Fraserburgh (1861)

Your Revival paper often encourages distant labourers, and, perhaps, a few of us, who seldom send any reports to you, ought to do it oftener. If all your friends were as silent as some, we would ourselves be the losers; we should never hear of the Lord's hand in other parts.

I have just witnessed a manifest work of God in Fraserburgh. For some time past God has been gradually awakening believers in that town to their responsibilities and their power, and a spirit of prayer and a desire to be faithful to unsaved friends and neighbours has been vouchsafed to them.

One or two pastors, I am told, are thirsting for the sound of rain, but circumstances prevented me from meeting any of them at this time, although, from the lively zealous spirit which pervades the office-bearers, and is seen amongst the believing portion of Rev. J. Robbie's flock, I have no doubt they are accustomed to feed upon the Lord's own pasturage.

Considerable numbers attended the Independent Chapel on last Lent's day (13th), and the Spirit of God enabled many to receive the Word gladly. An evening meeting was arranged for inquirers, and about thirty inquirers and as many Christians remained. We had good hope that the majority of those looked to Jesus ere we brake up at a late hour. On Monday evening another meeting was arranged. We opened it at half-past seven p.m., and could not get out of the chapel until twenty minutes to one in the morning; large numbers of inquirers remained after the congregation. We found that some of them had rested their souls on Jesus the previous day, whilst the Word of God was being proclaimed; one or two had done the same on Monday night, and ere the inquirers all left the chapel at midnight, we had ground to hope and believe that a considerable number bad, like the jailer of old and the eunuch, received the Word with gladness. A few went away sorrow­ful. Oh, remember them, dear believing reader, in prayer; pray that they have no rest until they rest in Jesus. Dear brethren were publicly engaged in prayer all the time the inquirers were being spoken to; this is a blessed. way. Some are thus pleading with God whilst others are pleading with the unsaved. The inquirer speaks, I think, more freely, also, if others are engaged. in prayer, and not all observing. I found that the inquirers included various ranks, and also members of different congregations. Perhaps the Lord will make many of them the salt of the earth in Fraserburgh. A few of those who remained till midnight resided some miles from Fraserburgh. It was a trial of faith to remain so long on a bitter cold January night, with a dark bleak road before them; but as worldly hearts make their possessors often think lightly of difficulties so do our hearts when moved by the Spirit of God, count these things of no moment. GORDON FORLONG

From the 'Revival Newspaper', Volume IV, page 28.

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I cannot discover where the Independent Chapel was.

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