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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Surprise blessing - a visit to America and Canada!

dysynnivalley.jpgDear Friends:

Six weeks ago we had no idea where we would be today. The Lord has blessed us in an extraordinary way and answered our prayers to travel and see family. Two weeks ago we landed in Washington DC where Gladys has family that she has been longing to see. We spent a week there and it was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with part of her Guatemalan family there. It was a wonderfully refreshing time for us all, and laughter resounding from sunup to sundown was some wonderful medicine!

While Gladys was in Washington, I made a quick trip to New Orleans to get some more dental work done. I returned on Wednesday night, and the next day we flew to Billings, Montana where we stayed overnight with our son Peter and his girlfriend Allie. And then Friday we started the drive north towards Canada and enjoyed countless fabulous views of the great plains!

joon-flo-n-us.jpgAn incidental blessing during our time in Washington was that it was Gladys's birthday. So there was a get together with the whole family on Saturday, and then we went out for a lunch with her niece and husband and their daughter on Sunday. So there we were in the United States with a Guatemalan family having lunch at a Peruvian restaurant. How funny is that!

When we first realized we would be able to visit our son in Montana, we remembered that our dear friends Bryn and Silvia, who were with us in Wales three years ago, lived a day's drive to the north. They had been given a burden to come pray in Wales, got in touch with us and then came over for about six months. So it was a joy for us be able to come spent some time with them here, where we are now.

joon-flo-n-us.jpgLast fall they were led to open up their home as a house of prayer here in Vulcan, Alberta. So it has been our privilege and pleasure to spend time with them, and learn of their work here. What a blessing to join in the intercession for this part of Canada, and meet others that come from different churches to pray together. The church in this area has been struggling with division and disunity for generations it seems, and they are praying with one purpose - to see the Lord restore wholeness to the church and bring revival to this land.

The wide-open places and expanse of land here are incredible. We drove around quite a bit yesterday andblaenau-ffestiniog.jpg were able to get an overview of the area. It's not difficult to understand how the enemy can easily keep people separated when the physical distances are so great to start off with. So please join us in praying for these faithful saints as they pray and seek God for a real work of the Holy Spirit in this area, joining hearts together and uniting the troops to see revival and a real manifestation the glory of God birthed in this land in a definitive way.

As the group here is picking up steam and others are joining ranks, we hope to be able to impart a blessing and encouragement to them based on our own years praying in Wales for revival. We never would've imagined being where we are today, and we are thrilled and humbled to see God opens such unexpected doors for us.

northsideblaenauffest.jpgOn the north side of Vulcan County and one of the primary objectives of their prayer here is the Blackfoot Indian Nation, the original inhabitants of the land. Much as the situation in the USA, they were displaced by incoming settlers and have struggled with many issues, not least among them those of identity and self worth ever since. In our meanderings around yesterday the Lord orchestrated a meeting with an indigenous sister in Christ who could provide a valuable link. She is a historian and teacher of cross cultural relations, and is hungry for real fellowship. Please keep her and her nation in your prayers. It was fun to watch out Gladys connected with her immediately because of her inndian blood!

Our updates will probably be not as frequent as we travel until the end of the month. Thank you for your interest and your prayers,

Dick & Gladys


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord!

chapelonsunday.jpgDear Praying Friends and Saints:

Last weekend we had glorious weather for the monthly service at Cilfowyr Chapel. And what started out as Gladys' request to be a photo of three sisters of one of the families of the chapel became a shot of most of the active members, our pastor Gareth at the left, and our three visitors from the USA.

We especially enjoyed our very short visit with LaMer Hope and two of her daughters, Melody and Glory. They came over on the ferry from Ireland last Saturday and went back Sunday afternoon to continue their touring. Bob and LaMer lived with their children in one of the houses on The Lord's Land in Albion, Northern California, the Christian community where I was born again in 1973.

LaMer accompanied us to the chapel early for our usual time of devotion and prayer. We wound up singing a few of the old songs from scripture that were so much a part of lives in those early years as Christians. It was marvelous to be together singing those same songs again after 43 years of not seeing one another, the joy of that first love still tangible. The presence of the Lord was so precious... a taste of heaven where we are all just in Him and time disappears.

Their home became a sort of peaceful haven for me, set slightly apart from the busyness of the central part of the community. hopefamily3.jpgBob, now a joyful resident of heaven, was a wise "older brother" and as a brand new believer I had lots of questions. I remember spending time there visiting and enjoying God's love that was so evident among us all.

Then many years later Melody, in the middle here en route back to the ferry, was in Cuenca, Ecuador working in the Verbo medical mission with her husband Zac. During that time our daughter Grace went to work in the same mission and became friends with Melody and Zac, both of whom I'd known as kids in the 70's. And Cuenca had been our main shopping town when Gladys and I were living in Paute in 1978! This is such a small world of God's, and the connections and stories are all just amazing.

During my readings this week I found myself drawn to this verse in Psalms 107, entitled "Thanksgiving to the Lord for His Great Works of Deliverance" by the publishers of the NKJV. Verse 8 says, "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!"

In fact, this exact phrase is repeated four times throughout the Psalm. And then it finishes with the following wonderful declarations.

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35 He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings.
36 There He makes the hungry dwell,
That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,
37 And sow fields and plant vineyards,
That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
38 He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly;
And He does not let their cattle decrease.
39 When they are diminished and brought low
Through oppression, affliction, and sorrow,
40 He pours contempt on princes,
And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;
41 Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,
And makes their families like a flock.
42 The righteous see it and rejoice,
And all iniquity stops its mouth.
43 Whoever is wise will observe these things,
And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.

May this be our prayer for revival, that the Lord would reveal His lovingkindness to people in the world around us, and "...that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!"

Dick & Gladys


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wide open places, and embracing the world...

pencarregmtn.jpgDear Friends and Prayers:

On the way home from an appointment Monday with Gladys, we stopped at this beautiful spot not far from Lampeter to enjoy our lunch and read for a while. The solitude and the expansive view here are always inspiring and peaceful.

Places like this make it seem so easy to connect with the Lord. But many such times I find myself profoundly saddened by the fact that the great majority of people here, despite living in this beautiful land, don't know a thing about God's great love for them and His gift of salvation and eternal life. It is this kind of sorrow that can really move us into prayer.

Recently I listened to a teaching I recorded last year. I was really impacted by a quote from one of the Desert Fathers who said, "When I pray, it is as if every person in the world who doesn't pray for themselves is now being prayed for." Now how's that for a challenge to our prayer lives?

treeshadingsheep.jpgAlso on Monday a friend sent me a lovely hymn I'd never heard before, written by Richard Gillard in 1977. It fits with this theme quite well, so I'd like to share it with you here.

Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ-light for you
in the nighttime of your fear;
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.

pansy2colors.jpgI will weep when you are weeping;
when you laugh I'll laugh with you;
I will share your joy and sorrow,
till we've seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven,
we shall find such harmony,
born of all we've known together
of Christ's love and agony.

Brother, sister, let me serve you;
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that l may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.

Hebrews 10:23-25 says, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

emyrathenffynnon.jpg Last Saturday our friend Emyr Mathias stopped by for a visit. You most likely remember that last September he carried this cross from St. David's Cathedral at the tip of West Wales to the top of Mt. Snowdon in the North. He has been making some local trips here and is training for another event planned for the summer in Anglesey, again in North Wales.

His ministry of carrying the cross has been a real encouragement to many people, and brought many parts of the church together to support his effort. Please keep him in your prayers, and that this silent witness touch many lives along the highways and byways of Wales.

It is great to see so many ways that God's people are being activated in creative ways in the community outside the walls of the church. There seems to be something going on!

Jesus said in Mark 10:45, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
We wish you every blessing as you find ways to serve Him through serving others in His name.

Dick & Gladys


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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

To and from the nations by the winds of God's Spirit

teifi-ncemlyn.jpgDear Friends of Wales Awakening:

As we continue to watch the glories of spring unfold before our eyes, we have also been admiring other aspects of God's handiwork. Jesus says in John 3:8, "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." And it is because of this that we are seeing an increase in visitors to this part of Wales.

Last Tuesday our friend and new next-door neighbor Sue hosted a small group of friends who are involved with Iris Ministries' Harvest School of Missions. Two of them, Tony and Pamela who are directors of the school, came to visit Wales en route to Mozambique; Jackie came from Scotland with her friend Sachi from the USA; and we just watch in admiration as God's wind blows people to and fro across the globe.

What is fascinating is that this all stems from a totally unrelated event four years ago when Jackie invited Sue to a mission in Mississippi. At least to us back then it seemed "totally unrelated", but you can read about this amazing connection here that see with us that only the Spirit of God could orchestrate this all. None of us would have ever thought that today we would be neighbors and co-laborers in the Lord's mysterious and wonderful plans for this land of Wales.

On Thursday morning we visited what I call the "bend me" chapel in nearby Blaenannerch, the place of Evan Roberts' empowerment by the Holy Spirit. irisfriends.jpgAnd then after lunch we all came to our Cilfowyr Chapel to spend some time in prayer. This little group represented six nations and we had a very rich and significant time of worship and prayer.

Here we were praying over prayingovercoal.jpglumps of Welsh coal that would be carried to Mozambique, Scotland and America as a prophetic act. We prayed that the power of revival that has visited Wales many times before would spread to these nations and that God's purposes there would be fulfilled. Our dear friend Elaine was with us and also prayed powerfully in the Welsh language, which is always a blessing for us and seems to make the connection more complete.

planting5foldseed.jpgAnother very special time was planting another kind of seed here. When Sue and Jackie visited us the first time four years ago, we planted some verses of scripture into the ground around the chapel. Now this time we drove an oil-anointed tent stake into the ground at the southeast corner. This was one of five stakes that had been prayed over by intercessors in Tennessee for months, and had been sent brought over to be prayerfully placed in strategic places as the group was led of the Lord.

Three were planted in the Swansea area - one at Pisgah Chapel which had been Evan Roberts' special place of prayer, one at Moriah Chapel where the 1904 Welsh Revival broke out in power, one at the Bible College of Wales. The fourth one we planted that morning at the chapel in Blaenannerch, and the fifth and final one here.

So once again we find ourselves awestruck at how the Lord is moving and preparing the ground, not just in Wales but around the world, for what is happening now and what is yet to come. We look at the amazing network of connections with so many other Christians from nations around the world who are seriously committed to prayer and to ministry, and are seeing the Kingdom of God break into our world today in many places. We know with ever growing certainty that God has Wales on his heart and that the revival so many people have been praying years for is drawing ever closer.

The beauty and the excitement we enjoy so much is the continual and Spirit guided meeting with more and more wonderful saints of God who are hearing His call and moving into action at His direction. They are counting the cost and saying "Here I am Lord, send me." In my readings this morning was stopped at Psalm 40:6 that says, "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; my ears You have opened; burnt offering and sin offering You did not require." And verse 8 says, "I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart."

May God's best blessings be with you, and may we each have our ears opened by His Spirit every day and find great delight in doing what He asks of us and empowers us to do.

Dick & Gladys


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Monday, April 24, 2017

An unexpected journey north... and persistence in prayer!

dysynnivalley.jpgDear Friends:

The Saturday morning before Easter we were leaving the chapel with the idea of a visit to Tenby, about an hour away. But before we got to the end of the drive a text came in from some friends from Singapore. They were staying in North Wales, and suggested we try and meet somewhere in the middle for a late lunch.

You may recall that for several years we were going up to Blaenau Ffestiniog in the north each month to pray for revival with a small group that we started in 2009. They continue those meetings, but we hadn't been able to go in a long while.

We had been wanting to visit, so a quick change of plans was in order. Not long afterwards we had arranged to stay with some old friends there, were packed for a night or two and jumped into the car. It looked like a few days with no rain ahead and and off we went!

We met up with our friends Joon and Flo as planned, and had lots to share about. We hadn't seen them for nearly three years, when they came on a prayer assignment to Wales with a small group from Singapore.

joon-flo-n-us.jpgWe were having such a great time of fellowship, and there was so much to talk about, they decided stay stay over with us at our friends' place for the night rather than going all the way back to the north coast of Wales. We realized again how the Lord has blessed us with so many wonderful friends around this land.

After breakfast the next morning we went together to one ofblaenau-ffestiniog.jpg our favorite prayer places overlooking the village. It was a real joy and privilege to be joined by these seasoned intercessory warriors who have been on many such assignments around the world. And this totally spontaneous meeting made for an awesome time of prayer and prophetic proclamations over the area.

I found my heart really stirred again for what God's plans are for this part of Wales. It hasn't been an easy time for the believers here, but they are persistent and some good things are happening. There is a long and rich history of powerful movings of God here in the past, and the need Jesus is desperate. So please do remember tnorthsideblaenauffest.jpgo keep Blaenau Ffestiniog in your prayers, and especially that the Christians here begin to see the fruit of their patience, their prayers and their labors in and for the community.

And speaking of prayer, I was reading the other morning in Ecclesiastes 8, and I was really struck by the beginning of verse 3. "Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases."

How many times do we find ourselves really engaged in prayer, or just connecting with the Lord in the word, and suddenly a thought comes of something we need to do and we suddenly just cut our time short? Or maybe it's a text message asking for a response, or any other distraction. How easy it is to just say a quick "Amen" and we're gone.

I just thought this was a really good reminder of keeping the really important things in first place. Prayer really does bring about change. Prayer can bring God's light into even the darkest situations, and we need to stay on target and stick with it.

So remember, "Don't be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence." What a privilege it is to even be there in the first place!

Thank you for your continued interest in and prayers for God's plans Wales. And may His plans for your life too bring you the joy of good fruit in His name,

Dick & Gladys


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