Penybont (1859)

This small county of 25,000 inhabitants has long since ceased to be Welsh in language. For many reasons, it has not been so well supplied with an enlightened ministry as some other counties. To supply this lack, home mission­aries have been located at different points; and it is grati­fying to be able to state that signs of an awakening have been witnessed within the last few months in some of the towns, and in several of the villages.

The Rev. S. Roberts of Penybont writes, in January­" The revival is only beginning with us;" and then pro­ceeds to give an account of the deep interest awakened by the special prayer-meetings at the different villages on his station. At a very small village he had already received fourteen members and looked forward to the pleasure of receiving shortly an equal number. Some of the conver­sions which had taken place were very striking. He says, "A very remarkable character presented himself as a candi­date for membership. According to his own account, he had been a ringleader in the devil's army, and had passed the last twenty years of his life without a ray of light or hope.' Though he was the son of a pious father, he never attended the means of grace. Since his change, he has been zealous in the service of his new Master. He goes from house to house to reason with his old companions respecting the folly of sin. On one occasion he met two young men, who had been his associates in wickedness and immediately addressed them on the sinfulness and danger of the life they led. At first they were inclined to laugh, but his earnestness overcame them, and they wept. He took out his Bible, read and prayed on the spot. The young men testified that they felt as they had never felt before. The conversion of this man has produced a great sensation in the neighbourhood. He is a farmer, and forty years of age,"

From ‘The Welsh Revival’ by Thomas Phillips.

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