Claughton (1860)

The Lord has been pleased to encourage us in our expecta­tions of his blessing, by revealing his love and mercy to the ones and twos per week in this benighted village, and still enlarg­ing those expectations for an abundant blessing. On Sunday evening, April 15th, after the preaching of the gospel, a request was given out that if any were exercised in their souls, to meet again the following evening, at eight o'clock, for prayer and conversation. To our delight the school-room was nearly filled. Although we scarcely expected all who were present to be so exercised, yet the Lord delighted our hearts abundantly; such a rich profusion of blessing I never witnessed. I have often longed, to see such scenes as I have read of, and have constantly prayed for it both in private and public; and am thoroughly convinced that nothing but the presence of the Lord in power could so have aroused the hearts and consciences, as I witnessed that evening on almost all present. Nothing exciting was said, we simply began with that beautiful hymn, "I lay my sins on Jesus," and a short address on the love of Christ, &c., the sinner's hope. What followed arose out of the necessity of the cases, as praying for any particular person in deep distress of soul, and praising by thanksgiving and singing for any poor soul experiencing delivering grace. Many since have found peace in believing on Jesus, and are happily enjoying that precious grace. May the Lord continue this blessed work here. When we read that it is a countless number of re­deemed in glory around the throne, surely we are encouraged to ask largely, and not to be narrowed up in our conceptions of the power and riches of God's grace. "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever be­lieveth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

From the 'Revival Newspaper', Volume II, page 132.

The Lord is continuing to work on converting souls in our village and neighbourhood. Weekly precious souls are finding peace through the blood of the cross; in almost every house one or more of the inmates belong to Christ. Parents are being given in answer to the prayers of children, and children in answer to the prayers of the parents. It was remarked by a poor converted sister this afternoon, "A year ago this village was full of blasphemy and songs of Satan; now we hear nothing but hymns and praises from the lips of all the children, which tell greatly upon the unconverted parents." I hope many Christians may bear us before the Lord in prayer, and this is the great reason why I make this communication through the Revival; that it may be so. C. H. W.

From the 'Revival Newspaper', Volume III, page 125.

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