[b]Sialkot Convention of 1905 (praying hyde)[/b]Who can forget that memorable annual meeting of the Punjab Prayer Union in the spring of 1905? It was a time when all felt the great burden of the Indian Church, and her need of revival, so be very keenly as to be inexpressible in words. This was mainly due to the teaching of John Hyde and those like him in regard to "the fellowship of Christ's sufferings." There was a general breakdown of all hearts when this subject was talked and prayed about. to many, the Lamb of God appreared with His wounded hands and side, and showed them how His heart was still being made to bleed by His children when they were not fully consecrated to Him, and when they were not filled to overflowing with His Spirit. Little wonder that the Convention of 1905 touched so deeply the life of the Punjab Church! Here again John Hyde was the moving spirit of the whole convention. It seemed as if the mantle of his second great spiritual teacher (the first was Mr. Ullmann) - D. Lytle of the American United Presbyterian Misison- had decended upon him. The burden of Mr. Lytle's later teaching had been that self-support could only be looked for on the old Apostolic lines-when the baptism of the Holy Spirit and then the constant infilling of the Holy Spirit, recieved its true place in the heart and life of the Christian community. Then self-supporting congregations would spring up everywhere as a natural consequence. Mr. Lytle loved to point out that almost all the Apostolic congregations over forty in number were self-supporting and also self-propagating simply because they put first things first, and never rested till they had recieved the Baptism, and then the infilling of the Holy Spirit for every new service.This was the burden of John Hyde's addresses at the Sialkot Convention of 1905. What a thrilling messsage he delivered! How plainly he showed that the Holy Spirit was the One True Witness- to be put first and foremost by all Christians- so that they might also give their witness in His strength and by His help. When he addressed pastors, asking them who was first and foremost in thir pulpits- they themselves, or the Divine Teacher and Guide into all the truth- I don't think there was a single preacher who was not convinced of this sin.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
In the convention of 1904, missionaries were much blessed. It was then that one leader brought things to a crisis by saying: "Either we missionaries recieve power from on high now, or else let us all take the first steamer hime, for we are otherwise unfit for this task."