President Donald Trump’s great American revival has a befitting connection to his family’s part in one of Scotland’s greats Christian movements, the Hebrides Revival.
As Trump leads America back toward its main ideals, those principles that made America great — as his campaign slogan notes — his family history is deeply rooted in one of the greatest religious revivals in recent Christian history: Scotland’s Hebrides (or Lewis) Revival.
The great Christian movement was founded in the late 1940s when two elderly women, Peggy and Christine Smith, had a dream of sparking a great return to Christian values. And so, from their home on the Isle of Lewis, the two elderly sisters began reaching out to people to share their hopes for a great Christian revival.
Bringing Scotland back to its great Christian values sure has a familiar sound, doesn’t it?
But it may have seemed like a long shot at the time.
In fact, one may not have thought highly of the success of such a plan back then. But God works in mysterious ways, and soon the sisters found an enthusiastic preacher by the name of Duncan Campbell who began holding meetings that a number of young people began attending.
One of those young people was 15-year-old Donald Smith, nephew of the far-seeing sisters — a youngster who became a local leader of the revival.
The enthusiasm of these meetings grew until similar meetings were being held all across the Outer Hebrides on the northwest coast of Scotland. The meetings grew in scale many times over as the Christian fervor spread through Scotland. The wave continued between 1949 and 1952 as the entire region erupted in a Bible-based awakening.
So, what does all this have to do with President Trump?
Amazingly enough, President Trump is related by blood to the Smith family that sparked the Hebrides Revival.
It was a few years prior to this revival that the niece of the elderly women whose prayers sparked the revival met her husband to be. Mary Anne Smith MacLeod, niece of the Smith sisters, a participant in the revivals, and the cousin of Donald Smith, of one of the first young people to join the Sisters’ movement, met a gentleman from America named Frederick Trump. Mary Anne Smith MacLeod was born in Scotland in 1912 and met the dashing Trump in 1936. She and Trump were married that year.
History and providence are amazing things. The spirit of revival running through America today has a direct path back through history to one of the greatest Christian movements on recent UK history. Now that spirit is leading many Americans to make America great again.
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