GENERAL IMPRESSIONS OF THE CRUSADE AND ITS EFFECT ON THE COMMUNITY

The Liverpool Crusades of 1934 most certainly had a profound effect not only on many of God’s people but also very much on the local community as well. This surely is the mark of any powerful move of God as in the Welsh Revival when it not only effects those who attend the meetings but it also has a very marked effect on the community as well. This we saw in the Welsh Revival in that people’s talk was different, family life was transformed, the pubs trade was affected, and prayer meetings were being held in the pits and steelworks. The effect of the Tent Mission was perhaps almost as dramatic as that in the Welsh Revival as we will see a little later, the only difference being in the scope of it. The 1934 missions were very much a localised revival (although it did affect people from many other areas also) whereas the Welsh Revival of course affected many parts of Wales and also certain parts of England as well.

What I would like to do is first of all relate some of the observations that were made of the crusades by God’s people at that time and then some further comments on how the influence of the crusades affected the life of the town.

Following on from this I have added in "Modern Day Recollections" some recollections from people that I have recently contacted who were either converted or healed during the crusades or who were just present at some of the meetings.

Some impressions of the crusade meetings

There are also some further testimonies from people who have just given their initials:-

The effect on the life of the town

  1. The wonderful grip it had on men and women who rarely heard the story of Christ and His redeeming love.
  2. The complete and marvellous change in the conversation of men and women and young people everywhere in the trams, buses, offices and workshops. The topic of conversation was not gambling as it used to be, but of the saving power of Christ, not of the fashion of time, but of eternal realities.

 A foreman remarked that the men had never worked so well together as now; there was little blaspheming and the general topic of  conversation was "the Tent."  Men are heard singing at their work, "I fell in love with the Nazarene," and there is concord and a spirit of harmony where once there was cursing and swearing.

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