The year was 1953 in the month of June. Everyone was happy and excited because it was camp-meeting time in Shepardsville, KY, at the Campground. Not only were the people happy and excited, there was one big question: What kind of meeting would it be without Bro William Sowders, who had passed away in October of 1952? This was the first meeting without him, so everyone was wondering what would happen.

To everyone’s surprise, the most wonderful thing happened! They called it the New Experience; it was like a gentle breeze. The saints would just be standing or sitting, talking to one another and the next thing you know, one or both would be on the ground in the Spirit.

There was one minister who wore very expensive clothes who was talking to another brother. The next thing you know, he was on the ground in the mud in his fine suit and silk shirt and could not get up! Every time he would try, he would get back down.

This happened on the first night of the meeting. The next morning when the bread man brought the bread for that day, he had to park at the bottom of the hill and carry the bread because there were so many saints still on the ground, out in the Spirit. The milk man had to do the same way also.

This did not just happen to the saints only but also to the ministers. It was such a wonderful time in the Holy Ghost! Also, they came back to the local churches with this wonderful Spirit.

— Bro. Tom & Sis. Loretta Bencini