Historical Testimonies

Historical Testimonies

Jim Smyth – Testimony of Salvation (33 min)

Born in New Bliss, Co Monaghan, Ireland, Jim Smyth (1919-2012) grew up without a knowledge of the gospel. His father drank a lot, leaving the family dirt poor. Jim was a hard working young man who enjoyed the pleasures of the world in the local badminton team and as the drummer in a dance band. He heard the gospel once from two “Faith Mission pilgrims” in a meeting in New Bliss, but he didn’t like it and left the meeting…

Norman Mellish – How I Learned the Truth of the Assembly (38 min)

Norman Mellish was saved as a teenager. You can hear him tell the story of his conversion here. Now, in this recording, he tells the story of his life after God saved him, and how he learnt the truth of the local assembly. In his 20’s Norman got caught up in the Pentecostal Movement, and in a dramatic meeting one evening he had an experience of “speaking in tongues” (he gives some examples!). He then spend 5 years mixed up…

The 1859 Revival – with Photos (21 min)

Wilbert Crawford (1928-2018) tells the story of how the “1859 Revival” in Ulster (Northern Ireland) led to the formation of numerous assemblies in the area where he lived (Co Antrim). He tells how the Lord gathered believers together as churches of God in Kells, Clonkeen, Crosskeys and Ballybolan in those early days of gospel blessing late in the 19th century. One of the 4 young men who met to pray in the Old Schoolhouse in Kells, Northern Ireland, where the…

Eric McCullough – Testimony (8 min)

In this recording, made in 1961, Eric McCullough (1925-2020) tells how God saved him in Bangor, Northern Ireland, as a boy of 12, the day after a series of gospel meetings with David Craig had finished. Eric’s father, James McCullough, was a preacher of the gospel who had moved from the UK to Nova Scotia, Canada, to preach the gospel. It was on a visit back to Ireland in 1938, young Eric was saved. Back in North America Eric was…

Bill Lavery’s Life Story (39 min)

Born in 1933, Bill Lavery turned his back on the gospel as a teenager and “took his journey into a far country” seeking pleasure. Bill thought he “had it all”, as drinking, gambling and ballroom dancing filled his spare time. After marriage, he emigrated to the USA (in 1961), settling in Michigan. He secured a good job and enjoyed a “cocktail party” lifestyle into his early thirties. But God began to work in his life. Numerous people had been praying…

Norman Crawford – How God Saved Me (7 min)

Norman Crawford (1927-2013) was saved on Friday 1st April 1938. 75 years later, at the age of 86, in the year he went home to heaven, he rose to his feet in the Gospel Hall in Jackson, Michigan, USA (his home town) and told the story of his conversion. It’s clear from this recording that the passing decades had not dimmed the memory of that moment, nor had they lessened the joy he knew in His Saviour and the finished…

Andrew Bergsma – Testimony of Salvation (5 min)

In 2011, two years before he went home to heaven, Andrew Bergsma stood to his feet at the Cedar Falls Conference and told – in less than 5 minutes – how God had saved him, decades before, as a young man. It was a typically enthusiastic and joyful testimony from an evangelist who had spent the previous 50 years earnestly preaching the gospel to all who would listen. Saved on 11th October 1951 in Vancouver, Andrew crossed the continent of…

Robert Craig’s Testimony of Salvation (36 min)

Robert Craig’s (1898-1987) life story is hard to take in. Running away from home in 1914, he “signed up” and joined the British Army. Sent off to France at the beginning of World War 1, he saw action at the battles of the Somme, Ypres and Saint Quentin, and survived 4 full years of conflict. He relates how, time after time, he was the only one who survived an attack, or a shell or some other mortal danger. Returning to…

Bob Surgenor’s Testimony of Salvation (54 min)

Robert Surgenor (1928- ) tells the amazing story of God’s grace and mercy to him during the first 24 years of his life when, first as a mischievous child and then as a reckless youth, he had repeated brushes with death but was spared every time. He was later saved through the witness of his wife and the preaching of the gospel, all in answer to his mother’s heartfelt prayer when Robert had pneumonia as a child. It’s not uncommon…

John Grant – How I Found the Assembly (35 min)

John Grant (1942-2020) was a frequent visitor to Bicester and we always enjoyed and were challenged by his ministry. John was from Scotland and travelled widely preaching the Word of God with clarity and energy. A real character, John had a strong sense of humour that was never far away even in the pulpit! Here in this message/testimony John tells the story of his early years, how he was saved and how he found his way to an assembly gathered…

Harold Paisley – 50 Years in the Work (57 min)

Harold Spurgeon Paisley (1924-2015) tells his testimony elsewhere on this site (HSP testimony) but here in this recording he recalls 50 years of labour in the gospel and in the ministry of the Word. Starting in 1945, the year after he was saved, in Carnlough, Enniskillen and Fivemiletown, Mr Paisley launched out in gospel work. In the early days he worked with men like Thomas Campbell, Joe Stewart and Thomas Wallace. He tells how in 1949 he preached in Mullahara,…

Albert McShane – Men Who Influenced Me (22 min)

Mr Albert McShane (1914-2002) was a mighty expositor of the Word of God and a much used gospel preacher. Awakened to his need of salvation in a prayer meeting in January 1929, he sought salvation at once. After a struggle that same evening, his thoughts finally turned to John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life”. Considering the death of Christ he realised, “Now if the Son has satisfied God for me, and what He has done…
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