21 Jun 2012

Welsh Revival 1904

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We felt very strongly to visit Moriah Chapel in Loughor, Swansea, South Wales, the birthplace of the 1904-1905 Welsh Revival that was led by Evan Roberts.

That revival seeded the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, a revival in Sunderland, England, where Smith Wigglesworth was baptized in the Holy Spirit, and the birth of the present-day British Pentecostal movement.

We saw from the visitors’ book that Evan Roberts’ nephew had visited the chapel just two days before us.

When we arrived, it was raining and the place was locked up; but an elder came in response to our phone calls and opened the buildings up for us. She gave us a tour of both buildings and the graveyard. We did not mind the rain one bit! She spoke on camera about the revival for about 15 minutes and this is the video:

The 1904 revival actually broke out in the smaller chapel, known as “The School Room” which dates from 1842 but the growing numbers of attendees were accommodated in the larger chapel, known as Moriah Chapel, which seats about 700 people, and which was completed in 1898.

Sadly we were told they have only about 15 members today plus some non-member attendees. We were told that one of the members, now in her nineties, is a surviving member of the revival.

We prayed on our knees for revival again; and we believe it’s coming very soon, because the anointing we experienced in the School Room as we prayed was almost overwhelming.

The Roberts family burial plot is in the graveyard and Evan Roberts is buried there.

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