Temperance Town, Cardiff - Salvation army (1871)

This is a report of the Salvation Army's work in Cardiff. This whole area used to be Temperance Town which was designed and built by teetotalers. It was cheap housing and the Hall and Congregational Church were the first building put up.

We were invited by an earnest Christian brother, Mr Watkins’s, to take a week’s special services at the Congregational church, Temperance Town, formerly. We commenced on Sunday morning by an address to believers to which the Lord set His seal.


Especially was the power of God manifest on the Sunday afternoon at a service for children. Between 30 and 40 sought the Saviour. It was a touching sight; boys and girls from the age of 10 to 16 and unsaved teachers kneeling together, mingling their penitential tears with the children’s. We noticed one teacher surrounded by a group of girls. “Look,” she said, with a face beaming with joy, “the Lord saved me last week and now he has given me all these.” We rejoice to hear this work has spread and many of these dear young ones are witnessing a good confession.

In the evening the Hall, holding over 2000, was crowded, when my fellow worker Miss Billups preached; and that night the gospel was proved to be the power of God to the salvation of precious souls. Throughout the week and following Sabbath God continued to bless. On the Tuesday this effort was brought to a close by a Consecration Service, when many came forward, laying their all on the altar and yielding themselves a living sacrifice to the Saviour.

We thankfully hear that the work is being carried on by our brother Watkiss and a few other friends who were quickened during this revival and earnestly pray this spark may kindle into a mighty flame.


From, 'The Christian Mission Magazine', July 1871, page 111.

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