Some of the publications from the Open-Air Mission, which Gawin Kirkham was secretary of for 28 years. The 32 page booklet "History and Explanation of the Picture "The Broad and The Narrow Way"is in the foreground. The booklet has been digitized and is available at the link. Also digitized and available to read online - Gawin Kirkham - The Open Air-Evangelist by Frank Cockrem. I am in the process of digitizing the other books - so hopefully all soon will be made available.
For further information about the picture please visit the link below...the page is in German language
As an Artist - The Broad and Narrow Way picture has been a huge inspiration and influence to my own Artwork. During my Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission in 1991...I made my own updated version of the Broad and Narrow Way to take on outreach - Testimony, Evangelism and Missions Its actually quite different - but sticks with the original concept of the Two Spiritual Paths - Since 1991 I did a couple of other versions too - also quite different, but still depicting two spiritual paths in life based on Matthew 7:13-14, The parable of the Broad and the Narrow Way.
Contemporary Broad and Narrow Way
The Biker's Guide from Death to Life - The Broad and Narrow Way for Biker's
The Broad and Narrow Way - the Light of the Cross
Gawin Kirkham - August 9th 1832 - May 8th 1892
While staying in London December 2018 - I decided to visit the grave of the esteemed Open-Air Evangelist - Gawin Kirkham. I had a to do list before I arrived - and this was on the list! Before I arrived in the UK I had asked the cemetery staff if they could help and they kindly located his grave and took a couple of photos. They had to remove a lot of ivy which had overgrown over the years and it was located in one of the oldest parts of the cemetery that didn't have many visitors. When I finally visited the cemetery on a rather chilly December day....I didn't know what I would find or what I needed to do, but I managed to find the grave and decided to clean it up the best I could. If one reads the book "Gawin Kirkham Open-Air Evangelist," by Frank Cockrem. It is interesting to note included in the last Chapter are the very last words Gawin Kirkham spoke before going to his heavenly reward and are also written on his headstone : "THERE IS ONE OFFERING FOR SIN - JESUS" It was such a blessing to know! - Right to the very end Gawin Kirkham was proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel...even his headstone is proclaiming the good news, how sinners can find salvation in Jesus Christ!
Text on Headstone reads:
O Man Greatly Beloved. Daniel X. 19"
IN EVER LOVING MEMORY OF
FOR 28 YEARS THE HONOURED AND
FAITHFUL SECRETARY OF THE
BORN AUGUST 9th 1832.
RESTED FROM HIS LABOURS
SUNDAY MAY 8th 1892
TENDERLY MOURNED BY HIS BELOVED
WIDOW AND SURVIVING RELATIVES AND
LAMENTED BY THOSE WHO SHARED HIS
LABOURS. AND WERE DEBTORS TO HIS
LOVING COUNSEL, SYMPATHY
AND EVER-READY HELP.
HIS LAST WORDS WERE...
"THERE IS ONE OFFERING FOR SIN - JESUS"
ALSO HIS BELOVED WIFE
ENTERED INTO REST DEC 21st 1937
AGED 91 YEARS
The photo above gives some idea how overgrown the area is around the grave....there really are grave stones in there....but buried under ivy and overgrown........time passes and also it would seem the families and loved ones connected with them. But it is a shame many in Church today don't know someone so esteemed.....someone who in his lifetime did so much to raise up an army of street preachers, and under whose leadership the Open-Air Mission reached a membership of over a thousand. In those days throughout Britain - it was very common to see regular street preaching - bringing the message of the Gospel.
Sadly - it may not be quite like this in Britain today.....But in a quiet corner of cemetery in North London - Gawin Kirkham is still preaching....
Thora on the Straight and Narrow 1993
February 2019 - At last transferred to digital format and complete series posted on Youtube
Thora Hird with the Broad and Narrow Way Picture on BBC TV!
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A kind friend gave me the complete series which had been recorded in 1993. Recently was able to digitize and put it on Youtube.
Now available online, biography of
Gawin Kirkham - The Open Air Evangelist by Frank Cockrem
"Gawin Kirkham Open-Air Evangelist," Online Biography by Frank Cockrem.