Sunday, August 06, 2006

This Week In Texas Methodist History August 6

Nathan Shook Reports on Lake Soda Circuit Aug. 6,1841

Nathan Shook was admitted on trial at the first session of the Texas Conference in December, 1840. He was appointed to the northernmost circuit in the conference, Lake Soda in Harrison County. (Charges north of Big Cypress Bayou was part of the Arkansas Conference.) Halfway through his first year he sent a progress report to his presiding elder, Littleton Fowler of the San Augustine District.

Dear Brother, I ceize the present opportunity of writing you. I am well & am doing the best I can by the assistance of heaven. The Good Lord is powering out his spirit upon us. Many have joined the church and some found peace and others enquiring afer the way of life. Have had some good meetings. I have had this year as last to hold some 2 day meetings alone but not alone neither for the great Law giver & head of the church has been with me. 19 professed religion at one 3 day meeting, and 12 joined the church. . . .to God be the glory.

Prospects are good all round the circuit tho the Devil is busy all the while. yet in the worst part of the circuit they intend to have campmeetings. . . .

Shook served other appointments including Clarksville and Shelbyville and located in 1847.


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