‘Oh, such glory!’

 

 

This incident happened in India in the first decade of the last century

 

A goodly number of foreign missionaries and workers in Mukti and other stations round about sought and received the same enduement with power from on high that the girls had received. Writing of this revival at a later date, Albert Norton, venerable missionary of Dhond, wrote: ‘About six months ago we began to hear of Christian believers in different places and countries receiving the gift of speaking in a new tongue which they had never known before. One week ago today, I visited the Mukti Mission. Miss Abrams asked me if I should like to go into a room where about twenty girls were praying. After entering, I knelt with closed eyes by a table on one side. Presently I heard someone praying near me very distinctly in English. Among the petitions were :’O Lord, open the mouth; O Lord, open the mouth; O Lord, open the heart; O Lord, open the heart; O Lord, open the eyes; O Lord, open the eyes! Oh, the blood of Jesus! the blood of Jesus! Oh, give complete victory! Oh, such a blessing! Oh, such glory!’ I was struck with astonishment, as I knew that there was no one in the room who could speak English, beside Miss Abrams.

I opened my eyes, and within three feet of me, on her knees, with closed eyes and raised hands was a woman, whom I had baptized at Kedgaon in 1899, and whom my wife and I had known intimately since, as a devoted Christian worker. Her mother-tongue was Marathi, and she could speak a little Hindustani. But she was unable to speak or understand English, such as she was using. But when I heard her speak English idiomatically, distinctly and fluently, I was impressed as I should have been had I seen one, whom I knew to be dead, raised to life. A few other illiterate Marathi women and girls were speaking in English, and some were speaking in other languages which none at Kedgaon understood. This was not gibberish, but it closely resembled the speaking of foreign languages to which I had listened but did not understand.

 

From: Stanley H. Frodsham, With Signs Following, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield Missouri, 1946, pages 107-108

 

 

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