Bible Teacher to Restore Famous UK Church

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After 92 years, the mission base of "people's preacher" Smith Wigglesworth is to be lovingly restored in a major project that has attracted interest from around the world.

Scottish international Bible teacher Terry Quinn is on a mission to raise back to life the famous Bowland Street Mission in the North of England, where well-known healing evangelist Wigglesworth preached for 30 years.

After several years of trying to purchase the historic church, Quinn was finally able to fulfill the first step of his dream to convert the abandoned building into a revival centre.

"I made enquiries with people who live in Bradford about the famous Smith Wigglesworth building Bowland Street mission and wondered why nobody had ever taken over," Quinn said. "So to cut a long story short I made some enquiries and found out it was owned by a Muslim, who knew all about Smith Wigglesworth and was holding the building for somebody, who would plan it, who would use it for the memory of Smith Wigglesworth.

"So I was so excited that this was the first part of my dream to turn this center into a school of the Spirit, International Bible School and a museum to welcome people from all over the world to bring back the power of pentecost to this city and to the world," he added.

Throughout the early 1900s Wigglesworth had a remarkable healing ministry across five continents in which he's reported to have raised 14 people from the dead.

Quinn believed by re-launching the Bowland Street Mission into a museum, Bible school and healing centre, it could again be a historic place to re-ignite revival to England.

"I believe that God has a plan for this center," Quinn said. "We are in the heart of the Islamic territory and I believe God has a plan to reach the Muslims and many people from all over the world through the power of just believing God's word. Miracles, healings, signs and wonders and really bringing an emphasis back on the baptism of the Holy Spirit and believing for miracles and signs and wonders as Smith did in his day."

It's evident Quinn has undertaken a huge faith venture to fulfill this vision.

"You'll see this is the entrance where we've got the door taken away at the moment," he said as he gave a tour of the building. "These steps here, these are the steps where Smith's wife Paula dropped dead. And that day Smith prayed with her, she was raised from the dead. They had a small chat together and then she went on to be with the Lord."

Quinn then showed CBN News the facility's old baptismal tank.

"We've taken the flooring off the baptismal tank," he explained. "It wasn't a tank per se, but he had a foundation here where he put the baptismal tank. This is the platform where Smith preached from and there was a sign on this wall saying 'I am the Lord that healeth thee' and thousands and thousands of lives were touched in this famous building."

The first step towards Quinn's leap of faith took place during a recent dedication service for the Bowland Street Mission which featured a guest speaker from the U.S. Roberts Liardon.

As Quinn continues to believe God that this project will come to fruition, only time will tell if that same resurrection power of Smith Wigglesworth's ministry will return to Bowland Street Mission.

--Originally published Jan. 28, 2011.

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