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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 23:25:41 +1300
by Duncan Campbell

There are two things that I would like to say in speaking about the 
revival in the Hebrides. First, I would like to make it perfectly clear 
that I did not bring revival to the Hebrides. It has grieved me beyond 
words to hear people talk and write about the man who brought 
revival to the Hebrides. My dear people, I didn't do that. Revival 
was there before I ever set foot on the island. It began in a gracious
awareness of God sweeping through the parish of Barvas. 

Then I would like to make it perfectly clear what I understand of 
revival. When I speak of revival, I am not thinking of high-pressure
evangelism. I am not thinking of crusades or of special efforts 
convened and organized by man. That is not in my mind at all. 
Revival is something altogether different from evangelism on its 
highest level. Revival is a moving of God in the community and 
suddenly the community becomes God conscious before a word 
is said by any man representing any special effort. 

Now I am sure that you will be interested to know how, in November 
1949, this gracious movement began on the island of Lewis. Two 
old women, one of them 84 years of age and the other 82-one of 
the stone blind, were greatly burdened because of the appalling 
state of their own parish. It was true that not a single young person 
attended public worship. Not a single young man or young woman 
went to the church. They spent their day perhaps reading or walking 
but the church was left out of the picture. And those two women 
were greatly concerned and they made it a special matter of prayer. 

A verse gripped them: "I will pour water on him that is thirsty and 
floods upon the dry ground." They were so burdened that both of 
them decided to spend so much time in prayer twice a week. On 
Tuesday they got on their knees at 10 o'clock in the evening and 
remained on their knees until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning--two 
old women in a very humble cottage. 

One night, one of the sisters had a vision. Now remember, in revival, 
God works in wonderful ways. A vision came to one of them, and 
in the vision she saw the church of her fathers crowded with young 
people. Packed to the doors, and a strange minister standing in 
the pulpit. And she was so impressed by the vision that she sent 
for the parish minister. And of course he knowing the two sisters, 
knowing that they were two women who knew God in a wonderful 
way, he responded to their invitation and called at the cottage. 

That morning, one of the sisters said to the minister, "You must 
do something about it. And I would suggest that you call your 
office bearers together and that you spend with us at least two 
nights in prayer in the week... Well, that was what happened, 
the minister called his office bearers together and seven of them 
met in a barn to pray on Tuesday and on Friday. And the two old 
women got on their knees and prayed with them. 

Well that continued for some weeks--indeed, I believe almost a 
month and a half. Until one night... one young man, a deacon in 
the church, got up and read Psalm 24. "Who shall ascend the 
hill of God? Who shall stand in His holy place?  He that has clean 
hands and a pure heart who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity 
or sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing (not a blessing, 
but the blessing) of the Lord." And then that young man closed h
is Bible. And looking down at the minister and the other office 
bearers, he said this- "It seems to me to be so much humbug 
to be praying as we are praying, to be waiting as we are waiting, 
if we ourselves are not rightly related to God." And then he lifted 
his two hands... and prayed, "God, are my hands clean? Is my 
heart pure? " But he got no further. That young man fell to his 
knees and then fell into a trance. Now don't ask me to explain 
this because I can't. He fell into a trance and is now lying on 
the floor of the barn. And in the words of the minister, at that 
moment, he and his other office bearers were gripped by the 
conviction that a God-sent revival must ever be related to holiness, 
must ever be related to Godliness. Are my hands clean? Is my 
heart pure? The man that God will trust with revival - that was the 

When that happened in the barn, the power of God swept into the 
parish. And an awareness of God gripped the community such 
as hadn't been known for over 100 years. An awareness of God -
that's revival, that's revival. And on the following day, the looms 
were silent, little work was done on the farms as men and women 
gave themselves to thinking on eternal things gripped by eternal realities.