Lecumpher Presbyterian Church (1859)



“Since our last notice we understand from a correspondent that the work of revival has been making rapid progress in this locality, and that many cases of conviction have taken place, some of which are of the most interesting kind. On the last Sabbath an evening service was held at this church but, when the hour to commence arrived, it was found necessary to hold it in the open-air on the Meeting House green.

There were five or six Roman Catholics present, one of whom, a strong, old soldier of the 29th Regiment, distinguished in India, was seen retiring from the green and, after a few paces, he staggered and fell on the roadside where he was found at the close of the service. He was carried back to the green where he remained attended by Mr. Wilson and a few others, 'til a late hour. He was kindly brought into the house of a respectable and godly farmer for whom he hadlaboured and who, with a few others, sat up with him during hisagonising daze, 'til early next morning when for the first time he cried out, 'God have mercy upon my soul! Lord save me!' And then asked for the Bible, and requested his employer to read and pray with him. This being done, he asked for the Bible again, and clasped it to his breast saying, 'This is the Word of God.' "On Monday he was visited by Mr. Wilson to whom he related his past history, confessing himself a great sinner, especially as a blasphemer. He was presented with a Testament and, though unable to read, it is pleasing to see this man resume his labours, sitting and spelling word by word the precious gospel. Having renounced at once all connection with popery he attended the prayer meeting at Lecumpher on Wednesday and promises attendance at the worship of God in that place for the future. His wife, though still a Roman Catholic, rejoices at the change already visible in him. For the last four days crowded prayer meetings have been held at which several have been smitten down, while others are affected on their way home, or in their own houses. It is worthy of notice that the Roman Catholic above referred to was often seen standing behind a hedge under the open-air preaching of last summer in this neighbourhood but is now not ashamed to be seen on his knees in prayer, both at home and in the Presbyterian church ." "The Banner of Ulster" 16th July 1859

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