Bert is home

With deep regret and sorrow we inform you that Bert Hills has passed away. While we are deeply saddened by this we know our hope is found in Christ alone.

As Bert's family, friends and community our hearts are heavy and grieving. Yet we believe that Bert is now with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and we hold to the promise that Christ will return from heaven as our Saviour too. Until that day we will miss Bert, so we ask that you pray for us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

Visitation will be on Wednesday April 13 from 5pm-8pm at the Streetlight Centre

Address: 82 Ferguson Avenue North, Hamilton

The Funeral service will be on Thursday April 14 at 1:30pm at the Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church. Interment following funeral service.

Afterwards there will be time to connect and talk with each other, there will be refreshments as well.

Address: 353 Stonechurch Road East, Hamilton

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Streetlight Christian Church as requested by Bert's wife Lisa.

Thursday March 10

Bert's family is organizing a search for him. You are invited to join in the neighbourhood search and the distribution of flyers. If you can't be there in person, we ask that you will be with us in prayer.


When: Saturday March 12th
Time: 11am
Where: Tim Horton's on King and Caroline

Friday March 4

A lot of people are still asking if there is word on Bert Hills. There is none. There were video surveillance recordings, but the police have found that they are of other people, not Bert.

People are also talking about posting a reward for any information that leads to finding Bert again. There is conversation with Bert's children and the police to see if they recommend that.

We keep coming back to Psalm 27: "Wait for the Lord. Be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."

Tuesday March 1

Here is a link to the hymn that Bert talks about in the video below.

We ask you to continue your prayers that we may stand firmly rooted in Christ during these difficult times.

The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
Psalm 145:18

Tuesday February 22

Weeks have passed since Bert Hills was last seen. He has disappeared without a trace. He is out of our hands, but remains in God’s hands and God always brings his children home. This is the comfort that we hold on to. This does not mean it is not hard, waiting is difficult. As a community we have come together to talk about it, to pray and to simply be together. It is amazing to see that in this difficult time God has surrounded us with people who love, and share and struggle together. Many people have asked about Bert, offered to help, and above all people have lifted prayers to our Almighty God.

We ask that you continue to do so. Please pray for peace in hearts that are heavy, please pray for patience that goes beyond understanding and please continue to pray that Bert may be found soon.

from a much loved hymn at Streetlight:

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

Tuesday February 15

This is part of a video that was made for Streetlight in October of 2009.

Watching Bert speak might trigger different feelings. A reminder of how much we miss our brother in Christ and at the same time a feeling of encouragement - on the throne of Bert's heart is God, his loving Father.

"..we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf."

Hebrews 16:18-20a

In this storm may Jesus Christ be the anchor.