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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Prophecies for Wales & Upcoming Prayer Events!

Dear Praying Friends and Saints:

In the last couple of weeks we have heard some very encouraging prophetic words for Wales. We received the latest one from the pastor of a small church in North Carolina who first contacted us in early January. I have posted the three of them online at: http://wordsabout.walesawakening.org.

These words are more than encouragement I believe they are a challenge for us to get our hearts, and our heads, around what God has planned for this tiny nation. These words are like seeds for the soil of prayer. It's like turning over and preparing the earth for a garden, and it means taking time to really grapple with these issues in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We also want to let you know about two special prayer events coming up here in Wales. The soonest one is a Day to Pray for Wales announced here. (Click image to visit their website) This event has been quite recently organized and is getting lot of interest and support. We would like to encourage you turn join it if you live within driving distance. That would be anywhere in Wales!

The next event is an international gathering for worship and prayer - The Celebration for the Nations. We have been involved with these saints and friends since the beginning, and have been greatly encouraged and strengthened over the years. This will be the seventh year it has taken place, and this time will last for ten days. Like the first year it will be held again in tents at the festival fields in Llanelli.

Please start praying for this wonderful event. And perhaps you will consider coming. Even if you live outside of the U.K., there are six months to make plans for it, so ask the Lord about your possible participation in this gathering of worshipers and intercessors from around the world!

Blessings of grace and power in prayer in Jesus' amazing name,

Dick & Gladys


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oops! The lovely surprise of snow...

Dear Friends and Prayers:

Well, so much for tiny flowers, green fields, and my career as a meteorologist! Our "mild winter" became a world of white two days after my update last week. But I'm not complaining, I actually love the snow.

The first snowfall was mostly melted off in a couple of days, and then we had some more this week. It is always a breathtaking change to see the world robed in a white cloak. And watching the transformation as the snow falls has always been a delight as everything receives little stacks of crisp, pure whiteness.

It highlights the words of Isaiah 1:18, "Come now, and let us reason together,' Says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool."

Yesterday it snowed all day. There was no wind at all and it came down so gently. At times the flakes were huge and soft looking, and at other times they were small, shiny and seemed to fall by the millions. We were praying via Skype with our friend Brenda in France as we watched. It seemed to make such a good model for prayer as we asked the Lord that His grace and goodness might fall on people in just such a way, and that His forgiveness and salvation fall as people open their eyes to see their need of His saving grace.

As completely as the snow paints any scene with its whiteness, so the love of God in Christ Jesus can transform any and every human life. Be it a cold and despairing heart or a caring and gentle one, He can turn darkness into light and meet loneliness with His love.

What a joy to know the promises of God, and that His love and His care for the lost of this world don't change like the weather. That is the confidence and strength of our prayers for Wales and the nations. Thank you for joining your prayers with ours as pursue the desires of His heart.

Dick & Gladys


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Beauty of Holiness

Dear Praying Saints:

In the blink of an eye we find ourselves in the second half of January. How on earth did that happen so fast? I suppose it's the same way that I've now passed up the 65 year mark - bit by bit!

Tiny flowers are venturing out in this relatively gentle winter, and we are hoping it stays this way. Light morning frosts and temps in the upper 30's are better than some of the hard freezes we've had in previous years.

At the rate time is moving, spring may be closer than we think. There is talk of snow flurries for today, but as long as the fields manage to stay green rather than white, I'm sure we'll be quite alright, along with the flowers showing up hopefully around the countryside.

In my current reading through the book of Acts, I was particularly blessed by verse 31 in chapter 9 that says, "Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied." Keeping that balance is such an important and life-giving practice for us.

A healthy fear of the Lord is absolutely vital to us. Keeping the Word of God in the forefront of our hearts by regular study helps to nurture that fear and maintain a godly perspective of our human frailty. On the other hand our relationship with the Comforter, and His gracious dwelling within, provides us the wonderful knowledge that we are "accepted in the Beloved."

That is marvelous comfort indeed, especially during His dealings with areas of our lives that are in need of change. That old chorus, "From glory to glory He's changing me..." comes to mind. Like the cycles and changes of colors in nature, the ongoing process of being transformed by God's grace is one of dying and making way for newness of life, time and time again.

This past weekend we met together with friends in Llanelli and stayed overnight. I visited a Presbyterian church where some other friends go, and enjoyed their Sunday morning service. The scripture over the archway is such a powerful exhortation, and a marvelous declaration as well. "...Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!" 1 Chron.16:29

When we allow His word dwell in our heart and to change us from within, we find ourselves being sanctified by the word, just as Jesus prayed in John 17:17. That in turn gives us more freedom to draw close to Him in worship and intimacy, and feel the depth of His comfort and love.

Although it isn't always free of pain or discomfort, it does yield "the peaceable fruit of righteousness" as Hebrews 12:11 declares. And that in turn better equips us to worship in a deeper and purer way. It becomes a "delicious cycle."

Not only is it good practice for heaven, it allows His light in us to shine out into a world lost in darkness. And as we continue to make room for Him to be lifted up in this way, He will draw men to Himself.

And that is our chief desire as well as His.

Dick & Gladys


Monday, January 07, 2013

Welcoming the New Year in Munich!

Dear Friends and Prayers, Happy New Year!

We just returned home to Wales Friday, after a great time with two of our four children in Munich. We received a wonderful gift from friends that made our trip possible, and the Lord's timing was perfect!

Our daughter Grace had just finished a six month contract with UNICEF in Monrovia, Liberia, and was on her way back to the States to discover her next work situation. And Dicky, alis Richard, was just finishing his six months working with one of the Bosch design teams in Munich.

We got to spend nine whole days together, and hadn't enjoyed that much solid time together since moving to Wales in 2005. As you might imagine it was a huge change from our rural countryside to the heart of a major European city. Fortunately we stayed just one block from the beautiful English garden, so were able to find some respite from man-made surroundings.

Morning walks and prayer times provided me with totally different scenery and noise levels than what I am accustomed to, but we had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Having our own private tour guide was a great blessing, and we saw more than I can elablorate on here. Besides just being with our kids, a few highlights were the Deutsches Museum and a marvelous performance of Beethoven's 5th and 9th symphonies by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

I was surprised to find so many large Catholic churches everywhere that we visited, and gained some insight into the past influence of the church in this part of Europe. Sadly now the influence of Christianity and biblical values has been left far behind, and these grand buildings and monuments are a stark reminder of the country's' need for the Gospel of Jesus. In spite of Germany's fairly strong economy, I was aware of a sort of coldness that gave evidence of a mostly secular society. Jesus is the only hope for real transformation, both of people and cultures around the world.

The monument in the distance at the left is alled the Angel of Peace, and in early morning the title seemd quite fitting. A few days later however, on New Year's Eve, it become quite another scene as you can appreciate here in the photo below. When 2013 came rolling in at midnight, the whole city of Munich was going wild in a pandemonium of revelers in every gathering place availble throughout the city. Rather than organized professional displays, everyone that could had bought fireworks of every size and type and were setting them off as fast and furiously as they could! It was great fun if you like that sort of thing, and perhaps a bit dangerous as well. You can see and hear a sample in this short video.

We are truly grateful for a wonderful break with family, and now are back home and looking forward to what the new year brings. With the temporary distraction of festivities behind us, the needs in the world around us are as serious as before, if not moreso. And the need for dedicated prayer and crying out for God's mercy is ever more important.

Today a friend emailed us a scripture from Ezekiel 22:30 that says, "So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one." That is the same verse the Lord gave me ten years ago when we started [praying about coming to Wales. And we are happy to say that in today's world, there are many many saints of God who have been "found" of the Lord and are on duty in the nations of the world in response to His calling.

Thank you for taking part with us in this glorious work of prayer!

Dick & Gladys


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