert

January 17th, 2021|Tags: , |
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