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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Is anyone among you sick? By His stripes we are healed!

lion-bymilliecarter.jpegDear Friends of Wales Awakening:

Roughly 800 years before Jesus fulfilled this prophecy, Isaiah wrote of Him in chapter 53, verse 5,
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed."

Of all the chapters of the Old Testament, perhaps Isaiah 53 is one of the most powerful and profound. Because of what Christ Jesus did for us at Calvary, we have access through faith to God's eternal kingdom. And verse 11 says, "He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied..."

And again in 1 Peter 2:24 we read, "who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed."

A young friend of ours painted this last year, and I find it to be such a stunning picture of "By His stripes We Are Healed." It as if the Lord was making His promise known to her well before she would need the practical application of it for herself. She had no way of knowing that she would currently be receiving chemotherapy for Hodgkins Lymphoma.

I'm sharing this with her permission to make a request for prayers for healing, not only for her but for several others too. We know several other people that are going through serious health problems just now. A few of them have long-standing issues, and others are quite recent. Two weeks ago we received a call from someone we'd never met or heard, she is a Christian and asked for prayer for cancer.

So we would like to ask for your prayers for our friends. But more than that, we would like to encourage you to pray also for people that you know who are in need of a healing touch from heaven. I'm sure we all have had people ask us for prayer for healing, or we have offered to pray for someone when we have learned of their need. And perhaps we have prayed a few times for them but then forgotten, or other needs have pushed them into the background.

Our hope is that this painting will be an inspiration for you to remember the source of our healing. Each line of blood running down might represent people you are or could be praying for. The encouragement is to please stick with each of those prayers day in and day out. Make a small list if that helps you remember, and take a few minutes each day to pray specifically for them.


James 5:14-15 says, "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up..." Your prayers will surely make a difference, and we never know when God may step in and heal miraculously because we prayed!

On another note, we somehow already find ourselves in the middle of November. We've had a few frosts, and it is definitely starting to feel like winter is coming on very soon. Most of the leaves are now on the ground, although some seem to have taken on a more ethereal nature and are showing up in patterns of the frost.

Now that the clock has gone back to standard time, it is dark by 5 pm and we only have about nine hours of sunlight. Being this far north really makes a big difference. To give you a better idea, we are at about the same latitude as the Hudson Bay in Canada.

We thank the Lord for a fairly warm house with a central heating system. And we have also gotten in a supply of firewood that little bit of extra warmth when we need it. And so now we are already looking forward to when the days start growing longer again in about six weeks!

Meanwhile, here's some extra encouragement for your prayers. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

As always, thank you for your continued interest and prayers,

Dick & Gladys

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The need to feed the seed...

snailbabyinsunshine.jpgDear Friends and Prayers: 

I was fascinated a few mornings ago when I discovered this baby snail basking in the sunshine on the door of the chapel vestry. The tip of our house key shows just how small this tiny creature really is. What precision and beauty!

Another study in the scale of things would be to compare the size a single human being to the great expanse our solar system, or the entire universe.And then we see that David says in Psalm 8:3-4, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?"

And so, from our vantage point of in the midst of this breathtaking perspective, we find that God is mindful of each one of us! And now consider what Jesus says in Luke 12:6-7, "Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."

stormysunset.jpgSo in spite of the fact that each of us is just one among billions on earth today, we see the Lord is intimately interested in the details of our lives. He actually loves each of us with such willing forgiveness and tenderness. A few moments before I took this picture I had just read in Hosea 11:4, "I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them." (NIV)

And this amazing process of God's feeding us continues day by day as we make time to just be with Him. He is the true bread, and His word imparts life to our souls. He longs to lift us to His cheek and nourish us with His presence. 1 Peter 1:23 says, "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God."

And we each have a weighty but joyful responsibility. We need to feed the seed. We find this very clear exhortation in Hebrews 2:1-3, "We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For...  how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?"breadtoshare.jpg And this is not just for our own safety and benefit, but for those around us as well. This too is our awesome and privileged responsibility.

Once again, it is God's attention the details of every person alive that moves Him to use each one of us, that means you and me, to "...feed My sheep." He enables us to become part of the process of His tender care and be those cords of human kindness.

"Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God." 2 Corinthians 9:10-11

Dick & Gladys 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Time keeps slowly racing by...

teifivalleysunrise.jpgDear Praying Friends and Saints:

A patch of low lying fog catches the morning sun in the Teifi Valley seen from the long ridge above the chapel. The sun is coming up now just after 8 a.m. and goes down at 6 p.m. That means we have about six hours less sunlight than we did in June, and the time keeps slowly racing by.

And speaking which, it's hard to believe it was over 18 years ago on the hilltop just to the left of here when the Lord gave me the first vision of the coming revival. And as the time draws closer, the pace is steadily picking up. Many people both here and abroad are aware of a growing sense of expectancy.

We continue to hear from or meet more and more people are feeling an UStoFyB.jpgurgency to pray for this coming move of God in Wales. In September we got an email from a lady who said, "I received a call to pray for Wales some time ago, and as a result purchased a Holiday Cabin in West Wales." It turns out her place is very close to us and we have met and prayed together, and will surely do so again.

Then just two weeks ago I took a friend to visit a nearby retreat center and we met these young ladies who came with a group from America to pray in and for Wales. One was from a church in Birmingham, Alabama that has been praying specifically every week for Wales and God's purposes here. You can imagine their surprise when I mentioned some new friends that stayed with us in early July and also happen to be from the Birmingham area! They didn't know each other but hopefully will be able to meet and pray together soon.

Hunger for the Lord, and prayer, is growing wonderfully on so many fronts. On that catandthefiddle.jpgSunday afternoon we had a few local musician friends over for a time of worship and prayer. Each song led us into different areas for prayer and we really had a powerful time. Because it was a warm afternoon we set up on our terrace and filled the valley with some sounds of heaven. (We didn't know our cat was a music lover, but she seemed to fit right in!)

Then, last Friday we spent the day with a brother from Cardiff, who I've known just raphael-tara.jpgover the phone, and his fiancee who lives farther to the west. We met at the "bend me" chapel in Blaenannerch and had a great time of sharing and prayer. Then after lunch, we moved on to our chapel for a bit of our story and more prayer. Later, a cup of coffee at the house stretched into a makeshift supper and more time of precious fellowship and prayers together.

This week has been full as well. A friend from Singapore came to stay on Monday with a couple of his friends and left yesterday. All three came up to the chapel with us in the mornings, and it was a real blessing to have their input into our prayer times. sg-prayers-mwnt.jpgAs they were led to certain portions of the scriptures, they developed their prayers around them. We followed each other's prayers in an easy and smoothly flowing way, and it was a delight to see how the Holy Spirit guided us along.

On Tuesday they spent time at the Ffald-y-Brenin retreat center. Then Wednesday I took them to the 500-year-old chapel at Mwnt, and from there we went to New Quay where the first manifestations of the Holy Spirit started things moving in early 1904. Florrie Evans, a young member of the chapel there, was moved to stand out and proclaim out loud, "I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all of my heart." And God used that simple but profound act of obedience and declaration to set into motion what would become known as the Great Welsh Revival.

It is always a privilege as well as an encouragement for us to help visitors connect with the tremendous spiritual heritage of this land. It is a blessing that works both ways. People that visit hope to take some of the Welsh revival anointing back to their own countries and churches. But they also inevitably carry away with them a burden to pray for Wales, which itself has a tremendous need for widespread revival. And we know that it is because of God's great faithfulness that our work here is bearing fruit for His kingdom.

pembsbrkfst2017.jpgEarlier this month we attended the annual Pembrokeshire Prayer Breakfast. One of the highlights for me was a time of prayers of gratitude, and people came forward to testify and thank God for the many things He is doing around the nation on a far greater level than just the things that we see. There is definitely an upswing in His activity in this small nation, and we constantly pray for and watch for more!

Thanks for praying with us. And, "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

Dick & Gladys

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Lighten up! - A Morning Lesson from 2011...

Dear Saints and Praying Friends:

While visiting friends many years ago, I discovered this cross-stitched embroidery in a frame on the wall. It made an instant impression on me - I laughed my head off! As I recall it was made by our friend's grandmother many years ago. And of course I had to take a picture of it for you to enjoy as well. :o)

But after the humorous element subsides, the message grows serious and is a good exhortation for us all. These words of Jesus from Matthew 22:14 were few, "For many are called, but few are chosen." But they are profoundly significant and challenging to us today.

Thankfully God's mercies are new every morning, and every new day He gives us presents new opportunities to grow in our knowledge of Him and to walk in His ways. They are not only are merely opportunities, but are also responsibilities.

Last week in the chapel my curiosity was piqued by the shadow from this ceiling lamp in the top of the arch of the window to the left. Why would it be higher than the lamp itself? The early morning sun was shining down, not up, so how could this be?

There could only be one explanation, the sunlight had to be bouncing off of something. So I marched outside with camera in hand to prove my 'theory' and explore what could have such a shiny surface. I couldn't imagine a gravestone having such a perfectly reflective surface.

To my surprise and delight, I found that the best of man's handiwork had been embellished by the One Who knows how to perfect things indeed! The rainfall during the night had pooled on the surface and had this brilliant effect and blinded my eyes with light. I don't think even a glass mirror could have produced such a dazzling result.

While I gazed in admiration of God's doings that so surpass our abilities, lots of things came to mind. First among them was the scripture in Ephesians 5:14 says, "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light." Now here is something worth getting up for. What an amazing promise!

And there are many many more. Jesus, the light of life, has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). And earlier in Ephesians.5, verse 8 says, "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." Do a search on "darkness + light" and you will be greatly encouraged.

There is a price to be paid (read Romans 6 and 12:1-2) - but it is SO worth it!

And just at that out-of-place shadow caught my attention, so can our lives draw the attention of the people around us that still walk in the darkness of this world. That is what we're called to do. The words of Jesus in Matthew 5:16 say it best. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven"

People running to humble themselves at the foot of the cross of Christ is one of the best ways to glorify our Heavenly Father, wouldn't you agree?

Longing for more of His light in our own lives, and in the lives of all Christians everywhere,

Dick & Gladys

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Praise the Lord! He reigns forever!

ontherock.jpgDear Friends:

"Say among the nations, 'The Lord reigns.' The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity." These words of Psalm 96:10 are a good exhortation and encouragement in the times we are living in. As global events seem to make our world shake every which way, it is an amazing privilege that we get to stand on solid ground.

Like everyone else we were shocked and dismayed to learn of the horrific incident in Las Vegas. Such unprovoked and unthinkable aggression that devastated the lives of so many innocent people just seems too impossible to be real. But tragically it is all too real and intensely painful for every person directly affected. And it is painful for the rest of us as well.

And we cry out like David in Psalm 61:1-2, "Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I."

Sadly, this was just one more of countless tragic happenings around the world. And how about the many more that we never hear about? They make us ask ourselves, "fallfoxglove.jpgWhere is righteousness and justice? What is going on in this world?" And just as sadly, we must recognize the answer as stated in Isaiah 53:6. "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way..." This is the simple and uncomfortable fact, both for individuals and for nations. And the Lord will judge each one with equity and truth.

And yet in this same placfallsweetwiliam.jpge we see the greatest of God's interventions made crystal clear. Isaiah says in the previous verse 5, "...He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." In sending Jesus, God provided the only solution.This is what people need to see, and this is why we need to faithfully pray for revival.

And this also is why we must continue to proclaim among the nations His invitation in Isaiah 45:22, "Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other." We are called as ambassadors to boldly speak out Jesus' own words in Matthew 11:28, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Thank you for joining us as we pray and long for the nations to hear and recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd.

Dick & Gladys


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