This is the first monthly report from the Salvation Army station here.
AS mentioned in the last number of The Salvationist, the work continues so gloriously at the Warehouse that we determined to open another battery in this town and accordingly appointed Sister McMinnies to open a Store in Talbot Lane, to be called the Salvation Barracks. The building will seat from 400 to 500, and already precious souls have been saved. Crowds have listened and this without at all hurting the work at the old place. An entirely new neighbourhood is thus attacked, and there is abundant sign of a mighty force being raised up here.
On the first Sunday, July 20th, the barracks were crowded to excess and they had nine souls at night.
Writing as to the following work, Sister McMinnies says:- " On Monday night again seven came out and got saved. Praise the Lord! One of these had been an actor on the stage, now he says that he is going to be an actor for God. I believe that God is going to do a mighty work in the west end of Leicester.
A few days later she says:- "I am glad to tell you we had a mighty time of it Sunday night. Twelve came out for salvation. We had a mighty time on Monday all day (Bank Holiday) at the Warehouse.''
We have had over 70 souls saved. One man got up in the meeting and said that he had been a showman for the devil, now he is going to be a showman for God, to show men and women how they can get to heaven. He comes out in the open air to talk and pray.
Another came to the meeting and got saved. He told me he had been in jail four times. His father and mother turned him out because he had joined the Salvation Army, but he says he means to stick to us come what may. Pray for that brother.
We held our open-air service right in front of a public house and the publican gave a man something to come and tell us while we were in the open air that another sect of people held open-air meetings where we stood, so we did not go the next Sunday. After a man came to the meeting and got saved, and he told me that he went on the square on Sunday to hear us the same as before, but he found we did not come so he went into this public-house to get a glass of beer, and told the landlady he came to hear the Salvation people. She told him they had got rid of us nicely, and that we were foolish enough to go, but, we have been foolish enough to go back again. She said we were taking their trade away. I can shout hallelujah to that, and mean, by the help of God, to take their customers. The publicans do not like me a little bit. Sometimes they shout out to me, "Come here, lass and stand behind the bar for me," but I tell them to get saved. '
We are having grand times here. I went up to a man in the meeting one night and gave him a word and made him feel bad. He got up and went out, but he had to come back and fall down at the feet of Jesus. He soon got saved. Praise the Lord
...A great many of these men who have got saved came out last Bank Holiday to the holiness meeting and got the blessing. These men will soon be mighty men for God. Plenty of cases like this I could tell you.
From, 'The Salvationist', September 1879, page 237-8.
I do not know where in Talbot Road the meetings were.