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Bertha Smith (1888 - 1988)

Listen to freely downloadable audio sermons by the speaker Bertha Smith in mp3 format. Missionary and prayer center founder, Olive Bertha Smith (affectionately known as "Miss Bertha"), was born on November 16, 1888, near Cowpens, SC, to John McClellan Smith and Frances Thorne Smith. She attended Linwood College in North Carolina for one year, then transferred to Winthrop College, where she graduated in 1913 with a bachelor of arts degree. She worked as a teacher for one year after graduation in an elementary school in Blacksburg, South Carolina, but feeling the call to the mission field, enrolled in the Woman's Missionary Union Training School in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated in 1916. She served for one year as principal (and also as a teacher) in Spartanburg County, South Carolina at the Cooley Springs School. On July 3, 1917, the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention appointed Smith as a missionary to China. She spent much of her initial time in China learning the Chinese alphabet and language and teaching English classes to Chinese students. She also witnessed the roots of the Shantung Revival (a period of Christian spiritual awakening for Chinese people) during her lengthy career of mission service. For some of her time in China, she was in charge of a girl's boarding school at the mission, where she taught Bible classes in both Chinese and English.

After being interned by the Japanese in 1941, Miss Bertha continued her work in China until 1948 when Communism forced her out. She then moved to Formosa (the main island of Taiwan), where she served until her retirement. She was the Southern Baptist Convention's first missionary to Taiwan. After her retirement, Bertha Smith prayed for and ministered to pastors and other Christians up until her death in 1988. She retired from mission service in 1958 at age 70 but traveled extensively telling about her mission work. Smith founded the Peniel Prayer Center in Cowpens, SC, in 1973. She also authored books about her experiences as a missionary, "Go Home and Tell" and "How the Spirit Filled My Life," and is the subject of a biography, "Miss Bertha: Woman of Revival" by Lewis Drummond.

 09-10-80 10a Part I by Bertha Smith

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 09-10-80 10a Part II by Bertha Smith

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334 downloads 
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 09-10-80 7p Part I by Bertha Smith

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352 downloads 
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 09-10-80 7p Part II by Bertha Smith

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247 downloads 
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 09-11-80 10a Part I by Bertha Smith

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345 downloads 
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 09-11-80 10a Part II by Bertha Smith

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217 downloads 
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 A Rich Young Man by Bertha Smith

Topic: Riches
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471 downloads 
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 A Time To Go Home by Bertha Smith

Topic: Christian Life
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394 downloads 
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 Be a Holy People by Bertha Smith

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 God Directs His Children [part 1] by Bertha Smith

Topic: Guidance
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580 downloads 
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 God Directs His Children [part 2] by Bertha Smith

Topic: Guidance
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365 downloads 
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 Holy of Holies Part I by Bertha Smith

Topic: Holiness
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360 downloads 
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 Holy of Holies Part II by Bertha Smith

Topic: Holiness
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414 downloads 
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 Naaman Healed of Leprosy Part 2 by Bertha Smith

Topic: Healing
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419 downloads 
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 Naaman Healed of Leprosy [part 1] by Bertha Smith

Topic: Healing
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580 downloads 
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 Praying for Reviving by Bertha Smith

Topic: Prayer For Revival
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812 downloads 
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 Reviving Prayers Answered blend by Bertha Smith

Topic: Prayer For Revival
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472 downloads 
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 Shantung Revival by Bertha Smith

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Description: In this sermon, Ms. Bertha Smith talks about her experiences in China during the Shantung Revival. She aptly reminds all Christians that without the confession of sins and brokenness before God, He cannot work through us. We must first dethrone self and enthrone Christ, agreeing with the Lord that we are dead in our sin. Have you died to your sin in order to be alive in Christ?
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 The Promises of the Lord Part I by Bertha Smith

Topic: Promises Of God
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472 downloads 
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 The Promises of the Lord Part II by Bertha Smith

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359 downloads 
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