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
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."
In this storm may Jesus Christ be the anchor.
Prayer is very powerful and very much necessary for God's people. It is the way in which we can lay before God our worries, our troubles but it is also a way in which we can give thanks. Some time ago at a men's bible study we looked at Romans 8 where the Apostle Paul speaks in verse 26 about the groaning of the Holy Spirit. When we don't know what to pray the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us. He ensures that the prayers of our heart are brought before the throne of God. He brings them before the throne of God with groaning that cannot be understood. What a comfort to know that even if we don't know what to pray, God will hear us.
We ended our time of prayer with the prayer that Jesus taught us. It is through Him that we may call upon God as our Father in Heaven. We have a Father in heaven who knows what is best for His Children. We don't always understand why things happen in our lives. But we know for certain that God has a purpose for everything that happens in our lives. And that He does not allow even a hear to fall from our head without his will.
"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:19-20)
- Rob Bonefaas
There have been several churches offering to send teams downtown to look for him. Others call for updates so that they might keep their congregations informed for accurate prayers.
The love which many have for Bert and Lisa is amazing. The only love for Bert and Lisa greater than this is the love of God for them. We take much comfort in that.
God has engraved Bert on the palms of his hands (Isa 49:16).
We are deeply troubled by this event and find refuge only in prayer. Sunday evening, the Streetlight church reflected on Psalm 27 "I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord. Be strong and wait for the Lord." That is what we do. Please continue to pray that God blesses the search for Bert so that we find him.
The investigating team have been extremely thorough. Anyone connected to the Streetlight Church has been contacted, so police have often been the ones to inform people of Bert’s disappearance.
We don’t know where Bert is. But God does. He is in his care. For Bert, it remains true that underneath are the everlasting arms. Please pray that God blesses the search for Bert so that we find him.
Please pray also for Lisa, and Bert’s three children: John, Paul and Kelley, that God give them hope and rest. God’s ways are not our ways, but his ways are always best.
Albert HILLS, 62 yrs., of Hamilton was last seen on January 30th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Albert HILLS resides in the downtown core area and was last seen by his wife prior to leaving his home to go to a downtown area business. Albert HILLS’ family is concerned for his well being as this behaviour is out of character for him. Albert HILLS suffers a medical condition that requires medication.
Albert HILLS is described as:
• male• white• 5’ 7” • thin build • approximately 110 lbs.• short gray hair• goatee• brown eyes
*******Updated Clothing description*******
It is now believed that HILLS was wearing a cotton plaid dress shirt, dark green cargo style pants, a black bomber style coat with a hood and white writing and brown and red shoes.
Hamilton Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Albert HILLS to contact the Division One S/Sgt’s office at 905-546-4725 or Central Reception at 905-546-4771.
UPDATE…….February 2nd, 2011
Hamilton Police continue to search for missing person Albert HILLS.Investigators are asking homeowners to check their properties, outbuildings and sheds and anyone with information on the whereabouts of HILLS is asked to contact the Division One S/Sgt’s office at 905-546-4725 or Central Reception at 905-546-4771.