The Welsh Revival

Many have claimed that the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905 was the greatest revival in history, based on its tremendous power and worldwide impact. The revival’s visible leaders were largely children and teenagers. Evan Roberts, the revivals best known leader was only 26 years old. There were no great speakers or dynamic leaders, only nameless believers, sold out to God and fully obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Many of the world’s most renowned Christian leaders came from all corners of the world to marvel and sit at the feet of these children entirely under the powerful influence of the Holy Spirit.


One of the central themes of the revival was that God wasn’t looking for great eloquence, impressive leadership or great wisdom, He was looking for those who were humble and obedient to the voice of the Spirit, who despised worldly acclaim and desired above all else to exult God only! One truly astonishing feature of this revival was the absence of planning and promotion, everything was done under the spontaneous leading of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was always the main attraction in the revival, speakers and singers were not announced. When the meetings began there was no telling what was going to happen. Evan Roberts would enter a meeting and say nothing for hours or preach the entire time. Singers who planned to perform often kept silent if the Lord had other plans, other times singers would break out in spontaneous song. Roberts turned down interviews with world famous newspapermen and famous leaders and refused to get his photo taken other than for family pictures.

Evan Roberts the most famous leader of the Welch Revival of 1904-5
Evan Roberts the most famous leader of the Welch Revival of 1904-5

The Prayer Revolution

The revival experienced the power of prayer, seeing dramatic answers to specific prayers and the focus of prayers towards a burning agony for the lost! People in wales were praying everywhere, small prayer groups became swelling crowds at any time during the day or night. Whole communities rose up in prayer for neighboring towns, revival caught on like wildfire wherever they went! Prayer meetings often lasted till the early hours of the morning and people feared leaving lest they miss out on something wonderful.

Entire factories shut down so the people could pray! There was nowhere you could travel in Wales to escape the influence of the Spirit of God, the burning love and zeal of every Christian was evident wherever you went! Thousands upon thousands were being saved, mostly through the witness of individual believers.

Welch Revival Crusade 1904
Welch Revival Crusade 1904

The Origins of Revival

The seeds of the Welsh Revival were plants many years before; God was preparing the hearts of people all over Wales to carry the Ark of revival. Eloquent and influential Welsh ministers were being broken and humbled before God. They no longer sought to impress their congregations with outward performances but instead were driven by an inward passion and a desire to follow the leading of the Spirit! A holy desperation and a revelation of their true condition was what drove them to seek the depths of God.

Before the revival, Wales was a place in spiritual darkness. People were obsessed with soccer, drinking and a host of worldly pursuits. Crime and prostitution were at record high rates. Even in there worldly prosperity, people were dry and empty inside trying to fill a void that only God can! It was under this backdrop that God was preparing a young man who worked in the pit of a coal mine from the age of nine years old. His name was Evan Roberts.

Evan Roberts was born in Wales in 1878. After his father injured himself in a mining accident, he went to work in the mines at the age of 9, to earn about 75 cents a week.

Roberts had a passion for God and to preach at a very young age. He committed himself to prayer and to gaining a more intimate relationship with God for a period of 13 years before the revival in Wales. He went to prayer meetings almost every night of the week; the focus of his prayers was for a mighty visitation of the Spirit of God! Roberts entered a grammar school at the age of 26 with the goal of entering a college to study for the ministry. He was never able to complete his studies because God had other plans!

The Moriah Chapel In Laughor Wales
The Moriah Chapel In Laughor Wales

Divine Encounters

In the spring of 1904, Evan began to have powerful visitations from the Lord. This happened for several weeks on every night between one till 5 am. These encounters left him in a state of awe and wonder; he feared anything that would hinder these experiences. Soon after, a convention was held at Blaenanerch, with Evangelist Seth Joshua. Evan attended the meeting with his friend Sydney Evans and 19 other youths. Evan was visibly shaken at the end of the when Seth Joshua declared, “Bend us oh Lord”. The Spirit of the Lord, so branded this message on Evans heart that it never left him. The Spirit of the Lord came upon him with great power and he was filled with a supernatural passion and compassion for the souls of men.

A short time later, Sydney Evans witnessed Evan in his room with a holy light shining from his face. He asked Evan what was happening and Evan told him of his vision of the nation of Wales being lifted into the heavens and for 100,000 souls. Later, while in a chapel, Roberts had a vision directing him to go to his old friends and young people. The entire chapel was then filled with a heavenly light whereas he could scarcely see in front of him. Evan went to the Pastor at Moriah chapel and asked to hold services for the youth. That evening after a prayer meeting, Evan asked the young people to stay to so he could speak them. Only one girl and sixteen adults stayed to listen. The chapel was filled with a cloud of unbelief and Evan was tempted to doubt what God had showed him. Maybe he was tempted to think that his visions were the result a grand scheme of his imagination or worse yet, the onset of mental illness.

Evan Roberts together with the five Young ladies from Wales, spread revival all over Great Britain
Evan Roberts together with the five Young ladies from Wales, spread revival all over Great Britain
The Singing Sisters of the Welch Revival. There ages were between 18-22 years old.
The Singing Sisters of the Welch Revival. There ages were between 18-22 years old.

Building Momentum

The following day services were held in nearby Pisgah but this time many more were in attendance. It was here Evan Roberts would speak on the importance of being filled with the Spirit and he would highlight the four tenants that became central conditions for living in the Spirit and for revival. These tenants are what guided the Welsh revival. The tenants required renouncing of all doubtful behavior, harboring no unforgiveness, unquestioning obedience to the Spirit of God, and public testimonies to the work of God.

On the following day November 3rd, Roberts returned To Moriah chapel and taught the children the pray, “Send the Holy Spirit to Moriah for Jesus sake”. He impressed upon them the necessity to believe in order for the work of the Spirit to move forward and to believe that Christ is able to remove any obstacle. The lord was increasingly laying this on his heart.

Faith and expectation continued to build with each meeting. Roberts spoke on Ephesians 5:18, exhorting to not be drunk with wine but to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Within a week the meetings had grown to an intensity never witnessed in times past!

On November 7th The Moriah chapel was packed as it had never been before! Evan Roberts opened to Malachi 4:2-3 and made a prophetic declaration that it would be fulfilled in Wales immediately. The question was would the people in Roberts hometown accept the instrument God had chosen to light the fire in Wales and worldwide. Many believe this was a crucial point where the revival was held in the balance, would the people have the humility accept God’s messenger? They did, the Spirit of God was so heavy in that place that the people in mass cried out in agony for the lost and in repentance of their sins. Cries of great joy and desperation were heard in mass throughout the meeting which lasted beyond 3 in the morning!

On November 9th and 10th reports or the revival had reached the secular press and from that time on, almost every major newspaper worldwide had stories about the revival. With the Moriah chapel packed to capacity, the people of Loughor opened their homes for meetings. People from all over the world began to arrive in wales. Food had to be brought in because people didn’t want to leave the glory they were experiencing.

The revival then began to spread throughout wales. Prayer meetings sprung up everywhere. Conviction of sin was so strong that taverns emptied with men leaving their drinks behind as they were gripped with a holy fear. Soccer stadiums were emptied because everyone was at the revival. Police had nothing to do because crime had completely stopped and the jails were empty. Virtually all debts were paid in the entire nation. Horses and mules had to be trained to respond to different commands because they had become accustomed to responding to curses. Now no one dared curse in all of Wales out of a fear of God!

William T. Stead, among Great Britain's most powerful men, was impacted by the Revival in Wales
William T. Stead, among Great Britain's most powerful men, was impacted by the Revival in Wales

William Seymour

William Seymour, leader of the Asuza Street Revival, personally corresponded with Evan Roberts. The two revival's fed off each other!
William Seymour, leader of the Asuza Street Revival, personally corresponded with Evan Roberts. The two revival's fed off each other!

Revival Spreads Worldwide

Over the preceding 18 months, Evan Roberts and five young ladies from Wales, would light revival fires all over Great Britain and worldwide. William T. Stead, one of the most powerful men in Great Britain at the time, had visited the revival and was interviewed. They asked what he thought of the revival, he responded “that it didn’t really matter what he thought of the revival but what it thinks of me and everyone else”! In the book, “The Great Revival in Wales” by S.B Shaw, the account of the interview with William T. Stead was quoted on pg56 as saying this;

“… For this is a very real thing, this revival, a live thing which seems to have a power and a grip which may get a hold of a good many of us who at the present time are mere spectators. … The revival is something like a revolution; it is apt to be wonderfully catching”

When asked if he dreaded the revival coming his way he said;

“No that is not so. Dread is not the right word. Awe expresses my sentiment better. For you are in the presence of an unknown. You have to read ghost stories and can imagine what you would feel if you were alone at midnight in the haunted chamber of some old castle and you heard the slow stealthy step stealing along the corridor where the visitor from another world was said to walk. If you go to south Wales and watch the revival you will feel pretty much just like that. There is something there from another world. You cannot say whence it came or whither it is going, but it lives and moves and reaches for you all the time. You see men and women go down in sobbing agony before your eyes as the invisible hand clutches at their heart. And you shutter. …”

When correspondence from the revival reached other places around the globe, revivals were often ignited there. Frank Bartleman and William Seymour of the Azusa Street revival had frequent correspondence with Evan Roberts, both revivals impacted the other.

The revival spurred a wave of missionaries to be sent out all over the world. The Pentecostal and charismatic movements which now encompasses about a third of all Christians worldwide, can trace their roots to either the Welch or Azusa Street revival. The Welch revival is a foretaste of an even greater revival that’s to come, that will sweep in multitudes before the return of Jesus at the end of the age.

References:

Rick.Joyner,The World Aflame, 1993

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

I just learned a bit of new history. Thanks for the great write.

The Frog


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

The Frog Prince- Thank you so much for patiently reading through this lengthy account of the Welch Revival. I just felt I needed to have a certain depth of detail to do justice to the subject!


crystal457 4 years ago

Wow…What intriguing and wonderful information. Thank you for taking the time to write this article. You are a very talented writer. Your defiantly have a skill to engage the reader and once one starts reading there is no stopping. A lot of information in a compact article…loved it. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to reading more. Crystal


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thank you for your gracious comments Crystal! The way I see it, what could be more important and captivating than the Spirit of God! If God hold's the destinies of nations, shouldn't it be our life's goal to know His heart and ways! Therefore, it's easy to write if you have a great story, which I fortunately have!


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Chris Armstrong 4 years ago

Your thoughts on the Wales Revival was very insightful. I especially was challenged by the faith that these younger teens put into action. It always is our faith that activates the power of God! As we read this message we realize that God is no respecter of persons, so what are we waiting for? We need to jump into this river too and taste this release of the miraculous in our time! Thank you for inspiring us to live like children and dare to believe that all things are possible!!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Chris Armstrong-Thank you for your kind words! You sound like someone who is ready to step into this place of revival. We can't be holding on to anything, if we're to take this leap of faith. God bless you in your adventure!


coffeesnob 4 years ago

Thank you for writng this. Voted up and posting on fb. As I read I prayed, "Lord Jesus, do it again. Bring revival."


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this long Hub and I'm honored that you posted it on fb. Amen to that, I know I need revival, God is just waiting for us to pay the price!


Disappearinghead 4 years ago

Thanks for posting this hub.

Loughor is just across the River Lougher from Llanelli where I live. In 1994 I attended a meeting Moriah Chapel to mark the 90th anniversary. There was an expectation for something to happen, but sadly we didn't see revival break out again. A few years later I had some Australian relatives over for a visit; they had heard of the revival and wanted to see where it happened. So we drove over to Moriah and just happened to meet one of the deacons. He was kind enough to give us a guided tour of the chapel and the rooms where it all started, and took us to see the grave of Evan Roberts in the tiny cemetery round the back.

As to why the revival petered out I don't know.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Disappearinghead- Thank you for your gracious comments! I heard that an American revivalist named Matt Sorger visited Wales on the 100th anniversary of the Welch revival on October 31, 2004. During his visit their were experiences of angelic visitations,visions, healings, manifestations in the spirit realms and many were saved. Here's a link to his time in Wales and England:

http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?...

In his book "The World Aflame", Rick Joyner gives his insights as to why he believes the revival was cut short.

For one, Evan Roberts was so exhausted after his 18 months of touring Great Britain that he experienced a breakdown of sorts. Back in those days they didn't stress the value of rest enough. Another problem was that he came under the influence of Jesse Penn Lewis and her husband William, who insolated him from even his own family and friends. They over stressed the importance of not taking the glory of God to the extreme, where Roberts became a spiritual hermit living with the Lewis's. For these reasons, joyner believed that the revival was cut short.


Audrey 4 years ago

hii

did u know that in 1906 the Welsh missionaries in Khasia Hills( Shillong) brought the Revivla Fire to Shillong and ever since every 50 years 1906/1956 and again in 2006 we had a regionwide Revival like in 1904 exactly ..no preachers just the HOLY SPIRIT sweeping thousand of churches /schools/colleges etc..

watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8XiLQ8CcKQ


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Audrey- What an awesome and powerful move of the Holy Spirit! I desperately need to experience what these children were experiencing now! I'm going to share your link in multiple locations. How wonderful that the wells of revival have been redug at Shillong! Is this outpouring still happening ? God Bless and thank you for sharing your comments and link!


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA

Wow, I would have loved to have been there to witness this! Can't help but wondering at the timing of the Welch and Asuza revivals, before the soon to come world wars and the establishment of the sovereign nation of Israel.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

The Welch Revival was an awesome occurrence. I heard it mentioned in one of Leonard Ravenhill's sermons and from there I tried to find out more about it. It did shake the world and it was indeed an awesome thing for what word can one use when describing the movement of God through His people except awesome?


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Ms Dee- That's very perceptive, it's no accident as to the timing of these revivals. I believe that God revives his people to prepare them for some of the judgements that come upon the earth and for major events that God wants to bring forth. In this case that judgement was ww1 and 20 years later ww2 and as you said the rebirth of the nation of Isreal. The 2nd great awakening proceeded the civil war and the first great awakening the revolutionary war!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

North Wind- It's great to hear from you! Your so right, the language of men is insuffient to describe God's awesome power and presence.

When you mentioned Leonard Ravenhill I knew I'd heard his name somewhere. Now I remember he was a mentor to Keith Green, also I just read that he mentored Steve Hill, Tommy Tenny, David Wilkerson and a generation of young revivalists!


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

Yup. He's written some great books on revival and there are some sermons of his available to listen to online. That's how I first heard of him and I am so glad I did. Even though I can't meet him here on earth, I am so joyous to know that I will be able to meet him and praise God along with him and all the others.


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Ms Dee 4 years ago from Texas, USA

I am so intrigued, wba, that you have had this same thought, too. Oh yeah, the great awakenings before the Civil and Revolutionary wars! Wow!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thank you North Wind, I will have to look him up and read some of his stuff!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

It's always a pleasure to hear from you Ms Dee! To be honest, I read about the timing of these revival's in Rick Joyner's book "The World Aflame", and I wholly agree with him. Nothing major happens in the world anyway, without God's permission!


Audrey 4 years ago

Hii

below u can read a first hand account of the connection of the Welsh missionaries and Khasia Hills (now known on the net as Shillong Revival)

http://www.welshrevival.org/histories/roberts/002.... (1904)

http://shillongrevival.com/index_files/Page377.htm (2006)

God did it and can do it again...Yes the fire of Revival is still burning but not as it was in 2006-2008 though in some churches yes the Revival is still goin on strong..on a personal basis the children are still experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit...but the fire has been quenched by leaders as God was empowering lay people ;can u imagine children quoting from memory verses from Revelations asking people to repent coz Jesus is coming soon...last week some called up to say that Jesus appeared to them and said HE IS NEAR -REPENT ...ITS NOT ANYMORE REPENT COZ HE IS COMING BUT AS THEY SAW VISIONS THAT HE IS ALREADY ON HIS WAY COZ THEY heavens opened and saw angels ready for battle and the earth was so hot on fire like hell opening up..


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Hi Audrey- Thank you so much for sharing these awesome firsthand reports of the shillong revival! It’s great to know that the revival is still going strong and from your testimony, I have no doubt that you’ve experienced this outpouring personally!

There was a lot of hard ground these missionaries had to break up before the Spirit could move in power, but their efforts were not in vain as is plainly evident! Our earthy language can’t fully capture the glory of the heavenly realms, such as the mighty presence of God that has been visiting “Shillong” and the neighboring areas! All we can do is witness the effects of the Spirits manifest power and presence of those who have been receptive and the Angelic manifestations that accompany the mighty presence of the king of kings!


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Wow! What a powerful and exciting Hub. You did a marvelous job telling the tale of the revival and the incredible difference it made in the lives of the Welsh People.

I met Rick Joyner once.

Thank you for this great article and God Bless You!

james :)


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

James- Thanx for your comments! I've never met Rich Joyner myself but he's a great writer with lots of insight! I read another book that he wrote on a prophetic dream he had about visiting heaven.


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lifegate 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Oh for a repeat performance here in America! Other parts of the world are experiencing great movements of God, but He's relatively quiet here in the USA. We need a prayer revolution. We need a visitation from God.


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Lifegate- Amen, I believe America is ripe for a move of God, there are many people praying and I believe that many more will join until that critical mass is met and God explodes unto our land! There's a dryness here in America, you can feel it, its similar to the condition of the Welch people just before the great Welch revival!


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Gottabegod 4 years ago from Southern USA

Thank you for writing this wonderful compilation of spiritual history! This is the kind of revival that we are praying and hungering to see. A nameless generation with no face, under the total influence and leadership of Jesus and the Holy Spirit!!

God bless!!!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Gottabegod -Thanx for stopping by and for your comments! I think a lot of us are hungering for this kind of revival and are willing to pay the price in prayer to see it happen.


gottabegod 4 years ago

I pray that be so, because that's exactly what it is going to take.

God bless you!!


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FSlovenec 4 years ago from San Francisco, CA

We are in revival, grab hold of what God is doing. Study the Bible and Pray..open our eyes Lord that we would see what you see.. See things as they will be and they will be... In San Francisco right now a revival is here!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Thanks for your comments, encouragement and words of wisdom! Blessings to you and your church family in your ministries in San Fran!

I wish you well as you move ahead in the power of the Spirit in your area.


Faye Welch Melancon 4 years ago

What a great inspiring story of history, it is so encouraging. We are currently experiencing a great revival in south Louisiana, we havew to drive an hour to Baton Rouge, but God has been moving something like I have never seen , Praise God! I was a Welch and have always had such a hunger for the Holy Spirit, something in our lineage. Recently we have seen so much moving of the Holy Spirit, God is up to something. My husband sat on the pew in a A/G church for over 30 years and never rec,d the Ho;y Spirit, but a couple of years ago while driving his truck home he was listening to Donnie Swaggart and p;aced his hand on the radio and instantly was filled, and has not been the same. God is faithful! Thank You for Your Information!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Faye Welch Melancon- Blessings to you and your husband! That's such exciting news about a great move of the Spirit in southern Louisiana and in your life personally. There's nothing that tops being with God and hearing His voice!


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Rev Earl Jackson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great info, and one of the missing needs of Christianity in today's dark days. Revivals like the Welsh revival, have been poured out, by God throughout history, and we certainly need one today. But I think the key is seek the Lord and wait upon Him to do it. True Revivals are not worked up, they are poured out, and it is imperative that we not try to simulate what only the Holy spirit can do. I'm afraid that happens a lot. People tying to be revived, when they actually have received nothing from the Holy Spirit. Imitation revivals are always a poor substitute for the real deal. I hope and pray that God uses people like you, and articles like this, to help fan the fires of a great genuine revival, that will sweep over the churches of Christ in re-ignite their dwindling embers, and re-invigorate their cold and lifeless worship and service. I also hope and pray that he will raise up preachers who will preach like they did in the welsh revival, and in the earlier Great Awakening, men of God who stir people up with a vital and life-changing Gospel of God's great and Sovereign Grace. Thanks again for this article. Nice Job.


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Kathryn L Hill 3 years ago from LA

This is amazing. It is what I needed to read just now! Thanks for bringing this amazing event in history to us.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Kathryn L Hill- Thanks for your visit, I'm so glad you appreciated the story! I don't think there's anything as important or more needed today than a move of the Spirit of God!


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Kathryn L Hill 3 years ago from LA

Based on the story, there seems to be a way for us to have it in our own individual lives: by inviting the Holy Spirit in through our own focus and devotion.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Kathryn L Hill- God is surely no respecter of persons, we can all have what they had if were willing to pay the price. Although when God moves powerfully in our individual lives, its never just for us, He means for our breakthrough to be used to set others free.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Rev Earl Jackson- Thank you for your insights! God surely has to bring revival, the sad history of the church has form without power as the norm. You see many denominations and christian movements mimicking what God has done in past revivals and it only makes them weird. The way God worked at that time is not necessarily the way He's going to work now. God never changes but His methods often do.

On the other extreme though, there are many who are so afraid of deception and error that they've tied God's hands in regards to how He can move. They sit back claiming that if God wants a revival He'll have one. They think that there is no responsibility on their part to bring revival. They never pursue revival and expect it to just happen, they don't take the risks of obeying the voice of God, because their afraid of looking foolish.


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Joanmaynard 3 years ago from St Kitts

Thank you for posting this inspirational article. I have read much about this Azusa phenomena. It all began with a few people who got fed up of being fed up of their circumstances and surroundings. They decided to seek God.

God is ready to do the same thing again .He just needs available seeking vessels.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

Joanmaynard- Thank you for your generous comments! We had a visiting minister recommend to us a book that records the first-hand accounts of the children impacted at the revival at Azusa Street. I too am convinced that the awesome power and glory that was poured out at Azusa Street is but a foretaste of the revival that is yet to come! You’re absolutely right; we just have to get sick and tired of being sick and tired! Amen and Blessings


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Great hub wba! although I was surprised not to see Jesse Penn-Lewis mentioned as she played a huge part in the revival too and many books are left behind from this great woman of God of what took place during that time. I don't have my info with me right now....but I think one was called "War on the Saints" and another book that springs to mind was regarding the taking of the land by Joshua. They are not everybody's cup of tea, but I think, at some stage of our Christian walk, we would do well to read even some of it. From what I understand, Evans did eventually suffer from a nervous breakdown and Penn-Lewis and her husband cared for him. He lived with them.

So glad to meet you. I will be reading more of your hubs. God Bless.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

shofarcall- Glad to meet you too and thank you so much for your comments! Boy I'm not that familiar with the ministry of Jesse Penn Lewis! I’m afraid the author of my source did mention her in a pretty unflattering way. He contended that Jesse Penn Lewis used her influence on Evan Roberts to promote her own ministry and that her and her husband convinced Roberts to step away from the revival for fear that he would steal God's glory. The author contended that ironically this led to the end of the revival.

The author also stated Jesse Penn Lewis and her husband exerted so much control over Roberts, that they wouldn't even permit close friends and relatives to visit him even for a long time after his nervous breakdown. He also stated that the book "War on the Saints” was a somewhat paranoid reaction to some of the excesses in the revival and that even though Roberts name was on the book that he wouldn't have agreed with most of what was written in it.

I hope this information doesn’t sour your view of this Hub. Maybe the author had a distorted view of Jesse Penn Lewis. I don't know enough to say if it’s true or not.


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shofarcall 3 years ago

Hi wba,

Wow, Well, I have never heard this said of Jesse Penn-Lewis before!!! And I have done quite a bit of research on her and Evans and the revival. From what I know, she was fully involved in the revival.

All I know, from personal experience as well, is that when someone has a nervous breakdown, NO ONE generally wants to know them. This couple took Evan Roberts in and cared for him in a desperate time. Can you imagine the gossip/murmerings that would have gone around about Evans then? And about Jesse Penn-Lewis and her husband and their motivations?

What I do know is that when I suffered from a similar affliction, seeing people was often terrifying depending on how I was on any particular day. the terror came from either not remembering them or my association with them, or not being able to or wanting to follow their conversation. I often asked the person who was staying with me at the time to either tell visitors I was out, or sleeping or whatever so as not to have the stress or anxiety of having to socialise.

Having said that, I cannot express just how much I value that time of my life now and the experience and insight it has brought me and how much it has changed me, I believe for the better. I see with very different eyes now.

It certainly has not soured me on your hub, brother!

God Bless.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

shofarcall - I'll take your word for it about Jesse Penn Lewis. Sounds like they were true friends of Evan Roberts. God bless and have a wonderful day!


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada

Wba, this sounds like a powerful move of God. Wow! Thanks for sharing. When God does something, it is something that no person could have done. This was definitely a "God" thing.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY Author

prairieprincess- Thanks so much for your comment. Anything that God does is a powerful thing because He’s a powerful God!


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bethperry 3 years ago from Tennesee

Very interesting article, and I enjoyed seeing the old photographs :)

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