Basford - Salvation Army (1879)

This is the first monthly report from the Salvation Army station here.

ALL on fire! Victory, victory, through the Blood of the Lamb! Hallelujah! The station was opened at Basford June 1st: two Hallelujah Lasses came into the town, and fifteen precious souls were saved first night and after that they came out by forty and fifty a night. Oh, Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, we started in a Salvation Barn, and hundreds had to go away every night. The devil got us out of the barn but we have now got a larger place; we have the Temperance Hall three nights a week, and the other nights we have to go into the different chapels.

One dear brother got up in the open air and said, "These Lasses have been fishing at Basford, and they have caught a whale and hauled him on board, for my name is Whale;" and another jumped up and said, "And they have caught a big fish for my name is Fish;" and another got up, and he said in his experience, "they have caught more, for my name is Moore." 

The biggest drunkards in the town are coming every night and crying for mercy, and are getting saved. Homes that were once like hells are like little heavens. In the Nottingham Journal, it was said that the publicans are creeping out on every hand. It said that one publican who could brew three times a week is satisfied now if he can brew once. Pray for Basford!

From, 'The Salvationist', August 1879, page 217.

THE other morning, from 6 until 7 o'clock, my husband and I held a meeting at one end of a coal pit, while two of our brethren held a meeting at the other end. Oh, Hallelujah! it was grand. Scores of men sat with their lamps, and we sang together, prayed, and talked for Jesus. And now it is the custom of these dear men to hold prayer meetings every morning for one hour.

My heart leaped for very joy as I looked at them, knowing they had been such drunkards. Their hearts were as black as their faces; but oh, the blood of Jesus has washed them clean.

From, 'The Salvationist', August 1879, page 247-8.

For future reports see, 'The War Cry' which began January 1880.

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I do not know where the meetings were.

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