Spennymoor - Salvation Army (1878)

There have been a few encouraging monthly reports from this Salvation Army station, before this one, but no figures.

The month has been one of great blessings. The Lord has led us from conquering to conquer. Many have wept and groaned and prayed on account of their sins. God has heard their cry and blessedly set them at liberty. All glory to His name. The meetings are well attended. Crowds flock every night to hear the word of life. The Sunday services are wonderful. The whole town is moving. The devil's kingdom is greatly shaken. 

 From, 'The Christian Mission Magazine', November 1878, page 298.

The good work is still progressing at the station. Many of the worst men in the town have been continually brought under the power of the gospel; a complete renovation of heart and life is enjoyed by themselves and manifested to their neighbours by their walk and conversation. During the past month many of our own people have been introduced into the higher life. A new doctrine to many but which our people described as the “very cream of my religion” and the more they feel of it the easier becomes the labour for God. In the open-air work God still continues to smile upon them; a band real daredevils has been raised and as a local paper said of them “they rake the gutters of sin and scrape the cesspools of iniquity" and many precious gems they have found deep down in the mire and are bringing glory to God.

From, 'The Spiritualist', July 1879, page 178.

Captain Skidmore had a grand farewell. Fifteen souls on the Sunday, and they say 3,000 people to see him off. God bless him! The 31st is as full of fire as ever.

From, 'The Salvationist', August 1879, page 223.

For future reports see, 'The War Cry' which began January 1880.

Spennymoor II (a second station was opened)

We opened the station on June 11th, since then God has worked mightily amongst the people of Lowe Spennymoor. Some of the worst characters testify to what the Lord has done for them. On Sunday one of them got up and told us how last Saturday he was in the Theatre, but tonight he was on his way to Heaven. One man came to our open-air under the influence of drink and said "seek the lost sheep.“ Praise the Lord we did! We took him along to the hall. The publicans all the way looked quite surprised. At the close of the meeting he got up and said he had been a great drunkard, horse racer and everything that was bad, but he knew he was safe. We finished with 7 souls. Sunday was a grand time; we finished with 11 souls, making a total of 66 since we commenced.

From, 'The War Cry', July 1882.


Additional Information

They were meeting in the Cambridge Theatre on Sundays, but had to leave and went to the Town Hall.

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