Salem Chapel - Gwaelod-y-Garth (1905)




There have been 23 new members in the course of a month. There are 11 converts again before the church. From, 'The South Wales Daily News', 25th January 1905.

The revival has reached thus far and is creating joy in the church, convincing many sinners, and turning prodigals back to their father's house. The church has been on her knees for some weeks and has received clear proofs that he who asks receives, he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks the door will open. On the evening of Friday, January 20th, in the presence of a multitude of people, 5, one of them above 80 years of age, [were baptised] by the Rev. Owen J. Owens, Porth. In answer to an appeal from Mr. Owens one person came forward at the time and was baptised. To see someone over 80, and someone coming forward at the time to give obedience in baptism to King Jesus, the Great Head of the church was a blessed sight and a thrilling influence affected the people to the point of making them break our in triumphant praise to God  'eternally for remembering the dust of the earth' [hymn quotation]. 'The service was one which will be long remembered by all who were present, and a service we believe will be sung about on the hills of immortality. On the morning of the Sabbath, the 22nd, the Rev. R. A. James, Tongwynlais, baptised one boy and seven young women - loyal supporters of the Sunday School. The first of the girls (who has a melodious voice) went down into the water singing, - 28 were added to the church at the two last communions, and 12  are still before the church and talk of others coming. Thanks be to God. There is still plenty of room in Salem, and the church is doing its utmost encouraging and urging listeners to repent and obey the 'Man who was once under the nails' [hymn quotation].

17th February 1905, Seren Cymru newspaper.


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