An encouraging time was had in High Wycombe on March 7th as Pastor Peter Simpson was preaching the gospel, supported by two lady helpers from the church at Penn, and Mrs Lesley Pilkington. Many conversations were entered into and a good number of tracts were given out. 

Mrs Pilkington had a long conversation with an elderly lady who used to go to church for many years, but over the last 5 years life had been so difficult (especially with her health) that she said she no longer believed and had stopped attending. The witnessing sister told her that the Lord knew all about her concerns and despondency and was even listening to the conversation in which she was engaged right now. The gospel was explained and the lady was taking a real interest. She took tracts and leaflets and said that she would start praying again that very night. She appeared quite moved by the conversation. May she have the grace to understand that great trials in life are never a reason to turn one’s back on God. As we read in 1 Peter 5, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:6–7). 

Mrs Pilkington had a further lengthy conversation with a young Christian from India. Although a believer, she said that she had a hard heart and could not forgive a family member who had betrayed and hurt her. She knew that this was not right, and asked our sister to pray for her, which she immediately did. She was also advised to seek God for the grace to forgive the family member, and she thankfully recognised the need to do this. May the Lord continue to speak to her. 

Pastor Simpson offered a man a leaflet who thought that those witnessing represented a fundraising charity – he had just passed such a group further down the street. He as assured that no money was being asked for, and that the aim was simply to tell people about the Christian faith. He was an older Englishman, but appeared to know very little about Christianity. He could not understand why God allowed people to die and that He did not create a world where everyone automatically obeyed Him and did good. 

The minister responded that God made men precisely in order to love and to serve Him, but the nature of true love is that it must be a result of using one’s will. The glory of being human is the possession of a will and conscience whereby one is able to choose good or evil. We would not be truly human if God had created us as pre-programmed robots unable to think through our choices.    

One of the texts on which Pastor Simpson preached was Romans 2:16, namely Paul’s reference to “the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel” (Romans 2:16). No thought, word or action can be hidden from the Lord’s all-seeing eye. All will have to give an account to Him whom this Father has appointed as the Judge of all men, the Lord Jesus Christ. May many who heard the gospel in High Wycombe start preparing with urgency for that day.