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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Praying for the youth in Wales

Dear Friends & Prayers:

The other day I was working out in the cemetery, and sat down to rest a while. As I looked over the graves and thought about the descendants of the people buried here, I began to wonder where all the younger generation is today. They are certainly not in this chapel, or any of the other chapels that we've visited here. So I began to pray about this and was soon overcome by a great burden for all the young people of this area, and for the rest of Wales.

Where are they? What are they looking for? What do they want out of life? What do they think life is all about, or do they even think about it? Surely they want to enjoy life. They must want to be happy! They want to have nice things and be entertained. They want to have a good times and enjoy friends. They want to be accepted and liked and loved. And so they look for all these things, and don't ever find real satisfaction.

What came crystal clear to me as I prayed was the understanding of what they really long for. The most lasting satisfaction is knowing the love of God, and just being bathed in His presence. Knowing that we are accepted in the Beloved. And that is usually the very last place that most people look! And yet this is exactly what they need the most!

There is nothing that would draw young people to this chapel or others like it, unless God Himself intervene directly in their lives. There is no life in tradition, and the evidence is in all the emprty chapels and churches. And so as we continue our prayer here, we are can only rely on the Father to draw people to Jesus. We are powerless, but He is all-powerful. And so we rely on Him alone to fulfill His promises to pour out His Spirit on all flesh, and rejoice in the knowledge that He is faithful to perform all that He has said!

Much prayer is needed. So pray, pray pray! There are lots of groups that are coordinated and praying - great! There are many networks of prayers worldwide that pray for a core agenda and more - great! There are lots of small groups who have no connections with other groups - great! There are many individuals who pray by themselves with all their hearts - great! What's GREAT is that the Lord's heart for prayer is beating in His children, and that's what matters! He is orchestrating the whole thing, and we rejoice to be a part!

Thank you for praying with us for the young and not so young of Wales!

Dick & Gladys


Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Pray for a "Spirit of Prayer"

Dear Friends & Prayers:

This past week we've had beautiful weather, and are enjoying what seems to really be summer now. Besides our daily prayer times at the chapel, we have a regular first Tuesday monthly prayer day at Ffald-y-Brenin, a nearby Christian retreat center. We have made many wonderful friends there, and have been involved with this group since before we made or permanent move in 2005. Here we are accompanied by three friends from one of the local churches that we visit frequently. It has been a real blessing to come and pray freely with folks from different church backgrounds, and introduce friends to a wider circle of intercessors.

You will recall my mentioning the Celebration For The Nations a few times now. As the time for this event gets closer, preparatory prayer meetings have been picking up the pace. Last week there was prayer every evening in different churches in Llanelli where the event will take place from July 28 to August 4th. On Friday evening they had an outdoor meeting in a park, and there was quite a good turnout. Public awareness of this upcoming event is growing, and more and more people are getting involved. We have been really blessed and encouraged by the brethren that are working hard to organize this event, and discovering more and more people that are earnestly praying and believing for Revival as I mentioned last week.

I've been reading, Sounds from Heaven by Colin & Mary Peckham about the Hebrides revival of 1949, which I heartily recommend. One of many wonderful testimonies says, "A minister who visited there stated that at that time the very fields were hallowed. The sea was hallowed. Wherever people worked, they prayed. The place of solitude was precious to them. Prayer was not a burden, but a delight." And another one says, "There was a spirit of prayer everywhere, and that was actually the beginning of the revival."

So we are so glad and privileged to be a small part of the mighty things the Lord has prepared for the times ahead. We want to encourage you also to press into prayer along with us and countless others, not only in Wales but also around the globe. Wouldn't it be marvelous to see Christians everywhere caught up in a "spirit of prayer?" Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing."

In His wonderful grace,

Dick & Gladys


Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A Visit From Our Son!

Dear Friends & Prayers:

Last Monday was Gladys' birthday, and the best gift was having our youngest son here with us in Beulah! You haven't heard much from us recently because we've been enjoying having him here, and been busy catching up! He just graduated from college, and is looking for a position in Product Design in the Dallas area. And of course we are very proud of him! (see www.deckledesign.com)

Tuesday we drove to north Wales where some friends lent us their home for a few days. So we had a wonderful time of R&R, and did some exploring and sightseeing in parts of Wales we've never been before. Having this time with Dicky (he goes by Richard now) was very special, and we're extremely thankful for this opportunity. This morning we put him on a bus for Paris, France where he will meet friends and tour a bit of Europe. It was hard to let him go, but happily he'll be back with us for another few days before returning to the U.S. and joining the "real world" of job hunting and bill paying as a new college graduate!

This is such a beautiful land, and we continue to be amazed at the Lord's goodness in having us here. And as we drove around so many places, we saw the many, many chapels and churches that fill this land - evidence of a people that once were very conscious of the need for a right relationship with their Creator. And so our travels also served to widen our horizons and deepen the burden for this coming move of God in Wales. And our faith for revival continues to grow and flourish like the incredible greenery we see everywhere.

A recent email said "I came upon your website wondering if I was the only one believing for REVIVAL. in Wales again.When I read your story I was greatly encouraged. We are seeing those things as if they were and trusting God who has opened a door that no man can shut." And so we rejoice in what He is doing not only in our hearts, but also in the hearts of many others the Lord is stirring up into faith and prayer and action.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

In His marvelous love,

Dick & Gladys


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