Penzance (1849)

On Tuesday, May 15th, the District Meeting began. Thursday was largely occupied in hearing glad tidings of the gracious work God was then doing in various parts of Cornwall. The Revs. R. Young and J. H. James especially refreshed the hearts of the brethren by their narratives. At Penzance, their solicitude had been awakened by the large number of young people of Christian parentage, of regular habits, and of amiable manners, who yet were careless about religion, lovers of pleasure, and undeniably unconverted. Intercessions, sermons, and private pastoral attentions were all directed to their benefit. Results came; a great work soon began, and speedily spread, until it had reached and blessed most in the congregation between fourteen and five-and-twenty. Of one Circuit Steward's children, five were saved in a week; in the household of his colleague, three. Nights of wrestling with God occurred in many homes, followed by a happy day-dawn shining upon families completely saved. The March love-feast is of joyful memory. It affected the pastors to tears to hear young people, many of them from a class which, much too seldom, in such meetings, contributes its quota of edification, one after another, for three hours, bear testimonies of God's saving grace, singularly clear, simple, and impressive. The young ladies of Penzance, with no other prompting than their own sense of duty, adopted quiet, godly attire, and discarded superfluous ornament. Of the artificial flowers which in the days of folly had served vanity, an elegant work-basket was constructed and sold for the Missions. At the anniversary just concluded before the District Meeting, a thank-offering of 10, was laid upon the Mission altar by these young converts, thus recently turned to the Lord.

From ‘The Life of the Rev Thomas Collins, by Samuel Coley, p296.

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