Ernest Ira Reveal, 1880-1959, Rescue Mission
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Ernest Ira Reveal
Rescue mission superintendent. E.I. Reveal was born in West
Virginia, the oldest of twelve children. He had little educa-
tion, leaving school in his teens to join his father in the
contracting and bricklaying business. Gifted in this work, he
prospered. However, this prosperity did not fill the void in
He was converted to Christ on January 24, 1904, and
soon began attending a Presbyterian church whose pastor
proved to be a real friend to this new Christian. He grew in
grace rapidly, entered into the activities of the church, and
was made an elder. In March, 1919, he was ordained a minister
by the Presbytery of Indiana.
His call to rescue mission work came during a conven-
tion of rescue mission workers at the Mel Trotter Mission in
Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reveal learned that several pastors
and laymen were interested in beginning a mission in his home
town of Evansville, Indiana, which proved to be a direct an-
swer to prayer, for this had been on his heart for some time.
From the humble beginnings, the rescue mission grew until the
work operated not only a well-equipped modern mission in
downtown Evansville, but a summer camp outside the city.
During his entire ministry, Reveal was a monument of
the grace of God. Being a cripple with one leg in a strong
brace did not in the least deter him from his God-given task.
Living in an atmosphere of prayer and fellowship with the
Heavenly Father for over 40 years, he prayed in the funds
that sustained and provided the means of expansion for the
mission. The records of the mission reveal hundreds of
conversions. Of these, many who are now ministers, mission-
aries, and laymen, were brought to Christ under his ministry.
As a speaker, Reveal was earnest, though not elo-
quent--practical, though not polished--preaching the Gospel
in language that the men who faced him could understand. A
deep love for Christ and a compassion for the spiritual and
physical needs of the underprivileged prompted him to spend
much of his life in prayer.
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