Greenwich (1860)

The Lord has been pleased to work a very gracious work in the church and school of which I am the pastor and the president. For some time the Word of God has been heard with deep attention, and a few have been added to the church, but having received an invitation from Capt. Orr, of Woolwich, to attend a meeting of about 100 of the lads who work in the Royal Arsenal, who had been converted to God principally in the Sunday-school, first beginning with the conversion of one lad, then of two, and so on until upwards of 100 have been turned from the error of their way, I accordingly attended, and I was exceedingly struck with what I saw—so many lads evidently rejoicing in God their Saviour, and singing what they called, " Weaver's Hymns." After this and another meeting I attended of these youths, Capt. Orr requested me to deliver a lecture to the Youths' Christian Association. I did so. I took with me twelve of the elder boys of the Sunday-school, one of my deacons and his wife, and three of the teachers. It pleased the Lord to touch the hearts of three of the boys I took with me; they returned under a conviction that they were sinners and needed a Saviour; a prayer-meeting among the boys was begun, and the work of conversion commenced. Shortly after this, Miss Shearman paid the school a visit; at that time the impression became very general, and after the evening service in the chapel, there was prayer made, and many retiring to the vestry were led to the Saviour and found peace through believing,

On the following Wednesday, Capt. Orr, with Mr Pointer and about thirty lads from Woolwich, attended a public meet­ing held in the Mission Church. After many had confessed their faith in Christ, prayed, sung, and exhorted, the impression became general, and those in the congregation desiring prayer to be made for them retired to the vestry of the chapel until it was full to overflowing, and there was no room for those who pressed forward towards it. The school-room was then opened, and the people flocked into it. More prayer was made, and souls sought and found peace.

Since that time the work of conversion has gone regularly forward without any noise or confusion. Sinners attend the services, the power of God lays hold upon them, they become willing in the day of the Lord's power, and first give them­selves to the Lord, and then to the church by the will of God. Thus has God wrought amongst us; to Him alone bo the glory.

. J. TRESTRAIL. From the 'Revival Newspapers', Volume III, p158.

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