On 17th April 1858 Rev Thomas Toye, the minister of Gt George's Street Presbyterian Church, after hearing of the great awakening across the Atlantic, commenced prayer meetings in his church especially for revival. The first visit of the converts to Belfast was to Great George's Street Church.
Mr Toye describes their visit: "In the end of May 1859 I brought three lay brethren, two of them converts, from Ahoghill to Belfast, who held meetings, morning and evening, for three days, and whose visit awakened great interest. There were no screams nor prostrations during their addresses, but there seemed to be a deep and evident impression." This is the story of the man who was used by God to bring revival to Northern Ireland. It is the desire of the author that through this work it may catch the interest of many and generate in the hearts of God's people a holy desire for the visitation of God again in revival fire.