Kennington, London (1862)

I have hitherto been prevented from sending you a few lines abut our tent meetings. For about six weeks we had services seven times a week. On Sundays the meetings were very large; on the weeknights they varied very much in point of numbers, but never in point of power. Night after night the Lord was manifestly present, either to wound or to bind up. Not a few have testified to the power of God and to salvation; some cases where the Lord had been working in the hearts for months. They came and heard the word preached in simplicity and power and then they received the word gladly. Others were cases of careless ones, convinced at one meeting and coming to the next to tell us that the Lord had saved them.

During one fortnight not a single day passed without a hearing of one or more cases of conversion. The history of that fortnight and the details of the cases, would take many pages to contain the statements we have from the lips of lives of sin, God's providence, the deep convictions and heart rending despair, the first dawn of light, as some of them said, "it was that word 'whosoever' that did me;" the full blaze of gospel truth bursting upon their souls, their happiness and earnestness to bring others to Jesus; or backsliders restored and doubting Christians being led to trust with a simple faith that "blood which cleanseth from all sin." We had meetings for children and meetings for females only. From the first meeting I heard the other day of the eighth case of conversion and at the two subsequent meetings there was a blessing. "One sowed and another reaped," and those dear sister sowers and reapers shall rejoice together. Whatever may be said for or against a woman speaking, one can only wish that all who preach should preach as simple a gospel and with this much power as these did. To God be all the praise.

'The Revival', 31/7/1862.

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