134 Anson Street Presbyterian Church, South Carolina, USA, had forty-eight black members and twelve white members. In 1857, they began a prayer meeting, petitioning God to send an outpouring of His Spirit, "a spiritual Awakening," and they began waiting for the outpouring of the Spirit."
One evening while leading in prayer, Girardeau felt as if a surge of electricity struck his head and gone through his entire body. The preacher received the most distinctive conviction that he had had ever that the prayers were heard and answered and he said this, "The Holy Spirit has come. We will begin preaching tomorrow evening."
When the congregation was dismissed, they would not depart. They insisted on Gerardo proclaiming Christ. By the time he was able to re-dismiss the congregation, it was midnight. Then we are told that for 8 weeks, night after night, he preached, he says, "to dense and deeply moved congregations."