Bert Joyce (1927-2017) was saved on 16th April 1939 as a 12 year old boy, sitting at the back of a Hall observing the breaking of bread meeting. As he listened to the singing of When I Survey the Wondrous Cross he pondered its deep significance to the believers sitting in the circle. Opening his Bible to Isaiah 53:6, he was saved as he understood for the first time that he was the stray sheep whose sins the Lord had laid on His Son at the cross. At the young age of 23 Bert travelled to Corner Brook, Newfoundland, to help Mr. Herb Harris in a new gospel outreach. There Bert developed a love for souls and in 1951 the assembly at Brock Street Gospel Hall, Toronto, commended Bert to the work full time. Bert married Miss Emily Gould a year later. Their labours “out East” in the Maritime provinces of Canada, and in Newfoundland and Labrador, were fruitful in the salvation of souls and the planting of new assemblies. In this report, given at the Toronto Easter Conference in 1986, he speaks of the men who pioneered the work – some of whole he laboured with – men like William Brennan, John Dickson, Isaac McMullan, Herb Harris, Frank Pearcey and Doug Howard, and of how assemblies were planted in places like St John’s and Cornerbrook. Bert and Emily Joyce have left behind them a worthy legacy of decades of faithful, fruitful service.
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