The Broad and Narrow Way

Peter Millward

Caucaia, Brazil

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Two paths and two destinations in life – Heaven or Hell. A picture originally published by Mr Gawin Kirkham 1883

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“This Picture is of German origin. It was designed by Mrs. Charlotte Reihlen, of Stuttgart, in 1862; and, at her request, was painted by Herr SCHACHER, a young Artist, also of Stuttgart. A Dutch Edition was produced in Holland in 1866. One of these Dutch copies was brought from Amsterdam in 1868 by Mr.GAWIN KIRKHAM. from an enlarged copy of which he has lectured nearly a thousand times. This English Edition was issued in 1883. The “History and Explanation of the Picture,” with Portraits of Mrs.REIHLEN and Mr KIRKHAM, may also be had of the Publishers.”

Mr Gawin Kirkham was Secretary of the Open-Air Mission for a number of years in the later half of the 19th Century, and preached from a 9ft x 12 ft copy of this picture in Open Air meetings, Churches and meetings, the length and breadth of the UK, also visiting the United States, and the Continent.

The picture was originally printed 1883 and issued by Mr Gawin Kirkham. And is now republished from a private collection © Peter N Millward.

Detail from picture

Detail of the Broad and Narrow Print available

Some extracts below from a biography of the life of Gawin Kirkham by Frank Cockrem.
……………The task, renewed during many succeeding years, of discovering the origin of the picture, was at length concluded to Mr. Kirkham’s unmeasured satisfaction. To Mrs. Reihlen, the wife of a Stuttgart merchant, the design was traced, and to her the original publication of the picture in German was found to be due. Hardly had the grave closed over the honoured remains of that saintly lady ere, in the city of Amsterdam, Mr. Kirkham’s eyes beheld for the first time the Dutch edition of her work. To him the hand of God transferred the object of her prayer and hope, and with marvellous faithfulness he held the sacred trust.

Gawin Kirkham’s visit to Stuttgart to lecture on the Broad and the Narrow Way for the thousandth time:

…………………………………………………Another joy lay in his track. It had been arranged that he should first proceed to Stuttgart, there to deliver, literally for the one thousandth time, his lecture on the picture " The Broad and the Narrow Way." This was truly a notable occasion! Audiences, each numbering a thousand, gathered on two consecutive evenings in the Concert Hall; Mr. Adolf Reihlen, son of the devoted lady whose consecrated skill had given the picture to the Church and to the world, presiding; Pastor Israel, the instrument of its issue in Holland, where Mr. Kirkham found it, was also present; representatives of the family of Herr Schacher, the young and now sainted artist who had assisted Mrs. Reihlen, looked on with grateful tears; and not least, Mr. Charles L. Young, Mr. Kirkham’s old and dear friend, helpful, as on hundreds of previous occasions, in " pointing" the picture these were the accompaniments to an occasion of thrilling interest, and, we may hope, of abiding blessedness.

“GAWIN KIRKHAM: Open Air Evangelist.”
A RECORD AND A TRIBUTE, BY FRANK COCKREM. (Secretary of the Open-Air Mission.)
© 2018 Peter N Millward

「你們要進窄門,因為通向滅亡的門大,路寬,進去的人也多; 14 但通向永生的門小,路窄,找到的人也少。

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