Stoke Newington - Salvation Army (1870)

 A report on Salvation Army work in Stoke Newington.

In the hall the word was accompanied with the power of the Holy Ghost; many went away weeping on account of their sins, were followed by the Spirit to their homes and some came again on Monday and found peace through believing in Jesus. Sunday, the 14th of August was a day to be remembered. The Lord revealed himself in such a way as I never witnessed before in a public meeting. Many souls came to our precious Saviour, but some went out because they could not bear the presence of our God. This was a glorious week. There was not a meeting held without seeing some poor sinner come to the foot of the Cross and enter into liberty.

A camp meeting having been appointed for the 4th of September, we had prayer meetings at seven and 9 o’clock in the morning and then proceeded to the ground at Clapton in procession, singing of the gospel News and telling the people at their open doors, that by God’s help we intended to bring the gospel to them so that they would be without excuse at the bar of God. Many were affected to tears in the open-air meetings, which were followed by two meetings at the hall, in the afternoon and evening. Several hundreds attended and about 400 were present at the love-feast. In the prayer meeting afterwards, two souls wept for mercy and found it.

We had about 500 people to hear Mrs Catherine Booth on the 11th September. It was the time of weeping and of deep conviction. Three came forward seeking for mercy and soon found it through believing in Jesus. Many went away in tears and many who did not weep were plainly under strong convictions. Some have since been to ask our prayers.

Our tea and public meeting were presided over by Mr Booth. It was a joy to be there. The Holy Ghost came down and in our midst and hard hearts were melted in the congregation.

From, 'The Christian Mission Magazine', October 1870, page 158.

183 saved in six months.

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