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 early. Some time later a Christian, who had shown kindness to Jim’s ill father, invited Jim to go and listen to the gospel preached by Billy Hughes, an ex-Aston Villa football player. God began to deal with Jim about his sin and a while afterwards Jim was saved by the roadside at “Coopers Corner” in Killeevan, Co Monaghan, in March 1947 aged 28. Jim eventually became a preacher of the gospel and saw many souls saved. At the close of his testimony he tells of an illness and an operation that brought him very close to death, and how the Lord was with him through it all (Testimony given in Ballymena on 23rd Oct 1988).