Somehow Christmas is suddenly upon us.
Here is evidence from last week when I took part in a great Christmas
dinner with the men's group at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cardigan.
With the unseasonably mild temperatures and nearly six weeks of
constant rain, it just doesn't feel like winter. But the numbers on the
calendar and this event are convincing enough.
I don't know how this year has slipped
by so fast, but it's almost gone. It seems that each year gets just a
little bit shorter. And speaking of short, today is the shortest day of
the year. And that is always an encouraging sign because it means the
days will gradually start getting longer and spring is on the way
years ago in one of our December updates I mentioned an amazing video
called The Star of Bethlehem. I've seen it again recently and thought
it would be worthwhile sharing it another time with you now. If you
didn't have a chance to see it then, we heartily recommend setting
aside an hour to watch it this year.
It is wonderfully refreshing to see
something that we have known to be true by faith stand up to this test
of scientific scrutiny. It confirms and inspires in a way we are not
accustomed to and is very thought provoking. Here is the link to
the video. Also, there is a special 2-minute extra clip about an amazing event that
took place in the heavens at the time of the crucifixion which is just
couple months ago we received an extraordinary blessing from the Lord
that enabled us to travel during the holidays. So we've made plans to
stay in London with friends this Thursday night, and then fly to New
York City on Christmas afternoon. We are delighted and excited to spend
this time with our youngest son and daughter who have been sharing an
apartment in Brooklyn since August. We will also have a chance to see
other relatives and friends there, and so are just thrilled and
thankful for God's extraordinary provision and goodness.
In light of the days we're living in,
it is a supreme privilege to have Jesus, our Prince of Peace, in the
forefront of our hearts and minds. And we want to take this opportunity
to wish each and every one of you a
very blessed and profoundly meaningful Christmas this year. May your
time together with your nearest and dearest be filled with His love and
Dick and Gladys
Friends of Wales Awakening:
A few days ago Gladys had quite an interesting dream. We were on the
main highway in mid-Wales that heads south from Machynlleth towards
Aberystwyth and Cardigan, and there was a massive flock of sheep being
driven right down the road. She was clearly aware of the number in the
dream but when she woke up she wasn't sure whether it was 45,000 or
All along the route there were Christian brothers and sisters from
all the different churches and chapels and fellowships that were
helping to handle this very long and massive drive. At every crossing
and intersection, each farm lane and gateway, the saints were working
together to keep the sheep contained on the roadway.
The destination was Ffald-y-Brenin, a well known Christian retreat
center in our area which I've mentioned several times before. It is
nearly 70 miles and would have taken a few days. The dream ended with a
clear picture of this huge flock going up the steep road to the retreat
center and completely filling the all the surrounding fields in the
It was a very exciting and encouraging dream. While praying and
asking the Lord about the meaning, a few things became very clear.
Machynlleth has been a very dark place spiritually for many long years,
hardened to the Gospel and a center of occult activity. On the other
hand, Ffald-y-Brenin is a place of great Light. Known as a "thin place"
where the barrier between heaven and earth seems to fade away. Many
thousands of people have visited there to seek the Lord, and there are
hundreds upon hundreds of testimonies of amazing healings and divine
encounters. And so this dream is a wonderful picture of the coming of
revival - people coming out of darkness into His marvelous light!
Another thing that was glorious to see is the cooperation of so many
Christians of all different streams. They were all working together in
this incredible effort, blocking every area where the sheep could go
astray. Many had their arms outstretched or linked together, and others
shook empty bags to make noise and startle the animals back towards the
main flock. This wonderful orchestration of the Body of Christ is
nothing but the work of the Holy Spirit bringing into fruition His
amazing plans for this tiny nation, and the world.
One more thing that seems pertinent about the dream is the numbers.
Somewhere in that 45,000 - 85,000 range is the total number of people
who attend church here in Wales. That would include many from
generations of family memberships in traditional denominations and associations
as well as newer groups birthed out of revivals of the past, plus newer
contemporary fellowships that have started up in recent decades.
The prospect of the Lord moving sovereignly over all His church in
such a way that they are drawn out of complacency and traditional inactivity into a new depth and
vitality of relationship with the Holy Spirit is very exciting. That in
turn becomes a lively commitment to service that will impact the
unsaved in their communities as they see the goodness of the Lord and
are drawn to His light, as described in Isaiah 60:2-3. "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."
While spreading apart the stems of parsley this morning to get some
tender shoots, I discovered this ladybug, or ladybird as they're called
here, clutched tightly to a leaf hibernating for the winter. Yet
another reminder of what we believe the Lord has in mind. "For lo, the winter is past, the rain
is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing
has come and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."
Song of Songs 2:11-12
We want to share this to encourage you to step up your praying that the
Lord pour out His Spirit and revive the sleeping church and awaken the
lost of this world. Let's go all out, lets get those sheep moving!
Dick & Gladys
We had a small gathering of very dear friends last week to celebrate
Thanksgiving Day. On the left with their daughter Alissa are long-time
friends Alex and Renie. We have known each other for 42 years, and it
was while visiting them in 1999 that the Lord showed me the vision of
the coming Welsh Revival, and subsequently called us to Wales.
And then two of our local friends, Moira and Arlene, both of whom
are "retired" farmers whose grown children run the farms. They are both
wonderful praying friends with amazing hearts of love for the Lord and
His people. We have SO much to be thankful for, and are glad that every
day is one of thanksgiving for His endless goodness and mercies!
In last week's update I mentioned that we had visitors from Israel
and Austria. Daniel Capri, the Israeli brother, shared a powerful
prayer for Wales the Lord had given him before coming. So I would like
to share it with you, and ask you to consider praying this aloud and
declaring the included scriptures with us regularly.
Awakening Revival prayer for Wales & the Nations
Mighty God & Heavenly Father, in the name of YESHUA, hear and
fulfill our prayer for awakening revival,
So that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear You!
So that all the peoples of the earth may give all praises, all glory and
all honor to Your Holy Name!
* Oh, Lord give attention to your
servant’s prayers here in Wales.
Hear our cry, from your dwelling place in heaven! Hear our plea for
your mercy over Wales, the UK & all the Nations of the earth!
* Oh Lord, my God, Your peoples have been
defeated in living in the realm of your glory!
Oh Lord, my God, Your peoples have been defeated in living in the
presence of your holy awakening revival!
They have been defeated, because they have sinned against you!
Not allowing You, Holy One, to birth the awakening & lead it!
* Forgive! Forgive! Heavenly Father,
forgive us! & Help us to turn back to You, Oh Lord!
* May our eyes be opened again towards
You as Yours are towards us, both in this place and around the world
day and night.!
* Arise Oh Lord! Arise Lord God, and come
to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
* May we, your priests, Lord God, be
clothed with salvation! May we, your faithful people rejoice in your
* Lord God, do not permit us to reject
Your anointed one & Remember the great love promised to David your
Psalm 24:1-2, 7-10
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who
live in it; or he founded it on the seas and established it on the
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that
the King of glory may come into Wales,the UK & all Nations of the
Earth! Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord
mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you
ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in Wales,the UK &
all Nations Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the
King of glory.
Now this is the most
amazing thing that we can be thankful for - He is the King of glory!
Dick & Gladys