Louis Brant Biography, Iowa Evangelist - 1960 s


On June 3, 1960, many of the Lord's dear people in Northeast Iowa, bid farewell to a much loved gospel preacher. Louis was one of the pallbearers who carried his father in the faith, Oliver Smith, to his final resting-place to await the glorious resurrection morning. Oliver's desire was for those who labored with him to continue the work that he had so diligently carried out in seeking to win sinners for Christ.

In keeping with this interest in lost souls, Louis wrote a gospel tract entitled "What Must I Do to be Saved?" and had it published in 1960. Amanda also wrote a gospel tract "How I Was Brought to Christ" recounting the dealings of God with her in her life and how she found peace and rest for her soul.

Although in his late seventies and into his eighties during this decade, Louis continued to faithfully preach the Word. He labored primarily with Henry Wahis and they covered much territory in southwestern Wisconsin holding gospel meetings in rented buildings and gospel tents. There was a man in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, by the name of Mr. Wacouta, who owned a drug store on Main Street, and he was very willing to rent the upstairs room above the store for the preaching of the gospel. Many weeks of meetings, that were supported by the Christians of Gamavillo, Lynxville, and Beetown, were held there and souls were saved and some added to these assemblies. Others that professed never saw the truth of gathering only to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and continued in the tradition of their fathers. But they are members of the body of Christ and will be in Heaven as a result of the labors of the two brethren in that place, who preached there for 12 consecutive years.

Other communities, besides Prairie du Chien, visited with the gospel in Wisconsin, were Ontario, Soldiers Grove, Patch Grove, New Auburn, Brotville, Bloomer, Beetown, Mt. Hope, Platteville, Highland, and Bell Center. In communities on the other side of the Mississippi River in Iowa, namely Waukon, Rossville, and Dubuque, gospel meetings were also held by our brethren Louis and Henry and some crossed the river to support and attend these meetings.

Louis never forgot the small assembly which he and Dale Hyde saw planted in Grandview and often between series of gospel meetings in other areas would visit the Christians there for a week of meetings, sometimes in ministry and also preaching the gospel, if unsaved were present.

Many a Lord's Day was also spent with the assembly in West Union, where Louis had previously seen fruit for his labors, to encourage the saints. In the early 60s, he and Henry Wahls labored for twelve weeks in the gospel there. Leonard DeBuhr shared another long series in 1967 at West Union. Chauncey Yost and Steve Mick also shared some meetings with Louis during these years.

Louis and Henry took their tent to various communities in Iowa during the summer months. They were in Colesburg (1960), Fredricksburg (1961), Lisbon & Stanwood (1962), Charles City (1963), and Volga (1969). They also held meetings in a rented building in Strawberry Point in 1966.

Louis and Amanda never spent much time beyond the corner of the vineyard where the Lord had called them to labor. They did attend a few conferences out of the area, including the conference in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1962, with Val and Ivy. Robert and Helen took them to the Sarnia, Ontario, conference in 1963, and the Sault St. Marie, Ontario, conference in 1967. Their only visit to the east coast was in 1966 to attend the wedding of their grandson, Philip Brandt, in New Jersey and at that time Robert and Helen took them to visit the Gospel Hall Home in Longport, as well as to see New York City and Washington, D.C.

On April 14, 1968, Louis was not able to attend the Breaking of Bread due to being hospitalized. This was only his third absence from the remembrance meeting. The other two times were when there was no meeting due to a blizzard, and when he got stuck in the mud during the spring of the year when he went to pick up someone for the meeting. By the time he got his car out and got to the meeting, it was over.