Friends and Prayers:
More encouraging evidence that spring is coming are the crocuses
that I spied among the grass this morning. It always cheers the soul to
know the the end of winter is really drawing closer now. And instead of
getting dark at four in the afternoon, we can still see our way around
Because of so much rain, flooding has been a problem in many parts
of the U.K. Thousands of people have been forced out of flooded homes
in several areas and it has been a very difficult time. Please pray for
those affected, that the hardship may cause many to turn their hearts
heavenward, and that there be an effective Christian witness among
those that are helping to provide relief.
Besides the heavy rains last week, violent winds brought down trees
and wires in many places. This massive tree came down across the road
just a quarter mile up the road past the chapel and
forcing us to take another route. And driving along the small roads
further on with our friends, we had to drag another and thankfully
smaller tree off the road to get past. These are small problems when
compared to the plight of so many others, sand we are thankful for
We went with our Guatemalan friends to the Ffald-y-Brenin retreat
center, and spent some wonderful time together in prayer. One of the
things we prayed for is the situation of our health. Gladys continues
to have problems with her digestive system. Thankfully the capsule
endoscopy she had done in November came back showing everything was
fine, but that also means the medical profession has nothing more to
offer. So we highly value your prayers for her in that respect. This
has been dragging on for almost five years now, and at times is very
difficult for her. I admire her courage and cheerfulness.
For myself, thankfully the problem with my vision was resolved last
year through the use of steroids, but that in turn caused other
problems. I feel totally recovered now and have been off all
medications since late November, and we praise the Lord for that. But
since then I have been having some issues due to withdrawal after seven
months on the steroids. We are hoping that's all there is to it and
that these things will disappear, but it is a challenge as the mind
begins to wonder if something else is going on.
We are both now in a place of having to put our trust in the Lord
for release from these physical problems. So we lean on the old rugged
cross where Jesus bore our sicknesses and sins. We know His grace is
sufficient for us, and are learning to rely of His truth rather than
our symptoms. We have depended on Him in so many other areas and seen
His amazing faithfulness, and so we take heart in that fact.
We also recognize that this phase of our journey should be no
different. But we would like to ask you especially for your prayers at
this time for us both. We need health and strength for the work yet
before us, and look forward to glorious times to come as God increases
the outpouring of His grace over this precious land of Wales. As the
saying goes, "the best is yet to come!"
Thank you very much. And we wish you and your loved ones every
blessing as we lean upon Him in hope, not just for our own temporary
needs, but the needs of so many in this world without Jesus.
In His steady hands,
Dick & Gladys
Praying Friends and Saints:
Clear days like this are a rare treasure in what has to have been
one of the wettest winters in years. Even the animals seem to have
perked up a bit and taken an interest in things around them.
By lunchtime the sun was behind the clouds again, but even a few
hours of sunshine can make a big difference in how things feel in
general. All too easily we can forget the natural beauty that surrounds
us because of gloomy weather. But when the sun shines again how
glorious things become to us, when in fact they've been beautiful all
Of course there's a little insight for us here. How many times do we
find ourselves just sort of coasting through our days without really
appreciating God's presence with us. In Matthew 28:20 Jesus said, "and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of
the age." And in
John 8:12 he also said, "I am the light of
the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the
light of life." So when our days are grey, whether inwardly or
outwardly, natural sunshine is wonderful, but His light is far
superior, and doesn't come and go!
We have been enjoying a visit from our old friends Mario and
Angelica from Quetzaltenango in the highlands of Guatemala where we
helped start a church in 1984. We hadn't seen them for ten years except
for a few calls on Skype. Our families were very close, and it has been
wonderful to just spend time together. We've also had some great times
of worship and prayer, besides plenty of time sharing experiences and
lessons learned. And above all we've rejoiced seeing God's marvelous
faithfulness throughout the years to us and our children.
For several years he pastored the church we left behind and so it
has been heartwarming to hear news of so many people that we loved and
served in the past. And hearing about so many of them that are still
walking with God and serving as leaders in
the multiple congregations there now has been especially joyful!
When we have visitors it is always a pleasure to show them around a
bit and enjoy the beauty of this land that is so much home to us now.
Tuesday we went to St. Davids at the western tip of Wales and I was
surprised to see the daffodils so tall, and the first ones already
open. In another week or so this field on the cathedral grounds should
be just spectacular!
We look forward to what seems like might be an early spring. Our
calendar is also filling up with visitors and other happenings so we
anticipate everything the Lord has in store for us and for this nation!
Many blessings and abundant grace in Jesus' name,
Dick & Gladys