It is difficult to estimate the effect and influence of the Revival. Church membership increased enormously everywhere, and a new generation of leaders and ministers was raised in the churches. The awakening spread to other parts of Britain , and to the missionary fields as well. There were splits in some circles, one result being the formation of new religious bodies, such as the Apostolic Church , the ‘foursquare’ Elim movement , and Pentecostal causes. The effects lasted a long time in some circles, although World War I counteracted them and extinguished them to some degree. Some of the effects can be traced down to the charismatic movements of more recent times. Some believe that the Revival also affected the growth of the young Labour movement between 1904 and 1914 .
In 1906 , fatigued and physically weak, Evan Roberts was cared for by Mrs Jessie Penn-Lewis , at her home in Leicester , and he also lived in London for a brief period. He retired from public view, though he took part occasionally at meetings in Wales during the period 1925-30 . He received the succour of friends in Porthcawl , and in Rhiwbina , Cardiff , and he d. there 29 Jan. 1951 . He was buried in the family grave in Moriah , Loughor . A monument to him in front of Moriah chapel was unveiled in 1953 .
During his early period Evan Roberts composed many poems and hymns , a selection of which is to be found in his biography. A collection of his hymns was published in Aberdare in 1905 , and when he lived in Leicester he published a booklet, Gwasanaeth a milwriaeth ysbrydol ( 1912 ).
Rev. Gomer Morgan Roberts, M.A., (1904-93), Pont-rhyd-y-fen / St Dogmael's / Llandybïe
Published date: 2001