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I spoke as the Lord led me on, confessing Christ, and what
He had done for a soul definitely. I did not know anything about
Brother Pitman's experience; I had never spoken to him about it,
and did not know he was interested in the subject of holiness at
all, only I knew he seemed to possess the spirit of holiness; I felt
it in his conversation and preaching.
After I was through I took my seat. Brother Pitman sprang
to his feet in a moment, and said, " The Lord has sent that mes¬
sage to me;" then he went on with how7, some three months before,
as nearly as I can recollect, he had received this distinct blessing
of sanctification, and was helped wonderfully to see the way clearly
through the teaching in that grand, old, pioneer holiness periodi¬
cal, "Guide to Holiness."
" I see as you have spoken, Sister Smith," he continued, "my
mistake has been, I have not definitely confessed what the Lord
has done for me. But I do here and now confess, before God and
these people, that He has cleansed and sanctified my heart."
And from that time forth, he never swerved from preaching
or testifying to this great blessing, definitely sought and received
God made him a great blessing to the people everywhere he
went. I believe it was the power of this grace that enabled him
to endure as he did; for, being a thorough native of the Da tribe,
he had much to endure. He, like Paul, had false brethren to
contend with. How my heart has ached, as I have seen and heard
things that would have kindled a blaze that would have been
unquenchable in the church and community; but he was patient
and true, through all.
Then, I think it was in 1883, Brother Ware had charge. The
change was great. Some were glad, but I believe most were sorry.
But he and I got on nicely. I always consulted him about my
meetings; and, to my face, he would always give me the greatest
liberty; and I would be led to think that we saw together; though
he did not often take much part; he would say:
" I give you full charge, Sister Smith, whenever you want to
have any meetings. Of course I will not be able to be present
at all of them, but all the brethren will stand by you, and it will
be all right."
I would have afternoon meetings for the young converts, to
instruct them in Bible lessons; he would come in and sit way