Greenock - D L Moody (1874)

The visit of Mr Moody and Mr Sankey to Greenock has been attended with remarkable blessing. A minister of the
town states that not a meeting was held without overflowing attendance, wonderful interest and unquestionable fruit. At one Bible reading in an afternoon, two thousand came to hear. After a great meeting of working men in the Town hall, not less than three hundred waited to the inquiry meeting; and one who was present speaks of the eagerness of these men. It was a striking and impressive sight to him when seated with a group of eight around him, to see each of these working men draw out his Bible from his pocket, and most reverently turn up passages with him, as he sought to make them see clearly the way of salvation.

On Sabbath morning, the 12th, a Christian workers' meeting was held. It had been intimated for nine o'clock; but so ready
and earnest were the crowds that they began to assemble at five in the morning, A stream of people poured in from Port Glasgow in the east, and another stream from Greenock on the west. By half-past six, two and a half hours before the time, the Town hall, which accommodates above two thousand persons, was completely filled. In the evening of the same day, the three largest churches were thronged with the overflow from the Town hall, and still the crowd seemed to swarm all over Cathcart-square, enough to fill other three churches. Greenock never was so stirred on any occasion, in all its history. Not a few very marked cases of conversion have occurred. In the meantime, it is not desirable to give details. While one minister could speak of nine of his flock brought to Christ, another could tell of thirty awakened; and these are but a sample of the rest.

In Infirmary Square their band of singers had attracted a great audience. At the Foundry Boys' evangelistic meetings, about fifty boys had been awakened. Mr William Sloan gave a few details of the boy's meeting in the west end, boys attending the Academy and such like seminaries. Of these, there had been on Sabbath evening above 800. They met in the pillar hall of the Queen's Rooms. All was calm and still, and seventy remained for conversation.

"The Christian", April 30th, 1874.

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