After pastoring Trinity Church in Cambridge, England, for 49 years Charles Simeon explained to his friend, Joseph Gurney, how he was able to persevere through years of adversity and prejudice in the ministry:
"My dear brother, we must not mind a little suffering for Christ's sake. When I am getting through a hedge, if my head and shoulders are safely through, I can bear the pricking of my legs. Let us rejoice in the remembrance that our holy Head has surmounted all His suffering and triumphed over death. Let us follow Him patiently; we shall soon be partakers of His victory."
–Charles Simeon, quoted in H.C.G. Moule, Charles Simeon, (London: InterVarsity, 1948), 155f.