and miracles occurred in the British
Isles during the ministry of George and Stephen
God raised up two brothers who have been wonderfully used of God in the
Pentecostal work in the British Isles.
Jeffreys, the younger of the two while yet in his teens, began preaching the
full gospel. God gave him some very gracious revivals in Ireland. The old
people in Ireland,
who remembered the revival in 1859, when God’s power was so mightily
manifested, were delighted to see revival of like nature. The first meeting
hall was established in Belfast,
with a seating capacity of 300. Today in the same city there are two large
tabernacles with a seating capacity of 2,000.
an earnest Christian home, George Jeffreys never knew a time when he did not
love Jesus, but he can definitely fix the date of his new birth. Not many
years after he started a business career as a lad, he abandoned it for the
more serious business of proclaiming the gospel to perishing souls. Before he
left business one side of his face was struck with paralysis, and for a time
he partially lost the power of speech. Ever since 1911, when he was
completely healed, he has publicly preached Divine Healing in the atonement,
and has been markedly used of the Lord in healing of the sick. The campaigns
held by George Jeffreys have packed some of the largest halls in the British
Isles, including the historic hall of St. Andrews, Glasgow, with its
seating capacity of 4,500; the Guild Hall of Plymouth, which accommodates
nearly 4,000; the Military Riding School of Carlside, which holds 4,000; and
the Royal Albert Hall of London, which accommodates 10,000. Each Easter three
meetings have been held in this great hall and at each meeting the building
has been filled to capacity. One Easter 1,000 were baptized in water. At a
testimony service given at Albert Hall at Easter, 1933, to quote the account
given in the Daily Express: ‘Of
those who testified there were 72 guaranteed cures of cancer and malignant
growths; 20 had been crippled; 17 had been blind; 70 had been afflicted with
stiff muscles or useless limbs; and 18 had been deaf’.
were swept into the kingdom in one campaign held in Brighton,
and 300 gave testimony to the Lord’s healing power. One who attended this
meeting writes: ‘Hundreds of people have testified in the meeting to having been
healed. People who only a few weeks ago were bedridden, or wheeled about in
chairs, are today walking and praising God for His kindness in healing them.
Lame ones, who moved only by the aid of crutches, are able to dispense with
these. Deaf ones have been made to hear, blind ones to see, fourteen
testified to having been cured of cancer, tuberculosis, or tumor’.
G. Parker wrote of a revival campaign held by George Jeffreys at Portsmouth:
‘Hundreds testified to healing, two at least had been wheeled into the
meetings a few days before. One for fifteen years and the other for twenty
years had been wheeled about helpless, but lo! they walked before us healed!
The useless leg of one had faded to a skeleton. Not only was she instantly
healed but her flesh returned as fresh and full as the other. A little girlie
of about three years of age had been healed of paralysis of both arms. She
held them up before us. Another had been blind in her right eye for many
years. Now she sees! Growths, dislocations, deafness, rupture, even sugar
diabetes have all disappeared before the touch of the Master.
living in the days of the acts of the Holy Ghost – thank God for it! Our eyes
are seeing what hundreds of thousands of the redeemed ones have been groaning
for. At this last meeting no less than 130 people signified their acceptance
following is a newspaper clipping from the Bournemouth Times and Directory, by a special reporter, Marion
Holmes: ‘If I had gone to the big tent – where Principal George Jeffreys has
been holding revival and healing meetings – to scoff, I should certainly have
remained to pray. But I did not go to scoff, I went to see if the wonderful
cures of which I had heard were really taking place, and to decide – if I
could – whether they were due, as some said, to hysterical excitement, or to
something much greater and more permanent in its effects. I went, I saw, and
I was conquered …. The gift of sight to a boy, who – so I was told – was born
blind, was conferred at the same meeting; and I was given the particulars of
the healing of a severe and long-standing case of spinal trouble by the
grateful patient himself. Cases of cancer, goiter, rheumatism, nerve trouble,
curvature of the spine, hereditary deafness, asthma, and numerous others have
been cured at other meetings’.
following incident is one of the after-effects of the revival meeting held at
Bournemouth. It is
taken from the Daily Chronicle, a London
newspaper: ‘After being crippled from early childhood, owing to a diseased
hip, Lindley Lodge, aged 26, of Highfield Road, Salisbury, has been
cured by prayer. She has cast aside a surgical shoe, a splint, and surgical
irons, and now wears ordinary shoes. Miss Lodge has been a patient in Salisbury infirmary
about 20 times since she was five years old, and has had a number of
operations, yet for the most part she has had to be wheeled in a chair. When
last discharged from the infirmary a few months ago she was told that,
failing relief of her pain, it would be necessary to amputate the leg. She
agreed to this course, but decided to wait until after Christmas. In the
meantime, however, a friend communicated with Pastor Fergus Trevor, of Bournemouth,
who sent a message that at
p. m. on a certain day, special prayer would be offered for her. ‘I had heard
of a person at Bournemouth being cured of curvature of the spine by prayer’,
she told a Chronicle reporter, ‘and
just before three o’clock that day I went into my room, took off my splint
and irons, and feeling sure that I should not wear them again, I began to
pray. Then something happened – I do not know what – but when I came to
myself I could walk around the room. That was at . I flew
downstairs to tell my parents. They were dumbfounded’. Within a week Miss
Lodge had discarded her shoe, which had a sole 3,5 inches thick, and has worn
shoes one of which had merely an extra layer of leather on the sole. The leg
which was previously four inches short is now pratically normal’.
God has graciously
honored the ministry of Pastor Stephen Jeffreys, brother of George Jeffreys,
in the salvation of souls, and has continually confirmed the Word with signs
following. J. W. Adams, an Episcopal minister of Wall, Litchfield, Staffs.,
writes: ‘While in London I went to Surrey Tabernacle, Walworth, and though at
first somewhat prejudiced, I was profoundly impressed that Pastor Jeffreys
and his helpers were instruments of the Lord Jesus in healing all manner of
sickness. After being given up by doctors and turned away from hospitals, the
blind received their sight, the deaf heard, the dumb spoke, cancer was cured,
and the lame leaped for joy. Above all, the gospel was preached to rich and
attended Stephen Jeffreys’ campaign at Bishop Auckland wrote as follows:
‘There have been as many as 1,500 turned away disappointed after waiting in
line two hours before the commencement of the service, who have complained:
‘When we have a bit of gospel we cannot get in to hear it’. There have been
some wonderful divine healing cases – the lame walking, the deaf hearing, and
all manner of diseases healed in the name of Jesus. A born blind girl, twelve
years of age, from Newcastle
on Tyne, received
her sight, and the first face she saw in the world was the pastor’s. A dear
man who had been in an invalid’s carriage and on crutches for seven years,
came to the meeting on Friday night and could hardly move on his crutches, an
object of pity. The pastor laid hands on him as he sat helpless in the chair.
Immediately he came to his feet, and putting his crutches on his shoulder,
walked home. This man walked into the meeting on Sunday night, and as soon as
he was noticed the whole congregation of 1,000 began clapping their hands as
they saw him mount the platform. This man has come every night since, dancing
and leaping for joy. Another woman, Monday night, never able to walk from
birth, of about forty-five years, was prayed for. As the evangelist laid
hands on her she stood and walked, and then in sheer joy sobbed’.
Mr. T. D.
Dorling writes: ‘During the month here at Bishop Auckland, over 2,000 souls
confessed the Lord as their Saviour, a church being formed which now fills
the Eden theatre holding 1,200 people on a Sunday evening’.
‘On September 3, 1927,
a campaign commenced at Victoria Hall, Sunderland.
The Lord came down in mighty power and testified to His presence in a manner
that set the county heaving. Crowds gathered from distant towns, creating a
situation which had to be taken in hand by the police. Twice a day thousands
of people were divided into queues by mounted and foot police, and when 3,000
had been admitted to the hall, often a larger number remained outside to be
dispersed by the police or reformed into queues to wait for the next meeting.
Probably never before in England have such
services been witnessed in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. So mightily was
the Spirit outpoured that at ten p. m. queues were formed, standing or
sitting, throughout the whole night till three p. m. the next day,
sympathetic hearts ministering to the crowds – some with their sick –
throughout the night, supplying hot tea and eatables.
inspection in the early hours of the morning revealed some stirring examples and
deep pathos of human love and sympathy. An aged mother reclining on the
flagstone was holding the place for a crippled son, who could not spend the
night in the open. A young woman resting on the pavement was ministering
throughout the night to her sick husband. Each story told a need and a
sacrifice through love. Ambulances, cabs and a variety of vehicles brought
the sick and suffering and numbers were immediately raised form stretchers
and testified in a practical manner of their healing. Such mighty demonstrations
of the power and virtue of Calvary increased the interest, and the crowds,
from which the Lord drew an abundant harvest – 3,300 souls passed through the
enquiry rooms or confessed the Lord as their Saviour; forming a church so
numerous as to create a difficulty to find a place to accommodate them. This
work has since spread to SeahamHarbour,
where a second church has been formed in a hall holding 1,000.
attended the revival meeting held by Stephen Jeffreys in Bury, wrote: ‘We
have daily seen wonderful miracles of healing and salvation. Seven blind eyes
have been opened, deaf have regained their hearing, the lame have discarded
crutches, and the dead in trespasses and sins have been raised to newness of
life. One Thursday afternoon two cases of cancer were prayed for and both
were healed. One of these two was Mrs. Wall, The Homestead, Woodland Ave., Gorton, Manchester. Mrs.
Wall preached in the UnitedMethodistChurch
the Sunday morning after her healing’.
could be filled with remarkable stories of similar meetings.
From: Stanley H. Frodsham, With Signs Following, Gospel Publishing House, SpringfieldMissouri, 1946,