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George Jeffreys: A Ministry of the Miraculous



E C W Boulton



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George Jeffreys (1889-1962), revivalist and founder of the Elim Pentecostal Church in Great Britain, will be remembered in history as one of the greatest Pentecostal Apostles of all time. His preaching was dynamic, his passion for souls unequalled, his labours tireless and his anointing extraordinary. His capacity to build apostolic churches gives abundant testimony to his remarkable anointing and faithfulness to the Gospel.

George and his brother Stephen were converted in the Welsh Revival of 1904 and were later baptised in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues. In 1912 George attended a small Bible school in Preston, Lancashire, led by Thomas Myerscough. Stephen was a part-time preacher and when his mission work in a chapel near Swansea grew, he sent for help from George. For seven glorious weeks there were converts and miraculous healings. Alexander Boddy heard of the work and invited George to speak at the Sunderland convention in 1913. This international gathering of early Pentecostals launched the young preacher into his wider ministry.

George was invited to Ireland in 1913 where he formed the Elim Evangelistic Band which established its first church in Belfast in 1916. By the end of 1920 there were fifteen congregations in Ireland and by 1921 its first congregation was opened in England with its headquarters in Clapham, London. The next fifteen or so years witnessed extraordinary growth through great nationwide crusades proclaiming the message of salvation and healing.

Today, the Elim Foursquare Gospel Alliance, (the denomination's legal name) remains a growing movement with more than 550 Christian congregations in the UK and Ireland. It is based on four Biblical truths, taught by Jeffreys: "Jesus Christ as the Saviour, Healer, Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, and Coming King."

This book is a wonderful and thrilling account of the commencement and development of a spectacular outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will inspire a new generation to seek the same anointing of the Holy Spirit in our day.