If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse Bill and Irene Ridgeway

John Scarsbrook, Killamarsh, England

Category: Book Review

Precious Seed

Paperback, 112 pages. 
Published by Gospel Folio Press, 304 Killaly St West, Port Colborne, Ontario, L3K 6A6.
ISBN 978-1-927521-56-4

If you want to know if missionaries have the same anxieties as we have, the same fears when confronted with the unexpected, the same doubts and worries, then you will find this book captivating; written in a very conversational style, it can easily be read in one sitting.

Bill Ridgeway’s start in life could reflect so many, with disadvantage and lack of opportunity having the potential to drag him down. He stood on the threshold of reform school, until God, in His infinite grace and mercy, laid hold upon him. 

Amidst a wave of patriotism, as America joined the Second World War, this young man, now born again, had a desire to serve with his brothers, fighting in the forces. His heavenly Father, however, had a different plan. He was to serve One ‘who sticks closer than a brother’, first becoming an electrical engineer with the Coastguard. There he learned a skill that would later help him ‘fight the good fight’, as he sought to bring light to the villages of Ecuador, in more ways than one!

The foreword, written by Bill and Irene’s daughter Cookie, gives a flavour of the book and draws the reader into the narrative of a moving and exciting read, right through to the epilogue.

Chapter 2 recounts the Lord’s overruling in bringing Bill and Irene together, their love blossoming and growing throughout the chapters that follow. Already with missionary interest at heart, the news that five missionaries had been martyred in Ecuador brought a response from Bill and Irene, ‘Please Lord, let us take their place’.

With Ecuador as their home, now with a young family, it soon became clear that their work was to bring light to darkened villages and bring the light of the glorious gospel of Christ to the lives of a people they came to love, fulfilling the scripture ‘for God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ’.

This is a good, challenging read, demonstrating that God can, and will, use personal talents and skills for His ultimate glory.

Thanks to Bill Brady, Killamarsh, England, for this review

There are 21 articles in
ISSUE (2015, Volume 70 Issue 4)

'Let Us'

A Word for Today - S(h)emesh (Sun)

And Dwelt Among Us

The Believer as a Worker

Characters Around the Crucifixion - Part 1

Charles Gahan

Editorial - ‘For he himself knew what he would do’, John 6. 6.

Epistle to Philemon

Evidences of New Birth

Hannah - Faithful Amidst Unfaithfulness

If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse Bill and Irene Ridgeway

Looking for the Glory – An Exposition of the Epistle to Titus - Adam D. Thropay

Love is the Answer

Precious Seed Editors– 1945 to the Present

Property Trusts and Trusteeship

Psalm 119 – Monitoring the heart

Question Time - Should some assemblies consider meeting in a house instead of a hall?


Then came a Rich Man of Arimathea

Truth & Training from Titus - Part 1: Chapter 1 v 1

The Will Of God

This article is not part of a series

There are 75 articles by this author

The Privilege

The Responsibility

The John Ritchie Library

The Church at Philadelphia

The Days when the Judges ruled (1)

OTHNIEL - the Lion of God (2)


Deborah - a mother in Israel (4)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/1)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/2)

ABIMELECH the ‘Bramble King’ (6)

JEPHTHAH - A Man of Contradictions (7)

SAMSON - A model of Inconsistency (8/1)

Samson a model of inconsistency


The Throne of His father David

Church Gatherings - Part 1

Church Gatherings - Part 2 - Teaching and being taught

Church Gatherings - Part 3 - The Breaking of Bread

Developing and renewing eldership

Manasseh and Amon

Josiah - Part 1

Josiah - Part 2

Jehoahaz to Zedekiah

Poisoned Soul – the deadly effects of bitterness - Paul Young

Living with the glory of the Lord – Ezekiel’s Prophecy - Malcolm Davis

Indispensible Ordinance: Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the Head Covering - Romel Ghossain

The New Calvinists, Changing the Gospel - E. S. Williams

Learning to Lead – Next Generation - David Clarkson and Stephen McQuoid

Travel with Jonathan Edwards – A God-centred life, an enduring legacy

Their Finest Hour - Esther

A Study of First Thessalonians: The Model Church, Gary McBride

The Riches of Divine Wisdom, David Gooding

Wisdom for Fools – 101 Proverbs to Live By, Shane Watson

Then came a Rich Man of Arimathea

Looking for the Glory – An Exposition of the Epistle to Titus - Adam D. Thropay

If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse Bill and Irene Ridgeway

Nathan the Prophet

Gleanings from the book of Ruth - Alex Dryburgh

How to Master the Bible - Martin Anstey

The Land and People of Israel, what does the future hold? - Drew Craig

Stories from Luke’s Gospel - Robert Craig

TheExtent of the Atonement - James Morison

TheNature of the Atonement - James Morison

Day by Day – Through the Bible Edited - Ken Totton

Insects of the Bible - Tom H. Ratcliffe

Precious Seed 70th Anniversary Edition

Beginnings: Old Testament Overview Volume 1 - Richard Catchpole

Christian Frontline Series: The Christian and Money - Hansruedi Graf

God’s weeping prophet and wayward people: Jeremiah’s prophecy and Lamentations - Malcolm C. Davis




Pocket Commentary Series – 1st John

New Treasury of Bible Doctrine: ‘Things most surely believed’

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Part 1

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Part 2: The Wise Man and His Companions

False Apocalypse, False Gospel, False Witnesses - Donald C. B. Cameron.

The People’s Bible – The remarkable history of the King James Version - Derek Wilson

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Part 3: The fool and his friends

Their Finest Hour - Peter

Truth and Training from Titus - Stephen G. Baker

His Coming – A Guide to Future Events - Various Authors

New Testament Priests, Speak Up! - Mike Stephenson

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - The Sluggard - Part4

Fellowship is Enjoyed

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs The Proud Man - Part 5

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - The Talebearer - Part 6

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - The Righteous Man - Part 7

Character Studies in the Book of Proverbs - Women of Vice, Voice and Virtue - Part 8

Old Testament Women who appear in the New Testament - Lot's Wife

Old Testament women who appear in the New Testament - Tamar  

An Assembly of the Lord’s people will be a people among whom - The Scriptures are Obeyed - Part 11

Seven Postures of Christ - Mervyn Wishart

Shepherding the Sheep - Mark Sweetnam and Walter Boyd