St Ives - Salvation Army (1879)

This is a monthly report from the Salvation Army station here.

THE Holy Ghost seemed determined last night to get the victory over those St. Ives and Hayle folks. The meeting was lifeless until 2.30, then the fire from heaven seemed to come in our midst and set the whole people in a flame. One woman, who was noted for being a quiet woman, jumped, sang and prayed all at once in such a manner that fear seemed to fall on many lest she should overdo it; but God knew what He was about. This same woman was lame in one leg when she came to the meeting, but when she went away in the morning her leg was cured. 

After we gave the invitation to those who wished to make a full surrender, the first one to come out was a woman who was ill some weeks ago in bed, and no hope for her if she got the least excited. She told the Lord she would get converted and love Him all her life if He would only spare her a little longer. The Lord raised her up. She went to her usual chapel and found, says she, it was not the fashion to have people saved in the summer; as a matter of course no invitation to the penitent form. But she believed the fountain was open. She came to the Sail Loft and got saved, now she was pleading for purity of heart. The first thing she did before she came to the penitent form was to take out two feathers she had in her hat. Her example was quickly followed until we had in all about half a dozen yards of people, all getting into the blessing at one time. One said, talking to the Lord, "Now I'll speak for you." Another, "Now it's all gone." She had just thrown her snuff-box out of the window, which opens to the sea.

From, 'The Salvationist', October 1879, page 273.

Place crammed. Two open-air bands at work. Souls crying for mercy aloud. Scarcely any money in the place and therefore a hard fight to make ends meet.

From, 'The Salvationist', December 1879, page 329.

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

Additional Information

I do not know where the sail loft was.

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