night at Millville, after Brother Leonard Patterson had preached,
he said I was to take the services and go on indefinitely.
There had been some little misunderstanding between two or
three of the members, so there was not a very good feeling existing
all around; and while we had good meetings, we would come right
up to a point and stick. So after I had gone on three or four
nights, I proposed to have a day of fasting and prayer, which they
all quite readily agreed to. I said: "Now, I don't want anybody
to promise to fast that cannot; some people cannot stand it; but
just you who think you can fast one day, and pray to God for the
outpouring of His Spirit — I want you to stand up."
Among those who stood up was an old Brother Cooper; they
called him " Father Cooper." He had enjoyed the blessing of sanc¬
tification for about forty years. Oh, what a grand man he was!
When that old man prayed, something gave way. There were
several old brethren that I did not expect would fast at all. So
Father Cooper got up and I said: "Brother Cooper, you cannot
stand it. I don't mean you."
"Oh," he said, "Honey, I don't mean to let the children
Another old man got up and said: " No, indeed, the children
can't get ahead of me; I'm going with them." So one or two of
the sisters and I visited from house to house. We prayed and
talked and sang. I was led to visit two white families. They
were poor people. The Devil tried to scare me; told me they were
Roman Catholics, and would put me out. I had quite a little
struggle, but finally I got victory and went. I do not know
whether they were Roman Catholics or not; but the Lord helped
me to speak to them and pray. One woman was so glad; she had
a sick child. I talked to her and comforted her.
That night when we came together the Lord helped me to
speak to them, and He sent His Spirit. When I asked them to
come forward to the altar, those that were seeking purity, and
those that were seeking pardon, I asked Father Cooper to lead in
prayer. I shall never forget that prayer. I seem to see it all, and
hear it yet.
There were two that had been leading sisters in the church,
that did not speak to each other, and were neighbors, were stand¬
ing in pews close to each other. They did not come forward to
the altar when the others came, but I saw the Spirit of the Lord