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building on Country Road. During one of   Joyce caught him before he went under,
        Mr. Harris’s visits to Toronto, he impressed   and after quieting him, continued with the
        upon young men the need to get out with   normal routine.
        the gospel, and pressed upon Bert Joyce   On May 20, 1951 the assembly in Corner
        and George Heidman to join him for a sum-  Brook was formed, and a small group sat
        mer in this smaller city of Corner Brook. In   down to remember the Lord, according
        1950, these two brethren joined Mr. Harris,   to His Word, for the first time. In August
        along with Donald Moffatt who was living   of 1951, Mr. Harris and Mr. Joyce held
        in St. John’s at the time, and Andrew Aiken   tent meetings in an area of Corner Brook
        who had come earlier from Sydney, Nova   called Humber Heights where there was
        Scotia. The two brethren from Ontario ar-  an encouraging response with some young
        rived on the Sunday afternoon at 5pm to   folk trusting Christ. In the fall and winter
        begin advertised meetings that night. Five   to follow, Mr. Harris was with Mr. Pearcey
        brethren spoke that first night with Mr.   in California, leaving Mr. Joyce to preach
        Harris closing. Brother Moffatt and Aiken   and teach young believers. Later in the
        left shortly after, and meetings continued.   Spring of 1952, Ernie Dellandrea came to
        God was pleased to work, and a few souls   help, at which time Bert Joyce returned
        professed faith in Christ.           to Toronto to wed his bride. In August of
          It was decided that a more permanent   1952, tent meetings were held in the vicin-
        building was needed, since the land on   ity of the present gospel hall on Country
        which the portable had been placed was   Road. Mr. George Campbell, saved in 1950
        not available. Land was obtained from   in Vancouver, came to help with tent meet-
        Bowaters Mill, below Broadway, at the end   ings held by Herb Harris and Bert Joyce in
        of Valley Road. This area is now part of the   Lark Harbour, with blessing in salvation.
        Valley Mall, but it was used for a number of   In 1971, a tent was erected on a pur-
        years by the gospel hall. A foundation was   chased piece of property at the corner of
        built in the Fall of 1950, and the portable   Lind’s and Country Road. Following these
        hall, with reinforcements, was placed on   meetings, the construction of the new
        top and became the Corner Brook Gospel   hall began on this same property. Shortly
        Hall. In November, Bert Joyce returned   thereafter, the assembly met in this new
        to Toronto and Kenora. George Heidman   location, where it has continued to this
        later went to other parts of the Maritimes.   day. The saints held their first conference
          During the absence of Bert Joyce in the   in 1973.
        late Fall of 1950, the gospel hall on Valley   As with every testimony for God, the
        Road was opened by Herb Harris and Mr.   enemy is not far. Over the years, the as-
        Wallace Cudmore. Upon Bert’s return in   sembly in Corner Brook has experienced
        May of 1951, the first baptism was carried   its difficulties. In a day of ever increasing
        out in the hall, where a tank was suspend-  compromise and departure, we look to
        ed at floor level and covered by a hinged   the Lord for grace to maintain assembly
        floor. Strange things can happen, and one   testimony, based on the Biblical precepts,
        brother who did not apparently under-  principles, and the pattern found clearly in
        stand the procedure, but who wanted to   His Word. “God is faithful, by Whom ye are
        go first, suddenly jumped into the tank   called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus
        causing surprise and a great splash. Mr.   Christ our Lord” (1Cor 1:9, KJV).

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