Personal Testimonies

Personal Testimonies

“I thought the Lord had come” (30 min)

Willie Fenton and his brother were both saved on the same night in the summer of 1963. Willie had known the gospel all of his life, but the urgency of the matter had never really gripped him; until one night, when he realised that, if the Lord returned, he would be left behind for judgment. This is a touching story, full of interest and weighty spiritual import. Readings; Heb 12:25, Matt 24:38-42, John 3:16 (Story originally told in Northern Ireland)

“I Didn’t Even Know I Had a Soul” (24 min)

Chris Beresford grew up in the North-East of England in a home where the truth of the saving gospel of Christ was unknown. “I didn’t even know I had a soul,” is how Chris powerfully sums up the darkness he was in. But God intervened in Chris’s life. How? Through a Thursday night “children’s meeting” in a Gospel Hall. Listen to the wonderful story of Chris’s salvation and how God preserved him when his family subsequently made life very difficult…

“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…

“If there’s a God, I hate him” (54 min)

Stan Ford (1920-1991), once an atheist and a communist, tells the story of how he was converted to Christ in 1938. A large man, over six feet tall, with a strong voice and a distinct West Country accent, Stan Ford’s story will thrill your heart. He ran away from home at 13 and got a job at 5 shillings a week. Falling in love with boxing, he soon became good enough to make a living at it. His first brush…

“I wanted to know I was saved before I was saved”! (8 min)

Dave Bagnall grew up in Winnipeg, Canada, attending the West End Gospel Hall and knowing the gospel from a child. Moving to Vancouver at age 10, he lost his mother at 14. Attending gospel meetings by Albert Joyce and David Adams, one of Dave’s friends got saved. That shook him and he began seeking salvation himself, but he struggled as to how he could know for sure that he was saved. Listen to hear how Dave was saved and knew…

“One day I intended to be saved…” (12 min)

Redmond Blair from Vancouver, Canada, tells his story of conversion. Brought up hearing the gospel and memorizing Scripture, as “Reddie” grew older he became careless and lived for the enjoyments of the world. Awakened by the salvation of a friend, Reddie spend months searching for salvation, even daily reading his Bible alone at work in the lunch break, but he found he was much darker than ever he had realised and couldn’t find salvation. Then a cousin got saved; but…

“I never thought I’d be an adult and not saved” (24 min)

Seth McKinley, from Vancouver, Canada, grew up in a Christian family, knowing the gospel and memorizing Scripture. He was soft towards the gospel as a child, and at one point thought he was saved, but as the teenage years came he rebelled against the gospel and decided he would just “do his own thing”. University took him further away, but the prayers of his parents followed him and the Holy Spirit began to work in his heart. Listen to the…

Allen McCandless’s Testimony (23 min)

After some helpful comments about John 6:37, including details of how this verse was pivotal in no less than John Bunyan’s conversion, Allen McCandless (Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada) relates the story of his own conversion to Christ on July 29th 1979 – in which God again used this powerful verse: “Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). (Testimony given at Pugwash Junction conference, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2016)

A Devastating Question (31 min)

John Toisma was born into a religious home in the Netherlands in 1947. Emigrating as a young lad to British Columbia, Canada, John continued to be religiously minded, but was not saved. His mother died very tragically when John was 15. Then a preacher from a local Gospel Hall by the name of Lou Swaan contacted John and got him out to a gospel meeting. Afterwards, Lou asked him if he had ever been born again. John said “Yes”, and…

“The Lord Jesus said it: I have it!” (11 min)

Jeremiah Collins grew up “going to meetings”. He knew the gospel from childhood, but that was the problem: the gospel was so familiar to him that he stumbled over it and made very heavy weather of receiving it. When God convicted him of his sin and danger, he earnestly sought salvation, but still could not find deliverance. Listen to how Jeremiah finally found peace and rest in Christ (Testimony given at La Crosse Conference, Wisconsin, USA, 2015)

“I Said the Rosary Every Night” (34 min)

Butch Paquette grew up in a drunkard’s home in a poor community in Northern Ontario, Canada. After his father left, young Butch’s mother raised 7 children alone, reciting the rosary with them each evening at bedtime. Though an altar boy in the church, Butch became a troubled young lad who ended up spending time in numerous foster homes. Life went from bad to worse, leading to a number of visits to prison. But God worked in Butch’s life and in…