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ou Swaan was born September 5,    For a few years the couple attended
             1930 in Koog aan de Zaan in the   the Evangelical Church. However, while
        LNetherlands, and was called home    reading his Bible, Lou became convinced
        to glory August 7, 2017. He was in failing   that the assembly was the place where he
        health for some time with heart and stroke   should worship His Lord. Lou loved to
        problems.                            visit people and witnessed to young and
          After World War II, many people em-  old about his newly found faith. He always
        migrated to other countries as the future in   followed up with further visits.
        the Netherlands was bleak. In 1948, Lou’s   In those days, brother Andrew Bergsma
        parents emmigrated to Canada, where   was working as a full-time evangelist in
        his father bought a farm in the Lower   Newfoundland. Brother Bergsma sent a
        Mainland of British Columbia. The family   letter to the assemblies to ask for a person
        faithfully attended church, but Lou found   who would be willing to evangelize with
        it difficult to make John 5:24 his own. He   him in the Netherlands. Lou prayed about
        believed the Bible, but struggled with how   it, and accepted the call to join Andrew.
        to get saved.                        In 1968, Lou sold his farm and departed
          When he was visiting brother and sister   for the Netherlands with his family (com-
        Vandewetering, he heard, for the first time,   mended  by  the Abbotsford  and  West
        about how an uncle of Cap Vandewetering   Richmond assemblies). They first lived in
        had gotten saved. When Lou came home   a condo in Hoogeveen and later, he bought
        from the visit, he said to Truus, his fiancée,   a hobby farm in Dedemsvaart so that he
        “This is what I also want.” He was about   could still look after animals. It remained
        21 years old at that time. He and Truus   a hobby, though, as his desire was to be
        were married on November 11, 1954. They   active in the Lord’s work. He and Andrew
        made their home in Langley, BC, where   worked together and evangelized using a
        he worked together with his father on his   tent in summers and continuing indoors
        farm. Later, he bought a farm of his own,   during winter seasons. After a few con-
        and the Lord blessed their marriage with   tacts were saved, Lou bought a big house
        three daughters and a son. After a year of   in Dedemsvaart and remodeled it into a
        running his farm, Lou went one day to the   place suitable for assembly meetings. That
        loft of the barn, and there in quietness, he   remained his home assembly in the Neth-
        trusted the Lord Jesus and was assured that   erlands until his homecall. Brother Cap
        he was forever a child of God. Two days   Vandewetering also joined the brethren in
        later his wife was also saved.       the work in Holland. All these workers are
          After Lou accepted Christ as his personal   now enjoying the presence of their Lord
        Lord and Savior, his songs changed from   Whom they so faithfully served.
        cowboy songs to Christian hymns. While   In 1968, the brethren saw a need to
        sitting on his tractor, he sang those hymns   provide Christian reading material for
        so wholeheartedly that neighbors won-  believers. Brother Hans Bouwman was
        dered what had happened to Lou Swaan!  already planning to publish a magazine,

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