High Wycombe - Salvation Army (1882)

When Captain Knight and Lieutenant Gifford had been at work about four weeks here I had the privilege of running down to see how they were getting along. I was agreeably surprised to find the whole town and neighbourhood on fire for miles around. I’m looking over the names of those who were acknowledged by the police and others to have been great drunkards, et cetera, but were now changed – what was my surprise to find they amounted to the grand total of 370 souls. Some of these I conversed with and they are what they seem to be.

We had the best of meetings on Sunday all day. At the 11 o’clock Holiness Convocation, 63 made a full surrender of themselves to God for time and eternity and professed to obtain complete deliverance from all sin and enter into the liberty of full Salvation.

At night, after the barracks had been packed from floor to ceiling, so great was the crowd at the doors we were obliged to arrange a second meeting with the blue sky for our ceiling; notwithstanding that it rained very heavily most of the time, yet so great and manifest was the desire of the people to hear about Salvation, that about 1,500 stood nearly all the time and so eager were they to gain admission to the Hall that they might hear more about it, that they followed the captain through the town after she had closed the open-air work.

God bless the High Wycombe comrades, They have been born to God in the fire and I’m sure they will not live in the smoke. The great Captain of our Salvation will do greater things yet if they only trust Him to keep them in the right way. “High Wycombe for Jesus!” be your war cry.

From, 'The War Cry', May 1882.

This is just one example of what was happening here. More reports can be seen from the War Cry in future months/years.

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I do not know where the meetings were held.

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