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  1. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Who was converted during the Hebrides revival.

    The following night I was at church an hour before the service started. There were others, too, there. Oh, the hunger in the hearts of men and women and young people after God! How they hungered! How they longed! The preacher preached an hour every night, and nobody looked at their watches. Nobody looked at the clock. We felt, when he came to the benediction--we felt disappointed that he should stop. Even the benediction spoke to our hearts.

    Then off we would go in search of another meeting and another meeting. For three months, I struggled. I saw some wonderful sights. I heard some wonderful prayers, earnest prayers. I met some wonderful people, the people of God. There was no generation gap, none whatsoever. The young people and the old people went together. There was no consciousness of age. How we longed for these old people to tell us more and more! 

    We used to go visit a saint who was 90 years of age. She used to admonish us and instruct us in the Word of God. We used to visit her and pray with her. There we were in the midst of the people of God, but I had no assurance of salvation--not for myself. I believed that anybody and everybody else could get saved, but there was some kind of something in me whereby I couldn't get the assurance of salvation.

  2. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Who was converted during the Hebrides revival.

    The first time I went to one of the cottage meetings that happened after the services in the church were over--and these cottage meetings went on into the night. I'd come home at 6:00 in the morning from these cottage meetings. People didn't want to part, the one from the other. The presence of God was so wonderful, but so fearful to others and so fearful to me.

    On this particular night, they made some kind of appeal for those who were inquiring about their souls that they should come to a room that was cleared for that purpose. The preacher would pray with them. I thought, It's another meeting. In my ignorance, I thought, it’s another meeting, and I want to go to meetings now. I want to.

    Do you see the drawing power of the Spirit of God? "The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which is lost." I went into that meeting, and I was horrified when I saw that it was just those who were anxious about their souls who were there. Two of my childhood friends were there--two girls from the village. They sat and wept their hearts out. I didn't feel quite like that yet. 

    Duncan Campbell asked the one, "Are you really in earnest about seeking Christ as your Saviour?" I thought, Wow! He's going to ask me that. What shall I say? I can't say to the good man, "No." Why am I here? And I said, "Yes," but I felt so convicted. I felt like such a hypocrite.

  3. Rev. Dr. Paul Jinadu

    Who was converted during the Hebrides revival.

    One night in the meeting, I kept my eye on my mother. And I thought, well, if this conversion doesn't come to our home, it won't be so bad. I can put up with it. It's in the lives of others, but there's something that I can't resist. That night as I looked at my mother, I saw her taking out her handkerchief and the tears coursed down her cheeks. I thought, oh, my, what are we going to say to Mother tonight?

    Our house was very quiet that night. We moved around as if we were moving in a dream. Nobody wanted to talk. Sometimes that awareness of the presence of God comes to us in church. It was in our homes. It was there. It was in the neighbourhood. I walked the street and it seemed as if a record was going around in my mind, walking the village street: "Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat. Yea, come buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do you spend money for that which is not bread and you labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto Me and eat ye that which is good. Let your soul delight itself in fatness; incline your ear and come unto Me. Hear and your soul shall live." So, it would go on to the end of the chapter.

    Then--"Who hath believed our report? Unto whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant and as a root out of a dry ground. He hath no form nor comeliness; when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. We hid as it were our faces from Him. He is despised and we esteemed Him not." So it went on and on to the end of the chapter.