This past week has been full of more encouraging activities. Pisgah
Chapel in Loughor was re-dedicated after being rescued from demolition,
and totally renovated by our friends from Cornerstone Community Church
This beautiful little chapel was a church plant of Moriah Chapel,
of the 1904 Welsh Revival fame. The construction was overseen by Evan
Roberts himself, who lived just a few hundred yards away. It was also a
special place of prayer for him and others, and many say that it was
here where the revival was forged.
I didn't know this place existed 12 years ago. On one of our several
visits to Wales before moving here, we stayed in Island House B&B
where Evan grew up. I had a marvelous experience praying along the
nearby river before dawn where surely he had walked and praying
many times, and I felt strongly connected to his prayers. You can read
more about that in the October 29th entry here.
Tuesday we had the priviledge of spending time with a
group that came from Singapore for the graduation of the second class
at the restored Bible College of Wales in Swansea. They were also at
the dedication service at Pisgah where we met face to face since making
arrangements through email.
After a wonderful time in a place that had been saturated by
prayers leading up to the 1904 revival, it was a special blessing to
bring them to another unique place of prayer. The tiny St. Govan's
was built into the cliffs by the
sea on the south coast of Pembrokeshire, where the Celtic Monk spent
the last years of his life preaching the Gospel praying for the land in
the 6th century.
It is always a joy for us to share these significant places in West
Wales with so many saints that come from other places with a hunger for
God. Most people know of the heritage
of prayer and revival here, and are eager to add their prayers to those
the past. This particular place is great to just come soak in the
atmosphere where prayers have been offered up for over 1500 years.
Yesterday we met them at two more local historic places: the "Bend
me" chapel in Blaenannerch, and the small church by the sea at Mwnt.
And then after lunch we came and spent some wonderful time praying at
our Cilfowyr Chapel. This is always the highlight for us, as we feel
constantly strengthened and encouraged by reenforcements from afar.
It is also a blessing to be able to pray for those that come, and
know that what they have been absorbing here in Wales will stick with
them and empower their prayers. And they will continue praying for the
coming move of God in Wales because they know it will have
repercussions their own countries also.
"In days to come Jacob will
Israel will bud and blossom
and fill all the world with
Thank you for your continued interest and prayers. May God bless you
Dick and Gladys
Dear Friends of Wales
Saturday morning we drove to Abergavenny to join with friends for
the Crossing Wales event that we mentioned last month. It was a grey
and windy start to the day, which made it a comfortable climb to the
top of the Blorenge, the mountain just south of the town.
There was a fair number of brave souls that undertook the climb, and
hats of to Emyr who carried the cross the whole way from the starting
point. It was a time to sing out praises, to pray together and to
prophesy and make scriptural declarations over the area.
Abergavenny has a long history and many great preachers have come
from the area in years gone by. But in more recent times it has been
sort of a dark place, and people have grown hardened to the Gospel. As
we finished up and were coming down again, the clouds thinned out and
the sun came shining through, as if to confirm that there was a result
of our reclaiming the territory for the Kingdom of God!
At lunchtime a good many more people from several area churches met
together for a picnic in the local castle grounds in the sunshine which
by then was very hot. The day's activities finished up with a joint
service in the local Baptist Church which was attended by an even
of people, and it was really good to see the family of God coming
together in unity.
On Sunday after church, Gladys and I set off to do some exploring in
the area. One of the places we visited was the old Llanthony Priory,
started in the 1100's. It functioned for just about 350 years before
its decline, and was formally closed down by King Henry VIII along with
all the other monasteries in the Britain.
The ruin seems to make a statement about the general state of the
church in Wales, and the rest of the UK today. It is estimated that
only about 4% of the population are active in their Christian faith,
and some fear that it is even less than that. However that is precisely
why the Lord called us here to pray. And as I've mentioned, over the
years the Lord has called many more people to Wales in preparation for
what is to come. And the pace is picking up.
Just as the spring is now in full swing and everything everywhere is
growing, we see through eyes of faith that something is also happening
in the spiritual realm. it is summed up
beautifully in this portion from Psalms 65:9-13.
You visit the earth and water it,
You greatly enrich it;
The river of God is full of water;
You provide their grain,
For so You have prepared it.
You water its ridges abundantly,
You settle its furrows;
You make it soft with showers,
You bless its growth.
You crown the year with Your goodness,
And Your paths drip with abundance.
They drop on the pastures of the wilderness,
And the little hills rejoice on every side.
The pastures are clothed with flocks;
The valleys also are covered with grain;
They shout for joy, they also sing.
(You can see a short
clip at this link!
Another part of our day's adventure took us through this beautiful
little valley passageway. The ancient beech trees have become totally
entwined with one another, planted along the fence
line on both sides of the lane. The lush growth of fresh leaves is
aglow with the sunlight in the early afternoon and forms this tunnel of
new life leading into the open sunshine at the top. Gladys said it
looked like the roadway to heaven!
Looking at the surface of the road it is evident that it is not a
smooth or easy ride. And that is not far off of our own experience in
this life. And I am quite certain that we aren't the only ones. And
through these things the Lord is always at work in our hearts.
Jesus never said it would be easy. In fact, in John He said "These things I have spoken to you, that
in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but
be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
And because we know the Glory at the end of the Story, we continue
ahead, and look forward with hope and confidence as God's goodness
becomes ever more evident with each passing day.
May He bless you each day with greater knowledge of His grace and
Dick & Gladys
It's hard to believe that eleven years ago this morning we found
ourselves standing with half of our worldly possesions outside Heathrow
Airport in London! Our Welsh adventure had begun and here we were full
of expectation and perhaps a little trepidation too!
It has been an amazing time and we have seen the Lord's faithfulness
in sustaining and blessing us from day one. For example, we had rented
a car for a week and hoped to be able to buy a vehicle by then. But on
drive out to Wales I said, "Lord, it would be really awesome if I could
find a cheap car quickly and turn in the rental tomorrow and save a few
hundred bucks." It was just a casual mention if you know what I mean,
not at all a serious prayer.
Can you believe that later that first afternoon when I went up to
the chapel, the caretaker had a little car that he sold me for about
$100 more than what the week's rental would have cost? God's amazing
grace has provided for us day by day by day, and we continue to be
amazed and filled with thanksgiving at seeing His faithfulness
throughout these years.
It wasn't long after that we were able to purchase a fairly new used
minivan with low mileage with the generous gift of friends back home. And
now, after almost 11 years and 120,000 miles, we have just gotten
another car. Last year we received an amazing gift that enabled us to
travel to the USA and Guatemala. Fortunately we had enough left from
that to put toward a newer car, and God once again, as only He can do,
gave us newer car (2004) with even lower mileage and automatic
transmission so Gladys will be able to drive now too as soon as she
gets a UK license!
On Friday we enjoyed a visit
with friends we've known for several years from the south side of
Pembrokeshire. We always have a good time together, and get some extra
smiles when we meet somebody new, because we are Dick and Jill, Dick
and Hazel, and Dick and Gladys! We fired up the grill, they brought the
goods and we enjoyed a great little barbeque before heading up for some
prayer at the chapel.
Over the years we have had countless opportunities to pray together
with many new friends from far and wide. We could have been keeping a
guest book I suppose but it just never seemed important. What is
important however is that people are still coming and joining in the
prayer effort here. We know that many who have only come once still
remember their time here and continue to pray for Wales, and for us.
During the preparations for our move here, more than once people
asked us how long we intended to stay here. My answer was that I hadn't heard a specific
time from the Lord, but that we were thinking anywhere between five to
fifteen years, or until revival breaks out and the Lord shows us our
work here is done. And here we still are today, which means the coming
revival is eleven years closer than it was when we first arrived. And
that is exciting!
Recently I was reading in the Psalms one morning and this portion
practically leapt off the page as the Lord showed me how he has kept us
so faithfully in His hand.
"13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the LORD
In the land of the living.
14 Wait on the LORD;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!
So as we enter this next stage of our mission here, we look forward
with strengthened hearts and sweet anticipation of the goodness of the
Lord being made evident to multitudes, and His spirit being poured out
on all flesh!
Thank you so very much for your interest, your prayers and your
support. We know we are not in this alone. God continues bringing more
people into Wales for such times as these, and we rejoice in Jesus and
His loving plans for a needy world.
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Somehow these last ten days have flashed past and here we are in
May! The annual hymn festival, "Cymanfa Ganu" in Welsh, has come and
gone. On Sunday the last rehearsal was held at "our" Cilfowyr Chapel,
and good use was made of the just refurbished vestry in between the
Gladys was in her element serving tea and cakes through the several
sittings it took to accommodate everyone. The 35 children were first to
be served, and she said their eyes absolutely lit up when they saw such
a grand variety of goodies stacked up on each table!
We've been making the most of the beautiful days that we've had
lately. It has still been cold but blue skies and sunshine have
everything up, and flowers are
everywhere now, with more coming out every day.
haven't had our
vegetable garden really going for a few years, and finally it is all
turned and weeded and almost ready to transplant seedlings. It has been
hours and hours of hard work, and my body is beginning to show telltale
signs of my years, but it is a joy to be active outdoors again. The
warmth of the last few days has the trees in the river valley below the
house starting to fill up with tender green leaves.
Yesterday we had a wonderful visit from our long time Welsh friend
Elaine and our mutual friend Audrey from the Khasi Hills region of
Northeast India. It is a region that was first reached by Welsh
missionaries in the mid-1800s, and then has had wonderful revivals
every 50 years since then. She was set afire in the revival that took
place there in 2006 and contacted us when she began to investigate the
It was such a treat to meet face to face after all these years and
hear her stories of revival, and her heart of gratitude to the Welsh
missionaries that God used to bring the Gospel to her ancestors. After
a meal and sweet fellowship we took her and Elaine up to Cilfowyr. It
was precious beyond words
to see tears of joy stream down her cheeks as her dream was made real
as she stepped inside a real Welsh chapel. Her prayers for this land to
once again experience the power of God's love and saving grace that she
knows so well were marvelous indeed. What an inexpressible privilege
the Lord gives us to become His sons and daughters.
Besides this special visit and many other things as well, Gladys and
I have an extra cause for gratitude. We have been invited by some dear
friends to go with them to the Celebration for the Nations that will
take place in late July in Israel! They have never been before to the
Holy Land and the Lord put it on their hearts to take us with them to
actually Israel for a week and then take part in the Celebration.
We are thrilled and overwhelmed yet again by God's goodness and the
amazing generosity of His people towards us. Last year it was Guatemala
and the USA, and now are actually going to Israel. It is a dream
fulfilled by the pure grace of God.
How our hearts long for the nations of the world to know the love of
the Savior. Please pray with us that this would become the prayer of
millions of people around the globe:
"One thing I have desired of the
Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All
the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire
in His temple." Psalm 27:4
Dick & Gladys