Derryscollop (1841)



At a missionary meeting in Dungorman the Holy Spirit was poured out in a remarkable manner; the concluding prayer-meeting was continued until near midnight; thirty-nine persons knelt around the platform seeking remission of their sins, and ten professed to have received the blessing. Eight or ten leaders in the neighbourhood of Tullyroan then resolved that after meeting their classes on the Sunday mornings, and holding prayer-meetings in the afternoons, to hold united evening services in succession through different parts of their neighbourhood. At the first of these general meetings many were cut to the heart, and seven brought into Gospel liberty. This, however, was only the beginning of good days. The services were continued with increasing success for months, there was not a barren meeting, and on an average eight or ten persons every Sabbath found peace with God. In February, 1841, five love-feasts were held, in different parts of the circuit, and proved a great blessing. At Dungannon, after the meeting had continued for three hours, it was dismissed; but several persons cried out through the disquietude of their hearts, and would not depart until they found rest in Christ. The leaders at Killyman and Derryadd followed the example of their brethren at Tullyroan, and with similar results; but even greater success attended the labours of a few young men from Dungannon and two or three leaders from the neighbourhood of Castlecaulfield. Thus Glenadush, Clonmain, Lisnamonaghan, Ardress, Derryscollop, and Aghinlig in succession shared in the showers of blessing that refreshed and blessed the country.

'History of Methodism in Ireland', Volume iii, by Crookshank, p303.

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