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Welsh Revivals of 1859 and 1904

The revivals of 1859 and 1904 in Wales stand as powerful examples, marked by a commitment to prayer, bold preaching for repentance within the church, and a community-wide spiritual awakening. During this time, churches were packed, crime rates and other social ills decreased dramatically, and nominalism and dead orthodoxy were replaced by passionate love for Jesus. This documentary traces the origins of the revival, introduces us to its leaders, and follows its lasting impact upon the world.

  • Item 501399D
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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Running Time: 30 Min

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Throughout history there have been times when the light of the Gospel has shone especially bright. The revivals of 1859 and 1904 in Wales stand as powerful examples. Marked by a commitment to prayer and bold preaching for repentance inside and outside of the church, the Welsh revivals “ran through the (Welsh) mountains like fire through thatch,” as one commentator describes it.

During this outpouring of the Spirit, churches were packed, streets were filled with believers singing hymns, and crime rates and drunkenness decreased dramatically. Prayer meeting routinely ran late into the night, and attendees were often seen either crying over their brokenness or shouting for joy at God’s grace as nominalism and dead orthodoxy were replaced by passionate love for Jesus. This phenomenon was highly publicized by the press as the spiritual awakening impacted all of Welsh life.

This documentary traces the origins of the revival, introduces us to its leaders such as Dafydd Morgan and Thomas Charles Edwards, and follows its lasting impact upon the world and on world missions.

Editorial Reviews

Video Librarian - January/February 2012

This fascinating documentary traces the rise of Revivalism, or passionate Christian reawakening, in 19th - and 20th - century Wales. Where churchgoing had been a matter of dry orthodoxy, attended by people who often faced hard lives characterized by toil, drunkenness, and dark emotions, a handful of Revivalist ministers (including Dafydd Morgan and Thomas Charles Edwards) and charismatic, non-ordained leaders slowly sparked a brushfire of life-changing faith in small parishes across the land. This half-hour program from filmmaker Gary Wilkinson combines archival photos with interviews of contemporary historians to tell the tale of religious fervor crossing traditional lines of denomination, of antisocial behavior giving way to hours of prayer and song, and of press and political attention riveted to a nation's sea change. Highly recommended.

Visual Parables, Jan/Feb 2012

This 30-minute documentary traces two periods of religious renewals in Wales. It includes interviews with historians, church elders, and ancestors of the revival preachers. Repentance and prayer were key factors in both of these periods of revival. Producer Gary Wilkinson brings this period of religious fervor to life through newspaper clippings and historical photographs. Throughout these revivals one can see the Holy Spirit is at work in our churches today.

Tim Challies - blogger, author, and book reviewer

Gary Wilkinson is an independent Christian television producer and one who has been hard at work creating quite a list of excellent little church history documentaries. I recently received several of these DVDs and have very much enjoyed them, and perhaps especially the ones that deal with characters who are not quite so well known. I believe he currently has 5 DVDs for sale through Vision Video. I have watched and enjoyed the following:

John Newton - This documentary explores Newton’s life from his turbulent youth to his involvement in the 18th century African slave trade, his dramatic conversion aboard a sinking ship and on through his remarkable ministry as an evangelistic preacher, hymn writer and abolitionist.

Robert Jermain Thomas - A young Welsh missionary name Robert Jermain Thomas left the shores of Britain to minister God’s Word in China and Korea. His martyrdom would be the seed that would grow and contribute to the Korean revivals in 1903 and 1907. Be encouraged by his testimony and the growth of Christianity in Korea.

The Welsh Revivals - The revivals of 1859 and 1904 in Wales stand as powerful examples, marked by a commitment to prayer, bold preaching for repentance within the church, and a community-wide spiritual awakening. During this time, churches were packed, crime rates and other social ills decreased dramatically, and nominalism and dead orthodoxy were replaced by passionate love for Jesus. This documentary traces the origins of the revival, introduces us to its leaders, and follows its lasting impact upon the world.

Patrick - Learn about Patrick’s extraordinary life in this docu-drama, featuring enlightening interviews with noted scholars and captivating reenactments of Patrick’s life.

The other one is Outpouring of the Holy Spirit - A small group of believers earnestly prayed for Revival in England at the beginning of the twentieth century. Little did they know how God would answer that prayer - an answer that would impact the church worldwide. This revival would lead to the birth of Pentecostalism in Britain and awaken people to a new relationship with God.

I always find it difficult to spend $11 or $12 or $15 on a DVD that is just 30 minutes or an hour long. I think DVDs like this are just waiting for a download distribution model that can negate the physical costs and the shipping costs. In the meantime, though, these films are perfect for buying, watching and then either passing around or donating to your church library. Each one contains a powerful testimony of what the Lord has done through a life or at a particular time in history. I’m grateful for Wilkinson’s labor of love and am glad to recommend these documentaries. http://www.challies.com/resources/church-history-dvds

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