St Combs - James Turner (1859)

"Dec. 6.—I entered the first town on the east coast, St. Combs, containing about 94 families. I had a meeting the first night. About 300 people attended, and, of a truth, God was with us that night. The Spirit of God was present, and the meeting was kept up till a late hour. All the next day I went from house to house and spoke to the people, and at night preached to about 400. The Church was filled. What a night of the power of God! The meeting was kept up until morning. A great many did not sleep that night, neither did I. All the next day I again spent in going from house to house, and at night the church filled at 6 P.M., and my God came down with such power. There is a little place called Charleston close by St. Combs, and I also went from house to house in it. For ten days I laboured in these two places, and God saved young and old, drunkards and fighting men. What a sight to see men of 70 years crying on the streets for mercy! From 400 to 500 were led to feel their lost estate. What a work of God!

"James Turner or How to reach the masses" by Elizabeth McHardie, pages 21-2.

"I am just about to leave this place for Broadsea. The work of the Lord is progressing, both here and at St. Combs, more than ever. The place where I preach is too small, and the dear people are coming up an hour and a half before the time to make sure of getting a seat. Numbers come to me daily, under deep concern about their own souls, or about the souls of those who are dear to them, and I think many have been enabled to give up all for Jesus — even drunkards are giving up their besetting sin, and coming to Christ and if the work goes on, the whisky shops will soon be without any customers.

"The Life and Labours of James Turner," by William Robbie 

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