Dear Friends of Wales Awakening:
A wonderful summer has somehow turned to autumn, and tomorrow is
October already. Like the seasons, the years too slip by and we realize
that this is our 10th autumn in Wales. What an amazing adventure the
Lord has brought us on, and we are so thankful for His goodness to us.
After enjoying a busy spell with visitors, we have now been turning
our attention to some outside jobs in the garden and enjoying the
changing but still dry weather. Farmers are also busy everywhere, crops
have been harvested and they are making preparations for the next
planting season already. But the scenes depicted here are not strictly
Each year there are plowing competitions and people come from miles
around to watch, or to put their skills to the test. This Saturday was
the The 55th All Wales Ploughing Championship held in southern
Pembrokeshire, so we made a day of it to join the fun.
There were all types, sizes and ages of
tractors - from real antiques to the most up to date machines.
There were close to one hundred competitors, mostly vintage tractors,
and each was assigned a plot and judged on the neatness and precision
of their work.
Everywhere you turned there was activity among a chorus of throbbing
engines and churning earth. People gathered in little groups around
different areas just watching or asking questions which were gladly
responded to by those competing or other knowledgeable bystanders. And
besides all the machines were working, there was a fabulous collection
of old tractors and equipment, like this beautiful steam
tractor. I was a little too close for comfort when the operator blew
its whistle, but I can still hear just fine!
It wasn't all about machines though. We have
friends from North Wales that have plowed with shire horses for years,
and this year Wynn was judging that part of the competition. After
seeing the big modern tractors racing through their paces and showing
off the latest equipment, the contrast was shocking. It was like
traveling back in time a couple of centuries.
Watching these beautiful animals work is a privilege. You can get a
glimpse of it in this
video link.They have such power, and yet are gentle and friendly.
It is amazing to consider that up until about a hundred years ago, most
food production was accomplished through the strength of horses.
Working with these noble animals is now almost a lost art, and it is
sad to realize that such a vital link to God's creation is all but
forgotten. Perhaps it should be no surprise that the Creator Himself
has been all but forgotten too by today's industrialized consumer
Genesis 1:31 says, "Then God
saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good."
Oh that the people of today's world would taste and see that the Lord
Dick & Gladys
The past two weeks have flashed by like a fast train, and we have
been blessed with more visitors that ome to pray here from other
countries. We are always so encouraged and strengthened when the Lord
sends reinforcements to pray with us for the coming move of God here in
And we are not the only ones receiving this kind of blessing.
Recently there was a team of close to 400 intercessors from South Korea
that came to stand together with many different congregations in
England and Wales. They came to pray and see God strengthening and
reviving His church in the United Kingdom. This mission was inspired as
an act of gratitude for British missionaries who dediciated their lives
to missions in Korea.
Last week we had the opportunity to have two different groups meet
together and spend some precious time at the chapel in Blaenannerch. It
was a time of not only thanking God for what He has done in the past,
but also of reaching into the future and calling down blessing from
heaven on this needy land and a needy world. It was wonderful to see
them ministering to one another as well, and made that day very special
to see the Body of Christ "...building
itself up in love." Ephesians 4:16
previous weekend our old friend Lani Peck came for a brief visit. He
had come over for Arthur Burt's funeral service, and then after a visit
to the Isle of Lewis of the Hebrides Revival fame, came down to spend
some time with us. It was good to catch up after not having seen each
other for a while. We share a fair amount of common history, both
having been part of Gospel Outreach many years ago.
Then last Monday we hosted three Singaporean
men who were referred to us by a mutual friend there. They spent part
of their three days at Ffald-y-Brenin center, and we had a great time
of fellowship with them. They were fascinated by the story of how we
were called here to pray, and also by our early discipleship experience
in a Christian community.
It is so amazing how the Lord orchestrates all these encounters.
Tuesday when our Singaporean friends were at Ffald-y-Brenin, they met a
couple from Malaysia who had been trying to contact us through a mutual
friend, but we never heard from them. So when they all met and
discovered that we were hosting them they were blown away! So the
following day we met together for some sharing and prayer at our
chapel, and we had an amazing time rattling the heavenlies through our
The next group arrived at a local B&B belonging to friends
nearby. The group leader, Harry, was from Seattle, Washington, and
Beth, who did all the travel arrangements and first contacted us in
July, is a Welsh woman who has lived in Alaska for thirty years. They
were joined here by five people from different parts of Holland. It was
a surprise to discover that Harry and I had such a close connection.
Years ago he was trained by and worked under Dick Iverson in Portland,
Oregon, and so knew Jim Durkin through the relationship of these senior
apostolic leaders. Jim was the apostle over Gospel Outreach where I
came to faith, and so it was great fun to discover so many people that
we knew in common. (Could this be an age thing? ;-)
Friday morning we spent a marvelous session of spontaneous worship
and prayer at the chapel. The prayers of these saints were deeply
moving, and we were all greatly encouraged as we spent time in the
presence of the Lord together. They blessed us with awesome prayers and
words from the Lord, and we blessed them and the rest of their time as
they followed their prayer assignment through North Wales.
Interestingly enough, they had specifically planned to spend some time
of prayer in Blaenau Ffestiniog as well. As thy say, "the plot
Trusting expectantly in God's everlasting mercy and wisdom,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Recently I have been reflecting on how
the Lord continues to send people, either in groups or individually,
from other parts of the world to come and pray here in Wales. They come
to pray for and bless this nation, and many also hope to receive
something of the "revival anointing" and carry it back to their home
countries. Lately there has been an increase in these groups coming to
pray. For example, this week begins the 2014 South Korean Prayer
Mission, well over 400 strong, with teams spreading out through England
Last week we had another team of
intercessors with us, this time from Oregon. They are on a specific
assignment from the Lord to pray through the four nations of the United
Kingdom - Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. We're glad
they came here first!
As you can see, one of the brothers has
five foot long silver trumpet
that he blows in strategic places accompanied by prayer and scriptural
declarations over the land. On Thursday I took them to
Ffald-y-Brenin where we prayed over Wales, and specifically for the
NATO meeting that was taking place in Newport at the time. So the
blasts of his
trumpet sounded out in that specific direction.
A friend of theirs made up
specific anointing oils as directed by the Lord in prayer, and part of
their mission is to pour these oils into the ground as they pray in
each nation. It was a special and perhaps significant blessing on
Friday that they wanted to go with us for a time of prayer at "our"
chapel, and were led pour the oil for Wales into the ground there.
From there we went to the Bible College
of Wales in Swansea. They had all been impacted by the book, Rees
Howells - Intercessor, and so that was an important place to visit for
them. The Sunday before we had just attended the fellowship that was
formed on the grounds there last spring, Liberty Church. It was a
special occasion as our friend Pastor Yang and his wife from
Cornerstone Community Church in Singapore, which purchased
the property, was sharing in the meeting and brought a great word of
encourgement and exhortation.
I was also delighted to find out that
as of September 1st they will be having weekday prayer times at the
Bible College grounds. These informal meetings are open to all who
would like to join in. Specific times and details are available on
their Facebook page at this link.
And there are others that come to
settle here to join in the work of preparatory intercession for what is
to come. In the last couple of weeks we've had contact with one couple
that moved here recently for just this reason, and it was our privilege
to connect them with another couple that moved to the same area a few
years ago. Also another small group
from the U.S. is making arrangements now to come here to form a prayer
community and make their residence in Blaenau Ffestiniog. It just gets
more and more "interesting" as time goes on!
Watching, praying and looking forward to His new mercies every day,
Dick & Gladys
Praying Friends and Saints:
This portion of Ezekiel 3:22-23 caught my attention as he describes
this particular encounter with God.
"Then the hand of the Lord was
upon me there, and He said to me, 'Arise, go out into the plain, and
there I shall talk with you.' So I arose and went out into the plain, and behold, the
glory of the
Lord stood there, like the glory which I saw by the River Chebar; and I
fell on my face."
Sometimes we might picture the glory of the Lord as a supernatural
weighty presence or a bright shining cloud, and we can see these
aspects of it in the scriptures. But this description the glory
"standing there" seems to hold something more. Rather than it just
being there in an impassive way like a cloud or mist, it "stood there"
as if with a directed intention, an imposing and confrontative manner.
Were it the highest ranking general of the mightiest army of the world,
even the lowest ranking soldier would snap to attention. But all
Jeremiah can do here is fall on his face!
Time and again throughout the scriptures, when God shows up, people
hit the dirt! There can be great preaching and teaching, analyzing,
hypothesizing and theologizing, and not much happens. But this direct
in-your-face type confrontation with the glory of the Lord lays you out
flat. End of story! And that's exactly where we need to be.
When we pray for revival, what we are really praying for is that
people have this kind of experience with God - find themselves directly
confronted with His glory, beholding His immeasurable majesty and
realizing their minuscule insignificance before Him. We are calling on
God for a visitation of His Presence that changes hearts, souls and
lives forever. This is what Isaiah means when he cries out in chapter
64 verse 1, "Oh, that you would
rend the heavens! That You would come down! that the mountains might
shake at Your presence..."
I believe that not only is this a key point in prayer for revival,
but also in prayer for the struggle among nations. Isaiah continues in
64:2, "...to make Your name
known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your
presence." While praying for the critically desperate situation
for Christians and other non-Muslims in Iraq and Syria, this is so
important. The reference to "...the
nations..." seems to point to the leaders and heads of state
particularly. If they were to have this kind of encounter, like a Saul
of Tarsus, or a Nebuchadnezzar, then perhaps the
wisdom of God might illumine them and change the course of events.
In fact, this Thursday and Friday here in Newport, South Wales,
there will be a very important NATO summit meeting. There two massive
security issues - the encroachment of Russia into the Ukraine, and the
growing threat posed by IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Alongside these
in the agenda are the increased
threat of terrorism, international cyber attacks and territorial security, as well
as a list of other pressing issues. So please join in prayers from
around the globe for God's intervention in these meetings. Let's pray
that one or more of these leaders have an encounter like those we been
talking about. Or if that doesn't happen, pray that the wisdom of God
would find its way into any resolutions made.
"Therefore I exhort first of
all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be
made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we
may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence."
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Trusting that His will be done and His glory be seen among the
Dick & Gladys
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