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The Lewis Awakening 1949-1953 by Duncan Campbell

The Lewis Awakening 1949-1953 by Duncan Campbell



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Published by Wayne Kraus
A first-hand account of the Scottish Hebrides Revival, one of the most remarkable spiritual movements in recent history.
A first-hand account of the Scottish Hebrides Revival, one of the most remarkable spiritual movements in recent history.

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Published by: Wayne Kraus on Sep 29, 2010
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Published by the Faith Mission, April 1954Transcribed by Wayne Kraus forJacob Boehme Onlinehttp://jacobboehmeonline.com/
INTRODUCTIONTo many throughout the British Isles and overseas the reading of this book will beas music: they are Lewis born! To other readers the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, or even the whereabouts of Lewis, may be unknown. A Londonerresolved to visit Lewis will leave his great city for this other world by train at seveno
clock at night, and will arrive at Mallaig, 560 miles north, by noon the next day.From there the famous
will take him by well-appointed passengerboats of 700 to over 1000 tons, first to Kyle of Lochalsh, then on to Stornoway theCapital of Lewis
a sea journey of 100 miles. The weather will largely determinethe time of arrival, but a favourable crossing of 
The Minch
should bring him thereby seven o
clock at night. Given good weather and but an average capacity for theenjoyment of beautiful scenery, the new-comer to the Highlands will be consciousof a sense of sheer emotional exhaustion from the wonder of the ever-changingpanorama of beauty by land and sea throughout the last 250 miles of his journey.Lewis and Harris together form an island of 891 square miles. The road fromRodil, in the extreme south, to the Port of Ness, in the north, is over eighty miles.The population is about 25,000. Of these, some 3700 are in Stornoway, the onlylarge town. Of the other 21,000, some are in very lonely places, but most are inmore or less compact villages; and in several places these villages are so near toeach other as to constitute a large community within the compass of a few miles.These 21,000 people are almost wholly occupied in crafting and weaving
onlooms in their own homes
the world-famous Harris Tweed which, it isestimated, amounts to something like four million yards a year. Many live inpicturesque thatched cottages, and Gaelic is universally spoken. The people areinstinctively and traditionally religious, with the old-time reverence for God, HisWord and the ordinances of His Church.To this island came Duncan Campbell in 1949; and he certainly was
a man sentfrom God.
The Divine initiative and element in this movement are evident to allwho know the sequence of events. Two years previously Mr. Campbell was aPresbyterian minister in a Lowland industrial community. Converted throughworkers of the Faith Mission in his West Highland home-country, he and threeothers went forth from the local Prayer Union to train for the Christian ministry
 the others for the Church of Scotland; Mr. Campbell for the inter-denominationalwork of the Faith Mission. After completing the course at the Faith Mission BibleCollege in Edinburgh, Mr. Campbell continued for some years in the evangelisticwork until his health compelled him to take up work not entailing nightly
preaching, and he gave twenty-five years to the United Free Church. Then hebecame possessed of a great concern to devote himself to Gaelic-speakingevangelizing in the Highlands and Islands, and after more than a year of prayerfulconsideration by both the Mission and himself, he rejoined the Faith Mission inJanuary, 1949.But it was to Skye he felt he should go, and during a succession of missions in thatisland with manifest awakening, he wrote,
How glad I am that I did not yield tomy own inclination to go to Harris; I believe my work was in this very needyisland. I have invitations from all over the Island.
And later:
I have a pressinginvitation to go to Harris
but my very strong leaning is to stay in Skye.
 When in October, 1949, the urgent request to the Faith Mission from the prayingpeople of Barvas came through the Parish Minister, for Mr. Campbell to go toLewis, his commitments in Skye left little hope of his being free for Lewis, andthose in consultation with whom he made his arrangements felt he should keephis appointments. But Mr. Campbell felt that he was being led to Lewis
aconviction which deepened
and unforeseen changes released him so that withinonly a few weeks he was there: with the result that he tells in this book.I have before me Mr. Campbell
s own accounts of the work, received from himfrom week to week, and I can only say that his much restricted account in thesepages gives but a glimpse of the great manifestations of Divine Power witnessedthroughout the Island. For personal reasons the vivid details of experience in thelives of individuals is withheld. Could they be suitably narrated, they would bethrilling to read.I am again reminded that Lewis will be totally unknown to many thousands whowill read this book, and it may be well to say that a vast amount of the Islandbeyond the coastal area consists of peat and rock and swamp, and is almostwholly uninhabited, so that distances from Stornaway and between places arelong. Many well-meaning people have thought it would be good to spend sometime in the atmosphere of this spiritual awakening
somewhat as they wouldattend a convention: but they do not understand there is no accommodation inrural places for visitors, nor any means of returning after meetings at night toStornoway: moreover, without favourable contacts one may visit these places andbe unaware of any particular spiritual movement: but once enter the inner circle

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