oh God bless you for bringing to light one of the saints who's ministry i so dearly love, and has influenced and effected in many many profound ways.
not meaning at ALL to be contentious, but i have to disagree with the uncited author's assessment of Evan's post revival life and ministry.
Evan had such a broken hearted, pressed out burden for the lost sheep in the land, that when he would come into meetings, there wouldnt be a neat and compact 3 point sermon, but a ministry, PUBLIC ministry of tears.
It wasnt a "show", a gimmick, but Evan literally being pressed out and abasing himself before the assembly, body wracked in tears, as he lived in a veritable "gethesame", this kind of ministry PRESSES anybody out, expecially when Evan prayed, "Bend us O LORD, Bend the Church", weeping and crying out with such anguish, that the whole of the assembly gathered COULD NOT HELP but themselves travel to
this "garden", and they would cry and cry out in repentance and contrition.
As far as the lasting fruits of such a revival, we only have to go to two of the last Godly Kings of Judah, Hezekiah, who's devotion to the Lord, spurred a national revival. God moved and saved Judah from the hands of the assyrians, and blessed Judah, but within a generation the next King was Mannaseh, who i will opine was probably the most wicked and terrible King of Judah, and i could cite King Josiah....next generation, the next King stirred such fury in God, he used the babylonians to wipe Judah away like a cloth wiping out a cup.
in my own foolishness, back in 2002, when i first came to Jesus, i would pray that prayer that Evan did, and even add to it, in my secret prayer time, i would pray, "Bend me LORD, break me Jesus"...and i meant it....didnt fully realize the total ramifications, but brother, God broke me BUT GOOD....not pleasant when its happening, this breaking of the human spirit, ego, pride, self sufficiency.....but imperative.
OH! be careful praying that prayer!!!!
post revival Evan receded and went into a private ministry of secret travailing intercessory prayer....would to God many more saints endeavor for such.
i like what brother Greg wrote:
What I really admire and respect of him is that He never sought the lime-light. He was just a young man that fervently loved the Lord. And God used Him wonderfully. He was very careful not to take the glory for anything that was happening. And for many years when into hiding, to pursue a prayer life with the Lord.
i have a wonderful biography of Evan, entitled "an instrument of revival", which is now out of print, but bless God you can get a used copy for $2 and up, a new copy is 39.99...i say praise God, because just a few years ago, they were selling for the one copy around, $139, i kid you not!!!
here's the amazon link, this wonderful bio will set you afire:
in Jesus' love, neil