This is the first monthly report from the Salvation Army station here.
A COLLIERY district. Pits. Pits. Pits. Four miles from Consett. Implored both by some of our own people and by others living on the spot, to do something there, we at length arranged to take Co-operative Hall for our meetings and succeeded in securing it both for Sundays and the week. It will seal about 600. Sister Lee was appointed to open the attack, and accordingly, on June 29, she commenced in the Lord's name. We have no proper report and can only give brief extracts from one or two letters.
On July 8th, she says: -
"I am very glad to tell you that the work is progressing. During the week we have had a full Hall, and eight souls have professed to find Christ. One dear woman, after struggling and praying, said,' Oh, the load is gone", putting her hand to her side, 'it's gone, the load has gone. Praise the Lord."
"Sunday, Hall packed. Marched through the village. Oh, Hallelujah. The Lord was with us, and we roused the devil. My throat is very sore."
Dated July 17th.
"I am glad to be able to say things are going on well. A good week. Saturday night we had a real Hallelujah meeting. A time of refreshing. Thirty-three spoke in forty minutes. Sunday was wet, but at night we had the Hall filled notwithstanding.
"Sister Yorke arrived last night. Men and women sit and tremble beneath the power of the spirit, and they will have to yield. One dear man said he had been a bad member a long time and he felt wretchedly miserable.''
From, 'The Salvationist', August 1879, page 207.
This is a new place, right in the thick of the colliers. We have the Co-operative Hall packed every night, and hundreds of souls have been saved.
From, 'The Salvationist', August 1879, page 266.
I do not know where the Co-Operative Hall was.