Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Hebrides Revival

The revival in the Hebrides took place in 1949-1951. God greatly used Duncan Campbell in this revival meeting. The accounts of this meeting are truly amazing.

I came across a fascinating video today called "Wind of the Spirit," which has first hand accounts of those who were present at the revival. You can watch the video by clicking here. (If that doesn't work, copy the link location and paste it in Windows Media Player in the "file" tab where it says "open url." This is what I had to do.)

Click here to listen
to Duncan Campbell's account of this revival called "Revival on the Isle of Lewis."

By clicking here you can listen to many more sermons by Duncan Campbell.

This account is told in the book "Downpour" by James MacDonald:
In 1949, two elderly women prayed daily for revival in their own lives and in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland. Faith had reached a low point in their country. They were so spiritually thirsty, they claimed God's promise, "I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground (Isaiah 44:3 HCSB). They convinced their pastor that people should ask God to quicken their hearts. He and a handful of men gathered in a barn nightly for prayer for months but with no results.

Then one day, early in the morning hours, a young man read Psalm 24:3-5: "Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness form the God of his salvation." (HCSB)

Speaking in his native Gaelic, the young man said: "Brethren, it seems to me just sentimental humbug to be praying as we are praying, to be waiting as we are waiting, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God." Then he asked the Lord, "Are my hands clean, is my heart pure?" HE and his fellow intercessors fell on their faces in that barn, and their lives were revived as they got their hands and hearts clean before the Lord.

Duncan Campbell, an itinerant minister, was invited to lead a series of services in their town. By Sunday of the first week, the whole island was filled with a God-consciousness. Churches were filled to overflowing. Groups and crowds met in the fields and by the roadside to get right with God. Youth left a dance at midnight to go to church. People who couldn't sleep came to church in the middle of the night to get right with God. In one Scottish community, not a home was left without someone coming to Christ.

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