Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Shantung Revival

I am always perusing used book stores every where I go for things that interest me. A nerdy hobby, but mine nonetheless. I came across this book somewhere, I don't remember where. It peaked my interest as it was a book about revival, by Southern Baptists. In fact, it quotes Dr. E.M Dodd, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, as comparing it to the Welsh Revival, and other famous revivals through out history. It was put out by the Home Mission Board, of the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1971. It is account by fomer missionary to China Dr. C.L. Culpepper. He recounts the tale of the revival that spread through China in the 1930's. Amazing stories of God at work. Dr. Culpepper was challenged by a Miss Monsen, a "Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran", whatever that means, as they prayed for his wife's eyesight, even at the Culpeppers hesitance, as "prayer for healing seemed unorthodox for Baptist people." There are varying accounts of this revival from different perspectives, as it was not one claimed only by Baptists, but by the Lutherans, Methodists, and generally anyone else involved.


You can hear Dr. Culpepper share his testimony himself, at Sermon Index. There are varying accounts of this revival from different perspectives, Such as here or here . It was not one claimed only by Baptists, but by the Lutherans, Methodists, and generally anyone else involved. I have a few other excerpts below.


A missionary wrote, "We have experienced a revival during the past week that would never have believed possible. I heard confessions of sin until my ears and heart hurt as I thought of them. My own heart was deeply convicted, and I was brought so low that I would have despaired if I hadn't had the blessed hope in Christ." A report from other regions as the revival spread.

"From this group I baptized 89 on one occasion. At another church I baptized 203 at one time. From that time on we had to baptize 20 or 30 every month.

One of the most amazing results of the revival was that it did what the word "revival" implies. It revived spiritually dead churches. Many church in China had stopped holding worship services, and others met only when the missionaries had time to visit them. Following the revival they began meeting regularly, and most of them even had prayer meetings during the week. When no preacher was available, laymen led the services.


My heart has been renewed by reading these accounts, I hope you take the time to listen to the account. It is about 50 minutes long but very much worth it.

1 comment:

Rick said...

I had the privilege of going to Shandong (Shantung) Province in 2004. The effects are still being felt in a godless society. Churches are still alive there, for the most part and people enjoy a more open freedom than in other parts of the country. (not wide-open, just "more open").