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Monday, May 26, 2014

The way back to the nest....

swallowsexploring.jpgDear Friends and Saints:

The swallows have been back around the chapel for several weeks now, and I've watched several broods grow up in this storage room over the years. But the door has been repaired so last summer there were none born here and the nests are untouched.

This morning almost as soon as I was inside they were insistent on coming in and having a having a look around. They are surely searching for a place to raise their young this year and checking out every possibility. I suppose these are some that were raised here and just wanted to check out the old homestead.

It always amazes me how these birds can migrate so far away and then come back year after year to the very place where they started out. They were so bold I admit I even wondered if they remembered me because they saw me every day when they were growing up!

While I was thinking about this, Proverbs 22:6 came to mind. "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." How many of us have children for whom we hang on to this promise, and pray they will come into a deep and living relationship with our Heavenly Father?

And likewise, just how many are there in this world that have started out on the road with Jesus as children or adults but have drifted away from Him. Perhaps they accepted Christ in a church or chapel or a campus ministry but the busyness of life has got them sidelined. They may believe somewhere down inside but are keeping a safe distance.

So this just came as a timely reminder this morning to be regularly praying for the "homing instinct" to kick into gear for all those that have known the love of God but are not walking with Him now as they could and should. May the Lord draw them to Himself anew.

We wish you every blessing in Jesus' name,

Dick & Gladys


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Monday, May 19, 2014

Update: Improvements in our health and our weather!

dicknglad-penbryn2014.jpgDear Friends and Prayers:

Here we are having some wonderfully nice weather, enough so to tempt us down to the beach with some friends over the weekend. We hadn't been to this favorite spot for a couple of years, so it was a very day out!

We want thank so many of you who have been praying for our health situation and give you a little update. As welcome as this weather is to us, even moreso is the gradual improvement of Gladys condition. While we were in Singapore she was given some recommendations to eliminate root vegetables from her diet as well as add a supplement and it is seeming to make a difference!

While there in March she began to take small liberties with the deliscious oriental cuisine, and found she could tolerate a few things better than before. And now since we've been home she is taking it slow in adding things, experimenting as she goes, but has been able to enjoy still more variety.

It has been a delight to see her enjoy some things she hasn't been able to eat for years, and we are so

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thankful for these simple fruits of God's goodness! Please continue to prayer for her total restoration in this area.

Meanwhile my situation stable, but still needing much improvement. I have been on medications for six weeks for the myasthenia gravis and the problems I was having with breathing, swallowing and talking thankfully are cleared up. However the double vision continues, and though the weakness in chewing is improved, there is stilgladnhelen.jpgl room for improvement. As much as I would love to sit down to a good steak, I don't think I could handle it yet unless it were one of those legendary melt-in-your-mouth types!

I have an appointment to see the specialist in Swansea tomorrow morning, and I think that he is going to make an adjustment in the medications. The plan is to get me off of steroids and onto something else, so please pray he have wisdom from the Lord to make the right decision. qday-family2014.jpg

Thank you so much for your concern and your prayers. We know that our lives are in God's hands and that as we press on into this priviledged calling to pray for this nation, He is watching over and caring for us!

The Lord gave Gladys a scripture for my brother this morning regarding healing, and I want to share it here as well and take it for ourselves and any others that may need a touch for the Lord in this area:

"Behold, I will bring it [the city] health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and will rebuild those places as at the first." Jeremiah 33:6-7

Trusting in He who alone is worthy,

Dick & Gladys


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Monday, May 12, 2014

A Word for the Heart of Wales...

gwaunvalley2014.jpgDear Praying Friends and Saints:

At the Ffald-y-Brenin Prayer Day last Tuesday, the first Tuesday every month, Roy shared a word that The Lord gave nearly eleven years ago at the Flames of Fire Conference in 2003. It was important for us to hear it again as it strikes such a chord with what we have been doing here all these years - nine years yesterday in fact!

This word was given during the singing of "I Hear Thy Welcome Voice" in Welsh, "Mi Glywaf Dyner Lais."
"The Heart of Wales is not an area of land in Mid Wales. lt is the Welsh-speaking community. The Welsh-speaking community is the Heart of Wales, and it holds a special place within My heart. "Return to Me, Heart of Wales, l have not finished with you. l love you. l have plans for you. How l love you, Heart of Wales. How l desire your worship. How l long to receive your prayers and commune with you once more. Turn to Me and live.
"Hear, land of Wales; pray for the Heart. Be reconciled with the Heart. Cry out to Me for the Heart.
"As the Heart returns to Me I will release blessings upon the whole nation.
"But seek Me first, not my blessings."
FyBbluebells2014.jpg    And I saw:
ln Wales, the land reverberated to the song as buried echoes were released;
ln heaven, there was a hush as angels bowed their heads in adoration of the Lamb;
ln hell, alarm bells went off and there was pandemonium.
And God said:
"This song is anointed as a vehicle of return for the Welsh community."
    Roy Godwin, 2003

In the context of this and many other prophetic words, a partial collection of which I've gathered here at the Words About Wales page, there is increasing sense of encouragement and expectancy among God's growing army of intercessors throughout the land. And of those that the Lord continues to bring from other nations to pray, both individuals and and groups, many carry this same awareness that "something" is happening. There is a group that has been coming to pray in North Wales from the USA for over ten years and always has found a stubbornly resistant hardness over the area. They were here just two weeks ago and immediately sensed that the hardness is now gone!

DFWgroup.jpgLast week we spent a day with a small group of leaders from a large church in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. With our friend Huw we met them in Swansea and took them to Moriah Chapel of the 1904 Revival where after some worship we listened to some of the history from a gentleman whose uncle traveled and sang with Evan Roberts. From there we drove to our house for lunch and fellowship, and then went to Cilfowyr chapel for an amazing time of prayer and worship - wonderful worship, and awesome prayers.  Here is a video clip that contains a spontaneous and moving rendition of the Lord's Prayer that we trust will bless you! 

During my readings in Isaiah last week I re-read this portion from the previous day. The phrase "From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty" appears three times in the chapter.
"This will be the end of their story,

To go into the clefts of the rocks, And into the crags of the rugged rocks, From the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty, When He arises to shake the earth mightily." Isaiah 2:21, (see also vs. 10, 19) (NKJV)
  (...to hide from the terror of God, from his dazzling presence, When he assumes his full stature on earth.  The Message)

This seemed highlighted to me as a specific and tactical prayer. So as we pray for the "Heart of Wales" and the rest of the nation, let us ask God to show the glory of His majestry that melts men's hearts of resistant and sin-bound hardness when He rises to shake the earth mightily. Verse 20 says, "In that day a man will cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold." And the Lord asks at the end of verse 22, "Of what account is he?" What modern idols drive God-less man today? May "... the terror of the Lord And the glory of His majesty..." break through the walls of worldly delusion, bring the senseless to their senses, and cause them to acknowledge Jesus as our only Saviour and steadfast hope forever!

Thank you for standing with this nation in prayer, and may the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you,

Dick & Gladys


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