Of his conversion George Liele wrote:
“I was convinced that I was not in the way to heaven, but in the way to hell. This state I laboured under for the space of five or six months.… I was brought to perceive that my life hung by a slender thread, … and I found no way wherein I could escape the damnation of hell, only through the merits of my dying Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.…”
Abandoning himself to prayer, Liele found relief and “felt such love and joy as my tongue was not able to express. After this I declared before the congregation of believers the work which God had done for my soul.…”
At the center of the evangelical Protestant tradition, the tradition which slaves increasingly made their own, stood the experience of conversion.
Albert J. Raboteau, “The Secret Religion of the Slaves,” Christian History Magazine-Issue 33: Christianity & the Civil War (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1992).