Louis Brant Biography, Iowa Evangelist - The 1940 s


Not only were the gospel efforts of Louis and his fellow laborers supported by his family, but by many other Christians of the Garnavillo assembly. Many a night a group of young people would journey to a nearby community where he was having meetings in a tent or a rented building and uphold his hands in the proclamation of the gospel.

After Louis & Sam Hamilton's meetings in Volga in 1941, George Gould shared meetings with Louis in Wadena in 1942. Early in 1943 Mr. William Warke came to Garnavillo by way of Clermont and he asked Louis if the gospel had ever been preached in that community. When the response was negative, he suggested that they pitch a tent in Clermont that summer. Unable to find a place for the tent in Clermont, they drove to the next town of Elgin, and there they were able to obtain a suitable location. However, there was little interest in the gospel in Elgin but a few people did come from Clermont and Brainard and were saved. George Walvatne, who had been saved a few years previously, and his family from West Union, also attended these meetings and an interest in eternal matters was stirred in several families.

William Warke continued to labor with Louis in the area surrounding West Union. In later years others joined Louis in holding gospel series in rented buildings, unused schoolhouses, or tents in the communities of Volga, Wadena, Elgin, Clermont, West Union, Hawkeye, Arlington, Brainard, Fayette, Randalia, Rossville, Lamont, Edge-wood, and Colesburg. Some of the Lord's servants who shared in these meetings, besides Sam Hamilton, George Gould, and William Warke, were Oliver Smith, Albert Mabunda, Lorne McBain, Herbert Dobson, Henry Wahls, Norman Crawford, and Steve Mick.
Louis and Amanda spent many hours visiting with both saints and sinners in the corner of northeast Iowa where God had called them to labor. Those that were saved were taught the truth of gathering to the Lord's name and to those that were not saved, they continued to warn them of the wrath to come. Many hours were spent on the road going to and from Garnavillo and Louis was often accompanied by those laboring with him or by his wife, Amanda. She was a true helpmeet in all his labors. Louis also encouraged younger brethren from the Garnavillo assembly to hold gospel meetings on Sunday evenings in homes that were open for such in Volga and West Union.

After six years of laboring in those parts, it was a pleasure for Louis and Amanda to sit down with fourteen local Christians to remember the Lord for the first time in the Breaking of Bread in the Lester Crain home near Brainard on March 2, 1947. One is reminded of the scripture found in Proverbs 14:23 "In all labor there is profit." What a happy day that must have been!

The Christians eventually bought an unused country school outside of West Union where they continued to maintain an assembly testimony in the area. That same schoolhouse was later moved into the town of West Union and continues, after renovations and an addition, to be the meeting place of the West Union assembly until this day.

Although Louis spent a great deal of time in the area surrounding West Union, he held a series of gospel meetings in Stout with Archie Stewart and also shared meetings with Leonard DeBuhr at Dumont and Hopkinton during the late 1940s.

When there were series of gospel meetings held by the Lord's servants in the Gospel Hall in Gamavillo, Louis often did not hold special meetings at that time, but supported his fellow laborers in visiting the unsaved in the area and bringing others to meetings. Their home was always open to the Lord's people and almost every Lord's Day when they were in Garnavillo they entertained Christians in their home for dinner. Otherwise, they spent the afternoon visiting the elderly saints in the area. When they were not at Garnavillo for the Lord's Day, they were visiting surrounding assemblies where Louis shared in the ministry of the Word to the Lord's people and the preaching of the gospel.

Although Louis spent many hours in visiting others, he was also available to help with duties at home or for other family members. It was during the late 1 940s that his son, Robert, moved to Garnavillo from Sunny View Farm to join his brother, Val, in business. Louis spent many hours helping in the construction of the new building that they put up for their business. And when his son, Val, built a new home, he was there to help in any way that he could. Also, in the last months of 1949, an addition was put onto the Gospel Hall in Garnavillo and Louis was there to lend a hand whenever possible.