I'm loving Lex Loizides's blog. At the moment he's taking us through the history of open air preaching from Howell Harris to George Whitefield to John Wesley.
Here's Wesley's journal entry the first day he tried open air preaching:
At four in the afternoon, I submitted to be more vile and proclaimed in the highways the glad tidings of salvation.
Whoever desires to become more vile desires a noble task!
And here's Whitefield describing one occasion of preaching to thousands:
‘The open firmament above me, the prospect of the adjacent fields, with the sight of thousands and thousands, some in coaches, some on horseback, and some in the trees, and at times all affected and drenched in tears together, to which sometimes was added the solemnity of the approaching evening, was almost too much for, and quite overcame me.’