Bolton (1863)

The work is progressing down in Liverpool and surrounding districts very satisfactorily. The Lord has many earnest, sober-minded servants in this locality not altogether preachers but useful members in Christ, whose hearts have been enlarged since the commencement of God's work, during the past few years. Halls and doors of utterance have been thrown open and kept open by them. Men of influence in local society, like the rich Joseph of Arimathea, they can beg the body of Jesus; while poor fishermen, like Peter and the others, who are called to testify and preach to souls, have neither influence nor affluence.
This is one of the greatest features of the revival. I can remember when we had to plough and pioneer through these streets under lamps, or open markets, without any place to gather the crowds into, but now halls and rooms are common things, and many labourers are springing up; souls coming to life and liberty, while teachers are quietly shepherding where they can.
All is working together for good labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Brother Ord and I had a most precious time at Bolton. A tea meeting was arranged for 200 aged people, admitting the public afterwards to hear the gospel. It was a most glorious time; many souls that evening passed from groaning under sin to rejoicing in Jesus. Ord had to return for meetings at Liverpool. The next day I had the hall again; much blessing in the afternoon, but in the evening my brother's absence was like my losing a limb. The weakness of my body had to praise God that power belongeth unto Him. Yet in weakness of the earthen pitchers He brings honour and glory to Jesus. The fruits
of street labour in this town are very cheering.

When Edward Usher and I were led of the Lord to pass through these towns some years ago; souls were brought to Christ, while many have gone home, and there are others still holding on and becoming useful in letting their light shine.

"The Revival", March 26th, 1863, page 153.

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