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|Les & Mary Bishop and family||08/07/2002 at 10:09pm GMT|
|To the Smith family.|
As iron sharpens iron.....
We only met Barry briefly for those precious few days in Winsford at the Civic Centre and at the church for his last few speaking engagements.
The Lord made it possible for me to make the last videos of Barry's ministry and take the last few pictures of his time before his "promotion".
In the few moments we spent together I felt a warmth and friendship with Barry that is seldom
found with others.
He has now received his welcome from the one he loved to serve.
The good and faithful servant has gone home.
He will be missed by those left behind, but never forgotten.
Thank you Lord for giving us a beacon light in Barry, no longer feeling crook but sitting at the feet of his Lord.
"To be in your presence, to sit at your feet,
where your love surrounds me, and makes me complete, this is my desire o Lord, this is my desire"
My son and his girlfriend went forward that last Saturday night, he to re-commit to his first love, she to make a commitment.
I am surprised you didn't hear my shout of "YES LORD" in New Zealand!
The Lord bless you for releasing Barry to his calling.
Les & Mary Bishop & Family
New Life Pentecostal Church
|John & Joan Lewis||08/07/2002 at 08:55pm GMT|
|It was our privilege and pleasure to be present at many of Barry's meetings and to be involved in ISM ministry for several years. We shall be eternally indebted to Barry for his dedication to the ministry and being responsible for bringing 3 of our children back to the Lord when ministering at Fleet, Hampshire, England. During our tours we also got to know May, Andrew & Saskia and we have fond memories of all of you. Our thoughts are with you at this time and may the Lord bless you abundantly above all you could hope or think in filling the huge void that the loss of such a loving father and husband will leave. We also think of Keith and the rest of the family and may God bless you all.|
|Caroline Mclean||08/07/2002 at 06:29pm GMT|
|A geat man of God who was greatly admired here in Peterhead Scotland we have many treasures in our hearts thanks to Barrys visit.|
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
|Norman & Heather Ross (N. Ireland)||08/07/2002 at 06:22pm GMT|
|Dear May and family,|
We would like to convey our deepest sympathy to you and all the family on the sudden death of Barry. Barry phoned our home two days before he died and we arranged to meet in October, sadly that meeting will not take place this side of Heaven.
We first met Barry in October 1999 as host of one of his more unusual venues. We hired a huge nightclub, made it ready with a thousand chairs the first night and by the fourth night we would have needed double that amount as people flocked in droves from all parts of Ireland to witness a sight unparalleled in the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, Armagh City, with its two enormous cathedrals, standing idly by, as one of the greatest evangelists on earth took the stage of that gigantic building, complete with chrome railings, coloured lights on the stairs and the bars kept open for sort drinks before and after the meetings. The atmosphere was electric as Barry spoke the first words on a sound system that was designed to shake Armagh with rock music – now for the first time ever the Gospel was being preached through that system, his famous banner hanging high above that massive stage and to hear that old familiar voice say ‘Ye must be born again'. We were all blessed beyond measure as we had only ever seen videos of him preach. A mighty move of the Holy Spirit was experienced over the four nights and approximately 70 people gave their lives to the Lord including our two sons, Jonathan and William. We are all a lot stronger in the Lord for having met Barry and shall never forget the Godly example he left behind.
When I asked him his opinion after the first nights preaching I shall never forget his reply- ‘My word brother what a great place, that’s the sort of place we should be in all the time’. Not as religious people had told us that having it in a nightclub wouldn’t work.
The example in all this is that when God tells you to do something do it because one of the people who gave his life to the Lord at those blessed meetings died a week later, his wife had been praying for him for forty years -Barry and him are probably recapping on that event right now. Just one example, God only knows the rest.
We pray Gods blessing on you May, and all the wider family circle.
Until we meet again.
Yours in the Bonds of Calvary.
Norman & Heather Ross
146. Bessbrook Rd.
N.Ireland. BT60 2UB
|Ian Spencer||08/07/2002 at 02:20pm GMT|
|I have not had the privilege to go to one of Barry’s meetings. It has been obvious through his tapes, newsletter and personal accounts that Barry gave 110% to all. I have had an interest in end times since becoming a Christian 20 year’s ago. It was early on in my faith that I read his books, listened to his tapes and watched the video’s. He has certainly got me thinking many times even if I had an opposite view. You could not have any contact with Barry and just walk away empty handed. I had not read or heard anything from Barry for at least 5 years but on September 11 2001 I did a search and came up with the omega time’s website and joined. I knew it would be a good place to find out some background. |
Barry was not a one man band and has obviously had a great family life with many friends and supporters. I am sure the legacy of his work will carry on. I believe his close family and friends are both grieving and also joyful as they know he has gone to a better place without a doubt.
I pray that Barry’s family and fellow workers be comforted in this time. I also pray that the ministry will continue in some way in the future.
|LASZLO AND MAGGIE GUZSELA||08/07/2002 at 01:47pm GMT|
|Thank you JESUS FOR YOUR SERVANT BARRY, through that man you called my wife and myself and countless others..|
I know he is with the KING of KINGS and that is a comfort to my tears.
I first watched a Barry Smith video 12 years ago and the rest is history.We gave our lifes to the LORD.
We are blessed to have meet him and to have him as our fellow brother in THE LORD.
Maggie and I offer our condolences in this difficult time to the Smith family, however I know you’re in the MASTERS hands and he will wipe away every tear.
laszlo and maggie guzsela
|Howie Sumner||08/07/2002 at 01:38pm GMT|
|Barry could afford to preach it straight because he lived it straight. A great preacher who knew the Lord, knew the word and my life and thinking concerning my faith is better for having known him. |
Every time I sat and listened to him I was challenged, stirred and became angry. Not at Barrys'words, but at my lack of concern for the unsaved - and every time I examined my heart and watched while Barry preached and led dozens to the Lord, I secretly prayed that I might be like him.
A father in the faith has gone home...and no doubt will meet many that he led to Jesus.
Lots of love to May and the kids from The Sumner family in Adelaide.
|Bob & Bev Fisher||08/07/2002 at 01:24pm GMT|
|We are shocked to hear about Barry leaving us. Our deepest condolences to May and family. Barry has been a great loss to us here, but a great gain to God. Barry helped us alot through his seminars, books and newspaper. He will be missed greatly. Even though we did not know him personally, we felt as if we knew him and was apart of our family through his teachings. God bless May and family, and thankyou for sharing him whilst he was here with us all.|
|Ric D.T.Wilson.||08/07/2002 at 11:50am GMT|
|Dear family and friends of Barry. My wife Karen|
and I were greatly encouraged and ministered to
by Barry. Bless you all dearly and thanks be to
our precious Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We
will continue to be blessed via the Omega Times
|Mick Taylor||08/07/2002 at 11:50am GMT|
|Mick, Maria, & Joe Taylor from Southampton U.K.|
Dear May and family and everyone in the valley.
It really knocked me and Maria, to hear Barry had gone to be with the Lord, phone rang at 10.15pm, 2nd July. A friend searching Barry’s website saw the article and phoned.
Me and Maria went for a walk in the local country park our eyes out. As we prayed we were given these thoughts; Maria remembered the swing down by the river that you and Barry shared. Maria was also struck by the love, kindness, friendship, and hospitality, and the amazing impact May and Barry had on your life.
It was a very special time for Maria and I with Barry and May, with the Samoan meetings in Poliruia, near Wellington when we visited New Zealand. It was great to sit down afterwards and have a meal with all their friends. The thought that struck me was, the enormity of Barry’s ministry, and the thousands that he had reached in his life time. And the many thousands that will be shocked at his passing in the coming weeks. Truly wonderful thought that came to me, was that Barry will never die, he will live forever, and that makes the prospect of heaven even more brilliant.
P.S. right now I bet Barry is sat there talking to Billy Sunday and Elvis.
Dear May and family, we love you dearly and would just like to say, “ We don’t know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future”.
Love Mick, Maria, & Joe. (the Pickle)
xxxx xxxx xxxxxxx
|Ænone McRae-Clift||08/07/2002 at 11:08am GMT|
|Many years ago, my family and I had the privilege of seeing and listening to Barry at the Hills CLC in Sydney. It was one of the most uplifting and enlightening experiences of my life. Since then I have read and re read Barry's books and watched as the things he spoke of came true.|
He was truly a great man of God and a man who put Jesus Christ first and foremost in all that he did. He will be greatly missed.
My Pastor, Barry Charlton and his wife Alison were on tour with Barry in Israel some years ago and always speak very fondly of both Barry and May.
Shalom, old friends - we will all see you in glory.
Ænone et al.
|faye||08/07/2002 at 11:07am GMT|
|Greetings Smith family,|
A great man of God who will be sorely missed! A servant whose life made a difference in others because of his love for God! What can I say, God's love through Barry was definitely contagious! One couldn't help but meet the Jesus Barry so confidently spoke about and lived in his life.
Condolences, much love and prayers for Mei and the family.
We'll see Him again! Come Lord Jesus!
|Nishan & Lakmani Setunga||08/07/2002 at 10:56am GMT|
|We are deeply saddened to hear the passing away of Barry Smith.|
We had the greatest opportunity to listen to Bro. Barry when he visited Sri Lanka in 1997.Our lives were tremendously touched and our desire to study Bible Prophecy and end time events grew within our hearts in a marvelous way.
Barry was a great Bible teacher and his books have been very challenging, and the more we read them ……..the more we are sure , beyond a shadow of a doubt that "Jesus is coming to take us home very soon".
Thank you Bro Barry for all the sacrifice you made, for it is not in vain.
Till we meet again in Glory
Nishan & Lakmani Setunga
|Paul Shirley||08/07/2002 at 04:47am GMT|
|Almost three years ago the Lord used Barry to save me from Eternal Death. He has helped hunfdreds of others come to Faith.|
Praise the Lord.
|Mary Soumbasis||08/07/2002 at 04:19am GMT|
|…."Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. Ezekiel 3:17|
….my sheep will recognise my voice…..
…."Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you,
and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in
Many around the World share the loss of a true saint…Well done good and
Dearest May, Our love and thoughts are with you and the children at this
time of sorrow. We share with you the great sense of loss of a wonderful,
loving husband, father and grandfather, and to countless around the world, a
dear brother and friend. He's been a great gift to anyone who knew him.
Barry offered his whole heart to the body of Christ, even to the end. "His
master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been
faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge over many things. Come
and share your master's happiness!' Matthew 25:21
Barry has passed on the baton to us, especially you, his family, to run the
race and aim for the finish line to that great Wedding feast, cheering us on
till we meet again. He is not dead, but alive forever more. There is no
death in Christ. We love and care for you all. In scripture, when Mary cried
for her brother Lazarus, Jesus wept. Jesus understands your sorrow. I pray
that each of you will feel our Lords tender love, enveloping you at this
present time, with that peace beyond understanding. May He give you strength
and courage to endure the pain and loss you are feeling right now, and make
you all stronger through it, and because you each carry part of Barry within
you. You are all so special to us.
We only need to follow our Lords example, being Light and Salt in the World.
This is our calling. Barry fought the good fight to the end. We can rejoice
knowing he has won a crown. Entering the thrown room of our Lord.
May, we feel part of your family as Barry took each of you around the world,
showing his great love for you all. He shared your lives and countless
stories with the rest of us. Its no accident that God placed him around the
people who would give him all the comfort and strength he needed.
As Barry unfolded revelation prophecy, he also showed us the way to live. He
demonstrated God's love for His children buy showing that kind of love for
his own children by introducing them to us all and sharing so much about his
own family, emphasising our need for the father and the fathers need for his
May, though we didn't see you at the pulpit, your presence was very much
felt as Barry shared so much of his love for you and your children, much
like Christ's love for His Church. Throughout his ministry, Barry always
presented you as his beautiful bride, demonstrating Jesus presenting His
Bride to the Father, spotless and without blemish. His great love for you
was always evident, even wanting to share the moment he first saw you, ever
so beautiful. He continued to relive that moment by sharing it around the
world and including us in it. God is love and love continued to grow in him.
He wanted to share all his love with us. We learnt a great deal from a great
teacher. We learned to laugh, and we learned to love. Fear had no place in
his meetings. The Joy of the Lord was truly his strength. His infectious
stories filled us all with joy. We are forever grateful, because of a great
servant who gave everything. He just wanted us to have it all. Held nothing
You were a real team. You graciously stood beside him, sharing a husband and
father, being of comfort and support, as Barry did what he did, fulfilling
the scripture in Ezekiel 3:17, delivering Gods message, giving warning,
impacting many souls across the planet, sounding the trumpet around the
world. He could have been a Jonah, but chose not too. What a reward must be
waiting for him in heaven. He did not only bring the word but demonstrated
the word with his own life. We thank you for sharing your lives with us and
supporting Barry the way you did in all his travels, to share the message
and show the way by example. The word was always with him. We loved hearing
the wonderful stories about you and this wonderful man's life, and the Joy
of the Lord will be yours and our strength as we celebrate this life.
When Jeff Beacham sent to us the sad news, everything stood still. "No, not
yet". There was so much to say. So much unsaid. Did he know how much we
loved him. How much he meant to us. How special we felt with him around. How
awesome it was sitting under his teaching. How he gave everything he had
from those pulpits, and amongst us personally. He just wanted us to have it
all, not to miss out on one thing. He was like a father to us all, …even to
those older. A good father will always teach his children the way they
should go. He showed us the father heart of God, and we are forever
grateful. He opened the eyes of many around the world. Barry was a man full
of wisdom and love unmeasured, with a foresight beyond comprehension, always
wanting to share it all with us. Yet strong, never compromising God, by
anything that does not come in line with His Word.
When speaking with Barry, he would look straight into our heart with a
caring look in his face full of anticipation, braking down barriers with his
discernment and humor, seeing something so special in each person, giving
his undivided attention. Leaving one feeling they are the only ones there.
Yet, not one person in the room would mind. He was an observer of life. He
had a way of marrying groups and individuals together, not leaving anyone
left out. May, most of the time you were by his side, caring the same way.
Is this not like our Lord.
…."O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, ……, how often I have longed to gather your
children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,….. Matthew
What an example of Christ you've both been to us.
As he delivered the word, Barry taught us how to live simply and
practically. He didn't only teach but showed us by example the meaning of
family. It was always obvious you were a team. Whenever he went up to speak,
he brought you all up there through his sharing, knitting us all together,
letting us see him as part of a family, inviting us into the bigger family
….so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all
the others…..Romans 12:5
He also introduced us to a fun loving God through his wisdom and humor.
At the end of 1992, Zara and I were so privileged to travel through the
Middle-East, spending two precious weeks together with Barry, yourself and
Becky. We are so richer for it. Our lives have not been the same since.
Barry was so much fun to travel with. I was so amazed he went to climb Mt.
Sinai with us, especially after the heart operation five years earlier. But
he did it. Praise God. What an honor for us to have met him and get to know
him...He will never be forgotten...and we will never forget his wonderful
family who have given so much for us.
Seeing Barry sometime later at a tent ministry in Melbourne, he asked Zara
if we were joining him back in Israel at the end of that year….(if only)….I
said, "God willing". He looked into my heart and said, "yes, God willing". I
felt such peace.
I am so sad, but I am sad for us. A special candle has gone out in our
world. I pray that we all caught a bit of the flame, to carry on the good
Word and to maintain that unity that Barry so strived for. To watch grown
man being birthed and receive their certificate. To be in one body, as he
was gathering us from all over the world, showing us the way into the Lord.
Preparing us to have an ear to hear and an eye to see what the Spirit is
saying to us TODAY.
There are some very special people I so had longed to meet Barry and know
that their lives would have changed and used mightily by God and for that I
am sad that I missed the timing. One, a former political leader, and another
impacting individual, and others of influence. We need to carry the
anointing which was on Barry, and trust the Lord as he did to allow God to
use each of us the same way by giving ourselves wholly to Jesus, totally
without fear or reservation, and maybe with some of that humor of his to
lighten up the load.
I could pray for God to bring Barry back to us, but thought how that would
be selfish. He has done a good work and he was now tired, ready to meet his
maker. Then I thought Lord not unless you give him a renewed body, that he
would never be tired again. Then I thought, 'your will be done Lord'. We
loved that man so dearly
May, each time Zara and I saw you both at different times with each of your
girls, lovely Debbie, Rachael and Becky, we just felt such peace around you.
Your lives are truly Gods', and you bring God to us with your presence. You
truly are a blessed family. Praise God. Know that you are loved and dear to
Zara was in England not knowing Barry was there. God only knows all things.
Praise His Mighty Name.
You will be in our hearts always…Mary and Zara xx
|Blessed Sola||08/07/2002 at 02:06am GMT|
Thank you for changing my life forever.
Love Blessed T T Sola (Auckland NZ)
|Heath family||08/07/2002 at 01:17am GMT|
|"When Your Elijah Leaves|
Elijah went...into heaven. And Elisha...saw him no more. - 2 Kings
No relationship lasts forever. When God gives you a mentor, prepare for
the day when they won't be around. Elijah raised the dead, called down
fire from heaven and led the nation. People thought there'd never be
another like him, until Elisha showed up and did twice as much."
This was an email I received a while before Barry died that I thought of as soon as I heard he had gone. Can we as Elisha's do twice as much as Barry has? Perhaps collectively we can. He’s led enough of us to the Lord.
Thank you Barry, May, Andy,Saskia and all the kids for blessing our family so much. We thank God for the time that we had this year with you guys. We love you all and hold you in our prayers.
Alofa tele atu
The Heath clan
|The Sola Family||08/07/2002 at 01:03am GMT|
|Dear May and Family|
After Barry preached at our church in March this year he left such a huge impact on our 12yr old son Blessed. Our son has never been the same since. Thank you so much Barry for being so faithful to your calling. Thank you also May for your support and care of such a great man of God. My most recent fondest memory of Barry was when we gave him our brand new 4 wheel drive to use and he took it up north drove it in the country and brought it back covered in mud. Well done Barry you good and faithful servant!
Our thoughts and hearts are with you May and the family.
Pastor Chris and Seira, and Blessed, Faith and Serenity Sola
|Hosanna World Harvest Church||08/07/2002 at 12:51am GMT|
|To May and the Smith Family|
Our thoughts and hearts are with you at this time. Barry was a great man of God whose life was dedicated to extending the Kingdom of God. His impact in our church and throughout the Body of Christ is unmeasured. Thank you May and your family for being such a loving and supportive wife and family to a man who touched so many lives. May God's Spirit comfort you and give you strength at this time.
>From the Hosanna World Harvest Church Family
|Ivan and Maureen Potton||07/07/2002 at 11:34pm GMT|
|To May and the family|
Our deepest sympathy to you all.
We have happy memories of having Barry as one of our Sunday School teachers at the Pacific Islander's Sunday School in Newtown, Wellington way back in 1953. What a lot has happened since those days and how God has used him to bring many to Christ.
We give all praise to God.
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