Yetholm Church (1861)

A correspondent of the Wynd Journal, writing from the Foot of the Cheviot Hills, says:—Although the work has been going on for about three months, I have hitherto studiously avoided giving it the least publicity, because I thought that the work of the Lord goes on better without that; but as I have often profited myself by reading of the Lord's work in other places, I feel a little like the four lepers in the midst of the camp of Syria, that it is hardly fair or honest altogether to conceal this day of good tidings here. About the end of harvest a lay preacher sent to our congregation request­ing the use of our church to hold a series of meetings. The church was granted. For the first night or two the attendance was not large; but in a week the interest began to grow, and people became concerned about their souls, and the result was a great awakening. I may say, to my shame, that I was a little slow to take any hand in the work. At length I felt it my duty to enter into it with all my heart, and oh, I find it sweet work to assist in pointing souls to the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world. Those that remained for conversation would number from 100 to 350. The meeting's, by the kind providence of God, have been continued about 100 nights in unbroken succession. They have been addressed by clergymen and laymen from different parts of the country. One gentleman, a captain of artillery, came nearly 500 miles to see the work of the Lord amongst us. He got his own heart greatly enlarged, so for of a Saviour's strength and tell of a Saviour's love. But for the most part, we had to rely on the untiring zeal of our kind friend and teacher, the Rev. J. C., who seems never to get weary in well doing. The first that I had the pleasure of seeing who had found the Lord was a young woman. I went along with our dear friend; as we knocked at the door, she came to answer. He asked if she was the believing one. "Yes, I have found the Lord, and I am happy." She sat down and told her story with a countenance that resembled that of a queen's daughter. From first to last there has been no excitement. The work has gone on, gradually deepening and widening in a steady, growing manner. We have not had much cause to mourn of one being taken and the other left. We have two girls from one household finding the Lord, two black s from the smithy, two joiners from the workshop, two shepherds from the hills, two men from the plough, and two women from the field. One night, as we were returning from a meeting held among the gypsies, I was asked to speak to a young woman who was in deep concern about her soul. I went home with her, and pointed her to the true and only resting-place, and I am happy that she appears to be a rejoicing Christian. I had not stayed long there till I was asked to speak; and here were eight or nine young men waiting to have a talk with me. After conversing a little, I invited them into our house. We sang and prayed together, and I advised that each should engage before we parted, which they did, and one found peace at the time, but I am sorry that two were discouraged and fell back. But our prayers are directed on their behalf; the others are now assisting in helping forward the work of the Lord. We have succeeded in getting ten fellowship-meetings established in the village and district, held on the evenings of Wednesday and Saturday; a public prayer-meeting in the church on Monday evenings, and a class formed for the explanation of the Pilgrim’s Progress. On all the other evenings there are addresses given, and the Lord is daily adding to the church such as should be saved. The young men and women seem to have got the largest share in the blessing, but our prayers are now in behalf of the middle-aged and mature in years; so, I trust, in my next letter, we shall be enabled to say that the aged sinners here have been in time. 

From the 'Revival Newspaper', Volume VI, page 4-5.

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