Beaumaris (1859)

A correspondent at Beaumaris thus writes:—" We have hesitated for some time as to whether we should publish anything respecting the revival in this town, but we have had such unmistakable proofs of a Divine influence that we can now say, ‘This is the finger of God.' The move­ment commenced amongst the Independents at a church- meeting on Sunday evening about three months ago. The tabernacle of the congregation was filled with the glory of the Lord so that every heart was filled with joy, and tears fell like the showers of June through the rays of the sun. It was soon found that the people will not remain in the street to starve in the cold if there is fire on the hearth within. The tidings of this awakening within the church soon spread throughout the town, and all classes attended the services, expecting still further manifestations of the Spirit's power. I could never believe that it was possible to raise expectation so rapidly, and it was as marvellous as if 'a nation had been born in a day.' We have not had any loud rejoicing, but still the feelings were not less powerful, lively, and genuine on that account. Sinners were converted, being pricked in their hearts,' and in receiving them, like the prodigal, into their Father's house, believers had their full cup of joy—they received them as those who had been dead, but were alive again. All the Dissenting churches of the town received large measures of the Divine influence, and upwards of one hundred and eighty persons have been added to their communion. . . .

The hearers have greatly increased, the Sunday schools have nearly doubled their numbers. Many of those who have been for years guilty of Sabbath-breaking, and other­wise living in sin, are now reclaimed—they sit at the feet of Jesus clothed and in their right mind.' In those homes where cursing and swearing once were heard, the voice of prayer and praise now ascends to Heaven. It was an affect­ing sight when a deaf and dumb youth, twenty-two years of age, presented himself at the church-meeting, with his believing parents, to seek the privileges of Christian fellow­ship. No words could pass between them—they could only look at each other, but in that look there were volumes of astonishment, sympathy, and love!"

From ‘The Welsh Revival’ by Thomas Phillips

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