Yesterday was a red-letter day in our Assembly here in Benton, Ark. At the 11 oclock service, after a short address explaining the nature and purpose of the sacrament, I, assisted by Brother J.N. Orr administered the Sacrament of the Lords Supper. I have been a Methodist pastor 14 years and have attended many of these services but never in all my past experience have I seen so much of the power of God manifested at a similar service. It seemed as if the very body of our blessed Christ lay before us and the saints came to the altar with loud weeping, commingled with deep rejoicing and the power of the Lord rested upon us all. Praise His dear name. Immediately following we had a service of foot-washing, in which the Lord bestowed a wonderful blessing. The dear sisters especially seemed to be united in such bonds of love that all differences seemed to be swept away in a perfect flood of Christian love, and the presence of the Lord was felt all over the place.
We had an exceptionally sweet service on Saturday night, the Holy Spirit manifesting himself in messages and strong weeping. On Sunday the power of the Lord was so strong that during the testimony service we were not able to have any preaching for, after a strong message given in tongues, with interpretation, many came to the altar without even an invitation and prostrated themselves before the Lord, with weeping and supplications. Many, unable to endure the scene, left the house and the power of Gods presence was felt by all.
God has been blessing us ever since.
August 20, 1921
The Pentecostal church has just concluded a downtown evangelistic campaign in which God came forth in real power. The Grand Theatre had been rented and the services of Brother A.H. Argue, son Watson and daughter Zelma, had been engaged for a period of three weeks, beginning July 10. God signally honored the effort and came forth in a real way in the very first service. The interest increased in a remarkable way, and many testified that they had been definitely healed in answer to the prayer of faith. Some who were deaf testified that God had unstopped their ears. A Roman Catholic sister who was not able to hear any voices or any of the music on the platform was in raptures of joy as she was able to hear the voices and the music. She shouted the praises of the Lord, and her husband who has never been affiliated with any religious organization and who is connected with three lodges said that this just suited him and that he purposed to attend the services of the Pentecostal Church.
A goodly number received the Baptism of the Spirit, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Two sisters who received the Spirit on a Sunday afternoon spoke in languages that were understood by some on the platform. One of the sisters spoke in Chinese and the language was understood and translated by Sister Lowther, one of our Pentecostal missionaries home from China, and the other in Kurdish and was understood by an Armenian brother. Numbers of people gave their hearts to Jesus.
Brother Argue preached under a real anointing of the Spirit and did not spare himself. His son, Watson, and daughter, Zelma, labored faithfully and the blessing of the Lord was upon their labors.
Hundreds of people who had never heard the Pentecostal message listened reverently as the Word went forth. We thank God for what has been done, and we believe that greater results are yet to be witnessed. Praise our God.
J. Narver Gortner
February 10, 1934
Our wonderful revival still continues. We are in the 11th week. Every service, except one or two, has been crowned with souls being saved and filled with the Spirit. Many times the Spirit has taken complete charge, and without any preaching souls have come to the altar where God has met them. At other times, conviction was so great that during the message the hungry ones made their way forward. The manifestations of the Spirit have been glorious. Men and women from all traditions in life have been washed in the Blood. Broken homes have been united, and some have had beautiful visions true to the Scriptures. These were sometimes given to babes in Christ who did not know the Word. Ministers from other congregations are coming and, returning to their assemblies, are starting revival fires there.
Marvelous healings have been wrought. One sister was stricken suddenly, and in spite of hours of prayer she slipped away. But the Christian people, in the face of death, still held on to God. In answer to believing prayer just as she was about to enter heavens gates, Jesus stopped her and told her she must come back. Then He touched her heart and, as she revived and life again flowed through her body, she arose, healed of many complications from which she had suffered for years. New ones are coming in every night and being saved.
Arthur W. and Mrs. Erickson, pastors
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