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Thursday, October 24, 2013

GOOD NEWS - Oct. 31st live Video!! Pray for harvest workers!

atime4everything.jpgDear Friends and Prayers:

The Lord continues to encourage and strengthen us as we carry on in our work here. More and more things are happening across Wales that highlight a growing hunger among God's people to see awakening and revival touch this nation once again. We are clearly commanded in the scriptures to watch and pray.

We recently attended our county's annual prayer breakfast where over 200 people came together. We heard from local Christian representatives to both the Welsh Assembly and Parliament on how to pray for specific issues confronting Wales and the U.K.

There was an opportunity to pray together on the spot, and we are now prepared to keep these matters regularly lifted up to The Lord in prayer. "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." Galatians 6:9

2013RevivalCelebrationSvc.jpgMy readings this morning included this verse in Luke 10:2. "Then He said to them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'" This is such a good exhortation for us, and serves as a reminder that should be seriously praying for more laborers. And especially with increasing evidence that the Lord is preparing for a harvest here in Wales.

Our friend Francis Anfuso, who made the film "Awakened" about the 1904 Welsh Revival that I mentioned in our April 15 update, just shared a great 5 minute video about God's laborers. It is called, "Characteristics of a Revivalist - If there were a move of God in this region… WHAT RESPONSIBILITY WOULD YOU HAVE?" Please make a point of watching it at this link.

GOOD NEWS! We have made arrangements to live stream the meeting next Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Moriah Chapel, where the 1904 Welsh Revival broke out. Please mark it in your calendars, and visit the Livestream page where you can watch the meeting while it is in progress. It would be a good idea to visit the page before then and sign up for an account if you don't have one already.

This will be a special opportunity for saints around the world to join in concerted prayer for this tiny nation, and the nations of the world. It will also be a good followup to the word we shared last week. "Tell My people to pray! Tell them to pray like they have never prayed before!"

Rejoicing in the hope of glory - His glory covering the earth!

Dick & Gladys


Thursday, October 17, 2013

The name of Jesus on everyone's lips!

viewovercarmarthen.jpgDear Praying Friends and Saints:

At the chapel this morning I was reading in Mark 6, and the first part of verse 12 stopped me in my tracks. "King Herod heard of all this, for by this time the name of Jesus was on everyone's lips." (The Message) I realized what a great expression this is of what we're praying for. This sounds like revival to me!

When the Holy Spirit visits this land again, Jesus will be the talk of the town. Everyone may not get saved and converted any more than did King Herod, but you can be sure they will be hearing the name of Jesus. Sadly many people hear His name today in a blasphemous context, but soon they will hear the name of Jesus mentioned with awe and wonder and contriteness of heart.

On Tuesday we spent the day at a two-week communal "School of Faith" that our friends from The Forge have organized. After supper I shared a wonderful vision about the coming revival that a friend received last week. Afterwards, Qday, the school director, said it was important to remember that revival is not the goal in itself, but Jesus. Then he asked "What is the purpose of revival?"

viewfromrock.jpgThat is a very important question. I vividly remembered the moment in 2002 when the Lord called me to come here with Gladys to pray for revival. I was sitting beside a field weeping profusely because I had been totally overwhelmed with God's immeasurably great love for me!

As I opened my eyes and gazed out over the surrounding landscape, I realized with sudden agony that almost none of the people living in this beautiful land had a clue of God's amazing love and grace. My reaction was to say through my tears, "Lord, if there were anything that I could do..." He immediately responded by reminding of the vision of the coming Welsh Revival He showed me in 1999, and invited me to come live here and pray in chapel every day.

So a concise answer to the question, "Why revival?" It is so that people may to come to know God's greatest of all great loves. In the words of Jesus himself, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)  "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." (John 17:3) "...That the world may believe that You sent Me." (John 17:21)

As we continue to pray for revival along side growing numbers of saints around the world, the Lord continually sends words of encouragement and confirmation. I'd like to share the vision that my friend Darren received last week. Here is a small portion of it, and I'd like to recommend that you read his complete description that I've posted on the Words About Wales page. More than very encouraging, it is a good exhortation as well.


As I was driving I could see a huge white blanket up in the sky, as far as I was able to see. It went beyond the horizon. This white blanket started to slowly descend towards the ground until it reached the level of my head. As soon as it touched people going about their daily business, their normal clothes were replaced by robes whiter than snow. Everyone whom the blanket descended upon was changed like this until all that I could see were in white.

I knew the Spirit was speaking to me about another visitation to the land. I heard Him speak, saying "The blanket is called 'Righteousness' and I will yet again cover this whole land with Righteousness!" ... I then heard the Spirit speak to me again, saying "It is Me, I am coming to visit this place again. The horse that you heard is whiter than snow, and his name is called righteousness. Tell My people to be prepared for My arrival.  I will again ride through this land with righteousness!" ..."Tell My people to pray! Tell them to pray like they have never prayed before!"

We each have a part to play in bringing God's Kingdom to earth. And an important part of that is spending time with God in prayer!

May we all find grace to press into His heart of love for this world,

Dick & Gladys


Friday, October 11, 2013

Celebrate Revival @ Moriah Chapel, Wales, October 31st, 7pm

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

We are writing to you because of your love for the Lord and your love for Wales. Please join us if you can for an evening of worship, testimony and word in Moriah Chapel, Loughor 7pm on 31st Oct. This date is the anniversary of the 1904 Welsh Revival breaking out there.

We are living in very exciting and challenging times in Wales. There is evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in little pockets all over the nation. Darkness is growing, yet the light shines stronger.

Christians all over the world are being led to pray for a new outpouring of the Spirit in Wales. We hope that you can join us and add strength to strength, as we continue together in an intercession for Revival. Please be free to invite others you know who may be interested to join us too.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Loughor!

With love in Him,

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Peter Cho, Minister of Beulah Baptist Church & Tabernacle Baptist Church

Dr. Steve Price, Hanover Chapel in Llanover


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A few steps closer to Wales awakening!

Chapel with scaffoldDear Friends and Prayers:

Some workers showed up at the chapel on Monday to erect scaffolding around the side and rear walls. They will doing some needed maintenance on the roof and trim. This is a welcome and encouraging sign for us, and shows yet again that preparations are still being made!

Improvements have been made to the chapel from time to time since we've been here. The whole building has been re-wired, a wooden header was repaired, handrails have been added to the balcony stairs, etc. Earlier this year the parking area had to be re-leveled and graveled due to some drainage problems. And now this new work is getting underway.

And it is not just on the building and grounds that things have happened. After returning from a trip to the States in 2010, I realized there was brand new pavement from the river bridge turning off main road in the valley. The new pavement ran for a mile, right up to the crossroads where you turn for the chapel and stopped there.

And just this summer they resurfaced the lane from that turning that passes by the entrance to the chapel. So it seems this year that the pacing is picking up of these physical improvements. Signs of things to come? We think so!

mikeandpenny.jpgLet's move now from the physical to the spiritual. A few weeks ago Chuck Pierce was ministering in South Wales, and passed on an encouraging prophetic word that seems to fit in with the growing awareness of things to come. "... I am bringing a new quickening of power across Wales. Get ready, for a quickening power, that will cause the birth of heaven to come down into the atmosphere of this nation, is now being released.  ... a generation is arising that are hungry after Me ... I say three generations will now arise in this land and see Me move in a new way ... I have heard the cry of the land, and now a people are responding, and saying we are readyjanetandkristin.jpg to build." You can read more of the prophecy at this link.

So as we enter into this noticeable change of seasons, we are very much aware of and encouraged by what we see going on around Wales. We've had visitors recently that also sense that there is much more going on here than meets the eye. The Lord is really at work, and from different sources He seems to be saying and confirming the same thing. "The time is getting closer, so get closer to Me!"

Thank you for adding your prayers to those of the many praying saints here in Wales,

Dick and Gladys Funnell


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Good News about my eyes, and Bible College Prayer Day

Tuesday Prayer at Bible College of WalesDear Praying Friends:

Last week we had the opportunity to visit the Bible College of Wales in Swansea. This was the first time we've been able to attend one of the Tuesday prayer mornings that have been going on for several months now. Even in the middle of renovations elsewhere on the grounds, it is great to see this meeting established.

It is a real joy to know that the major part of this property with its special history of powerful intercessory prayer has been secured for the Kingdom for future generations. The director Mark Ritchie has a sensitive and gentle way of leading worship, and we enjoyed an awesome time of song, prayer and encouraging words from the Lord.

This world of ours is going through some serious situations that demand serious prayer, and that is what is going on here. koreanfriends.jpgWe would like to encourage you to take part in these meetings if you live locally. Or if you plan to visit South Wales sometime, be sure to fit this meeting into your plans. Specific information is available here on their Facebook page. There is also an effort underway to acquire the rest of this property before it is lost to developers. Please email us if you'd like more information about that.

We also had some very good news last week from the specialist about the problem of my double vision that started just over a year ago. The super-high level of antibodies that confirmed the autoimmune disease which affected my vision is now practically zero! The doctor was surprised to see such a drastic reduction, so we praise the Lord for that!

spiderwebinbrambles.jpgHe is taking me down to a minimal dose of the steroids over the next few weeks. And hopefully I should be completely off within a couple of months. This is what the doctor called a "nervous time" while he waits to make sure the is no recurrence of the symptoms.

We are very thankful for so many of you that have been praying and know this is the real reason for my improvement. The doctor admits that they don't clearly understand how or why the treatment works. But we do! And we sincerely appreciate your continued prayers during the next couple of months. Our trust is in the Lord our Healer.

May God bless you richly!

Dick & Gladys


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