The Puritans said “Revival is the manifest presence of God
Duncan Campbell described revival as ‘A people saturated with God’
Ken Connolly said; “Revival is a sovereign, sudden, selected, sensational operation of the Spirit of God, descending in the midst of prayer, which produces purity and reaches the perishing”
When asked ‘what is the difference between a successful crusade and revival’, Duncan Campbell said; “in a successful crusade tens, perhaps even hundreds of people are converted. In a revival the whole community becomes aware of God.”
The Faith Mission was born in a spirit of revival in 1886. The Holy Spirit moved in power from community to community, resulting in hundreds of conversions and God’s people set ablaze. A spirit of prayer and evangelism gripped the new converts who, in turn, went out to share the Gospel by transformed lives and loosened tongues
Mission staff were privileged to evangelize in the UK during the period of the great Welsh 1904 revival and also in the 1920’s when God was moving mightily in Northern Ireland.
Converts were numbered by the hundreds in 1927 and the years following the commencement of ‘The Faith Mission in Canada’
In the 1950’s God moved in a very powerful way in Canada in the Maritimes during campaigns conducted by Ken & Nellie Buchanan, workers with the Faith Mission. Some people called it revival although Ken would have hesitated to call it so. Many people were saved and, at times, the presence of God gripped whole communities.
A hallmark of the great historic revivals has been:
- An awareness of God & His holiness
-A conviction of sin and awareness of the need of forgiveness
-Seeking after God and turning away from the activities that would displease Him
-Prayer & praise vigils
-Manifestations of God’s power
One of the greatest revivals in the Faith Mission history was the Lewis Awakening: a revival that happened 1949-53 on the Isle of Lewis-a small island off the North West coast of Scotland. Duncan Campbell who was with the Mission at the time was greatly used by God in the revival. The story of this revival has under God inspired Christians to pray that He would again visit His people in great power and blessing.
The revival first began in the parish of Barvas, where the people were praying Commenting on the birth of the Lewis Revival, Duncan Campbell writes: “To the praying men and woman of Barvas, four things were made clear, and to them became governing principles. First, they themselves must be rightly related to God…in the second place they were possessed of the conviction that God being a covenant-keeping God, must keep His covenant engagements….thirdly, they must be prepared for God to work in His own way and not according to their programme-God was sovereign and must act according to His sovereign purpose…fourthly there must be a manifestation of God, demonstrating the reality of the divine in operation where men would be forced to say, ‘this is the Lords doing and it is marvellous in our eyes’…” (Peckham, Colin N. Heritage of Revival. Pg.165-166)
Revival did indeed come and there are accounts of meetings lasting until 2 or 3 in the morning, dance halls being closed down and ‘men have been found walking the roads at night in distress of soul; others have been found during the day praying among the rocks’ (Peckham, Colin & Mary. Sounds from Heaven: The revival on the isle of Lewis: 1949-1953. Pg.61)
We are living in days of great apostasy, when many who call themselves evangelical have bought into liberal theology. Prayer meetings are poorly attended, a gospel of easy believism has been substituted for the supernatural, life changing Gospel that deals with sin and the Lordship of Christ.
We believe the three-fold emphasis of The Faith Mission in Canada: Prayer, Revival & Evangelism, is more relevant today than ever.
The call of Scripture is to “humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our sin” It is to God’s people who fulfill these conditions that God promises to hear prayer, forgive sin and heal the land.
Some books to refer to are:
-Heritage of Revival. Colin N. Peckham (The Faith Mission: Edinburgh, Scotland). 1986
-Sounds from Heaven: The revival on the isle of Lewis: 1949-1953. Colin & Mary Peckham. (London, England: Christian Focus Publications). 2004
-When God came down: An account of the North Uist Revival 1957-58. Ed. John Ferguson. (North Kessock: Lewis Recordings) 2000
-The Price and power of Revival. Duncan Campbell. (Edinburgh: The Faith Mission)
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