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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Louisiana sunrise to Tallahassee sunset - an unexpected journey!

Dear Friends and Prayers:

If you had asked us early in December if we had any travel plans for 2013, we would have said no. But our God is full of surprises! While visiting the U.S. last spring, we drove with our long-time friend Pablo from New Orleans to Tallahassee to a church gathering. There he met Jaime, a lovely young lady from the church there, and the rest, as they say, is history.

We watched in joyful amazement as the Lord drew them head-over-heels in love! So when the engagement was announced in the fall we were delighted. The surprise came when Jaime's pastor said we really needed to be at the wedding and they wanted to pay our airfares! So thank you Lord, here we are in America for a visit.

So last Saturday the sun set in Tallahassee on a young man and woman who love the Lord Jesus with all their hearts, and rose the next morning on a brand new family in Christ. What a joy it is for us to see God make such wonderful connections between people we know and love. But this kind of connection is extra special!

Suffice this to explain why you haven't heard from us for a while. We will be in the States for another ten days. We're spending this weekend with our son and daughter-in-law in Louisiana. A real visit is so much nicer than a video chat!

We are looking forward tomorrow to visiting old our home church in New Orleans, and so many folks we love, and meet new ones as well. Then Tuesday we make an overnight stop to visit old ministry friends in Fort Worth who have opened a house of prayer there, and then on to New England to visit my sister in Connecticut and my brother in Boston before flying back to the U.K.

A taste of the warm weather here on the Gulf Coast is wonderful, but we will get cooled down again in the North before heading back. They just had a later-than-usual dumping of snow! As much as we rejoice seeing friends and loved ones, we miss Wales already and can't wait to get home again. It seems like the longer we've lived there, nearly eight years now, the harder it is to leave.

Thank you for your continued interest, love and prayers!

Dick & Gladys


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Friday, March 01, 2013

Extraordinary Welsh and Mississippi Connection!

Dear Praying Friends and Saints:

Today is St. David's Day. Born at the end of the 5th century, he was founder of a Celtic monastic community and widely acknowledged as a teacher and ascetic. He was recognized as the patron saint of Wales during the Welsh resistance to the Norman invasion, and this day is widely celebrated around the principality.

It also means the beginning of spring is just around the corner, which is good news for everybody. We have several farmer friends who get especially busy this time of year with longer than normal hours of lambing season.

All of the extra work is very rewarding as hundreds of ewes are bulging with and spilling out new life into the world of sheep. This one had FOUR lambs and requires some extra care and help! If you would like to sample the sights and sounds - we'll spare you the smells - you watch a short video here.

We've had a very full and exciting week hosting three visitors. Last year we mentioned our dear friend Brenda who the Lord sent as an intercessor to France. She is on the lower left, with two new intercessor friends, Sue behind her and Jackie beside Gladys. How the Lord orchestrated this get-together an amazing story. We first heard from Sue in December saying how God had lead her to accompany her friend Jackie to Mississippi in an extraordinary way, and that they had been given "seeds of transformation", verses of scripture, to plant in the U.K. as a prophetic act.

Her research about the Welsh Revival led her to our site, and she was impressed to meet with us and plant the "seeds" at the chapel where we pray. While coordinating a date to visit, Jackie was in France and "God-incidentally" ran into Brenda at a prayer gathering, They were amazed to discover that they were both going to be in our home in Wales on the same dates!

Needless to say, we had a wonderful time enjoying the Lord's handiwork and marvelling at how this all came together so effortlessly. What a mighty God we serve.

Among the scripture seeds we planted was this portion from Isaiah 62:12 which says, "And they shall be called The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken."

We believe this is very significant in how it relates to Wales. In spite of the apparent weakness and irrelevance of the church to the current modern culture, the coming revival will transform this land at its heart. People from around the world will once again seek out what God is doing here and take the seeds of revival and transformation back to their own nations!

Awestruck at how the Lord is moving in these days,

Dick & Gladys


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