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Saturday, July 29, 2006

A Measure of the Incoming Harvest

A Measure of The Incoming Harvest

Dear Friends and Prayers:

This week they harvested the grain in the field above the chapel. You probably remember the pictures I sent last month when I described the fragrance of the Harvest. Now we can visually appreciate the magnitude of what is to come. As I looked at this first wagon, I couldn't help but see the whole of the harvest. This wagon is not yet fully loaded, and the farmer told me that they would likely pick up well over a hundred tons.

I got the impression that each individual grain represents a soul that will be saved in this coming revival. What a massive harvest! Evan Roberts received a promise from God for one hundred thousand souls, and the number saved in the 1904 Revival surpassed that. But we are believing for much more. How many grains of wheat fit in a bucket? How many buckets does it take to fill an eight ton wagon? You can do the math!

 We had dinner with friends Thursday night, and they mentioned a word someone received for Wales that said, "...in the last revival the Lord came for a hundred thousand, but this time He is coming for a nation." And that is just the beginning! We believe that there is a global harvest in the making. As we continue to hear more and more words about this coming move of God since we've been here, we know with an ever deepening conviction that we are right on target here in Wales.

 A dear friend recently wrote us, "I get chills every time I read your updates and what God shows you about His harvest. His harvest IS His heart's concern. I know what you and Gladys are doing is preparing the soil for the rainfall of His Spirit not just on Wales but throughout the world. It is coming. I feel it in the air."

So we pray the Lord let His plow run deep in the soil of our lives, turning up and casting aside what may yet be hindering His work in and through us. And this is our prayer for you as well, and the rest of the Body of Christ. We will each be called upon to give our all in the time of the harvest. The barns and the nets must be ready. "Lord, make our weaknesses a channel for Your strength! May You rise upon us and your glory be seen upon us and the nations run to Your light and be saved!"

Laboring together with you in His love for the harvest,

Dick & Gladys Funnell

For information on our mission to Wales, please visit http://walesawakening.org

Home: 011-44-1239-810825 Mobile: 011-44-7796-316626

Our new home address is: Genaur Glyn Beulah Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9QB Wales, U.K.

Support can be mailed to: Verbo Ministries - Wales (Please write "Wales" clearly in Memo area) P.O.Box 190 Kenner, LA 70063

Office: 877-723-4129 Toll Free


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Friday, July 21, 2006

Lessons in Faith . . please pray!

Lessons in Faith
Dear Friends and Prayers:
I spent a few hours today in the chapel at Blaennanerch only about three miles from Beulah while our car was in a shop. This is where Evan Roberts said, "Bend me," to the Lord in late 1904, and he was launched from there in faith and obedience to set out for his home chapel in Loughor where the Welsh Revival broke out in full force.
In the course of things in our lives, I was praying about a difficult situation that has confronted us, stemming in part from my lack of faith. I was outside behind the building looking over some fields to the runway of an old military airport, where I had noticed some men flying a radio controlled model biplane. I watched for a little while, and then thought I should really be inside doing some serious prayer. I guess that was just my "religious part" telling me that this was only entertainment and to get down to business. But it was right there that the Lord began to speak to me.
There I was watching the little plane do loops and rolls and other wonderful aerial maneuvers. And suddenly the Lord showed me something about this small scale excitement. These two men with their little remote control radio were doing little stunts, but they were only in control as long as their limited supply of fuel lasted, or there were no technical failures. And through this He showed me that this was what my own faith was like. I saw that there are areas where I have yet to let go of the controls and step out in absolute trust, and let Him be our only and absolute source of strength and supply. Then we'll get to see the big serious warplanes come roaring through like those that were once based here! His strength and His power are all we need.
I repented deeply, and like Evan Roberts, I had to weep and cry out "Lord bend me, and forgive me for my unbelief." This is an ongoing process. It is not enough to climb out of the boat only once! Jesus said in Luke 9:23 "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." And so we are determined to follow Him through thick and thin, and press into His plans for us, for Wales, and the world He so loves.
A very sincere thank you for your prayers! We bless you in Jesus' name.
In His hands,

Dick & Gladys Funnell

For information on our mission to Wales, please visit

http://walesawakening.org

Home: 011-44-1239-810825

Mobile: 011-44-7796-316626

Our home address is:

Genaur Glyn

Beulah

Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9QB

Wales, U.K.

Support can be mailed to:

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

P.O.Box 190

Kenner, LA 70063

Office: 877-723-4129 Toll Free


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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Wales Update - Summer in Wales & the "Beulah Annointing"

Summer in Wales & the "Beulah Annointing"

Dear Friends and Prayers:

We hope all is well with each and every one of you. During this time of vacation, family activities and travel are the norm for many of you, and we pray God's blessings on you and your loved ones. We are missing our own kids a bit, but had a wonderful visit with them in the Spring and so are thankful for that.

It's also a time of weddings. Speaking or which, I have not shared some good news that has been going on here. Perhaps you remember there were four intercessors , all single young ladies, that that stayed and prayed in our house during our absence? Well, something quite interesting has been happening. The scripture says in Isaiah 62:4 "Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married."

Well, one of the girls is very happily enjoying a "marriage made in heaven", and currently living in Wales with her husband. And our old friend Dagnia is now engaged to be married in December. Her departure from Beulah was delayed, in seeming inconvenience, because the Lord had a wonderful plan in store for her! And so now there is talk of the "Beulah Annointing". And we've even had a couple of visits from friends that have come by with their single daughters, to pray with them and see if the "annointing" is transferrable with just a short time here. :o)

 Here is Dagnia with her fiance William, both 38 years old, and who are delighted with the Lord's favor. He had been praying for his wife for 14 years, and the Lord showed him Dagnia was the one even before they'd met! Ah, the fruits of summer!

It is really summer here now, with days of beautiful blue skies and sunny weather. The daytime temperatures are in the 70's, and we hear some of the locals complain a bit about the heat. That gives us a bit of a laugh, after weathering 16 New Orleans sweltering summers. These morning temperatures of 60 would have some New Orleans folks wearing their winter coats! :o)

Summer is also a time of prolific growth. Our garden is pumping out lettuce, spinach and swiss chard, among other things. The flower beds around our house which were severely overgrown with weeds are now flourishing with Sweet Williams and many other flowers and blossoming shrubs under the loving touch of Gladys' green thumb. Even all the country lanes are constantly changing garb from one set of wild flowers to another.  As we look at the natural realm and see so much growth, so we are sowing our prayer times by faith into this season. We know the Lord's heart is for growth within the body, bringing on a time of fruitfulness and harvest. But mainly we continue to pray for the growth of spiritual hunger in Wales and the world around us. We want to see unbridled and prolific growth of dissatisfaction with material things, and a longing and hungering for things that have deeper significance and lasting value. Please pray with us that these times we are living in with "instant everything" would seem shallower and shallower, and people would begin to discover a deeper yearning for something yet out of reach; that they might discover the fulfillment of Jesus!

Isaiah 64:1 "Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, 2 As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!"

In His Mighty Love,

Dick & Gladys Funnell

For information on our mission to Wales, please visit http://walesawakening.org

Home: 011-44-1239-810825 Mobile: 011-44-7796-316626

Our new home address is: Genaur Glyn Beulah Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9QB Wales, U.K.

Support can be mailed to: Verbo Ministries - Wales (Please write "Wales" clearly in Memo area) P.O.Box 190 Kenner, LA 70063

Office: 877-723-4129 Toll Free


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Saturday, July 08, 2006

We survived . . . . !

Dear Friends and Prayers:

This is just a quick note to let you know we just survived a week of intensive Welsh studies, and we made it out alive! We were in a class of about 15 people, most of whom have had a similar amount of classwork as we have, though from differing programs of study. It was a real workout, but we're sure it did us good to review and practice. Each day we covered different things, and then practiced in 2's or 3's for most of the day. It was exhausting, and but we trust the Lord is helping us along.

Gladys is very quick to try what she knows with folks, and they seem quite happy to steer along a bit. Her winning smile and glad character make her a natural for just taking the plunge with total strangers. I am a bit more reserved it would seem, and so need a little more confidence about what I'm saying. It's easy to start a conversation, but usually after 10 seconds or less I get stuck not understanding their reply. As they say, "It's hard to teach an old dog new tricks!"

We appreciate your prayers for us in this specific area, as it is proving to be quite a challenge. I am really amazed in retrospect that I learned Spanish so fluently. I've had many people say I have a gift for languages, but if I did, I seem to have lost it somewhere along the line! :o)

We know how important it is to be able to carry on a conversation, even just about day to day things. For us to begin to fit into the Welsh society and culture, there is no other way. Of course they can all speak English, and one on one, they are very warm and friendly. However amongst themselves they flow in Welsh, so to include non- Welsh speakers in things just doesn't happen because it makes things awkward. So we press on and are determined to "get there". The real goal of course is to be able to talk about the things of the Lord with people in their own language, and so we really need your prayers!

Thank you very sincerely, and may the Lord bless you greatly!


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