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Thursday, June 30, 2005

The search is over!

Dear Friends and Prayers:

At last we've found a home. Thank you Jesus!

Two weeks from tomorrow we will have to vacate this beautiful little cottage in Cilgerran for the other families that have had their vacation plans made long before we arrived here. It has been somewhat of a "stretching" time for us during these past two weeks - waiting and trusting, and wondering when we would find some resolution after being here in Wales seven weeks now.

Then today we got the great and very welcome news - the Lord has provided us with a lovely home for at least six months! It is not in the middle of the countryside, but just on the western edge of Cardigan, looking over a beautiful wooded lot bordering on a wheat field. It's on a small road going west, just two miles out to an overlook onto Cardigan Bay and the Irish Sea. It has two bedrooms, a living room, a nice kitchen and a glass "conservatory" and so we are delighted and relieved. There is even a small loft for extra sleepers if we need extra space, so you are welcome anytime!

The Lord is awesome, and always does things just in time! We were trying to negotiate with what was looking like our last "acceptable but not first-choice" option, and lost that opportunity last night at the same time we viewed this house, but would have to wait for their reply until today. Then as we were talking over the particulars, Gladys took a call on our cell phone from Alex saying that a friend from their church had just called to offer us a trailer temporarily if we got stuck in a bind, just at the same moment that I was learning that we would not be able to actually move in until August 1st! So even that two week interval were covered in that very moment! And this one is half the distance to the chapel that the other one was. And the trailer "just happens" to be in a quaint little town overlooking a small ocean beach! Isn't the Lord's provision amazing!

Tomorrow is the last day of our intensive Welsh class, which has been very worthwhile. Of course we are not conversational by any means, but after "pedwar" (4) days we can now say the alphabet, count a bit, talk about the weather, have a start on some vocabulary, and know the present tense for any verb that we care to learn. Also, and more importantly, we can confidently pronounce the words and proper or place names when we see them written. That is a BIG accomplishment. Before we started, I thought Eglwyswrw was a challenge and a mouthful, but now, with a bit more practice, we can say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobullllantysiliogogogoch. That is actually the name of a town in Wales, but fortunately they do tend to use an abbreviation!

It will still be a while until we get really settled, but at least/last we have the much needed definition. So thank you again for your prayers, they really came through for us today!

Love and many blessings to you - Hwyl a bendith!

Dick & Gladys

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Verbo Ministries - Wales (Please write "Wales" clearly in Memo area)

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Dick & Gladys Funnell

http://walesawakening.org

Office: 877-723-4129 Toll Free

Cell in Wales: 011-44-7796-316626

AIM: enjoying Him

Support checks can be mailed to:

Verbo Ministries - Wales (Please write "Wales" clearly in Memo area)

P.O.Box 190

Kenner, LA 70063 . . . . Thank you!<bold>

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Welsh classes starting next Monday, etc.

<fontfamily><param>Arial</param><bigger>Dear Friends:

We have been here 6 weeks yesterday, and are still amazed at God’s grace that has brought us here to pray for a new move of God in this beautiful land. We are still in pursuit of a house, and following leads, but know the Lord has it all in hand.

In this commission entrusted to us by Jesus, we have the privilege of being intercessors for His purposes – to pray for a vibrant quickening of His church, and that the Holy Spirit sweep the land with conviction through His manifest presence and bring nation- and world-changing revival. Our prayer times in the chapel, though they may seem “empty” as is the chapel itself, are rooted in the unseen power of His love.

We have enjoyed visiting different churches on the other Sundays, and had the opportunity to make some new friends with liked-minded folks that are also believing God for a powerful move of the Spirit in this region. Several families have re-located here from other parts of the U.K. at God’s leading, and it is an encouragement to us to get to know them and prayer together with them.

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Friday, June 17, 2005

House Hunting in Wales - alive & well

Dear and Beloved Friends:

Today is a day of special 7's for us. It is the 17th of June, and we are celebrating our anniversary of 27 years. Also this is our 37th day in Wales. I've heard that 7 is the number of "perfection", so we are going to have a perfectly wonderful day! We will be driving to the southern coast of this southwest Welsh peninsula, to the town of Tenby, which has a beautiful beach, and is reputed to be a quaint and very "European" town. Tomorrow they're calling for a "heat wave", sunny and in the lower 80's, so we may even dare try the water!

Our house hunting continues still. We returned to confirm the October availability with the owner of that beautiful farmhouse that I mentioned last week, but his wife preferred to continue doing vacation rentals We are praying she will change her mind that she see the advantage of a yearly full-time rental. So please pray with us aboutthis. Meanwhile, we have stepped up the pace a bit, scouring newspaper ads, talking to agents, etc. We were in a small intercessors prayer meeting yesterday and were encouraged by a word to "wait for Isaac rather than going for an Ismael." So we declined on a place we say, and are stretching our faith another bit. We still have 4 weeks, and did find a nice lady who offered us a very nice one bedroom bungalow as something to fall back on if we are caught in a bind. But we do believe the Lord has just the right place, at a price we can afford rather than the inflated prices were finding, and just at the right time.


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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

June 8 - Our 4th Week in Wales

Week Number 4 in Wales

Dear Friends & Prayers:

It seems hard to believe that another week has gone by, but indeed it has. It is, however, getting easier to believe that we really are here now to stay. Our times of prayer in the chapel and the prayer walks we have been doing are a curious mixture of celebration and sorrow, of praise and pleading, of worship and intercession. It is such an enormous privilege to find ourselves here, and we continue to marvel at the Lord's great goodness in giving this opportunity to witness the re-birthing of a nation.

Last Monday was a national holiday so we took the opportunity to hike out along the high cliffs overlooking the Irish Sea. It was a gloriously clear day, and we were once again touched to see such natural beauty all around us, and yet perplexed to realize the people of this land are so estranged from their Creator. As we are given opportunities to meet people and share about why we are here, we can only realize once again the goodness of the Lord to us.

<fontfamily><param>Arial</param> We just learned that we’ll be able to stay in our cottage until mid-July, so that is a blessing. It has been a challenge to find a permanent place, and we are seeking the balance between following every lead, and just waiting on the Lord in prayer. In all this we have His peace.

This Monday we drove to the nearby town of Newcastle Emlyn to see a realtor, and we looked at a couple houses, but they are for sale, not for rent. There were way to expensive, so we continue looking. As we go around, we try to take a different route each time to get to know the countryside, there are very good detailed maps, which are quite necessary through so many windy little country roads. So on our way back, we found ourselves at a curious little crossroads, called a "square" by the local folks here. We stopped to take a picture of this curious little road sign.

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