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Friday, September 23, 2022

Forty-nine years ago the Lord Jesus changed my life forever!

Boiling world and troubled history in picturesDear Praying Friends,

Forty-nine years ago today my life and eternity were changed forever! I received the priceless gift of salvation at The Lord's Land near Mendocino, California, amidst a staggering conviction of my sin and an overwhelming revelation of God's total forgiveness, unfathomable goodness, and boundless and exhilarating love. I found myself surrounded by my new brothers and sisters praying and worshiping God when I "came to", and it has been an incredibly blessed and adventurous life ever since.

After five years the Lord had a wonderful surprise for us and Gladys and I were married, and the rest, as they say, is history. And now, somehow we find ourselves arriving in our golden years, and we can only marvel at all that God has done for us. His faithfulness and sustenance have kept us thus far, and our times securely are in His hands.

These words of David in Psalms 73:25-6,28 take on a profound new significance at this stage of the game. "Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever... But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.

A great place to start an adventure!From our early days in our Christian community in Guatemala to amazing groups of praying saints that have shared with us here in Wales, we have experienced the power of these words in Psalm 74:12, "For God is my King from of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth." Storm Eunice from the west into EuropeAnd as we continue in prayer with millions of saints around the world for revival, we know He is working in the foreground and behind the scenes to bring people to Himself.

Two weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit with a very dear old friend from those early days in California, and then, in response to a very kind invitation, we got to spend several days with friends in North Wales. We realized it was the first opportunity that we've had any time away since we moved into our new home in August last year. The mountainous surroundings are stunning, and we couldn't get enough of the views and walks in the open air. Storm Eunice from the west into EuropeWe arrived home tired but refreshed, and hope to be able to spend more time in the north to visit more friends and be mutually encouraged in the Lord as we see the day approaching.

We look forward to what the Lord has prepared in the days and years ahead. As the instability of the world around us plunges onward, we grow more secure and thankful for the fact that our lives are in his hands and that "God is the strength of our hearts and our portion forever."
It is this amazing reality of eternity with God that is the goal of our prayers and longing for the coming outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh. Our bodies are showing the telltale signs of age, and we continue with challenges as do most folks that have made it this far. Nobody told us when we started out on this adventure with Jesus that the closer we come to the pearly gates, the bumpier the road gets!

But even so, "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal."

Thank you for redeeming the time with us in prayer for Wales and the nations, that all might know the love of Jesus Christ for themselves forever,

Dick & Gladys


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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

For we have not passed this way before!

Spring discoveries in our new garden
in Betws Ifan!Dear Friends & Prayers:

When the Hebrews were about to cross over the Jordan into the promised land, they were given apparently contradictory instructions. "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, ...then you shall set out from your place and go after it... Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way before." Joshua 3:3-4

It seems that the Lord's instructions to Joshua apply to our times as well. I can't remember a period when there has been so much turbulence and unrest in so many places around the world, and it can be quite unsettling. I don't need to elaborate on this as we are all aware of it.

And it is from this place where we have not been before that our instruction is clear—to keep our eyes on the Lord. We are invited and commissioned to stay in close fellowship with Him at all times, although He might appear to be miles away from our personal, social, or national circumstances. That is part of the glorious mystery of belonging to Him.

Another important application of not having passed this way before is our ongoing prayer for revival. We carry a yearning in our hearts for people to know Jesus for themselves. This is what the Lord also desires as we read in 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is... not willing that any should perish but that all The annual harvest next to CIlfowyr Chapelshould come to repentance." He longs for them to embrace His son. We don't yet know when the extraordinary coming move of God will happen or what it will look like, but we know Who does, and so just try to stay as close as we can. It's kind of like Joshua not wanting to leave the tabernacle, even when Moses went back to camp for lunch, in case he might miss "something." (Exodus 33:8)

There is a beautiful phrase in Psalm 32:8, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." How exactly that works is also part of the mystery, but as the indwelling Holy Spirit instructs our hearts and thoughts, He also can show us spiritual things through our natural eyes. Think about words of knowledge as we pray for someone or visions the Lord might give that come through a particular scene or view. It was just such an experience the Lord gave me in 1999 that led to us moving here in 2005.

Shown at James Nesbit's (https://jnesbit.com/) presentation
at Tribe Quantum Live 2022, https://youtu.be/jhjWfTihums?t=1638I can't resist the urge to include this stunning image of the final harvest. It was part of a presentation by prophetic artist James Nesbit during a recent worship and teaching gathering in Alabama that we heard about from friends here in Wales. You can watch the evening session from Tribe Quantum Live 2022 on YouTube at this link.

As each of us forges ahead in the path God has set out for us, it is wonderful to know that we all are participants in preparing for gathering the coming harvest in one way or another. The scriptures are so full of wisdom and encouragement along the way, and the stories and testimonies are better than any vitamins!

Speaking of testimonies, I've recently gotten a book called The Welsh Revival, Its Origin and Development. It is about the beginnings of the 1859 revival and was written by Thomas Phillips in 1860 who experienced it firsthand and records testimonies of many others. Here's a brief sample that also describes places not passed through before.

“The next Sabbath day Mr Morgan heard Mr Jones preach from 'Woe to them that are at ease in Zion;' and this sermon took so strong a hold of Mr Morgan's mind, that he was at once aroused to the work. Teifi River at lowest point in
years at Cenarth FallsA person who was present at this service writes: ‘There was no visible effect during the preaching of this sermon; and in the society afterwards, Mr Jones said he had found it very hard to preach. One of the elders got up and said it was a very difficult thing for a man to say 'Amen’, under a ministry which he felt condemning him; and as he said these words he sat down as if fainting away. At this moment, there was something (I cannot say what it was, but that it was something that neither I nor any one else present had ever felt before) went through the whole congregation, until every one put down his head and wept!”

I have since discovered that the entire book is available to read online through Google Books, and have just added a link to it on the Resources page that I'm slowly developing on our website at https://walesawakening.org/resources. It is always uplifting to see how when the tide of living water is running low in the church, the Lord's faithfulness meets us at our point of need.

One last note about unfamiliar roads. Both Gladys and I are facing ongoing health challenges, and we really would appreciate your prayers for us in this area. (I'll be happy to supply more details on request.) When we started off on this amazing journey of faith all those years ago, we didn't realize that the closer we come to the pearly gates, the bumpier the road gets!

Thank you for your labors together with us for the coming fulfillment of God's rock-solid promises. "'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.' But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God." (1 Cor 2:9-10 NKJV)

Dick & Gladys


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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Moses's divine shine, and discipleship for "The New Dark Ages"...

Moses in the bulrushes by Konstatin Favitsky, circ.1858

Dear Friends and Praying Saints:

Reading through Stephen's spirit-led account of the patriarchs' history in Acts 7 yesterday morning, I was struck by verses 20-21. "At this time Moses was born; and he was well pleasing to God. And he was brought up for three months in his father's house, and when he was set outside, Pharaoh's daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son." There was something special about this child that made him so beautiful and attractive to the princess that she took him home. The more I considered and prayed about this, the more I was drawn into a deeper picture.

The precious seed of God's purpose and destiny in Moses paints a prophetic picture or type of Christ coming to save His people. It was this fact of his being beautiful in God's sight (NIV) that overcame any of the many practical reasons why the princess should not have taken him in as her adoptive son. It was the divine shine of God's pleasure in him that captured her heart.

Then I began to consider this characteristic of being well pleasing to God in our own lives. The amazing reality is that we all have the seal of God's love on us. What an enormous privilege that we can actually please Him. Here's the bigger picture. When one of the disciples asks Jesus how He will manifest Himself to them, he answers him in John 14:23, "'If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.'" The key here, of course, is the "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word..."

This is the heart of discipleship – Jesus says in Mark 8:34, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." He and His father dwelling in us and taking pleasure in our company are the source of our "divine shine."

Iris Ministries' Harvest School of Missions at MwntWe have been delightfully invaded recently by two more groups who were shining brightly for Jesus. Their determination to become disciples of Jesus is readily apparent and their joy and dedication are explosive. These are people who are sold out for Jesus and whose hearts are filled with a hunger and thirst for righteousness.

Harvest School of Missions at CilfowyrThe first group is from Iris Ministries' Harvest School of Missions, and this was the last week of this three-week phase of training here in Wales. Their first three weeks were spent in Mexico, and Sunday they traveled north to Scotland for their final three weeks there. They are currently on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides for three days of worship and prayer. What a powerhouse of discipleship in action!

Pastors group from USA and UK at BlaenannerchThen on Thursday, we had a quite spontaneous visit from a group of pastors mostly from the USA. They had gotten in touch with a friend from Swansea, a recent student at the Bible College of Wales, who asked if I could share an overview of what took place at Blaenannerch with Evan Roberts.

It has been an action-packed few weeks, and it seems things are beginning to get back into motion as the pandemic thankfully fades away. As good as that may be, the world seems to continue its downward spiral into spiritual darkness — confusion, barbaric warfare and displacement of millions, division, deception, and distrust are profoundly shaking the world around us. People desperately need the truth and love of Jesus to attach them to God's eternal plan of salvation.

Thank you for praying with us for the "new normal" for the Body of Christ. In the words of Jesus, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Dick & Gladys


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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

How do a circus and holiness go together?

The circus comes to Cardigan every now and then!Dear Friends and Praying Saints:

As I came around this turn on my way into Cardigan the weekend before last, this scene made an interesting impression on me. It was a hazy day and the bright colors of the circus tent made a strong contrast against the dull and humdrum life of the villages and surrounding farmland—the somberness of day-to-day life set against the gaiety and good times of a real circus.

We all know that sometimes the reality of life in the world around us can be harsh and tiring. We also know that much of the fun and entertainment of a circus is contrived and artificial. Many of the happy-looking members of those employed there are far from being really happy inside.

Then it came to me that this actually makes a good picture of our lives in God's family and members of the Kingdom of God. The real picture is what God's word says in Psalm 16:11, "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." And Jesus says in John 11:25-26, "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?'"

Many people that haven't yet had a personal encounter with the living God consider us Christians as if we live in our own "circus" of man-made collective fantasy. However, the sobering reality is accurately summed up by Jesus' stunning response to Nicodemus' statement in John 3:2-3, "This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, 'Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.' Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'"

It is precisely this reality of today's sin-torn world that comes weighing in on me frequently. The other day I fell apart while reading through Psalm 119 when I got to verse 53, "Indignation has taken hold of me because of the wicked, who forsake Your law." The vast majority of the latest bad news stories are the product of people"... who forsake Your law." I found Charles Spurgeon's comment on this verse to be particularly relevant and challenging.

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem (taken from
https://achristianpilgrim.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/jesus-weeps-over-jerusalem-luke-1941-44/)My soul, do you feel this holy shuddering at the sins
of others? For otherwise you lack inward holiness.
David's cheeks were wet with rivers of waters
because of prevailing unholiness; Jeremiah desired
eyes like fountains that he might lament the iniquities
of Israel, and Lot was vexed with the conversation of the men of Sodom. Those upon whom the mark was set in Ezekiel's vision were those who sighed and cried for the abominations of Jerusalem. It cannot but grieve gracious souls to see what pains men take to go to hell. Sin makes the righteous shudder because it violates a holy law which is in every man's highest interest to keep; it pulls down the pillars of the commonwealth...
Sin to a believer is horrible because it crucified the Savior; he sees in every iniquity the nails and spear....
It is an awful thing to insult God to His face. The good God deserves better treatment, the great God claims it, and the just God will have it, or repay His adversary to his face. An awakened heart trembles at the audacity of sin, and stands alarmed at the contemplation of its punishment.
How monstrous a thing is rebellion! My soul, never laugh at sin's fooleries, lest it comes to smile at sin itself. It is your enemy and your Lord's enemy--view it with detestation, for so only can you evidence the possession of holiness, without which no man can see the Lord.

TearsSpending precious worship and prayer time at Blaenannerch
Chapel flowed freely the week before last when we met with a group at the chapel in Blaenannerch where Evan Roberts had his life-changing encounter with God that became the catalyst for the Welsh Revival of 1904. There was ample evidence of the workings of God's holiness in powerful intercessory prayer for revival in Wales and the nations.

It was such a joy and privilege to receive these folks from Youth With A Mission who came from Longview, Washington, as part of their training outreach. This was the first time we've had a group visit since before the pandemic forced the world into lockdown in March of 2020. They wanted to visit some of the main revival sites in our area and asked if I could share a bit about what took place here.

Washington State YWAM team at Blaenannerch ChapelIt was wonderful for us to take part in spirit-led prayers and worship with this many people again after more than two years. Their hunger for the Lord and their disposition to serve Him with their lives, and especially in missions, were like vitamins to our souls and great encouragement to our spirits. As we meet more and more of the family of God, once again experience the truth of Psalm 16:3, "As for the saints who are on the earth, 'They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.'"

The icing on the cake was having this on-fire group come and spend time with us in our own home chapel. After telling about our calling and some of our experiences here, they prayed for us for our further work. We are still overflowing with the tremendous blessing it was for us and are extremely thankful to the Lord for such a precious time.

We pray and trust that this update blesses and encourages you and fires us all up to press into the coming of the Kingdom together,

Dick & Gladys


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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Lessons in surrounding nature can help our hearts for effective prayer...

Looking across the Teifi Valley towards Cilfowyr ChapelDear Praying Saints and Intercessors:

These words from Psalm 104:13-15 have taken on a real life of their own as the growing and mowing season is in full swing everywhere around us.

He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,
And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.

Non-stop activity fills the countryside with reminders that the Lord is our provider and without His activity there would be no life whatsoever on this planet we call home. The smell this morning of the hay they are mowing in the fields across the road is wonderful—I wish I could send some along as an attachment! Delicate scents of Some of the first foxgloves of the season!wildflowers and vines and flowering trees along the lanes are lovely indeed. And... there are other farmland fragrances best left unmentioned. (Oops!)

Amazing skies in late springWe have had some amazing weather in recent weeks with stunning skies and clouds, making it nearly impossible to stay at home when free moments present themselves. Temperatures are still a bit chilly for this season, but that doesn't hold us back. We are truly blessed to have so much beauty close by us.

Anywhere we walk or drive, our admiration for God's handiwork carries with it the longing in our hearts for people to acknowledge Him as creator and saviour, and embrace the gift of eternal life in Jesus. The constant theme is stated clearly in in 2 Peter 3:9 that God "... is not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." That is one of the layers of the bedrock and foundation of our prayers for revival.

In part by our sharing about the baptism at the members meeting a few weeks ago, once again I've found myself motivated to start cleaning up the baptistry. It has been nearly three years since I did it the last time, and everything was wildly overgrown. Add to that the several seasons' worth of fallen leaves and dead branches, and moreso as a result of recent wind storms and ash dieback disease that is wreaking havoc Baptistry spring cleaning, with evicted froglet!among the U.K.'s native ash species, there is plenty to do.

Having grown up in Maryland farmland with our springhouse on the hillside across Winters Run that needed cleaning out every few years, I am quite enjoying myself. The inch or two of debris and mud had become home to a few frogs that I've put into the little stream flowing beside the baptistry, and the centuries-old cast iron fence hasn't been painted for a few decades so that seems to be on the list as well.

Another thing that has "spoken" to me is the source of the water here. It comes through underground channels from the fields above the chapel, and mostly comes from the ivy-covered stone wall at the back of the little glen. But now some of it has shifted around to the left where I've cut down the tall weeds, so I will have do something to steer it back around towards the collecting tank at the foot of the wall which feeds the baptistry.

It makes a good picture of how we invest our time with the Lord. It is obviously important to have a daily routine established, but we can't just do the same thing year in and year out or it easily becomes just a habit but doesn't really touch our heart and nourish our spirit. We have to dig and explore a little to find that newness of His presence that awaits us morning by morning. God is the author of creativity and is not static in His relationship with us. I love the words of Solomon in Proverbs 25:2, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search it out." I think He delights in our searching and His being "found!"

And there is even more delight in His heart when a non-believer "comes to repentance" and is found by Him! May the Lord bless you as we press in together for the coming harvest,

Dick & Gladys


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