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B. McCall Barbour was established 106 years ago in the year 1900. Benjamin. McCall Barbour was born is a humble home in Edinburgh in 1865. Little is known of his early life, but by 1890 he owned and ran a successful high class stationary business in a shop on one of Edinburgh’s main roads.
In those days there were no telephones, so communication was mainly by letter and telegram. As businesses and people often required quick answers, hundred of telegram boys were employed. They delivered the telegrams around the city on bicycles. In those days also there were six Postal deliveries per day, so communication was good. Mr. McCall Barbour, who was a very keen Christian, became greatly burdened for the telegram boys and opened the basement of his shop and used it as a games room and mission hall where they could come in their spare time. Besides fun and games, he always preached a strait gospel message and as a result scores of these lads were brought to the Saviour. His ministry was not limited to Telegram boys, for he soon became a great leader of young men and lads. His faithful preaching and meeting ministries in the 1890’s were always most effective.
Around that time terrible things began to happen to missionaries and to the Lord’s work in China. So, Mr. McCall Barbour acquired a set of slides dealing with this subject, and began to speak in different places of worship urging people to pray and suggesting that others might hear the call of God and go to the mission field. In 1895 the Lord said to him “you go”. So, he sold his business, and with the money raised he, paid for himself and seven of his young men to go to Bible College in America for training. Six months later the Lord called him back to Edinburgh and was to trust HIM for all the days to come as he had no money or business. He obeyed and for the remaining forty eight years of his life he had no visible means of support. Yet, the Lord met all his needs. The seven young men stayed in America, finished their training, and went to various parts of the world to proclaim the glorious message of the gospel.
Mr. McCall Barbour obtained a hall in Edinburgh City centre and for the next forty eight years he preached the gospel and as an independent Bible teacher taught from the Scriptures.
It is believed that around five hundred young men and some ladies went out from his meetings to serve the Lord full time in many parts of the world.
At the top of every letter which he wrote there were three words from Zephaniah which proved to be his life long experience – “ He faileth not”.
In 1900 Mr. McCall Barbour wrote and published his first booklet. It was designed for boys and young men for whom he had a tremendous burden. From that small beginning the literature work began to grow and today it is most extensive.
The life text of this great man of God was, Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. What better advice could be given to young and old? His message was dynamic. The need to be saved was paramount. Salvation is only through one repenting of their sins and seeking the cleansing of the precious blood of Christ. Once saved, the child of God needed to learn to die daily. Death to self and the old nature was and is the way of victory. This teaching became part of his powerful ministry and he gloried in that wonderful verse Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. When the Lord Jesus lives in a life and has control over it , what blessing can follow! The victorious Christian learns to rejoice in, and abound in, the work of the Lord. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Another happy aspect of the Message is found in Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Yes, Mr. McCall Barbour loved to proclaim the news that the Saviour was coming again! He held a Prophetic Rally once a month for a great many years. During the first World War he begun to publish a small calendar titled “ Perhaps Today” and this calendar which has a different message for each month is still being produced yearly.
The last command of the Lord Jesus Christ to His followers was “Go ye”, and each month for long years Mr. McCall Barbour held a Missionary Rally. Scores of men and some ladies obeyed the call of God and went forth to seek the lost and point them to the Saviour. Evangelism at home and missionary work abroad carries the glorious message that “Jesus Saves”!
In the last few hours before his home-call, Mr. McCall Barbour said to those who were with him – “Proclaim the Gospel of Christ”. That surely is the Message! And, that is still the Message today. All have sinned, but the Lord Jesus can save!
When Mr. McCall Barbour was called home in 1943 his great friend and co-worker, Mr. J. Danson-Smith ( whose poems are well known) found that the ministry was changing. Many years earlier he had given up a high position in the world of engineering to obey the Lord and follow Him. Working closely with Mr. McCall Barbour he developed the publishing side of the Ministry which left Mr. McCall Barbour free for preaching and writing. Hundreds of booklets, leaflets and verse cards were published, and tens of thousands of these were published in card form. Today, his verses are used in most of the greeting cards published by the firm. That God given gift continues to inspire and comfort thousands.
The Second World War and the home-call of God’s servant caused the cessation of the meetings. Paper was scarce and was rationed, but despite many problems the Lord enabled Mr. Danson-Smith to continue and develop the ministry even more. Years passed by and eventually the son and daughter of Mr. Danson-Smith were called to work. The son ( Theodore) , who was saved at the age of five and who was called by the Lord to preach, was literally “pushed” by the Lord into Ministry, and his sister Grace, who trusted the Lord at an earlier age, followed. After the home-call of Mr. Danson-Smith, and later his widow who was also involved in the work, they took on the full leadership of the Ministry.
Miss G.A. Danson-Smith & Dr. T.C. Danson-Smith
With the advent of high postage costs, much retail trade was lost, but by this time the demand for sound literature from many Bible shops was beginning to grow. The younger leadership now began to develop this.
Today the ministry has grown enormously, and the firm of B.McCall Barbour represents seventeen American firms, as well as continuing to publish their own books, greeting cards, gifts and other things. The best seller is the King James Bible and the demand for this – the ONLY TRUE AND FAITHFUL translation keeps growing.
An increasing part of the ministry is directly to people, both in the shop premises and telephone correspondence. Not a few have trusted the Saviour and now rejoice in His salvation. Many of the Lord’s dear people have been encouraged. Many today have little places of worship. It is a joy and privilege to minister to these people.
Dr. T.C. Danson-Smith travels all over Great Britain preaching the gospel at weekends. He and Miss G.A. Danson-Smith and their colleagues in the Ministry value the prayers of the LORD’S PEOPLE. As a team, praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for all His faithfulness, and at the same time thanksgiving to God for all those who remember the Ministry and support in their prayers. To God be the Glory!
Today the ministry goes on without compromising the Message. It remains the same! Salvation is only through repentance and faith in the precious, cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the ONLY Saviour and He is COMING AGAIN SOON!
“Brethren, pray for us” and our continuing ministry.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.