Tomorrow Gladys goes in for her U.S. Citizenship interview. Please
keep her in your prayers to receive grace from the officials. We are
going to ask for special consideration to have her scheduled to take
the oath of Allegiance before we leave. Also please pray that all goes
according to plan with our house sale as schedule a week from today.
We will be moving into Grace's apartment with her this Saturday!
As our household goods diminish, and the piles of papers and files
in my office are vanishing away as I sort, sift and throw out, I
realize in the process how so much of the busyness of our lives is of
no lasting significance. It really all seems to boil down to those we
love, our family and friends, and those whose lives we have somehow
touched through God's grace with His love.
So as we go through this process , I see the goal is to simplify
and free ourselves of the many ties to our life here, and so be able
to move to our new home in Wales with little to distract us from our
work there. We joyfully see the fruit of labors here, our four
beautiful children, now young adults, and the many loved ones who
But now we can anticipate the joy yet to come as we open our
hearts to the new ones to love as the Lord open doors before us. Our
prayer is that we can keep things simple enough to have the workings
of His love in and through us far outweigh the busyness of the
practical matters of living in this world!
God bless us all!
Branson, Missouri to Tampa Bay, Florida
The pace is definitely picking up now. Last weekend we had a
great time in Missouri with new friends at the Elijah List Conference,
and were blessed by the preaching and teaching of Steve Schultz and
Kathie Walters. It was very refreshing, with wonderful worship and
presence of the Holy Spirit.
We had the opportunity to show our Wales Awakening DVD and many
people were touched by it, cheering a one point , and weeping at
others as the burden on the Lord's heart touched theirs. We received
promises of prayer support and perhaps some financial support as well.
But the most wonderful part is to see people encouraged to believe God
for bigger things. It dovetailed perfectly with the themes of the
Today a couple hours we take off for the Tampa bay area, to visit an
old Gospel Outreach friend and pastors Jerry & Mary Magliulo in
Newport Ritchie. They have recently started up a new style
church/coffeehouse ministry, and we look forward to our time with them.
Last night some folks from church came to take our bunk-beds, dining
table and chairs, and a sofa, so our house is looking emptier. And
tomorrow our daughter Grace with start moving things to her apartment
in uptown New Orleans, so this moving stuff is really looking serious!
We were supposed to go to closing on the house sale next Wednesday,
but that has been postponed a week or two as the buyers financing
package is held up a bit. Please just pray with us that all will
proceed without a hitch. We know it will, but it's nice to how your
prayers as well, that it go quicker than expected.
Thanks as always, and God bless each of you!
Wales Update - Jehovah Jireh, Our Provider!
Just a quick and joyful note to let you know that Sunday we received a
wonderful blessing from the Lord. I shared with our Verbo church here
at home. Most people have heard by now that we are leaving, but not
many knew the whole story. So I just testified of how the Lord first
showed me the vision of revival coming back to Wales and beyond 6
years ago. And then, how when we returned 3 years ago with friends
from church here, the Lord called me to go there and prayer every day
in the Cilfowyr Chapel.
I shared the precious burden of God's heart for the lost of that
beautiful land, many were touched and tears flowed with His love. I
had the opportunity to share several of the things the Lord has showed
us: the miraculous baptism in 1932 and the promise of a new and larger
At the end, another of the pastors come up and invited those that felt
led to help with our support to come forward for pledge cards and ask
questions. We were overwhelmed by the tremendous response, and were
crowded around by those want to help us. This wonderful manifestation
of everyone's love and support was of great encouragement to us, and
we are so thankful.
Afterwards when I looked over the cards, we received almost $1100 per
month! Wow, Lord, You are AWESOME! Among them was one real prayer
warrior, a sweet old lady from Guatemala, who is 89 years old, and who
has been praying for us since we arrived from Guatemala 16 years ago
with her sister who just turned 100!
We are now close to 50% of our projected budget! With just under 8
weeks left before our departure, tomorrow we head off towards
Branson, Missouri for the Elijah List Conference there this weekend,
and will stop and spend time with pastor Wayne Drain of Russellville,
Arkansas and a few of his co-pastors on the way. We have no idea of
what to expect other than to see God's love and care for us made more
and more evident as we move ahead. Thank you Jesus!
Minister's Entrance Visas for WALES!!
When I got home Wednesday afternoon, Gladys put our passports into my
hands. They had just come back from the British Consulate with OUR
VISAS!!!! Praise God for His wonderful goodness!! We are thrilled
once again at how he is lining things up so perfectly!
Then that evening we went to look at the apartment where our daughter
Grace will be living, and we will be with her for the month before we
leave for Wales. When we were just leaving, a car drove up and a young
man got out as was greeted by the owner. It turned out to be a friend
of Grace's from Loyola, whose brother owns the house next door. And
the brother's wife's sister also is another friend of Grace's! So
isn't that amazing that she is already has friends as next door
neighbors in this big city, even before she has moved in? This of
course is a great consolation to us to have her in a safe place with
people so close that love her. The Lord is awesome, and again we are
overwhelmed at his care for each detail!
Then yesterday morning I got a beautiful email from dear friends here
with a word from the Lord about obstacles melting away as we proceed.
"I understood your children to be well
established in all things as you continued on your journey to Wales. I
perceived you as not having a care in the world as it pertains to your
children, because they were left in the protective care of the Lord
Then he said,
"One of the obstacles I perceived was
the aspect of financial support. Then I understood the Lord has
already chosen those who must
respond to this
and they are not many, but they are those who will
faithful - not only to give, but
as equally importantly to
dependancy is not to lie in what you can see or have at your disposal,
but upon His UNSPEAKABLE RESOURCES."
Hardly an hour went by after I read this when I
received a call from the assistant pastor of a large church asking
where to send their monthly support checks to!
So again we are amazed, humbled, blessed and encouraged by what is a
constant inflow of evidence that we are in His perfect will. God is SO
GOOD! Oh that we might always remain pliable and willing to His every
instruction each day!
God bless your dearly as we press on together to be fruitful for Him
where he has each of us placed on this earth for His purposes!