Ballymena (1818)



Mr. Richey, on March 10th, writes from Ballymena that the congregations in the town were more than double what they had been eight months previously, in many of the country meetings the houses were quite too small for the audiences, in the market crowds of Romanists and others seemed eager for the bread of life ; and at Kilrea, the work prospered gloriously, while several hundreds had been converted to God, and it appeared as if the blessed work was only beginning. A few months 1ater, Mr. Richey writes, "Our prospects are of the most encouraging kind;" and refers to the conversion of a young man, and also young woman who had been Roman Catholics. The latter exposed to such violent persecution that she had to leave I, father's house, and, in order to obtain a livelihood, enter Beryl, Mr. Noble mentions a family named Crilley, that had renounced Popery, joined the Society, and received the missionaries into their house.

'History of Methodism in Ireland' Volume II, p434.


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