Houghton-Le-Spring - Salvation Army (1878)

This is an early monthly report from the Salvation Army station here.

Had a grand tea the last day in November, three or four sittings down; proceeds eight souls and £7. When we commenced the prayer meeting, about 50 people were present, but by 11 o'clock there were 200- an increase of 150. The news had spread that folks were commencing new lives and they came to see for themselves. Some of us had lost our voices, or we should have commenced another meeting.

The following day, December 1st, twenty-two professed to find peace-.

This was a wonderful meeting, One of the most glorious times we have seen. We had a struggle with hell, faith tried, and then a shriek. A lot of folks all jumping together; a big man and woman running to the penitent form; all confusion. Hell alarmed; heaven rejoicing and earth wondering; a struggle, and then a shout, 'I do believe it! Another jump and then a shout. Once more a calm, but the colliers are believing, all have hold of God. Lord save sinners. "Amen!" "Amen!" "Amen!" from all parts of the place. A shriek; another jump; A big fellow runs over three or four forms, puts his hands together as though he was going to dive, but he sees the fountain and in he goes on to the top of another fellow at the penitent-form. "Hallelu]ah!" says a Brother, "That's the worst fellow in the town." "Amen!" says another " there's a man there that's been a local preacher; there's a gambler; there's a drunkard; that man's mother was saved last night." All right keep your faith right, believe for another. A shriek; a smash; jumping all over the place, until twenty-two say they have jumped into liberty. Hallelujah l

I prophesy, someday before long, the Christian Mission will work in shifts, and keep up a permanent revival night and day. Blast the rock and get sinners saved. Oh, Hallelujah!

From, 'The Salvationist', January 1879, pages 15-16.

Additional Information

I do not know where the meetings were held.

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