Dear Friends and Prayers:
One of our dear friends, Julia, was taken to the hospital for increasingly bad headaches two weeks ago. And still they have not been able find what is wrong. She gradually has been getting more and more unresponsive to visitors, and I learned today from her husband that she has been unconscious since yesterday. She was moved to a different hospital where there are neurological specialists on hand for further analysis.
We've known this family since we first moved here four years ago. They gave us a place to stay for nearly two months while we were trying to find permanent lodging, and quickly become dear friends and prayer partners. We would be very grateful if you could uphold the whole family to the Lord. Their son is currently at university and their daughter is in high school, and we know this must be very difficult for them. Please pray that their faith be strengthened though this.
Also, could you please pray for our friend Diane, who has been struggling with either chronic fatigue syndrome or ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) for the past seven weeks. I just spoke with her and she is not getting any worse, but not making any improvement either. She is considering looking into some alternative medicine treatments and would be very thankful for our prayers for healing and guidance.
Finally, although Gladys has been doing much better over the last few months, just about ten days ago she began to feel her energy level diminish. Perhaps the good weather inspired too much work in the garden and she overdid it a little. And with travel just three weeks from today, she really could use a boost from the Lord!
A very sincere thank you, and may God's blessings abound in your lives!
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
God's goodness and loving kindness has again has left us blessed and overwhelmed.
Having spent the past few days with these amazing intercessory saints from South
Africa has been invigorating and touched us profoundly.
They came to West Wales with a single-minded determination to get as close
to the heart of God as they possibly could. I saw them this morning like a team
of wild horses pulling a plowshare deeply across the heart of this land in the
spirit, cutting down to where the living waters of revival lie waiting below
the surface. Their hunger for God's outpouring in Wales, South Africa and the
nations was wonderfully inspiring!
Sunday morning we accompanied them to St. Llwchaiarn's Church in New Quay where
Monique, sitting with Gladys, took part in a family service for Mother's Day
here. She shared a moving dance depicting a little girl responding to the invitation
of the Lion of Judah, embracing him in trust and adoration. They went on from
there to the Tabernacle Calvinistic Methodist Chapel where the first glimmerings
of the Welsh Revial started in early 1904. Afterwards we met again in our chapel
for a time of spontaneous worship and prayer.
On Monday morning we took them to Ffald-y-Brenin, a very special retreat center
in the Preseli Hills nearby. We no sooner arrived at the top of the hill than
they were out of the cars to behold the breathtaking views. They immediately
produced several incredibly beautiful prayer flags and were flying them in the
bracing wind and praying aloud. We could only join them, and they gave me a
flag that shows a huge white cross and multitudes of saints from every tongue,
tribe and nation dressed in white garments and worshiping the Lord in unison.
Here is one of the others that we thought was exceptional. As the wind raced
past us, it seemed all our collective cries and prayers and declarations of
the flags themselves were being drawn right around the world, joining in with
the prayers of thousands of saints worldwide!
Then we went out to a high knoll that overlooks the Gwaun Valley where we had
an incredible time at the foot of the cross. I'm sure the groanings and fiery
tears of our intercession rattled the gates of hell and loosened its grip on
this precious land. And as we embraced the rocks and the ground beneath us in
the agony of travail, we were also swept up into the resounding victory of Jesus
as He finished the eternal work of redemption at Calvary's hill.
We finished our visit there with another marvelous time of prayer and worship
annd just sitting in the presence of the Lord in the unique beehive chapel.
It was difficult to leave there, but we needed to have our lunch and move on
to our next "appointment".
Several times on Sunday, I felt strongly impressed upon by the Lord that I was
to take them to St. Govan's chapel on the southern coast of Pembrokeshire. So
when they told us Sunday night that they weren't "finished their assignment
yet", and driving the distance didn't deter them in the least, I knew this
was the right place. I'd never actually been there but have felt drawn towards
it for quite a while, and now surely this was God's time. And was it ever!
moment I looked over the edge down to this tiny chapel nestled into the rocks
dropping steeply down to the crashing surf below, I was overcome with an unexpected
surge of intense emotions. Suddenly aware of the monumental significance
of this place of prayer that was established fifteen centuries earlier, my knees
almost buckled under me as I realized that this surely must be the real birthplace
of the Welsh revivals! The humble man Govan spent the latter years of his life
here in a crude hermitage cell, praying and worshiping, preaching and sharing
the love of his Savior in this part of Wales.
By the time we got down to the tiny chapel, built by Govan's followers after
his death, we were almost breathless, not because of the climb, but rather the
impact this hallowed place had on us all. We spilled out the lower doorway onto
the descent down towards the waters edge, each of us scattered to a place of
solitude and wonder among the rocks and boulders as if by force of habit of
the very place itself. The pounding of the waves reverberated through the small
labyrinth of rocky towers and caves, as if lending themselves in unending accord
to the chorus of prayer and devotion that has saturated this place for centuries.
We each spent quite a long time alone there, caught up in solitary prayer and
I found myself standing in front of an old well halfway down the jumble of rock
to the water's edge. It was covered by a small stone dome about four feet high,
open on the side facing away from the sea. I leaned over the top and embraced
it, and with my head on one arm I could only weep. It was as if I became one
with the yearning of God's own heart throughout the ages for wayward sons and
daughters to come home to His embrace. The rushing wind and the sounding sea
were like the words of David in Psalm 42:7-8,
"Deep calls unto deep at the noise
of Your waterfalls;
All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life."
This expression of David's heart is the only reasonable response to the amazing invitation of our
loving God to forgiveness, acceptance and eternal life through Jesus His Son.
How can we possibly ever thank Him for His mercy and goodness?
I don't know details of what experiences the others had, but we were all profoundly
touched. Even if we had had the time, I doubt if any of us could have expressed
last night what the Lord did in each of our hearts throughout what was a most
amazing and blessed day!
After supper together in a restaurant in nearby Pembroke, we bid our wonderful
and much beloved South African prayer partners a reluctant farewell, and sent
them off to their next stop. This morning they met our friend Qday Lee of Celebration
For The Nations, and then went to spent time at Moriah Chapel where the 1904
revival broke out in power and swept through Wales and around the globe.
As always, thank you for your prayers your continued interest as we look to
the Lord together with fresh urgency for His presence.
Blessed and challenged beyond words,
Dick & Gladys
P.S. Celebration For The
Nations 2009 is coming up in July. Don't miss it!
Dear Friends & Prayers:
The most amazing thing happened this afternoon! We were on the way to visit
friends that have a bed & breakfast close by, and just before we went over
the bridge, my mobile phone rang. So I stopped to answer, recognizing the number
of the caretaker at the chapel, but the person who greeted me was a total stranger.
She said that herself and four other ladies had just come by the chapel to
look for us, and that they were visiting from South Africa! They wanted to know
if we were close by, and they could meet and pray and share with us. She also
asked if we knew of a place nearby where they could stay! Is the Lord great
how he sets things up or what? I had to laugh, and told them we on our way to
check out the B&B for them, and would meet them in 10 minutes at the chapel.
When we got up there, Meirion had let them in the chapel, and they were just
praying and looking around. When we stepped into the foyer, they came to meet
us and it was just such a joyful encounter. They quickly explained that the
Lord had directed them to England and Wales to intercede for the outpouring
of God. in the land, and that part of it was to look us up, as they had found
our web page before they came. They located the chapel, and so here they were
to pray with us! They had had no idea where exactly the chapel was, or where
they were going to stay, and yet their movements and ours could not have been
We spent nearly two hours sharing, praying and worshipping, and then praying
some more in what was just one of those wonderful times that the Holy Spirit
orchestrates. They prayed for us, and once again the Lord filled us to overflowing
with some powerful prophetic words, encouraging and strengthening us. One specific
prayer among many was for the Lord to fill us with His wisdom and discernment
of the times! And just two or three days ago I had been reading the first few
chapters in Proverbs and asking the Lord for those very things.
had to tear ourselves away because we needed to get them to the B&B and
were already were late. And then after a very warm greeting there with tea and
cakes, they invited us to join them for breakfast tomorrow and spend more time
together. So we will go with them to New Quay where they've been invited to
a church service to share a some of their ministry at a church whose vicar we
recently met. I've had a desire to go up there, but the opportunity didn't present
itself until a couple hours ago. And so we will also have a chance tomorrow
to pray for our new friends, as they would like to take back some Welsh "
treasure" of past and future revival fire to their own country. So please
pray with us for these commited intercessory saints and for South Africa!
So we are just blessed beyond belief, if there is such a thing. And we look forward
to tomorrow and beyond for more of what the Lord has in store for Wales and
Continually bolstered up by His amazing love,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Last Saturday's prayer meeting was a very special time in a beautiful place
with perfect weather! In this picture, the daffodils in the foreground are in
Cardiganshire, the hillside is in Pembrokeshire where we live, and the point
of land to the left is Carmarthenshire where the Cych joins the Teifi River.
Pastor Gareth Morris of Cilfowyr Chapel gave a warm welcome to the group of
about twenty intercessors from different parts of Wales. Then there was an initial
time of worship and prayer, followed by a brief perspective on our prayer objectives
for the day, and logistical information as to plans for moving between the three
Then in several cars we drove the few miles to a footbridge that crosses over
the Teifi between Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire. Gathered on the span with
a fine view the three counties, we began by a bit of worship and then released
prayers and declarations over this large area which comprises West Wales.
there we all walked into Cardiganshire where there were more targeted prayers
for that specific county. Scriptures were read and prophetic words were pronounced,
and the residents of that county were prayed for by the others present. Then
all together we prayed for the two neighboring counties across the rivers and
pronounced blessings of the knowledge of the Lord and revival into the hearts
the people of each one. From there we went to Pembrokeshire and then Carmarthenshire
and did basically the same for each locale.
Of course there was far more said and done than I could possibly cover in this
short space, or even remember. But one of the main focuses of our prayers was
for a genuine unity among the different groups of Christians in this area. This
is an issue that has affected the body of Christ not only here but everywhere,
and prayers for repentance and reconciliation were made with power and conviction.
Jesus addresses this very matter in His prayer in John 17:20-21, "I
do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through
their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;
that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me."
It is an important issue indeed, and I believe that the diverse collection of
people from different backgrounds all praying this together added strength to
wound up spending more time in each place than originally planned, which was
really a blessing, and evidence that the agenda was the Lord's. From our last
stop, we all returned to the chapel for lunch, and then met again to share impressions
that different ones received. Then we took communion together which was wonderfully
significant in light of what we had accomplished. At that point I was given
the opportunity to briefly share how the Lord first showed me a vision of the
coming Welsh Revival in 1999 and then how He subsequently called us here to
pray. It is always moving for me to recount the amazing story that has had us
here for nearly four years now!
For both Gladys and I, the time in the chapel was a tremendous blessing and
encouragement. After sharing, we were prayed over by everyone and received a
real strengthening and affirmation in the Lord through prophetic words and the
love of the brethren. Just to have a gathering of such dedicated prayers and
intercessors in our own little corner of Wales where we pray every day was more
blessing than I can find words to express here.
Our heartfelt thanks to all who came, and also to those of you who regularly
pray for us and for Wales from many nations around the world.
In the hollow of His hand,
Dick & Gladys
Dear Friends and Prayers:
Last month I mentioned the Tri-County prayer meeting this coming Saturday, and so we are busy this week getting things tidied up at the chapel. The members have kindly allowed us to use the facilities for the occasion. This is the vestry is where we'll gather for refreshments and fellowship between sessions.
We are looking forward to what will be a day of prayer and worship focused primarily on West Wales. It is particularly encouraging to us to be joined here by many intercessors from other areas in Wales. We know the Lord has specific plans for this area - that is the very reason we have been brought here. So we believe that this singular event will make a significant and powerful contribution His work here.
Something else we are looking forward to now is an upcoming visit back to the U.S. After having to delay the trip we had planned over Christmas, Gladys is doing much better and so we've made arrangements to spend a few weeks in Louisiana to visit our son and our church and friends. From there we will be in Washington, DC to visit our daughter who has been there since last June, and then to visit our youngest in North Carolina where he moved a year ago. Gladys also has relatives in the Washington area so that will make it especially fun for her. And I hope to have a chance to see my own brother and sister who we haven't seen for a couple of years now. How time flies!
Besides these things, is one more thing that we are looking forward to even more! And that is the day when the Lord breaks forth in power upon this land and the knowledge of His presence covers the earth like the waters cover the sea. The crashing of even small waves in a calm sea against this rocky coast nearby is awe-inspiring. You can imagine what this might look like when the surf is really big! And the tremendous sound it makes is a breathtaking reminder of His unlimited power.
It is sobering to consider the amazing sacrifice of such an awesome and omnipotent God who came in mercy to rescue the peoples of the earth. And it is wonderful to know that our prayers and hopes and future are linked to His plans of redemption for all that would turn to Him.
Thank you for your prayers, interest and support as we look to Him in expectation of things to come.
May the Light of Life shine in your hearts always,
Dick & Gladys