Revival historian, Edwin Orr, noted that the Revival of 1859 made a greater impact on Ireland than any event since Patrick brought Christianity there. Through the work of God in the hearts of four new converts who were moved to seek God in prayer, 100,000 souls came to Christ in one year. This is the extraordinary story of this stirring, reviving and outpouring of the Spirit of God that came to be known as “The 1859 Ulster Revival”.
Before this Revival, there was little to encourage genuine believers. They had prayed and laboured hard for many years with little result or change to the spiritual condition. Many ministers were discouraged with a seemingly fruitless ministry.