Even Roberts

Even Roberts

Even Roberts

The following is a 1905 report by a newspaper representative concerning the revival in Wales.

“The scene is almost indescribable. Tier upon tier of men and women filled every inch of space. Those who could not gain admittance stood outside and listened at the doors. Others rushed to the windows where almost every word was audible. When at 7:00 the service began quite 2,000 people must have been present. The enthusiasm was unbounded. Women stand and shouted till perspiration ran down their faces, and men jumped up one after another to testify. One told in quivering accents the story of a drunken life. A working collier spoke like a practiced orator; one can imagine what a note the testimony of a converted gypsy woman struck when, dressed in her best, she told of her reformation and repentance. At ten o’clock the meeting had lost none of its ardour. Prayer after prayer went up . . . time and again the four ministers who stood in the pulpit attempted to start a hymn, but it was all in vain. The revival has taken hold of the people, and even Mr. Roberts cannot keep it in check. His latest convert is a policeman who, after complaining that the people had gone mad after religion so there was nothing to do, went to see for himself, and bursting into tears, confessed the error of his ways and repented.”

“The leader in this great religious movement is a young man twenty-six years of age, Even Roberts. When working in a colliery, he used to take his Bible with him, and while at work would put it away in some convenient hole or nook near his working place readily at hand when he could snatch a moment or two to scan its beloved pages. A serious explosion occurred one day. The future Welsh revivalist escaped practically unhurt but the leaves of His Bible were scorched by the fiery blast. ‘Even Roberts’ scorched Bible’ is a familiar phrase among his friends. The page which the blast struck was 2 Chronicles 6 where Solomon as a young man prays for revival!”

“The converts already number many thousands. Mr. Even Roberts calculates that in the mining valleys of South Wales alone there have been at least 10,000 conversions. And if we add to this the harvest gleaned in various other places north and south, the number cannot be far short of 20,000.”

Winki Pratney, Revival, Whitaker House, 1983


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