Friends and Prayers:
We want to thank you for your prayers for my small surgery last
week. We went through Carmarthen on our way to Swansea and found this
silver statue of a shepherd and his small flock puzzling over the
The operation went quite well, I was awake the whole time. It seemed
strange to be talking to the doctors as they "cut and pasted" a small
patch from here to there, etc. And like many people we meet, they asked
what we are doing in Wales.
This is always an open door to talk about the Welsh Revival, and
God's great love for a lost world, and our assignment of intercessory
prayer. Two of the doctors came from Muslim countries and were very
curious to hear about revival and how God visited this land in such a
special way. Through their many questions the Lord opened the door for
seeds of the gospel to be planted. So please pray for
After the procedure and a short rest, our friend Huw picked us up
and then we drove home from his house. It all went so well that the
next day we celebrated with a little cook out for the two of us. It was
nice to have a little distraction from a bit of discomfort and
appreciate the mild temperature.
Our landlord Chris kindly added on this little area which we use for
the purpose. And right now, he is in need of our prayers. Tomorrow he
goes in for delicate surgery for cancer around his right lung. First
they said it was inoperable, and now they are going ahead with it.
We have prayed for him two times, and the Lord did something
extraordinary both times. He felt a strong heat and relief from pain. But the tumor is still there. Both he and
his wife prayed to accept Christ as Lord and Savior and that is the
most important part. But this is a huge struggle for them and we cherish
your prayers for divine intervention on their behalf, both for their growth in Christ and for physical healing.
Today we had a wonderful visit from people from Israel and Austria.
The Lord impressed on them the need to come and bring prayers and
blessings from their countries to Wales, and found out about our work
here and got in touch. It was amazing to hear their story of how God
showed them the importance of Wales in His plans and timetable for the
coming of revival to the nations. We spent an awesome time together in
the chapel, and sweet fellowship over a hot soup on the year's coldest
day so far.
We are continually amazed how God is directing focus in prayer for
Wales and the coming revival from so many nations around the world. We
are freshly encouraged by His grace.
We want to encourage you also to continue steadfast in prayer for
your part of the world, and together we look to Him for great things!
Dick & Gladys
Last Saturday we met up with friends in
Swansea and were delighted by some spectacular views during a late
lunch, looking west over Swansea Bay from the 28th floor of its tallest
building. Then after a beautiful sunset, we drove home together and
they stayed with us until Monday. We didn't know then that the sun was
just giving us a special farewell!
But we have something far better than sun when skies are
mostly grey. Jesus said to the disciples in John 8:12, "I am the light of the world. He who
follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
And that was just the case for us. The Lord blessed us with some
great fellowship and His light was shining in a special way. On Sunday
evening we got a call from a local friend who wanted to show some
visitors from Israel a few of the old revival sites in our area. She thought perhaps they would enjoy meeting some local people here, and had contacted other friends of ours as well.
We had thought to walk along the coastal path but the wind-driven
rain was not conducive to that plan, so we met with them all on Monday at
Blanannerch and spent some precious time in worship and prayer
together. Then from there headed down to the old chapel by the sea
at Mwnt just a few miles away for a quick visit and prayers for the many visitors
that come in each year just a have a curious look as in every other touristic site.
Then during lunch afterwards we discovered that our visitors, our
friend's visitors and ourselves all knew people in common from
different parts of the world! it is just such an amazing network of
connections and friendships that the Lord is building around the world
in our days. We were all well encouraged by what He did among us in such a short time.
we had another special time when we met with a group that is forming to
support our local friend Emyr. He has been led by the Lord to
build a large cross with a wheel on it, and to carry it along the
highways and byways as a public testimony to the work of amazing grace
that Jesus completed at Calvary nearly 2000 years ago. We knew several
people present, but were delighted to meet other like-minded saints who
have been also praying for Wales for years. Some of the ladies in the group
have themselves been doing annual walks with a smaller cross through
certain areas of West Wales.
joined hearts and voices in worship and prayer, it was marvelous to
sense the unity of spirit and the determination of everyone present to
press in until we see the Kingdom of God be released in Wales and
beyond. It is just plain exciting for us to see these things taking
place around us. As plans for this project develop we will keep you
On a personal note, I will be going in Wednesday for what should be a
simple plastic surgery for skin cancer on my ear and chest, and would
much appreciate your prayers on my behalf. It is nothing at all
serious, but just the idea of it is not very appealing! Thank you so much.
And we pray that like us, you also look forward to each and every
coming day and its discoveries of just what form His new mercies will take in
May the Lord bless you abundantly among all the other good things He
Dick & Gladys
Friends of Wales Awakening:
In last week's update I wrote about how young people in Majorca are
beginning to seek spiritual things but sadly not finding a relevant
expression of Christianity to attract them. Well then you can imagine
how delighted we were when, within days of writing that, and through
totally distinct circumstances, we met two young ladies who are both
sold out for the Lord!
Each of them have made major changes to enable them to follow the
more closely and serve Him wholeheartedly. What a welcome breath of
fresh air and inspiration. And it was even a greater delight to put
them in touch with one another as they live less than 20 miles from
each other. And one had even been told about the other twice before, so
the Lord was already setting things up.
This is yet another facet of how God is preparing things here in
Wales for the coming of revival. In this morning's photo the
sun was shining through the gateway and gleaming brightly on the heavy
dew in the field below the chapel. It seems to fit nicely with this
verse in Psalm 110:3, "Your
people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of
holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth."
And speaking about young people, earlier this year met a young
couple from the Netherlands who have felt a calling to Wales.
Then when they found out about a revival conference in September
through a post I put on Facebook, they changed their holiday plans and
came to the conference. During their visit the Lord confirmed their
calling, and opened the doors for them to be involved in grounds work
and intercession at the Bible College of Wales in Swansea. And since
then God has performed some glorious acts of grace on their behalf and
they are moving here in 3 weeks time!
We just love watching how the Lord connects people as he builds His
church. And it is wonderful to find more and more young people getting
serious about the Lord. The scripture in 1 Timothy 4:12 comes to mind. "Let no one despise your youth, but be
an example to the
believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity."
just a great exhortation for any Christian, no matter what age. But
as we discover more young people embracing the call of God and actively
seeking to fulfill it, we are wonderfully encouraged and look forward
to what is to come next.
Autumn with its harvest and changing colors is fully upon us now. It
time of the year that shows off the fruitfulness of land, the result of
the growing season and long hours of work to manage the crops and
It is also a good reminder of the fruitfulness that we see around us
in the Kingdom of God. It is an encouragement to continue steadfast in
the course set out for each of us. Galatians 6:9 says, "And let us not grow weary while doing
good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
And as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15:58, "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."
We invite you to rejoice with us in God's goodness and faithfulness.
And may His blessings abound more and more in your lives and bear fruit
for the glory of His great name.
Dick & Gladys