- Parent Category: History
- Category: Personal Stories
- Published on Monday, 31 March 2008 18:09
Bryan Joyce’s Story:
In the early 1950’s Bert and Emily Joyce had moved from the Toronto Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador to spread the message of God’s love to this area of world. With the lack of good roads the gospel was brought to many villages by boat and small aircraft. It was in the small Labrador fishing town of Red Bay, that Bryan, Bert and Emily’s sixth child was born.
As a child I enjoyed life. Summer was a time for fishing trips, games and berry picking, while winter with all of its snow offered endless fun. The one thing that stands out in my mind as a boy was the importance given to the Word of God. It was a daily practice in our home for the family to sit around the table to read the Word of God and pray. My parents realized the value of eternal things and instilled the truth and principles of God’s Word into our minds.
In 1973 we moved to Corner Brook a small city of 25,000 on the west coast of Newfoundland and as a boy of seven I easily fit into the new environment. As I grew older the reality of my spiritual need before God began to bother me more and more. I knew from the Bible that I was a sinner and I also knew I could not change the condition of my heart myself. It was on the 27th day of June, 1981, with my mother at my side, after a long ordeal of struggling that I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord while reading in 1 John1:7, “The blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin.” I found out that night that when Jesus died, He was dying for my sin. My acceptance of Jesus by faith brought me into the knowledge of sins all forgiven. Not long after my salvation I obeyed the Biblical teaching of water baptism and formed a part of a local Bible believing church that gathered in New Testament simplicity.
I graduated from high school in 1985 with an interest in the field of electronics. Hearing of a good program I moved to Toronto with and was accepted at RCC Radio College of Canada. I finished with both Engineering Technician and Technology degrees and soon after started working with Northern Telecom designing and testing communication equipment. Being low on the seniority list I was laid off with the Bell Canada strike of 1989 and returned home to Newfoundland to seek employment.
I took the months following to get my private pilot’s license and then got employment with the Newfoundland Telephone Company. In 1992 the greatest thing apart from salvation happened when I married my Rachel, a girl from Augusta Maine, USA. We both had a deep care for the need of others to hear the gospel, and so after seven years of secular work, I left to preach the good news of the Bible. In 2004 we moved to Toronto to help in the spread of the gospel among the Chinese immigrants in Scarborough. A small church has been formed in this area and the gospel continues to reach into the lives of many. Presently we live in Oakridge’s Ontario with our family of four children and continue with God’s help to share the Good News of God’s salvation.
For more history about Gospel work in Newfoundland, see the autobiography of George Campbell.