Dear Prayers for Wales
Before our trip to Singapore in March, I helped make some
arrangements for a group of friends from there who were coming to Wales
for the third and longest leg of a three week prayer mission. We rented
a large van and our friend Huw Priday to drive and accompany
during them their two weeks here. They arrived in the U.K on April 10th
and Huw picked them up in Manchester as arranged and drove them into
North Wales that afternoon to start on their prayer assignment.
Early that morning I had a
vivid dream that Huw phoned me and passed
me on to someone else that was driving the group. He said that after
up from your mission to Iraq and Turkey, as soon as they drove into
North Wales he felt that something throughout the land had
changed, as if everything had come alive! I believe their trip here has
made a very significant impact.
As I awoke from the dream I lay their meditating and praying about
it, and a whole list of many things that are actually going on in the
spiritual realm in Wales in these days came to mind. This includes
people that are coming into Wales to pray long term and medium term,
the purchase, renovation and revitalization of the Bible College in
Swansea by another group from Singapore, other prayer gatherings now
happening in many places, etc., etc. There is just so much more going
on than meets the eye.
I was in that place of considering so many things happening, although
unseen to the casual observer, I suddenly had this picture of a scene
from the 1996 film Independence Day. When the president and his
entourage visit Area 51 and the wild-haired excited chief scientist
starts to tell them about this spaceship that is been there hidden away
for 50 years. He mentions that since those big discs came and settled
into their positions above Earth this machine had begun to come alive,
with lots of little lights flashing on and off and signs of intelligent
activity all throughout the ship. It just seemed to be such a similar
picture to what's going on around the nation Wales these days!
Then my friend Andy, who has
been praying for revival for years, came to visit me later
that day and told me about a visit he made to Saskatoon in Canada about
five years ago to a conference held were revival broke out in the early
1970's. While he was there he saw an amazing display of the northern
lights, and the Lord impressed on him strongly that the next time that
he were to see the northern lights in Wales, that would be the year
revival would begin to break out. He took these photos on February 27,
2014 near Swansea!
One day last week we attended the prayer room at an annual
Welsh-speaking Christian camp called Llanw, "The Tide". We met some
friends also praying there who had just returned from New Zealand the
week before. While there, someone came to them to give them a word for
Wales out of Exodus 34:10. "And
He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do
marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation;
and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord.
For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you."
So we are greatly encouraged as we press on in prayer for God's
purposes for this nation and its important role in Kingdom coming
events. Thank you for joining us with your prayers for such a time as
Dick & Gladys
P.S For an important update about the remaining property of the Bible College of Wales in Swansea,
please visit: http://ann1904.wix.com/sketty-isaf
HE IS RISEN!!
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Dear Friends and Prayers:
I apologize for such a along silence, and just wanted to send out a quick communique to let you know what's been happening lately. LOTS! I mentioned in our mid-February update that I had been having some issues with what I thought was steroid withdrawal. Unfortunately that was not the case. I was actually experiencing a recurrence of the Myasthenia Gravis that I thought I was now cured of!
By the end of February the double vision was back full blown, and I began a juice fast to try and "re-boot" my immune system. I lost about ten pounds so that was good, but the situation continued to degenerate. I saw the specialist in mid-march who recommended I go back on steroids, which I was reluctant to do. The next day we traveled to Singapore through a wonderfully generous invitation, with my doctor's approval, in spite of the double vision and constant dizziness, and had a great time. Got to attend our first conference in about ten years with Bill Johnson, Randy Clark, James Goll and Heidi Baker! We had an awesome time and more prayer over our two weeks there than I've had since I've been saved!
Although my spirit soared, my physical condition went the other way. I had to blend all my food because I couldn't chew, and swallowing got more and more difficult. By the time we got home I was having difficulty breathing and then choking, which landed me in the Emergency Room last Sunday, and then back in the hospital on Monday. They started me on IV immunoglobulin which in the doctor's words produced "miraculous results overnight".
Just now I am finishing the third bottle for today and the final of a five day session in hospital. Gladys is en route with our friends Bryn and Sylvia, who have been a super Godsend for us during this time, to take me home at last! I will now on medications again, including a lessor dose of steroids for six weeks, and then carrying on long term on a "steroid-sparing" regimen of drugs until The Lord heals me of this problem. I have had some struggles trying to understand some of the mysteries of healing in my own case, but am learning to just trust and rest in His will. We will keep you posted, and I hope to fill in some of the gaps in what has been a very full five weeks!
As always, thank you so very much for your love and interest, prayers and support during this time,
Dick & Gladys