Robert Gerald Smyth


February 8, 1941 - May 24, 2021

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"Robert Gerald "Jerry" Smyth, beloved husband of Bethany Ann Smyth, devoted father of Robert Gerald (Deborah) Smyth Jr., Randall Dean (Diana) Smyth, Russell (Karyn) Smyth and Rhonda Kay (Stephen) Lloyd, loving grandfather of 13, great-grandfather of 3, brother of the late Nancy Smyth. Jerry went to be with our Lord on May 24, 2021 at the age of 80 years. Family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church of Milford, on Friday, June 4th from 10 AM until time of funeral services beginning at 12 PM. Burial will follow at Goshen Cemetery. Evans Funeral Home - Goshen serving the family."

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Milford, OH 45140

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Milford, OH 45140

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------- Notes from the family --
With much joy and temporary earthly sorrow, I (Randy) would like to announce the graduation of my earthly father, Jerry Smyth, from earth to heaven. He passed away at his desk at FirstBible School of Translation ( at the First Baptist Church of Milford, OH where he was working to develop materials to tell more people about Jesus. While it was his hope to see Jesus in the Rapture of the church, he was always his hope to go "with his boots on" endeavoring to lead more people to his beloved Savior.

He was born into a dedicated Christian home, the eldest of two children. His parents, Robert G. and Ida A. Smyth, pastored Assemblies of God churches in Washington state and West Virginia.

One thing that can be said of Jerry Smyth is that he loved his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He dearly loved our mother. As much as he loved us, he loved Jesus even more.

As a young adult Jerry came to understand that his acceptance before a Holy God was based on the finished work of Christ rather than his own merit. That recognition of God's grace, the free gift of righteousness applied through believing God's Word, led him to a passionate desire to share the Good News with people everywhere. Ever since then his passion has been to tell the least-reached people groups about Jesus and to establish thriving churches among them. I could not possibly tell you all that God has done through him - of the marvelous provision of God through friends, family, and churches to minister where he did, but this is a quick snapshot.

In Indonesia he supported other missionaries as they pioneered ministry among remote people groups.
- He pioneered the church planting effort among the Urun Da'an people of Borneo.
- He helped train many new missionaries, many of whom are still laboring around the world.
- He spoke in hundreds of churches across the USA in pursuit of missionaries, representing the work of New Tribes Missions (now Ethnos360) at schools, churches, and conferences wherever possible.
- He had an amazing ability to quote Bible verses and connect people with each other.
- He organized city-wide missions conferences in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Bozeman, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tucson, among others.
- He led short term missions teams of 20 people to the countries of Liberia, Senegal, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Venezuela.
- He founded the Friends of New Tribes Mission to organize support, help, funds, and equipment for missionaries around the world.
- While living in Missouri, he knocked on the door of every house in his county, two different times, wearing out a pair of shoes to share the Good News with people.
- He taught the Firm Foundations Bible lessons on a radio broadcast for a year or two and in small groups wherever possible.
- He moved to Russia for six months to teach people there, laying the Old Testament foundations for understanding the Bible. Today, his English radio broadcasts/podcasts are more popular in Russia than the USA.
- He taught in the Biblical School of World Evangelism to train new missionaries.
- Most recently he has been developing a Pictorial Bible Project for illiterate people with FirstBible.

In all of this he would want us to redirect your attention from Jerry Smyth, to the Savior he loved; that all people might know Him. To God be the glory!

I am so very grateful to have a father like that. Someday we will meet again and rejoice together with a new understanding of all that Jesus has done for us.

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