Ilkeston - John Smith (1826)

"Jan 13. A few weeks ago, I was in Ilkeston. In the evening, we had a very interesting time. Many were in deep distress, I think eight persons found peace with God. The following morning, I learned that there were several very unhappy, who had been at the preaching on the preceding evening, I agreed with a local preacher to go to a large warehouse, where some of them were working. We went; I made a few observations respecting the importance of salvation, &c. Many were much affected: we sang, 'Take my poor heart,' &c. and began to pray. The distressed souls cried aloud for mercy. Such anguish as some of them were in for more than an hour, I have seldom witnessed. After considerable struggling, six found peace with God. May God give stability to his good work! We want more nurses in the church of Christ."

R Treffry's 'Life of John Smith' p212

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