A ramble through the woods of a
friends' farm nearby brought us to this place overlooking the joining
of two streams. It made such a wonderful sound, and the words of Jesus
in John 4:14 spring to mind, "but
whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the
water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to
Abundance of life is ours because He
went to the cross and paid the price for our redemption. It was just
His grace that called us and set us free. And His call to the lost
still rings out across the nations. He
invites to take the narrow path to Himself and His kingdom.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem the
crowds were going wild with praises and "Hosannas." Then when the
Pharisees told Him to quiet His followers, He said that if they
were to be silent, then the stones would cry out His glory!
Speaking of stones, I'd like to tell
you something I just learned. A friend here in Wales was called to a
new pastorate recently. A couple years ago his brother and a cousin had
done some family research and found out about an old long abandoned
farm which had belonged their ancestors in the 1700's. They went out to
see what was left of it, and he brought back a white quartz stone that
had once been set into the fallen down walls as a memento.
He had the intention of including it in
a garden wall, but had not gotten around to doing it before they were
called to their new place of ministry. As he unloaded the last
trailerload of their belongings, there were the garden tools and the
old stone at the very back. He picked it up and spied a place to for on
the ground in the corner where the chimney is joined to the wall. As he
leaned over to put it down, he suddenly and clearly heard,
"The prayers of your ancestors are about to be answered."
He was totally surprised because he never had experienced anything
like that before. Nor had he ever given a second thought to the stone
other than it just being sort of a family keepsake. But he told me he
was quite sure it had to have been the Lord that spoke this to his
heart. He is quite sure, but I am positive it was the Lord!
It is a part of Wales which, like so many others that in past
centuries, have experienced the sweeping moves of the Holy Spirit in
times of revival. What would have been the greatest cry of believers'
hearts back in those days? What other than that family, friends and
neighbors woud come to know the saving grace of Jesus as Lord and
Last week we attended a prayer group that has been going for a while
now in a nearby village. This was the first meeting they have held in a
large chapel there, and we were delighted to find the pastor of our
chapel there welcoming the group into the very chapel where he also is
pastor and was himself baptised there fifty years ago!
As we see that prayers and praying people continue to be brought
together and empowered to pray for this "land of revivals", we are
greatly encouraged. And now having heard about our friend's revelation
about the prayers of his ancestors soon to be answered, along with
countless others who have prayed for this nation over the years, we
know there are great things just ahead!
We pray that you be encouraged in your prayers too, and that God
bless you with more of His amazing grace,
Dick and Gladys Funnell
Friends of Wales Awakening:
Yesterday morning's eclipse made for some very unusual lighting
everywhere. It also created a curious aura like a dome of light over
Cilfowyr Chapel and the immediate area, including the baptistry that is
in the little glen just down below the chapel to the left. Seems to be
yet another reminder that something is going on here.
There was something about the symbolism of the eclipse that
got my attention. It was a reminder that although the kingdom of
darkness rages and flies in our face in today's defiantly ungodly
world, it is just a passing phase. In the big picture of eternity it is
barely the blink of an eye!
I was reminded of the verse in Isaiah 60:2 that says, "For behold, the darkness shall cover
the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over
you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to
your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." What a
great word of encouragement for the body of Christ in these days when
things can seem pretty grim in the world around us. And God's promises
are always good fuel for prayer.
Today is the first day of
spring, and that is always a very welcome time. We now are back to 12
hours of daylight, which is wonderful after less than 8 hours in early
January. The bursting forth of
new life is everywhere now, and birds are singing everywhere like a non-stop chorus.
This is also the time of year when we start to receive more
visitors, and that is always a blessing. The Gent family are old
friends from back in the early days of the Jesus Movement, and have
come for a few days to stay with our friends the Elsaessers. We enjoyed
an excellent time of prayer together up at the chapel with our local
friend Marc, and had some good fellowship over some nice Chinese takeaway
food at our home. The Lord has made us all part of such an awesome
We wish you every blessing in this "coming alive" time of year. May
it be especially so in your daily walk with Jesus too!
Dick & Gladys
We just said goodbye this morning to our friend Aurora who has been
involved in missions work in two African nations for the past thirteen
years. She is originally from Guatemala like Gladys but grew up in New
Orleans. It was great fun to
discover that we have so many common friends and connections. It is
just funny how the Lord makes the world so small sometimes!
One of the things the Lord has told us several times through others
was that our home would be a place of rest and blessing for those that
He would bring to us. It has been a real joy to see this happen time
and again over the years. What a privilege we've had to meet so many
wonderful people from all around the world!
Unusual for this time of year, we had cold but mostly clear weather
all week. Last Tuesday we took her to Ffald-y-Brenin for prayer day
where she was greatly blessed and prayed for by the whole group present.
The next day we went to Soar y Mynydd, an old chapel literally in
the middle of nowhere! This beautiful little chapel has a fascinating
history, and we spent precious time just sitting and praying in the
presence of the Lord. There seems to be a residue of past stirrings
that still lingers there and Aurora received a special
"download" while we prayed.
is the place from where Daniel Rowlands took the fire of God back
to his own church in Llangeitho
in 1779 and a mighty revival spread like a heath fire across much of
there. During the 1700's
and 1800's there were a great many revivals in Wales, and Llangeitho
saw many wonderful seasons of blessing during those years. There was an amazing
prayer meeting held there one morning in 1859 with 20,000 in attendance!
Here's an excerpt describing the meeting. "With bowed heads and
streaming eyes the thousands responded... David Morgan again offered
prayer... beseeching especially that the North Wales brethren should be
baptized with the Revival fire and carry it home. The throng seethed
meanwhile like boiling oil." I'm
sure you will be extremely blessed to read the account of that event,
Daniel Rowlands' experience mentioned above, plus many others in a
brief but powerful overview of God's movings in Wales. You can read the
article at this link.
had two other guests with us during the week, and it is always a great
pleasure for us to introduce people to one another and appreciate
together this wonderful Body of Christ to which we belong. There is
and creativity in the giftings and callings among God's people. And
the more we learn of our amazing family of God, the more we see and
understand of His greatness and love. Ephesians 3:18-19 says, "[that
you] may be able to comprehend
with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and
height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge..."
After a great time together, especially for Gladys and Aurora who
come from the same nation and find themselves in places they never
would have dreamed of being, we sent her on her way. She has some
challenges in the work before her, but great is our God, and faithful
to complete the work that he has started in each of us. Please do pray
for her in the days ahead. And thank you also for prayers for us and
this special nation the Lord has made our home.
Dick & Gladys