Historical Testimonies

Historical Testimonies

Matthew McKillen – “Am I saved or am I not saved?”

Matthew McKillen (1936-2018) was saved on 30th Aug 1947 as a boy of 10. In this heart-warming testimony he tells how both his mother and father were saved and reveals the fascinating background to his own privileged upbringing in a godly home. Matthew and his wife Margaret were associated for many years with the Gospel Hall in Cambridge Avenue, Ballymena (formerly Wellington Street). Though a busy businessman, Matthew devoted his life to the local assembly, to the visitation of the…

Leonard Mullan – Saved in Carnlough by the Sea (21 min)

Leonard Mullan (1918-2004)  was born the year WW1 ended, and the Spanish Flu pandemic began. He grew up in “Carnlough by the sea”, from whence he would eventually go to Japan to serve the Lord. He was saved in meetings held in his parents’ home, taken by Messrs Joseph Stewart and David Craig. This is a recording made when Mr Mullan was 85 years old, saved for 73 years!  The record of his and his wife Agnes’s 37 years in…

Jim Martin – 51 Years in the Lord’s Work (39 min)

Jim Martin (1925-2017) was saved in Banbridge on 1st April 1941 in the 5th week of gospel meetings being held by evangelist David Craig. In this recording, given in Ballymena in 2002, shortly after the homecall of his dear wife Elizabeth, Mr Martin tells both his testimony and how the Lord called him to preach the gospel. In 1951 he went out full time and in this message he recalls many interesting and encouraging stories from 51 years of service.…

George Alexander – How God Saved Me (20 min)

George Alexander (1894-1973) was born in Co Tyrone, Ireland, back in the 19th century. (His distinct localised accent may be a struggle for some listeners!). One day, as a mischievous and worldly young man, George made a plan with half a dozen other young lads to interrupt and disturb a series of gospel meetings being held in a barn near his home by evangelists J. McCullough and T. Braidner. But God intervened in George’s scheme. His companions never showed up,…

Frank Tornaquindici – The Influence of a Godly Mother (19 min)

Frank Tornaquindici (1934-2019) was saved as a teenager on March 8th 1948. On a visit to the Larne Conference in Northern Ireland in 1998 he told his testimony, but with a difference. Rather than speak about himself, he told of the remarkable influence of his mother. Frank’s parents were raised in the Roman Catholic church, but God used an open air meeting to bring the gospel of the grace of God into the family. The godly influence of Frank’s parents…

“I would have given anything to get God’s salvation” (26 min)

Bert Joyce (1927-2017) was raised in a Christian family under the sound of the gospel. He knew the Scriptures from his earliest days and sat under the preaching of mighty men of God like his uncle Albert Joyce, and Herb Harris. However, Bert, like many children brought up in such privileged circumstances, wanted to get away from the gospel and enjoy the world. But God visited Bert with a sickness that nearly took his life. He sobered up and sought…

“One word exploded in my mind: Eternity!” (37 min)

Ben Sutton (1922-2007) grew up in a drunkard’s home. Hardship turned to tragedy when his mother died while he was still a boy. When Ben left school he became a coal miner and then, during WW2, he was in the Merchant Navy. He saw the horrors of war close-up, as German U-boats targetted the British and US ship convoys. At war’s end, Ben returned home to South Shields in the north east of England, where his favourite places were the…

“Man Overboard!” – Stories of the Sea (51 min)

Deep sea fisherman Alex McLean (1932-2019) recounts how he was saved in Stornoway, Scotland, in 1954 in his early 20’s. He had tried boxing, dancing, smoking and drinking, but discovered that life is empty without Christ. John Noble Steven showed kindness to Alex and shared the gospel with him. Taken to a gospel meeting the Lord saved Alex the very first time he heard the gospel preached. There follows an incredible account of Alex’s life at sea, which includes the…

The Bergsma family – Reached through a Rice Pudding! (32 min)

Andrew Bergsma (1930-2013) grew up in a “Dutch Reformed” home in Canada. His family endured poverty during the Great Depression. All 9 children were raised in the old fashioned way and walked 5 miles to church and back twice on the Lord’s Day. A lady from a nearby Gospel Hall saw the large family of children and visited with a rice pudding and an invitation to Sunday School. That was the opening for the gospel in the Bergsma home that…

Tom Bentley and Bob Neill – Reminiscences (52 min)

After labouring faithfully for the Lord in Africa for 50 years, Mr Bob Neill (1920-2006) was invited to a meeting in Northern Ireland (Mr Neill’s homeland) to speak about his 5 decades of missionary service. Before Mr Neill spoke, one of his close friends, another missionary called Tom Bentley (1924-2011) – who served the Lord for over 50 years in Malaysia – stood to his feet and reminisced about “the early days” both men had enjoyed in Ebenezer Gospel Hall…

Part 2 – The Rest of Peter Orasuk’s Life Story (49 min)

Parties, drugs, violence, debt, jail…”then Jesus came and bade his darkness flee”. Peter Orasuk’s (1948-2005) remarkable story of conversion has gone all around the world and been used by God to bless many people. But what happened next? How did life turn out for the former conman and chronic addict from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada? Is God’s salvation real? Does it really change people from the inside out? Does it last? In this recording, from October 1997, Peter tells…

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…