Guernsey - William Booth (1854)



After the visit to Lincolnshire William Booth returned to London, but was soon called to a series of services in Bristol, from Bristol he went to Guernsey, where his efforts seem to have reached a remarkable degree of success. “Last night,” he writes from there in October 1854, “I preached my first sermon. The congregation was middling; very respectable, stiff, and quiet. I let off a few heavy guns at the lazy formality so prevalent, and with some effect. 'They opened their eyes at some of the things I said.” Three days later he says: “My preaching is highly spoken of. The Lord is working. I trust that tomorrow we shall have a crash — a glorious breakdown.” Still later: “Tonight many went away unable to get into the chapel. The aisles were crowded, and up to eleven o’clock, it was almost an impossibility to get them up to the communion-rail owing to the crush.” When he departed from Guernsey numbers of people came down to the pier to wave their adieux to him.

'The Life of General William Booth', by Harold Begbie, Volume I, page 230.

 

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