Crugybar (1859)

The Rev. R. Phillips, of Llandovery, writes as follows:


"It is supposed that about three thousand persons have been added to the Calvinistic Methodist Churches in Carmarthenshire during the past year. Some of the greatest drunk­ards in some neighbourhoods give evidence of a change of heart by a change of life. The old people say that there is more of God in this revival than they ever saw in any similar movement. It is quite clear that a work has been done which none but God could accomplish. In some places the cause of religion had nearly died away, but now those places are quickened. The churches, which were small, have received a large accession of members, and new life runs through the whole.


"The Independents at Ffald-y-brenin and Crug-y-bar, and the Baptists at Bethel and Salem in the same district, have received a large accession of members. It may be said that nothing is now left to the devil but a few glean­ings; the large sheaves are in possession of the Lord of the harvest.


"I cannot say that any indications of a revival could be observed here previous to the very day on which it took place. Our denomination throughout South Wales de­voted, however, the first Sabbath of last August to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. There was no preach­ing. PRAYER ONLY. I believe there has been more pray­ing for this great blessing ever since. At all events, the Lord is now doing great things by means of prayer-meet­ing."—Rev. E. Jones, Crug-y-bar.

From ‘The Welsh Revival’ by Thomas Phillips.

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