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Thursday, December 01, 2016


frostyhens.jpgDear Friends:

It suddenly seems like winter is really here now. We've had some very cold mornings with temperatures in the low 20's, and the frost hasn't melted off in the shade until today. But the cold hasn't kept these chickens inside. They are eagerly scratching around in the early sunshine looking for tasty snacks.

This is a good reminder for our mornings as well. David says in Psalm 5:3 and 7, "In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch... But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; in fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple."

As we seek His kingdom first thing each morning, and find this multitude of new mercies,  it helps us start our days with the right perspective. It is in Him and His word that we get the nutrition for our spirit that makes all the difference in our daily lives.

Now that the cold has arrived we have put up tenttime.jpgour winter "prayer tent" in the balcony of the chapel. It is not particularly nice to look at from the outside, but with a small fan heater the temperature is a whole lot more comfortable. Sometimes it seems like a warm little nest where we enjoy God's presence as we read and pray through the scriptures, worship and admire Him, and learn more of His ways.

We love bringing visitors into the the tent and surprising them with the warmth when the chapel itself is about the same temperature as outside. When prayers get going it feels like a little powerhouse, and becomes one of our favorite places.

Usually by this time of the year things begin to slow down a little bit, but this November has been quite busy. We recently had two young ladies with us, one from Singapore, who studied last term at the Bible College, and the other from Spulpitprayers.jpgwansea. We spent some wonderful time in fellowship, and shared some amazing times of prayer. They both have such a wonderful hunger for the things of God, it was delightfully refreshing to have them with us.

Another highlight for us last week was going to the graduation of the third cohort of students from the Bible College of Wales. We hadn't been able to attend bcw3rdgrad.jpgthe first two and were glad we could make it for this one. It was extra special because we had a few friends who were in the class. We had seen them during the 12-week course, and so we had more of a connection with it all. Along with all the other 30 students, they worked extremely hard, sat under some awesome teaching, learned about community in a new light, and had their lives changed forever!

It was a great blessing to hear some of their testimonies, and catch a little bit of the fervor they have acquired for serving the Lord in a greater capacity in their different places in life. There were a wide range of ages enrolled, and is was great to see how they all flowed together like a family. It made me wish I were 40 years younger so I could start all over again to help turn the world upside down for the sake of the Gospel!

Please keep these and all previous graduates in your prayers, as well as the College in its continued development and growth. If you or someone you know would be interested in attending one of the sessions, all the information is available on the BCW website.

We wish you every blessing and encouragement in Jesus' name,

Dick & Gladys


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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

An exciting new development!

houses-fields.jpgDear Friends and Prayers:

You may remember that during the past several years we've talked about the promise in Jeremiah 32 where he says in verse 15, "For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.'"

It was just over six years ago that the Lord spoke to me through this scripture about the ownership of the land. Wales once was a large majority of believers, and so most of the "houses, fields and vineyards" belonged to Christians. But sadly now through secularization, most properties currently belong to unbelievers.

What filled my spirit with joy then, and still does, is that God strongly impressed on me that as people come to the Lord in revival, all these properties would come back under the stewardship of God's kingdom through His church.

It was shortly after that I realized changes were already happening. The large farm in mid-Wales where Angus Buchan, the author of Faith Like Potatoes, preached two years ago had been bought under God-orchestrated circumstances. And then the Bible College of Wales was thankfully purchased in late 2012 for continued ministry, rather than being demolished for new housing.

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During the ensuing years we've known of other Christians that have been clearly drawn to Wales by the Lord and acquiring properties. They seem to know that it has to do with preparations for the coming revival. One couple recently bought a house next to the castle here in Cilgerran. And happily, there are others already here who are becoming Christians and forming part of the church body. 

What is really exciting for us now is that our friends Stan and Sue have just purchased this large house right next to us. The house easily sleeps 14 people, and they plan to use it as kind of a prayer and mission base, and are seeking God about what that might look like. Please keep them and this project in your prayers.

For us, the amazing part of this is when revival really begins to happen here, things are now in place for people to come and serve. Intercessors, worshippers and others coming to minister will have places to stay. We already have access to the cottage from where I took this picture which can sleep six people. And we can have four extra people in our house, which just behind and below this one.

clovertonishome.jpgAlthough we still don't have a clear idea of when or how revival is going to start, we know that it is coming, and is closer than when we first arrived to pray here in 2005! The river of God's spirit is rising across the land of Wales, and more and more people are fervently and expectantly praying.

jarofscriptures.jpgWe also have a special request for your prayers. The future of the house that has been our home for the last nine years is somewhat uncertain. After our landlord's funeral, his widow said that if we could just buy the house it would make things much easier for her. She hasn't given us any direct indication of her intentions, but it wouldn't surprise us if she puts it up for sale after making some necessary repairs.

Of course we don't have the means to buy this house, but we know that for the Lord nothing is impossible! We wrote Jeremiah 32:15 and other scriptures on slips of paper, put them in this little clay jar and buried them in the garden as an act of faith. We know how wonderfully God has taken care of our needs since we've been here, and have no doubts that He will continue to do so as long as we are to stay here. We know that our times are in His hands and that He will deliver us in time of need.

Thanks for your prayers for us, and for all that is going on here in these exciting times. And we send you many blessings in Jesus' wonderful name!

Dick & Gladys


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Friday, November 11, 2016

First response and Ongoing Prayers

Dear Friends and Prayers:

Just before waking this morning I dreamt I was in a room with President-elect Trump and several others who I knew were Godly men and women. He was sitting on the edge of the sofa leaning forward and crying out "Lord Jesus, oh Lord Jesus, I really need your help now. Jesus, this is such an overwhelmingly huge task, please help me [us] to do this right."

I seemed to be aware that he was realizing that he had gotten to where he was before his candidacy by his own abilities. But now it was as if he was suddenly aware that he was put in this position not only through his own ability but far more because of the prayers of the Saints for our nation, not only in America but from around the world. He was sincerely daunted by the responsibility and the awareness that he stands before the Lord.

My first reading in the chapel this morning was the portion out of 2 Kings 22:11-13. "Go, inquire of the Lord for me and the people and all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found, for great is the wrath of the Lord that burns against us, because our fathers have not listened to the words of this book, to do according to all that is written concerning us." When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes.

As I brought this before the Lord, these verses came to me.
Joel 2:13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.
Jeremiah 1:6 Then I said, "Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth."
Psalms 139:1-6 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O Lord, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

I feel that this will be one of the most important ways that we can pray for him – that he realize his own inability and openly embrace his dependence on God for for wisdom, help and guidance. Also that his character be transformed in such a way, and he be surrounded with people also, that they would fulfill the qualities spelled out by Jethro to Moses, and Paul to Timothy.

Exodus 18:21. Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.
1 Timothy 3:2-4. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity.

One more needed prayer is that he may be drawn into the word of God.
Hebrews 4:12,16. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart... Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Psalms 141:3-5 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, To practice deeds of wickedness With men who do iniquity; And do not let me eat of their delicacies. Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it, For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.

There are of course countless more needs than these for prayers for Trump and The team that forms around him, but I believe these are utmost priority for right now.

A pastor from New Orleans has written a much more comprehensive guide for prayer your reference here, "How To Pray For Our Nation Following The Election."

A very heartfelt thank you for your prayers for America, and for her children and ours,

Dick & Gladys


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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Now we REALLY need to pray!

newpresident2016.jpgDear Praying Friends:

When I heard the news about President-elect Trump's victory early this morning, I sat down and wept with tears of gratitude and relief that there is now more hope for real change. There is now a chance for an end of the scourge of unlimited abortion, unchecked administrative corruption, and national policies made in the interest of small "privileged" insider groups rather than the citizenry at large.

Now the real need for diligent prayer begins! We can not sit back and rest on our laurels.
The first battle is over, now the long struggle for deep and lasting change begins. God has transformed each one of us through His mercy and grace. He can do the same for Mr. Trump, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, or anybody else.

Remember what it says in Psalms 9:20,
"Put them in fear, O Lord;
Let the nations know that they are but men.
Selah."

And this all important exhortation that Paul writes in 1 Timothy 2:1-2,
"First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity."

May the Lord have mercy on the United States of America!

Dick and Gladys


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Monday, November 07, 2016

Praying for the U.S. presidential election...

praying-usflag.jpgDear Friends of Wales Awakening:

We are praying especially for the U.S. election today and tomorrow. These are a few scriptures that seem to apply.

   Hosea 10:12
Sow with a view to righteousness,
Reap in accordance with kindness;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord
Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.

   Psalm 135:13-15
Your name, O Lord, endures forever,
Your fame, O Lord, throughout all generations.
For the Lord will judge His people,
And He will have compassion on His servants.
The idols of the nations are silver and gold,
The work of men’s hands.


rainbowthruwindow.jpg As we pray, it is good to remember that
the blessings of His promises
come through obedience to His words
as we are illumined and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Thank you again for your prayers for America!

Dick & Gladys


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