Dear Friends of Wales Awakening:
This is just a note to let you know that Thursday evening 102
year-old Arthur Burt of Penmaenmawr, North Wales, went home to be
with Jesus! He had served The Lord since his teens. What a long and
The story of a word received by Arthur and others in 1930, "There
shall come a breath...." circulated widely after Bob Jones passing on
last January, because Bob had said Arthur would see this great coming
revival before he died. Along with others, I think he did see the
beginnings, but perhaps it was not what he had expected or hoped to see.
Here is the word:
"THERE SHALL COME A BREATH AND THE BREATH SHALL BRING THE WIND AND THE
WIND SHALL BRING THE RAIN AND THE RAIN SHALL BRING THE FLOODS, AND
FLOODS, AND FLOODS, AND THE FLOODS SHALL BRING THE TORRENTS, AND
TORRENTS, AND TORRENTS.
SO SHALL THEY BE SAVED LIKE FALLING LEAVES FROM THE MIGHTY OAKS SWEPT
BY A HURRICANE IN A GREAT FOREST. ARMS AND LEGS SHALL COME DOWN FROM
HEAVEN AND THERE SHALL BE NO EBB." (You can visit his web page here: http://arthurburt.com)
To me Arthur's departure confirms that something has definitely been
set in motion. We can feel the breath, the wind is softly stirring
around Wales. Things are moving forward, and anticipation mounts.
Come on Lord! Come on saints, let's step up
the cry, "Rend the heavens and come down!"
Please remember Arthur's family and many friends in this time of
loss, that they know the joy of Heaven's gain,
Dick & Gladys
It's hard to believe that more than a year and a half has slipped
since our last visit to Blaenau Ffestiniog in North Wales. We have
wanted to go for a long time and last week we were delighted to be able
to make the three hour drive into the northern mountainous region
through beautiful country.
Also surprising is that it was five years ago that we were passing
through this town when the Lord gave me a vision of a cloud of revival
glory hovering over this place. That experience, which I described in a June 2009 update, led to another
visit to pray and meet people with whom God spontaneously connected us
Knowing that we would be going back up north, I began to read back
over some of the things that have happened during these years and was
intrigued by the story. Our next two visits are described in the
July 2009 updates which you can read for more of
Our subsequent visits resulted in monthly prayer meetings for
revival which still are going on, and the timing enabled us to join in
with them. It was great to see old friends and take part in the meeting
again. It was very rewarding to
see them faithfully carrying on, and know that there is fruit from
their efforts. How wonderful is the truth in 1 Corinthians 15:58 that
says, "Therefore, my beloved
brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the
Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
Another exciting part of this continuing story is that other friends
of ours, a spirit-filled minister with his wife and family moved to
Blaenau Ffestiniog over a year ago, where he is currently working with
six different churches in the region. They have gotten quite involved
in the community there and are doing things in conjunction with other
groups as well. The time-old pattern of each group of believers in
their own little circle is being weakened, and old fences are starting
to come down around Wales. Please remember to pray for the growth of a
real unity among the believers here.
We spent a few nights there,
and had the opportunity to visit our friend Jane who we know from the
meetings in Blaenau. She lives on the Llyn Peninsula, about an hour's
drive to the west, and hasn't been able to come to the meetings for a
while herself. So it was good to spend time together and catch up with
her news and encourage her. It was also an opportunity to meet her
husband at last and enjoy the fruit of their labors on their property.
They both love animals and have adopted a
few retired and unwanted donkeys that needed a place to live. Each of
these animals has their own hard story, but now they have found a home
and a family that loves them. It seems like such a good picture of how
we ourselves have been taken in as part of God's own family, and found
love and acceptance in The Beloved! (Ephesians 1:6)
We plan to continue visiting North Wales periodically, and are all ears to see what happens next! And not only there, but all over this
"Land of Revivals."
May God bless you and your loved ones richly,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Probably like most of you, we have
known the 23rd Psalm since we were small children. In my case, I'm sure
I heard it in church from when I was 3 or 4 years old. Then our mother
started a small home business in the late 1950's and we would clear off
the table after dinner and with water colors and tiny brushes we would
paint in the small letters and figures of these illuminated scripture
verses by hand. So of course this verse is indelibly imprinted
somewhere in my brain cells.
While reading through this Psalm this
morning, I was surprised to see something that I don't remember ever
having noticed before. I'm sure it has been the topic of sermons and
studies, but it was new to me! It really made an impression on me and
blessed me, so I just want to pass it along in case you haven't noticed
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not
makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
restores my soul; He leads me
in the paths of righteousness For His
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no
evil; For You
are with me; Your
rod and Your
staff, they comfort me.
prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You
anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall
follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the
Lord Forever. NKJV
It was almost like the verses
became high-lighted for me, like I've done for you here. You see, the
first section mentions the Lord in the third person with pronouns and
verbs - "The Lord is..., He makes..., he leads..."
But when we get to the valley
of the shadow of death, He is right there with us! David is no longer
talking about Him but TO Him! "You are..., Your rod..., You anoint..."
That just struck such a beautiful chord
with me! When we are going through difficult times, God's presence is
right there with us. Always! Hebrews 13:5 says, "For He Himself has said, 'I will never
leave you nor forsake you.'" And Jesus said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."
There is no situation in this life, and en route to the life to come
through that ominous valley, in which God is not or will not be with
us. Nothing can separate us from His love. Now that
is an amazing and comforting
truth that will sustain us through it all!
May the essence of this marvelous fact be as real and present as
next and every breath!
Dick & Gladys
Praying Friends and Saints:
In the midst of so much tragic violence and political
turbulence in the world around us, I found myself greatly ministered to
this week by Hannah's prayer in 1 Samuel 2:1-10.
1 And Hannah prayed and said,
"My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile
at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
2 "No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is
there any rock like our God.
3 "Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your
mouth, For the Lord is
the God of knowledge; And
by Him actions are weighed.
4 "The bows of the mighty men are broken, And those who stumbled are
8 "He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the beggar from the ash
heap, To set them among
princes And make them
inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the
Lord’s, And He has set
the world upon them.
9 "He will guard the feet of His saints, But the wicked shall be silent
darkness. "For by
strength no man shall prevail.
10 "The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; From heaven
He will thunder against
them. The Lord will judge
the ends of the earth..."
I've also been reading and praying through
Jeremiah, and the few chapters around 40 and 41 tell about the fall of
Jerusalem and insurrection against Gedaliah. Jeremiah here is
describing the violence, political upheaval and treachery - his story
has it all. It seems so much like things that are going on today in the
Then a friend sent me an article from the NY Times about the rise of this
leader Baghdadi of ISIS which I found interesting and thought
provoking. And it immediately reminded me of what I had just read in
Jeremiah 41. It is the same old story of how corrupted human nature is
so blind and self-seeking. Kind of like this squirrel making off with a
banana from our bird feeder.
It is as Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 1:9,
"... there is nothing new under the sun." It would be good to target
this man and his cohorts in prayer, that the Lord give them a
life-shaking revelation of just who Jesus is, like Paul's Damascus road
Rejoicing in the Lord because He is the rock of our salvation,
Dick & Gladys
Dear Friends of Wales
We want to share this awesome testimony about a miraculous healing
of a blind woman that took place last Tuesday at the nearby
Ffald-y-Brenin Christian Retreat Centre. We've mentioned this place
several times over the years, and so just want to pass this on to you.
Sorry for the mass email but this one is incredible. It's hard to
believe that we are down to less that one week here.
On Monday we had a blind lady come and visit
Ffald-y-Brenin. She spent two days by the high cross. On Tuesday
for the evening chapel, Bryn was leading and he opened it up for
healing prayer. Several people stood for prayer, but the blind
woman did not, we were hoping that she would stand. She was sitting
beside me, but because she did not stand I went to pray for
someone else, and when I turned back to my seat she was on her knees,
so several of us started to pray for her. God gave me an image of Jesus
standing over her and his robes of righteousness flowed down onto her
face and as she looked up, the light from his robes flowed into her
eyes. When she was told this, she wept even more.
To make a long story short she sat up and she was healed.
She had been blind for 10 years she could only see shadows and not been
able to see her children, her youngest was 5 years old when she went
blind. She had a seeing eye dog which she is going to have to give
up. Her entire life has been changed by the amazing Power of God.
Blessings , Love & Prayers
Bryn & Sylvia
These are the people from Canada that
contacted us last December about coming to pray in Wales for six
months. I have mentioned them in the January and April updates which
you can read on our web page Updates tab. We spent time with them
yesterday and I recorded the whole story when they told it to us. If
you'd like to listen to it, just click on this link.
We are so blessed to be even indirectly involved with things like
this happening, and look forward to more such stories as the pace of
God's activity quickens around this land. We want to encourage you as
well to pray and seek the Lord for His goodness to be manifested in the
area where you live, and be bold to speak out about Him! And as a friend reminded me this morning, "Then I heard a loud voice saying in
heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and
the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who
accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they
overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony..." Revelation 12:10-11
Great blessings of joy and Holy Spirit power in Jesus' name,
Dick & Gladys
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