Egerton (1860)

DEAR Sir,—As an additional encouragement to the readers of your welcome periodical to abound in prayer for the Spirit of God, allow me to mention a few facts in connexion with this little village. Rather more than two years ago, feeling the great need of a Revival in religion, we commenced a female prayer-meeting on the Sabbath evening, which has been kept up until the present time. About twelve months since, too, the male and female members began to hold separate meetings for supplication on the Wednesday evenings, after the usual service. In January last, we likewise felt stirred up to establish a series of weekly prayer-meetings in our school­room. After a while our Wesleyan brethren joined us in wrestling with God, and thus for some months union prayer- meetings have been carried on. As the result of these special efforts, we have been favoured with a gracious baptism of the Spirit, and have been permitted to add about twenty-four persons to our Christian fellowship, in about sixteen months, nearly half of whom are young females, members of one class in the Sunday-school. There are peculiar obstacles to the progress of true piety here; for amidst a population of about 1300, we have ten or eleven public-houses and beer-shops, and a Unitarian chapel. May the Lord more abundantly revive his work. Will your readers kindly re­member Egerton at the throne of grace. Cordially yours in the gospel of Christ, JOHN GREENER.

July 10. Independent Minister. From the 'Revival Newspaper', Volume III, page 21.

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