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A Revivalist is Born

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, November 3, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other.’ This was to be the text that struck deep into Dafydd Morgan’s heart and that was to begin a process that turned him from being a mediocre preacher into one that became the 1859 Revival’s greatest voice.

Suspicions
Humphrey Jones had probably preached from Revelations 3:15 on numerous occasions during the revival but surely at no other time did his words have such an effect as that second ser...

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Dafydd Morgan the Revivalist

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, October 20, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



As was stated in the previous post, the 1859 Welsh Revival is mostly connected with the name of Dafydd Morgan. Not highly regarded within his county and virtually unknown outside it, Morgan was an ordained Calvinistic Methodist minister though without a local church of his own to lead and pastor. Despite this humble ministry, however, it was Dafydd Morgan who was to be used as a powerful and anointed preacher and revivalist, travelling up and down Wales for the remainder of the revival.

Morgan...

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The Revival Spreads Independently

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, October 13, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



As detailed in the last post, the 1859 Welsh Revival torched the village of Ystumtuen exclusively because of the work of Humphrey Jones. His mission had begun in his home village of Tre’r Ddôl and had lasted there for four weeks. He moved on, probably as part of a pre-prepared plan, to Ystumtuen and there he stayed for five weeks. But the move to the next village – Mynydd Bach – was to represent a significant shift in the revival’s history.

Mynydd Bach’s first Methodist chapel was b...

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The 1859 Revival and Ystumtuen

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, October 6, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



Ystumtuen was a lead mining village in the Rheidiol Valley some twelve miles to the east of the town of Aberystwyth. This was to be Humphrey Jones’ next mission field in the 1858-60 revival. The first Methodist mission was established there in 1807 and they had built their first chapel in 1823. The church must have been growing at a steady pace since they built a new chapel in 1840 and in the year of revival this too was being added to. Good soil, then, for a revivalist to come and plant th...

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The first converts of the Welsh Revival

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, September 15, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



After the first few nights of the revival’s early stirrings, Humphrey Jones began to see his first converts. This was partly due to the work he had done on the first Sunday of the campaign where – as detailed in the previous post – he had preached powerfully to the church itself and had called it to be awake to God’s work.

First converts
The prayer meetings held during the first full week of the revival grew in depth of feeling and in numbers of those attending. Church members would inv...

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Humphrey Jones and revival preaching

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, September 8, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



Having experienced the first sparks of what would become a nation-wide revival Humphrey Jones pressed on in his mission of bringing the wild-fire that had touched America to his own country, Wales. If the setting on Saturday was a little unconventional for a revival – that is, a funeral service – then the meetings for Sunday were as traditional as they came: three preaching services in the Methodist chapels of Tre’r Ddôl and Eglwys-fach.

Finney's methods used
His sermon texts are classic...

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The Revival begins

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, September 1, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



Humphrey Jones returned to his native Wales during the last week of June 1858. He immediately set about organising revival prayer meetings and within days a revival that was to seep throughout the nation gripped his home community of Tre’r Ddôl. The lessons learned in America were implemented on Welsh soil and Wales’ greatest revival had begun. It is true, of course, that some preparatory work had already been done in Wales long before Jones’ return and that the first-fruits of revival...

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An American preparation for a Welsh Revival

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, August 25, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



For his first year in America Humphrey Jones worked as a missionary for the Methodist church in Racine, Wisconsin. As has been suggested previously the Methodist denomination was at the forefront of revival in the country. The historian Richard Cawardine puts it thus: ‘Methodism was wholeheartedly a revival movement; its churches grew through revivals; its ministers preached revivals; its success was talked of in terms of revivals’. In this post I want to show how Jones was immersed in th...

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Humphrey Jones - his American preparation

Posted by Dyfed on Friday, August 19, 2011, In : 1859 revival 



Everything happens within a context and so it was with Humphrey Jones. Leaving Wales for America a disappointed man he had already experienced a blessing on his preaching but he knew little of what it was to be a revival preacher. It was in America that this experience came to him. Before we can make sense of his time there, however, it would be beneficial to understand the context he found himself in.

A changing church
By the time Jones had arrived in America the church there had been change...

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Humphrey Jones - Welsh Revivalist

Posted by Dyfed on Thursday, August 11, 2011, In : 1859 revival 

In June 1858 a young man arrived home from the US burning with a desire to set Wales ablaze with revival fire. His name was Humphrey Jones; his home village was Tre’r Ddôl near Aberystwyth; and it was he whom God used to spark one of greatest revivals Wales has ever seen.

The Welsh Revival of 1859 as it is widely known (despite starting in the summer of 1858!) was part of a world-wide move of God that began in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and spread via the Businessmen’s Revival in New York...

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