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Pastor John Sherwood (Finchley), Graham Parkhouse (Epsom) and Pastor Peter Simpson (Penn), aided by Sister Eve Hammond, were preaching the gospel in Slough on the above date which was a very cold and windy day. A number of conversations were entered into, and a good number of tracts distributed. 


One passer-by described the preaching as “shouting and ramming the message down people’s throats” (a not uncommon assertion). Pastor Simpson tried to explain that people were perfectly free to pass by and ignore us, that the Lord Jesus Christ was an open air preacher, and that Peter must have most definitely raised his voice on the Day of Pentecost when preaching to the crowd out of which 3000 souls were converted. 


Brother Parkhouse had a long conversation with a Polish Roman Catholic, going through various passages of Scripture with him. He also preached on the Flood in Noah’s day, and the need in our day to flee to the Ark which is Christ. 


Pastor Sherwood preached forcefully from the book of Joel and of the need for men to tremble at God’s word in the light of imminent judgement: “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; a day of darkness and of gloominess” (Joel 2:1). What a dark day the coming judgement will be for those who have not repented and trusted in Christ. 


We feeble preachers can sow the seed, but only the Lord can give the increase. May there indeed be fruit from this public testimony. May the sovereign God bring much conviction of sin upon the hearers on a day when, to mere outward appearance, there often appeared to be a high level of indifference.