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Watchman on the Wall: The Hebrides Revival

Off the west coast of Scotland is an archipelago called the Inner and Out Hebrides. Buffeted by Atlantic storms, it is the home to a resilient people who speak Gaelic. In 1949, churches were places of meeting for the elderly but devoid of young people who were busy with school and dances.

There were two old women, Peggy, who was blind, and her sister, Christine, who had severe arthritis. These dear women in their 80s were burdened for the young people who seemed to only care for worldly pleasures. They began to pray and urged their pastor, Rev. MacKay, to pray. The pastor called the elders to pray at a barn two nights a week. Peggy and Christine prayed from 10 PM to 3 in the morning. For 18 months they prayed consistently and fervently for God to touch their Island of Lewis.

Psalm 24:3-5 “Who can ascend into the Lord’s Presence? Those who are clean and their works are pure, whose hearts are true. . . They will receive the Lord’s blessings.” The Pastor asked, “How can we pray for revival if our own lives are not pure and clean before God?” The men in that granite barn began to cry out to God to clean their own lives. Holy Spirit began to move; the barn shook; men began to cry out for God to change them. All over the village, people woke in the middle of the night, pouring out into the street, running to the church, some dropping to their knees in the streets. “You met God on meadow and moorland, you met Him in the homes of the people. God seemed to be everywhere . . . An awareness of God that gripped the whole community so much so that work stopped.” There was a dance of more than 100 young people, who suddenly got the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and ran from that dance to the church. The Pastor walked down crowded aisles; 500 packed into the church and another 500 packed outside the church.

Six miles away in another town, people woke in the early morning hours and 300 people gathered at the police station, for the Constable was known to be a God-fearing man and a Christian. They wanted to be saved.

Lewis invited Evangelist Duncan Campbell to come for two weeks from England. He arrived and was amazed at the move of God across the whole island. He stayed for two years. A young man named Donald Smith helped with the revival. His cousin Mary Anne Smith MacLeod was very impressed by Donald’s life. At 17, she had left Lewis for America, where she met and married a man named Fred. Her aunts, Peggy and Christine, sent her a Bible that was used in the Great Revival. She later gave that Bible to her fourth son whom she named after her cousin Donald.

Donald John Trump used his mother Mary’s Bible to be sworn in as the 45th President, and it now sits in the Oval Office. Revival is coming to America. Open your eyes and see the move of God all over the world.

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