Bradford (1863)



BRADFORD, YORKSHIRE.- The visits of our beloved brother Edward Usher, and other labourers, have been owned and blessed to many precious souls, especially the last four Sundays. The meetings in the open air and in the Working Men's Institute have been well attended, and many souls profess to be made happy in Jesus.

One Lord's day evening, a brother, Mr Denham of Leeds, opened the meeting by reading the parable of the good Samaritan,
remarking that the unconverted sinner was in the same state as the man that fell amongst thieves, who stripped him and left him half dead. The priest and Levite passed him by, but when Jesus, the Good Samaritan, saw him, He had compassion on him and went and bound up his wounds. Then our brother Usher followed, taking the same subject, and spoke on it with great power. Whilst he was speaking a man left his seat and went on to the platform, acknowledging himself a great sinner, who had only that morning been tempted to drown himself. Several of the brethren prayed with him, pointing him to Jesus. He afterwards found peace in believing. There were many other anxious souls who went away rejoicing.

We never experienced more of the Lord's presence amongst us than on Lord's-day, Nov. 8. Mr. Usher read the fifth chapter
of St. Mark's Gospel, and spoke briefly, but pointedly, to one of the largest and most attentive gatherings that has been collected together since the work began in this town, after which Henry Moorhouse, "a brand plucked from the burning," spoke touchingly from 2 Kings vii. 9, "This day is a day of good tidings, and in the course of his address spoke of his own conversion - a tale well adapted to the state of many a poor sinner -a tale well suited to encourage the sin-sick soul in search after Christ. He showed that the Saviour, who had power to save a sinner like him, had also the power, ay, and the will too, to save the vilest of the vile. During the recital of this simple, but none the less soul-stirring narrative, there was many an eye moistened with tears.

On the following night (Monday) there was a highly interesting midnight-meeting held in the house of one of the brethren,
which commenced at eight o'clock and continued till five o'clock the following morning. There were thirty-siX present, and out
of this number six had found peace with God the night before, under the word of God and instrumentality of Usher and Moor-
house. Also sixteen of these had been converted since the Revival work has commenced in Bradford.

On the following Sunday, Nov. 15, Harrison Ord, assisted by a brother from Manchester, spoke to a still more numerous gathering, and brother Ord gave a special address to the young, which appeared to be listened to with great attention and much profit. It was very pleasing to hear the kind and simple manner in which he spoke of Him who, when upon earth, said, "Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven"

In addition to the above, a Bible-stall has been instituted by Edward Usher, who has also distributed a large number of copies
of the Holy Scriptures in several of the factories. And although the weather has been generally unfavourable, upwards of 700
copies have been sold during Mr. Usher's short stay in Bradford. When we see how much has been done in such a short time, and by the united exertions of such a few workers for Christ, we cannot but be encouraged to work more zealously for the spread of the gospel and for the good of our fellow-men, always remembering to ask the blessing and assistance of our Heavenly Father.

"The Revival", December 3rd, 1863.

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