Friends and Prayers:
This was one of the scenes on Saturday night when things were hopping in the
bright lights of downtown Cardigan. I was part of this group of three "Teifi
Pastors" while another threesome was in another part of town. We are now
"regulars" in town and find ourselves accepted in the night life here.
These lollipops that we give away are almost always welcome, and are a good
conversation starter. We also carry a supply of flip-flops when girls' enormous
high heels become an obstacle to their mobility after they've had one too many.
When people ask us why we are just giving things away, we simply say that we
are showing them God's love in practical way.
People wonder if there is a trick to it somewhere. It is hard for them to understand
why we do it. Many of these young people tell us, "The fact that you guys
are out here volunteering your time when you could be home in bed is amazing!"
"We really think that is great!"
Conversations are as different as the people we deal with, and inevitably they
come around to each one's ideas about God. Lots of them have difficult questions,
like "If God is love, why does he let bad things happen, like in Pakistan?"
There are not easy answers and we have to trust the Lord for wisdom. While we
are out on the streets, there is a group of people back at our base of operations
praying for us, and that makes a great difference.
is some superficial chit-chat, and sometimes things can get a little uncomfortable,
but there are also times when people really open their hearts and we can minister
to them and even pray with them. Many of these young people have real difficulties
in life - drug or drink problems, sickness and loss of loved ones, heartbreak
from wrong relationships, the list goes on. Others are just out having a "good
time" and life seems to be treating them fine, but they still have questions.
It is hard to see so many of them floundering around with such aimless abandon.
The "party spirit" and "good times" don't last very long
or run very deep. The happiness and satisfaction they are looking for can only
be found in a right relationship with God. And we have the privilege of offering
them a listening ear, and words of truth. There is such hope in Christ, and
such joy. If they could only see!
A night's partying in town brings a hangover the following morning, or worse.
But the promise that "His mercies are new every morning"
is an amazing treasure! There is nothing that compares with the newness of life
and the love that come through Jesus Christ and a life grounded in Him.
What Paul says in Romans 15:13 is a wonderful prayer for the people we meet.
"Now may the God of hope fill you [them] with all
joy and peace in believing, that you [they] may abound in hope by the power
of the Holy Spirit." Would you please join us in praying for these
young people? And not only these, but the ones in your areas as well, young
and old alike!
Ever thankful for His endless mercies,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
One morning last week in the chapel I received a wonderful impression from
the Lord while I was reading Jeremiah 32. This is when God tells him that
he is to buy a field from his cousin Hanamel who is going to come and offer
it to him. And then in the very next verse his cousin shows up, and Jeremiah
says then he knew it was the word of the Lord. (verses 6-8)
After the transaction when the money was exchanged and they signed two copies
of the deed in front of witnesses, verses 13-15 Jeremiah says, "Then
I charged Baruch before them, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God
of Israel: 'Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is sealed and this
deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many
days." For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Houses
and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land."'"
Immediately my spirit leapt as I realized that means us, the church, here in
Wales (and elsewhere for that matter). It sure looks like everyone has been dragged
off already to Babylon, in the sense of the body of Christ not having any real tenancy
or influence in this land. Less than 4 % of the population here are Christians.
But God says that "Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again
in this land." This will be the fruit of the coming revival! Here is this amazing promise!
Wales once was a large majority of believers, and so most of the houses, fields
and vineyards belonged to His church, but because they all bailed out of His
love and communion to serve other gods - finance, entertainment, status, etc.
- they were all carried away to the world, and now most of the real estate belongs
to unbelievers! BUT, possession (stewardship) will be returned to His kingdom
when the throngs come running back to the Lord in the midst of widespread revival!
Now that is fuel for some prayer and tearful, joyful crying out to God!
And just minutes later while still at the chapel, I got an email from an old
friend who I'd just seen in June. His message said, "First I want you to
know that several people have spoken to me that your story as related by me
has inspired them. They along with myself are praying hopefully, holding up
your arms in the battle to bring revival to Wales and Great Britain. Thank you
for your obediance to the call."
So I recognized this as the Lord confirming this word to me immediately after
I received it. It was just like Jeremiah hearing the word and then it coming to pass just
as God had said.
So we are encouraged continually as the Lord brings things into position around
this land. Unlike this beautiful chapel in Aberystwyth where we visited last
week, many churches and chapels are currently struggling to stay open because
of declining membership. But that is soon going to change! I believe we will
see God move across this land with power and grace as never before, and "Houses
and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land."
So be blessed and encouraged as you pray for the unfolding of God's marvelous promises!
Dick & Gladys
Friends & Prayers:
Thanks to the Lord's goodness, we were given the opportunity to take a week's
holiday in the home of friends in Northwest Wales during their absence. We had
a wonderful time exploring the beautiful Snowdonia mountains and parts of the
coast of the Isle of Anglesey.
It wasn't the warmest of August weather, but there was very little rain and
we did have opportunities to see some sunshine! Just being out in the middle
of such wide open areas was so very refreshing, and we were glad to have such a relaxing
On the Saturday we were away, our usual monthly evening meeting in Blaenau
Ffestiniog was canceled because of a conflicting meeting elsewhere, but the
Lord was one step
ahead of us. It turned out that the Korean mobile team from the Celebration
for the Nations was in the area, and so we had an inpromtu meeting in the town
center. Open worship and vigorous praying raised more than a few eyebrows, and
special blessings and declarations were deposited in that place that has grown
dear to our hearts.
From there we went to Eric and Jane's home where we regularly meet, and shared
some tea and also some special prayer time for Jane's health. I talked with
Eric earlier this morning, and he said that she is showing some real improvement
and is greatly encouraged in her faith. Please continue your prayers for her,
and for Blaenau Ffestiniog as well!
Back to the birds!
June's batch of swallows took to the air, a new nest was built next to the old
one and these little guys took off for their first flight on Friday morning.
As I watched they were zooming and swooping around overhead with obvious excitement
and joy! (I must confess to an almost paternal sense of pride here ;o) Then a while
later, reading and praying in the cemetery, they continued flying around perfecting
their new, graceful and enviable art.
As I observed them some more, I got the impression of seeing souls loosed at
last from the bondage of sin and rejoicing in their newfound freedom and joy of
the Lord! And suddenly I found myself overwhelmed in a prayer of longing for
this land of Wales, that its people would brought into the knowledge of their
Savior and be able to revel in the newness of life like these joyous young
My readings in the book of Acts reflect a similar joy and excitement in the
discovery of new life in Christ. The following portions among many others are
especially encouraging. Chapter 2:46-47, "So continuing
daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house,
they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and
having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those
who were being saved." and 13:47-48 "Now
when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord.
And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. And the word of
the Lord was being spread throughout all the region." And even in
the face of persecution and troubles we see in verse 52,
"And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit."
This health and vigor of new life in the church throughout Wales is the heart of our mission here. Thank you for joining us in joyful and expectant prayers for His outpouring!
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
While reading in Judges early last week, I was stopped in my tracks by chapter
2, verse 4. "So it was, when the Angel
of the LORD spoke these words to all the children of Israel, that the people
lifted up their voices and wept." Isn't that amazing?
They even named that place Bochim, which means "weeping!" God spoke
to all of them about their sin of disobedience. And when they heard God's voice
directly, they were cut to the heart and wept. They knew they had gone off course
and were severely convicted. They all wept!
How did He speak to them all? This is a fascinating question to me and I wonder
how exactly that took place? The scriptures aren't clear with those details,
but they are very clear about the results of God's speaking to His people. There
was a broken-hearted repentance that led to their serving the Lord for quite
a few years afterwards.
That sure sounds like what we're praying and believing God for - That HE
would speak directly to the hearts of all the people. More than once I have
heard it said that in the coming revival, the Lord is not just coming for 100,000
like in 1904, but that He is coming for a nation.
It will take a mighty intervention of God indeed to see an entire nation in
tears! But should we be praying for anything less? He has done it before, and
He can do it again. In fact, we believe that He will!
Wednesday I went to the last few days of Celebration
for the Nations. This is was the fourth year it has been held, and it was
a wonderfully encouraging time once again. The fervor and exhuberance of these
young Korean worshiping warriors is both inspiring and challenging. Gladys joined
me for the last day and just that brief contact was a blessing for her also.
Tonight the two hundred or so Koreans finished their third day of mission in
London, and tomorrow they leave for different assignments around the UK. Please
pray for them as they take their enthusiasm for Jesus into churches and communities.
Hopefully one of the groups will be spending a few hours on the streets of
Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales. This is where we have been going each month
for a prayer meeting. It's hard to believe that it was a year ago that we spent
a few days there with three of these wonderful saints and servants. You can
read more about that visit in the August 14, '09 update here.
Trusting in His goodness alone,
Dick & Gladys
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