Friends and Prayers:
While at the Royal Welsh Show last Tuesday, we received some great news from
our daughter Grace. She was offered a one year internship with Feed The Children
and will be moving to Rome, Italy to work with their office there! She is so
excited, and relieved to find work at last, because she finishes her year with
World Vision this Friday. And then we were further delighted to hear from her
again to say that they've asked her to spend a few days with their staff in
London, so we'll get to see her in a couple of weeks. Thank you Jesus! And thank
you for praying for her - the Lord is so faithful, and never too late!
four days at the show were really good fun, and we met some wonderful people.
It was by far the largest crowd that we've seen all in one place in Wales. The
town of Builth Wells, whose population is less than three thousand, was overrun
by 220,000 people who visited the show during the week. This picture shows just
one "block" along one of nearly twenty avenues. The grounds are massive,
but even with so many places to be, it was still crowded everywhere as you can
There was certainly plenty to see and do for entertainment. Several arenas
were busy all day with diverse activites, and there were huge livestock
displays. There were things to buy from hundreds upon hundreds of stands
selling everything under the sun, and eating places on every corner. Several
times as I wandered among the throngs of people I was reminded of the verse
in Matthew 9:36 "But when He saw the multitudes,
He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered,
like sheep having no shepherd."
so it is for the vast majority of people here. They are wandering through life
with no knowledge of a loving Saviour whose desire is to bring them to Himself
and give them eternal life. The busyness of life is like an endless chain of
activities and diversions, with its accompanying joys and sorrows. But without
the relationship with Jesus Christ as the foundation for their lives, it is
all just "vanity and grasping for the wind"
as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes.
Among all this hustle and bustle there were four different Christian outreaches
to the crowds. We took part in this hospitality tent, where people were welcomed
to have a hot drink and just sit down and rest after endless walking throughout the
grounds. It was an opportunity to just be friendly to folks and offer easy conversation
or a listening ear. There were opportunities to pray for people and share the
gospel as led and many seeds were sown. It was also a blessing to share encouragement
and comfort with believers came in to chat.
Gladys' easy way with people and boldness to speak what Welsh she knows with
people made for many fun encounters. And my "American accent" almost
invariably leads to the (loaded) question of "What brings you to Wales?"
So there is an open door to talk about Jesus and His workings in this "Land
of Revivals." I'm still amazed
at how many church-going people know nothing of the mighty move of God here
just over one hundred years ago.
Though we did see some beautiful sunny weather, mostly it was raining and wet.
Today I had to smile when I heard someone refer to "Welsh liquid sunshine".
By the end of the show, things were pretty sloppy. The thousands of cars were
parked well outside of town in different farmers' fields and people were bussed
in to the showgrounds. Here you can appreciate how muddy things got. Nary a
problem though as tractors were on hand to tow cars out of (or into) the parking
Thursday afternoon we drove down to Llanelli in South Wales to take part in
the third Celebration For The Nations. After the press of the crowds and the
noise of the Royal Welsh Show, it was a wonderful change of scene. Here were
hundreds of fellow believers gathered together to worship the triumphant Lord
of Lords and to pray for His kingdom to break into Wales and the nations this
again there was a large contingent of mostly young believers who came from South
Korea for this event, as well as many from other nations. Although we missed
most of the eight day event, it was a great blessing and encouragement for us
to catch the last couple of meetings. Friday's final meeting was a time for
special prayers for groups going out from here on different mission trips. Those
being prayed for here were being sent to China and Tibet. Among the groups prayed
for were those living here in Wales. And so we were really blessed to not only
pray for others, but to receive prayer from these saints so filled with the
presence of God and the determination to be tools in His hands wherever he choose
to lead them.
Thank you again for your continued prayers as God unveals His plans for the
nations. And please remember those whose lives were touched by God's love in
both of these events, and especially for those that are going out from here on missions
trips in the days ahead.
So glad to be a part of His family on earth,
Dick & Gladys
Friends & Prayers:
Here is Blaenau Ffestiniog again. I just want to ask you to please remember
to pray specifically for this town. We know something is going on - it came
up again today more than once. Look at an email I received this morning from
some other "strangers". I just had to pass it on!
Dear Dick and Gladys,
I am sitting here absolutely gob-smacked. By an amazing God who weaves the
threads and never ceases to amaze us! We have been back barely a week from
Spain - the country that God has really laid on our hearts - and my husband
was watching the "Transformations" DVD again this afternoon, and
in particular commenting on Guatemala..... and again encouraged by the way
God answers fervent prevailing prayer.
A phone conversation with a friend last night led me by a very circuitous
route to your website, and immediately we felt a spiritual kinship. We too
go back to 1972! The Jesus movement!!! Those days of fervent intercessions
and seeing God moving in answer to prayer; learning to walk in the Spirit,
the excitement of living in heaven on earth. And the names from then, Arthur
... Now 37 years on my husband has just retired, and for some time we have
been being led back to that place of deep intercessory prayers which we 'grew
up' in, and excited at finding so many others also being led the same way,
KNOWING and SEEING without shadow of doubt that God has this nation (Wales)
on His heart for such an outpouring of His Spirit.
And now we find you in Wales!!! Just today we were talking about friends who
moved to BLAENAU FFESTINIOG at the end of last year feeling that was where
God wanted them...........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We watched your video an hour ago, and just knew your heart -
I have now that funny kind of feeling of "Divine Appointment" that
comes when God causes two cells to cross paths........
WHAT A MIGHTY GOD!!
This is a funny kind of email, but am sure you understand that I just had
to make contact, I don't know where this is leading, but I sure sense the
Shepherd here! Blessings, In Yeshua,
Jill and Mike
So as you can see, there are more connections happening and it is just amazing
to watch the Lord continue to put things in place. This week is the Celebration
for the Nations in Llanelli, and afterwards we will be having a few young Koreans
staying with us for four days to share in what we are doing. These kids are
simply on fire for Jesus and wanting to go "do the stuff." Besides
praying with us in the chapel, we are planning to take them up to Blaenau Ffestiniog
on the first weekend in August and walk and pray in the town, talk with
people and see what else the Lord leads us into, so we covet your prayers for
after the monthly meeting at Cilfowyr, Gladys and I head north to the Royal
Welsh Show in Builth Wells. It is like a glorified old-fashioned county fair
but is nationwide and draws well over 200,000 people. A large portion of the
farming population attend and it has everything there that has to do with Welsh
Last fall we were invited to take part in a team of Christians that
do ministry during the four days of the show. They have a large tent on the
grounds and they give hospitality, a listening ear and offer prayer to people.
A number of people gave their lives to Jesus last year and many people received
prayer for healing and also for the Lord to meet their particular needs. This outreach
is a wonderful opportunity to witness of God's love and plan of redemption,
so we are grateful for all your prayers for this activity too.
Later on in the week we plan to be in the final meetings of the Celebration
also, so we trust it will be a busy and fruitful time.
Thank you so very much for your prayer support.
In His unceasing grace,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Once again we have been encouraged and strengthened by visits from "strangers"
and rejoice to see how the Lord is calling so many praying saints and intercessors
into active duty. This group got in touch with us a few weeks ago and so we
met up last weekend at "Thunder on the Mountain" in the Preselis.
After that prayer and worship event finished Sunday at noontime, they came to
our house for a visit. They also did a video conference with their congregation who were in their
Sunday morning meeting in Sarasota, Florida. We were even asked to give them
a greeting also!
Then we took them to visit our chapel, and had a really wonderful time there
praying and singing. It was a blessing to have such a fervent injection of crying
out to the Lord for His
intervention in this land of Wales. From there we went to the nearby chapel
in Blaenannerch where Evan Roberts cried out "Bend me, oh Lord" in
1904. This chapel has a steady stream of visitors because of what took place
there so many years ago.
And so we joined in the flow of heartfelt prayers and longing after God that
has been deposited here over the years. We were all deeply moved and invited
the Lord to continue to bend us and make us useful vessels of His mercy to a
needy world. Karise, one of the group, shared a powerful
song that helped set the tone for our prayers together.
After an amazing weekend, Gladys and I drove north again on Tuesday to the
town of Blaenau Ffestiniog that I've mentioned before. We didn't really know what
to expect, and mainly we went just to explore a bit, and try to find what more,
if anything, the Lord would show us about the experience I had there just weeks
earlier. Not knowing where to start, we drove though the town center and then
found a place to park on the far end of the village.
to a very old chapel near where we stopped, we found that it had been converted
into a sculptor's studio some forty years earlier. There was a man working inside
who kindly showed us around and told us of this chapel's demise. I asked him
if he grew up in a chapel-going family, and he said yes. When I asked if he
was believer, he said he hadn't been to a chapel in years. I repeated my question,
and he said, "I suppose I am", with a bit of uncertainty. I told him
that God hasn't forgotten his village, and that we believe He is poised to do
something remarkable in this village and this nation once again.
I had another conversation with an elderly gentleman I met. He still goes to
chapel, and commented that more people should do so. But he didn't seem to understand
when I talked about having a daily relationship with the living God rather than
just weekly attendance to a chapel meeting. He is one of a relatively small group
that still bother to go at all. Please help us pray for those that have given
up chapel but haven't given up their faith.
the photo above, Gladys and I are standing at the first flat place of one of
the old mining "inclines". Interestingly enough, we climbed up past
this very place when we were here on a month-long exploratory trip over six
years ago when we came to seek the Lord about moving to Wales. I remember going up through
these abandoned places, literally surrounded by mountains of evidence of long-ceased
labors, and pondering how the vitality has all but vanished from here. Little
did I know then that the Lord would bring us back to this very spot, and have
us crying out for the breaking forth of His grace and glory that I saw so clearly
just three weeks ago.
One precious connection the Lord made for us was with Ken, standing with Gladys
lower down on the same incline. (In the heyday of mining here in the late 1800's,
men and materials would go up and down on sledges or trams.) Ken lived in this
village for thirty years, and knows everyone and they all know him. He has prayed
for and preached the word to practically everyone here at some time or another.
Being a runner most of his life, he trained by running up and down these hills
for years and knows the whole area better than most.
It was a real privilege for us to go up into these areas and pray with him.
And he was greatly encouraged also to hear what the Lord had shown me, and was
all too glad to spend time with us praying and proclaiming God's word over the
town and its inhabitants. He knows most of the believers in the village and
that may prove a real asset in times ahead.
We spent our second night with Ken and his wife where they recently moved on
the coast about ten miles away. And that evening we joined them and a small
but fiery group of prayers in a church hall in the village of Llanbedrog out
on the Llyn
Peninsula. It was delightful to hear
such hearty singing coming from the building as we approached, as well as surprising
to find just a few inside! It seemed like heaven must have sent reinforcements
for the choir! I know that the prayers of this small group of saints are having
an impact in the heavenly realms over North Wales, and we found it wonderfully
refreshing to discover such a company of stalwart troopers!
Although we still don't have any clearer understanding about the "cloud
of revival glory" the Lord showed me hanging closely over this area, it
is clear that God is preparing the way through prayer! This is just one more
group with whom we've come in contact and who are tenaciously crying out to
the Lord of the harvest for the manifestation of His Kingdom on earth.
Pressing in for His blessing on Wales,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
In spite of a few showers, clear skies prevailed above and clear cries of worship,
intercession and prophetic declarations prevailed in this farmer's field below.
With marvelous views of green countryside in central Pembrokeshire, the heavens
resounded with worship and warfare, dance and triumph of God's glorious Kingdom
in this land.
This 24 hour event is going on through the night as I write this, and helps
bring the wind of the Spirit to fill the sails of our Caption's ship. Organized
by a local church and a group of worshippers and intercessors from the U.S.,
together with a host of worship teams from south and west Wales, well over a
hundred people turned out to give this event a powerful impact on the land.
The mood was jubilant and the music
uplifting, dispelling any doubt that God is sovereignly at work in this place
and I were delighted to find that among the groups that came from America there
werea few people from Argentina, and a young man from Mexico whose parents are
misisonaries! It didn't take long for us to connect with the ones from Argentina,
whose English was very limited. After nearly a week, they were overjoyed to
find someone they could really talk with.
They clung to us like glue after being in a strange land with a strange tongue!
It was really healt-warming to find ourselves like a refuge for them as they
poured out their hearts about things the Lord has been showing them while here,
and how they were drawn to Wales in the first place. We are continually amazed
how He moves people around and has everything perfectly coordinated, and it
is such a joy to encounter those that He puts in our path.
to some of the local people in the area think this is just another event taking
place here today, like another larger one a few fields away from here. But we
know that "the weapons of our warfare are not carnal
but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and
every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God..." 1
Cor.10:4-5. There is a lot more going on here than meets the eye, and it's fruit
is very sweet to the taste!
Next week we will be going back to North Wales to spent a couple days praying
in and around the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog that I mentioned in my June 25th
update. So we cover your prayers as we seek the Lord about what His plans are
for that place. The Lord has already given us few connections there, and so
want to be a blessing to them, and take them some much needed encouragement.
We greatly appreciate your prayers that the Holy Spirit guide our steps and
give us His words and wisdom for each and every encounter.
In the great love of Jesus for you and for Wales,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Another very full week has flown by, and I hardly know where to begin. First,
I'd like to share a little more about our weekend in North Wales. There is now
a report about the prayer gathering in Cwystwyth on June 20th at the Wales
Awake! website. Then on that Sunday night, we stayed with our friends Wynn
and Netta who have a farm with sheep and beautiful shire horses. Her great grandfather,
Dafydd Morgan, was instrumental in the 1859 revival that swept through Cwmystwyth
wasn't just domesticated animals that we saw either. I didn't know there were
elephants in North Wales, but did manage to catch a shot of this colorful one
trying to hide in the flowers on the hills overlooking Penmanmawr! Isn't the
Lord's artwork amazing?
Then last weekend we had a wonderful visit by Tim and Cheryl from Iowa. In
March they returned via London from a trip to Israel, and when they flew over
Wales and Ireland they were both impressed upon by the Lord with a strong sense
that they needed to come here. On
their return home, they looked up the Welsh Revival and found out about our
intercessory work here, and felt compelled to get in touch with us. And the
result was that we were their first visit a series of contacts in Europe.
They arrived Friday and we took them to St. Govan's Chapel that we visited
in April with our South African intercessor friends, and they received a mighty
blessing there as did we. It was precious to see the tears flow freely with
a longing for God's grace once again pour out on this land and the other nations
of Europe that God has laid on their hearts. It was a great blessing and encouragement
for us to meet more of God's people with His heart for the nations!
While visiting with friends when we passed through Chicago on our way home,
The question came up of why God chose Wales for so many revivals throughout
the years. At the time, I didn't know the answer, but as we sat praying just
below the chapel in glorious sunny weather, I suddenly received the answer.
It was because of the sincere and intense sacrifices of prayer for Wales that
started in this very place nearly 1500 years ago!
This coming weekend is another busy one with a large 24-hour prayer and worship
gathering in the Preseli Hills that will attended by a large group of folks
from the U.S., so we're looking forward to even more reinforcements. There is
no doubt that the intensity of prayer is growing, and we are so thankful to
be here at a time such as this!
Thank you so much for your continued prayers for and interest in this tiny
In His grace and care,
Dick & Gladys
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