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John Oxtoby, who was affectionately known as "Praying Johnny" was sent to hold a revival in Filey. He stopped under a hedge and he wrestled in prayer for the success of his mission. A passer-by heard Johnny Oxtoby’s prayer: "Will thou make a fool of me, God? I told them at the conference that you were going to revive your work, and you must, or I shall never be able to show my face among them again, and then what will the people say about praying and believing?" He continued to plead for several hours. The struggle was long and heavy but he would not give in. At last he rose, exclaiming, "It is done, Lord, it is done! Filey is taken."

(From a sermon by Greg Hocking, "Follow the Footsteps of the Flock", 7/3/08)

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