Harry Bell (1905-1976, PHOTOS BELOW) preached at Bicester a number of times in the early days. Disabled from birth with poor eye sight and lame on one foot, Harry was saved while sitting in an RE lesson at School the same year WW1 broke out (1914). An academic career was beyond his parents’ means so, leaving school, he began work in his father’s barber’s shop. A keen follower of football, entering a cinema at the age of 17 he was convicted of his worldly ways and committed his life to the Lord, submitting himself to baptism. In 1943 he went out full time teaching the Word of God and was mightily used for three decades in the UK and elsewhere. The modern listener may be surprised to hear the kind of ministry once taught by men of God in a former generation (The recording is from the 1964 Trimsaren Bible Readings in Wales which Mr Bell shared regularly with Albert Leckie).
P.S. Harry quotes a poem at the end of this message written by himself:
He called me out, the man with garments dyed,
I knew his form – my Lord, the crucified,
He showed Himself and oh, I could not stay,
I had to follow Him, had to obey.
It cast me out – this world when it had found,
That I within my rebel heart had crowned
The man it had rejected, spurned and slain,
Whom God in wondrous grace has raised to reign.
And so we are without the camp, my Lord and I,
But oh! His presence sweeter is than any earthly tie,
Which once I counted greater than his claim,
I’m out! not only from the world, but to His name.