Louis Brant Biography, Iowa Evangelist - 1950 s

PREACHING THE GOSPEL IN THE 50s

After many years of seeing the Lord's hand in blessing in the proclamation of the gospel in his home area and the surrounding communities, in 1952 the saints of the Garnavillo assembly heartily commended Louis Brandt in the work that he had been doing for the Lord.


He continued from time to time to hold gospel meetings in the area where he had seen the assembly in West Union planted. Lorne McBain, Paul Elliott, Herbert Dobson, and Robert Boyle all shared gospel meetings with Louis in the young assembly. But he also pursued a new field of labor by going into southwestern Wisconsin and had meetings as usual in unused country schools, tents, and rented buildings. He preached the gospel in Beetown, Soldiers Grove, MW. fin, Prairie du Chien, Ontario, Rockton, Eastman, Viola, and Lynxville. Sharing meetings with him in these areas were William Warke, Hector Alves, Steve Mick, Chauncey Yost and Henry Wahis. He and Henry also held meetings across the Mississippi River from some of these towns in Harpers Ferry, Marquette, Waukon and Luana, Iowa.


Louis, along with Henry Wahls, spent considerable time sounding forth the gospel message in the northeastern IowaMinnesota border towns during the last half of the 1 950s. The inhabitants of Lime Springs, Iowa, and York, Bristol, Ostrander, LeRoy, Taopi, Rushford, Canton, and Mabel, Minnesota were all visited with the gospel and are without excuse. A few here and there were reached and saved but an assembly testimony was never established in this area. Louis also held some gospel efforts in the western part of Minnesota near Slayton, when his daughter and son-in-law, Grant and Helene Zedicher, lived in that area during the mid- 1 950s.


In southeast Iowa along the Mississippi River, there was a small assembly in Grandview, Iowa, years ago but the lamp-stand had gone out in the late I 920s. Nearby in the little community of Letts a few Christians still remained although weak and small in number. During the winter of 1953, Louis, along with Dale Hyde, went to visit those Christians and found an interest in the gospel, so held meetings in the Letts Gospel Hall. They continued to follow up this interest in the ensuing years and from time to time held meetings in the tent during the summer months and in rented buildings or "Grandma" Gast's home in Grandview. Surrounding communities that were visited with the gospel were Muscatine, Wapello, and Columbus City and souls were reached and saved. Besides Dale Hyde, Steve Mick shared in many efforts in this area, along with Louis. On September 13, 1959, the Christians of that area sat down to remember the Lord for the first time in over 30 years. An afternoon ministry meeting followed in which Chauncey Yost, Dale Hyde and Louis participated. Three days later, on September 16, after many years of fruitful labor in that corner of the vineyard, Dale Hyde was suddenly called home to glory.


Louis confined his field of labor primarily to northeastern Iowa, southwestern Wisconsin, and southern Minnesota. Often on a cold winter night or when the weather was stormy and wet, he would record that "the Lord exceeded our expectations" when people came in to hear the gospel in spite of the inclement weather. He didn't travel far in proclaiming the gospel but did hold one series of meetings at Sault St. Marie, Michigan, with William Warke in early 1950.


Louis and Amanda did not travel far from their home area but in the fall of 1953 attended the Phoenix, Arizona, conference over the Thanksgiving weekend. They had a minor auto accident on the second day of their journey in Bethany, Missouri, so Val and Ivy, with their two oldest children, Ruth and Larry, drove to Bethany and took them on to Phoenix. After the conference, they went on to the West Coast and enjoyed visiting some of the assemblies in California. This was their only trip west of the state of Iowa.


Sunny View Farm, still owned by Louis and Amanda but not occupied by any of the family, was not forgotten by them. Louis spent many hours there when he was available tending to repairs and renovations as needed. The trees in his apple orchard were carefully sprayed and tended to and in the fall season the fruits of his labors were shared by many. Louis and Amanda would distribute bags of apples near and far. And all the family would come home for a weekend each fall for apple picking day.
Louis was there when time permitted, to help his son, Robert, when he built his new home in Gamavillo. When Val purchased a home in Garnavillo (later occupied by Freda Adams) and put an addition onto it, he was right there again to lend a helping hand. That was the tenor of his life -- doing for others! Amanda shared this passion, too, sometimes doing laundry for others, making clothes for new babies and children, and knitting slippers for cold feet.


Their car always carried extra passengers when they went to area conferences. Their desire was to see others under the sound of the Word of God, especially those that were new believers. Often at the end of such times of the gatherings of the Lord's people, Louis would note that "it was a day in the courts of the Lord!"


Louis and Amanda shared many happy wedding days of Christian couples, when Louis joined them in holy matrimony. Quite often these were his converts. He was licensed to marry in both Iowa and Wisconsin and during his lifetime married 34 couples.