my back, and seem to hold me up while I would deliver the mes
sage to the people. Blessed be the name of God. How well I
know His mighty touch of strength and power.
There was a Mrs. Delia> Williams, whose house I went into
and prayed that afternoon, on this same street.
Just inside her gate, in the yard, there stood a beautiful bread
fruit tree. As I passed out I said, " that would be a nice tree
to hold a little meeting under."
"Oh! Mrs. Smith," she said, "will you come here and hold a
meeting for us here on this street? We need it. These people do
not go to church much. They will not go."
This woman was what you might call a kind of half way
Christian. She belonged to the church, but she was not straight.
She was always seeming to seek peace, but could not find it,
because she did not give up to God. Poor thing, she was good-
hearted, and wanted to see everybody get all the good they could.
So I said to her:
" I will see about it, and let you know. Of course that bush
there in the street would have to be cleared away."
"Oh!" she said, "if you will come, I will have that done.
And I can put a table and some chairs out, and put some mats
"I might come Monday," I said; "but, however, don't do
anything until you hear from me."
I kept very quiet. I never told even Mrs. Harmon's people. I
knew if the word was said, the people that considered themselves
not Congos would all come, and my purpose to do these non-church-
going people good would be lost.
But somehow it got out; first thing I knew Monday, somebody
came to me and said, " Mrs. Smith, I hear you are to hold a meet¬
ing on the back street this afternoon."
"Who said so?"
"Well," they said, " Delia Williams has had the bush all cut
down, and they are getting ready over there, and said you were to
come, and all the people are looking for you."
Oh! dearie me how I felt. " Now," I thought, "there will be a
great crowd. That was not what I wanted at all. I just wanted
to go quietly and have a meeting for these poor Congo people."
By and by another came; and so it went. Mrs. Harmon