Enniskillen (1800)

On December the 25th, Graham writes from Enniskillen: " The fire of the Lord attends us wherever we go. It is astonishing what sinners have been convinced and converted during the last week. I never saw the prejudices of Enniskillen so conquered in the street before:; the most hardened held down their heads, and went away confounded. We did not leave the street until we left with triumph. I think this was one of the best, days that Enniskillen has seen. In the street we published for preaching in the house, where the power of the Lord fell on the people, and many were enabled to proclaim the pardoning love of Jesus Christ. All glory be to His eternal name, He is riding in triumph through all this land. You would imagine that error and vice would soon take their flight out of the country. Mr Stuart mounted his horse to-day, took the street with us, and did valiantly. Blessed be the Lord, His servants are not ashamed to confess Him in the open streets. Messrs. Stuart and Kerr are going on courageously, and the Lord is owning their labours among the people."

Next day, at Mr G. M`Donald's„ near the town no house could contain the people, so the service was held in the open air. About one hundred of those present were Romanists. At Derrygonnelly, the crowd was so great that the Catholics present wished them to go into the chapel, but as the priest was not a consenting party, the missionaries declined to do so.

On the last day of the year, about thirty were converted, and several obtained the blessing of purity of heart. Amongst the latter were a number of young persons, whose faces seemed to shine with celestial radiance. 'History of Methodism in Ireland,' Volume ii by Crookshank

1832. A still more remarkable and extensive work of grace took place on the Enniskillen circuit, where Messrs. William Browne and Robert Wilson were stationed. So low was the cause that when their predecessors left the steward was; £20 out of pocket, and a tax of 5s. Stranraer class was imposed on the Society to meet the deficiency; while at the first love-feasts at Cosbystown and Springfield there were not more than two dozen people present. At, however, the succeeding love-feast at Cosbystown the attendance was much larger; a backslider who had been restored to the Divine favour on the previous evening was the first to speak, and his experience was made a great blessing to others who had turned aside from the way of holiness, and several of them were restored to the joys of God's salvation. The next meeting was held at Springfield, where there was not much spiritual life apparent until near the closeStranraer when the Spirit was poured out, and many cried aloud for mercy. These indications of the Divine favour excited high expectations with regard to the love-feast in Enniskillen, conducted by Mr Pattyson, and these hopes were more than realized. The attendance was very large, the people spoke with great freedom and power, and the service was turned into a prayer-meeting, during which sixteen souls were won for Christ. At its close Mr Pattyson said to his brethren, "I tell you, for your encouragement, there is a cloud of blessing hanging over your circuit, and it is designed by God to refresh the whole community." These words were almost prophetic, for the good work continued to deepen and spread, and a glorious harvest was reaped. No available house could contain the congregations that assembled to hear the word preached, so frequently two adjoining buildings were used simultaneously, and when the weather permitted it, meetings were held in the open air. Funds increased so rapidly that not only all deficiencies were paid, but large sums were available for the erection of new chapels. About fifteen hundred persons are said to have been savingly converted. And so marked a change took place in the conduct of the people that the annual races, which had been attended by vast crowds, were patronized by very few, and intemperance seems to have ceased. One of those converted was James Irwin of Springfield. Some of the worst men in the country were arrested and turned to the Lord. One of these having been convinced of sin was so powerfully affected that lie appeared to have lost his reason. His great importunity in seeking a present pardon led someone to say, "Don't set God a time;" but he replied, "I will," and cried aloud, "Lord, Thou hast said that in the day I seek Thee with ray whole' heart Thou wilt be found; here is my heart." That moment he received a conscious sense of sins forgiven, his countenance beamed with holy joy, and he went home praising and blessing God.

'History of Methodism in Ireland'. Volume iii, by Crookshank, p169.

1832. The gracious and extensive revival which had commenced in the north early in the year, through the Divine blessing on the labour of the Primitive Wesleyans, continued its progress. On September 25th Mr William Browne writes, from Enniskillen, "The Lord is still carrying on His gracious work of convincing and converting sinners. Not a week, I believe I might venture to say not a day, but we have fresh instances of this. Our houses are crowded to excess every night, and numbers stand outside to hear the word of life. We have many openings which we cannot fill, but are endeavouring to supply them by mid-day services. On the 17th instant we held our quarterly meeting at Ennis­killen, and as cholera had visited the town, feared that our country friends would not attend, and the meeting would be a. small one; but to our astonishment, the house could not contain the congregation at the public services, and at the love-feast it was completely filled. Similar meetings were held in the course of the week at Derrygonnelly, Springfield, and Skea, and at each of these it was delightful to see the rapid progress the young converts had made in the Divine life. Some of the oldest Methodists say they were never present at such meetings before. I think that not less than one hundred members have joined our Society on this circuit since the Conference." 'History of Methodism in Ireland'. Volume iii, by Crookshank, p180.

1843. Messrs Joseph McCormick and John G. Wakeham were appointed to the Enniskillen circuit, where, in answer to special and persevering prayer, there was a very extensive and blessed religious awakening. At first, an increasing attendance on the ministry of the word was observed, and in some instances a marked seriousness in the congregations. At the December love-feast there was a considerable addition to the ordinary attendance; but nothing further that was remarkable took place, except that at the close of the meeting a few anxious inquirers, including an old man of nearly seventy, professed to have found peace in believing. However, on the following Sabbath evening, as Mr Wakeham preached, the Lord poured out His Spirit, a number were constrained to cry out, "What must we do to be saved?" and six of them were enabled to rejoice in the God of their salva­tion. On the same evening, as Mr McCormick preached at Knockmanoul, the word was accompanied with similar power and attended with similar results. The good work thus commenced continued and spread, meetings were held every evening, and at almost all of these sinners were convinced of sin and converted to God, until it was estimated that not less than five hundred persons had been turned "from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God."

'History of Methodism in Ireland'. Volume iii, by Crookshank, p332.

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