|CHAPTER IX. -- Revival Meetings.|
In our missionary's journeys she often visited churches when engaged in revival meetings. She entered as heartily into those services as any others. She ever realized that the chief object of all Christian work was the salvation of the souls of men.
The Durhamville revival of 1890 was one in which the Lord used Virginia very effectively. At that meeting she was blessed to see several members of her own family baptized into the fellowship of the Baptist church. In the Woodlawn revival much interest prevailed and our missionary labored earnestly and persuaded many to accept Jesus through her clear and simple presentation of God's plan of salvation and through her fervent prayers. Another time a revival meeting was in progress in the First Baptist church, Memphis, and Virginia was privileged to labor in it. Several years after one of the young men who was converted in that meeting told her that she would
A great revival was in progress in the First Baptist church, Nashville. There was one gentleman among those desiring salvation who had attended every revival and heard the gospel preached by some of the ablest gospel ministers of this day for more than twenty years, all that time expressing a desire to be saved. Rev. N. H. Pius was helping the good pastor conduct the revival; the church members were truly awake and taking an active part in the services. One night after every plea had been made that seemed necessary this anxious friend seemed still in darkness and doubt, when all at once Virginia was moved of the Holy Spirit to go forward, kneel beside the man and pray for his conversion. The power of the Holy Spirit was manifestly present and the man's heart was so melted under this glowing fire of the Holy Spirit that he soon made a bright profession of religion. In telling his experience of conversion he said: "I felt if I went to hell after such a prayer
A dear young woman at one time was greatly concerned about her salvation and though Satan tried hard to hold her she broke away from his pleadings and impelled by an irresistible force she came to our missionary for prayer and conference. Another consecrated Christian worker, Miss H. K. P., came in about the same time, and she and Virginia labored in prayer, song and in conference concerning God's plan of salvation until the dear girl was happily converted and went out rejoicing to tell the joyous news of her salvation.
A children's meeting, held at Woodlawn, was another special occasion when our missionary had the privilege of leading a number of children to the Savior's loving arms. We praise God that the church now encourages the conversion of children. Youth is the time, above all others, to come to Jesus for salvation.
"Remember now thy creator, in the days of thy youth, when the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." This quotation is Solomon's injunction to young people, and we would emphasize it with all the power of our being. Those who wait late in life to come to Jesus waste many precious days in sin and
From the testimonies of the converts we have been emboldened to say what we have as to our missionary's labors in this great work of winning souls to Christ. Daniel sayeth: "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever."
Whatever we can do in turning men to righteousness let us ever strive to do, for it is God's will that in Christ's stead his children on earth should strive to reconcile man to God.