We have crossed paths with our friend Emyr two more times on his
pilgrimage to North Wales. We met with a small group last Wednesday for
his arrival in Llangeitho, about one third of his planned route.
This painting from 1912 was in the vestry of the chapel. It is
titled Y Sasiwn Gyntaf, The First Session, a meeting that took place in
1743, and shows George Whitfield in the center with the open bible.
Daniel Rowland and Howell Harris are to his right, and to his left is
William Williams Pantycelyn, a famous Welsh hymn writer. All were key
figures in the Welsh Methodist revivals of the 18th century.
I was impressed by the painting, and could almost sense the
atmosphere of reverence and awe as they discovered together new levels
of understanding of God's word. It brings to mind of the brethren
waiting on the Lord in the upper room just before the first outpouring
And it was here that Daniel Rowland, empowered by the Holy Spirit at
Soar-y-Mynydd in April 1779, came back to his home church and ..."said
friends, 'It is a heath fire and will spread abroad.' And it did
spread.... until it reached many and
far-distant localities in South
and North Wales, and thousands were brought to seek everlasting life."
(This quote is from an article called "Llangeitho and the Welsh
Revivals" which you can read
here, and is well worth your 10-15 minutes!)
Then yesterday afternoon we had to go to Aberystwyth for an
appointment, and knew that Emyr had headed north from there in the
morning to Tre'r Ddol, about 10 rainy miles away. In another instance
of God's incredible timing, when we got to the one crossroad in the
tiny village, and there he was standing on the corner where he had just
arrived and set the cross down to take his bearings!
If you'd like to read some more about his experience so far, there
are some good updates just posted on his Facebook page Crossing Wales.
There is also complete information about the route and dates on the
This is just one more of the encouraging things that happening
around Wales, and we look forward to more to come. As we see more
members of the Body of Christ coming together to seek the Lord in
prayer and study His word, to listen for His voice and worship and cry
out for His mercy on this land, things are coming into place. As people
individually and in groups hear God's instructions for them and choose
to obey, the atmosphere is changing, and the fields are growing ever
closer to the harvest.
Thank you for adding your prayers to those of the thousands, both in
this nation and around the world, that know that God is developing His
special plan for Wales.
Dick and Gladys
Friends of Wales
This last week has been extraordinary with nary a dull moment. As I
mentioned in last week's update, Tuesday was the kick-off for the
Crossing Wales pilgrimage at St. David's Cathedral on the southwestern
tip of Pembrokeshire. The concert was marvelous, and a precious
experience of classical worship. Of the roughly 200 people present,
many were moved to tears.
Both the brief message and commissioning prayer by Canon Dorrien
Davis were wonderfully spirit led and powerful. The essence was that
Wales needs to return to the simple faith in the Gospel of Jesus
Christ, and that this public witness of the cross might touch many,
This special sending off has already proved effective. Emyr told me
on Saturday that they lost count after 8 or 9 people give their lives
to Christ, and have had opportunities to witness to many others. Also,
along the route many Christians have stopped to pray for them and bless
them as they make their towards the north.
He was joined by another cross carrier for the first week, and that
has been a real strength and encouragement to him. Lindsay Hamon, who
has been carrying a cross for 25 years, will re-join him
for the last several days in North Wales and the final ascent of the
1,035 metre Mt Snowdon. So please keep Emyr in your prayers as he
carries on alone this week. (We will be waiting for him at Llangeitho
tomorrow the 20th when he finishes the day with some prayer and
On Wednesday two young ladies from Singapore came to
spend a couple days with us. Besides taking them to our chapel and a
few other places, we had some wonderful fellowship. One's father had
been saved in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit there in the 1970's and
had just co-written a book about it with her brother. So they had lots
of stories, and were interested to hear our stories of the same time
they went Thursday to Ffald-y-Brenin, we spent some really wonderful
time with two intercessors from Austria. After some tea and Gladys'
delicious apple pie, we went to the chapel and had a fantastic time of
anointed prayer. They also brought us an Austrian flag, so our little
collection is growing and reminds us to pray for those nations.
Then on Friday we had a "changing of the guard" and received Nidia
from Colombia and her friend Natalia from Argentina! Both are students
at the third 12-week course that just started at the Bible College of
Wales. We first heard from Nidia early last year, and so it was nice to
Because Spanish is the main language in our home, we had a really
great time together. They
brought us some platanos (plantains) so we had a delicious Latino
breakfast too, tortillas and all. Natalia is a gifted musician and
worshipper and we spent some sweet time in Gods presence.
They were both brimming over with their experiences at the BCW, and we
were all deeply moved as we shared together. When we told them about
Emyr's carrying the cross, they immediately exclaimed how they would
love to meet and pray for him. Well God being God, and knowing the
desires of our hearts, He had that all prearranged.
After breakfast we took them to pray at the chapel in Blaenannerch.
We had a really exceptional time of prayer there, and the bending of
hearts was piercing through to the heavenlies for sure. And then, as if
carefully orchestrated, when we finished after a lengthy session and
went out to the front of the chapel, at that very instant the two
crosses were passing directly across the road before our eyes!
always, the Lord is far ahead of us and we are constantly amazed at His
perfect ways and timings. Needless to say, we were delighted for the
opportunity to pray and strengthen Emyr and Lindsay. And our friends
were more than thrilled and blessed as well.
And as if that wasn't enough, while we were with a small group
gathered for prayer waiting for them at the end of the day's walk, I
got a call from our friends Bryn & Sylvia in Canada. Without any
knowledge of what was going on, they were wanting us pray a blessing
over the official opening meeting of their newly finished prayer room.
So just as I went outside to video-chat with them and I told them where
we were, in came the two crosses! I asked Emyr and Lindsay pray to for
them right then and there, and a short burst of live international
prayer was a more powerful blessing for our Canadian brethren than they
were hoping for.
So yet again we see evidence of God's amazing sovereignty in all
matters both great and small, and we are constantly encouraged to
continue ahead with enthusiastic faith. "For the eyes of the Lord run to and
fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of
those whose heart is loyal to Him." 2 Chronicles 16:9
Thank you once again for your continued interest in and prayers for
us, for Wales and for the nations!
Dick & Gladys
Friends: Lots going on...
Last week someone sent me a couple of prophetic words given for
Wales very recently, and I will post them both on the Words
About Wales page that I update from time to time. I will quote the
shorter one here. They are both very encouraging and fit hand in glove
with the growing sense of expectancy in the land.
So I'm traveling into
Newport when the Lord speaks to me and says, "I'm going to redeem
everything about this nation even the emblem of the dragon." I almost
slammed on the breaks, "what!!!" Then the Lord said "I'm going to strip
Satan of everything, the Lion is mine, the eagle is mine, the bull is
mine and man is mine, and guess what Yinka, I'll even redeem the emblem
of the dragon, for it does not belong to Satan, he just stole the
emblem and wrapped himself with it. Son, Wales will be once more a sign
and wonder to the nations, religious spirits will be confounded, not
understanding the full extent of my redemptive powers. Where they see
the emblem of Wales they will think of my ability to save."
Pastor Yinka Oyekan
The Gate Church, Reading, UK
week is also the start of the Pilgrimage of the Cross. Our friend Emyr
Mathias will be commissioned at St. David's Cathedral on Tuesday at a
special service and concert. From there he will set off the next
morning for Mt. Snowdon in North Wales. It is nearly a 4 week journey,
and there will be events organized along the route. For details of
dates and places, see the website CrossingWales.
Other cross carriers will be joining him and will come together for the
ascent of Mt. Snowdon on October 8th.
We believe this is a significant event - Emyr's carrying the cross
along the roads has impacted many people already. People have stopped
to ask him what's it about, and to thank and encourage him. And some
have wound up in tears and been really touched by the Lord. So please
pray that there will be lots of opportunities to share the truth and
glorious hope that we have in Jesus!
We had a wonderful week with more visits and goings on.
We spent Thursday with a small group from Singapore, and had sweet
fellowship and some truly amazing times of prayer. One special time
took place in our chapel, praying for blessing and anointing from
Singapore into Wales, and then sending blessings and revival anointing
back into that small island nation that has made such valuable
investments into this land, such as the redeeming of the Bible College
of Wales and Pisgah Chapel.
We are living in extraordinary times, and we look forward to each
day with complete trust that God's plans for ourselves, for Wales, and
the nations are coming to pass before our eyes. What a privilege, and a
responsibility, to be "...ambassadors for Christ, as though God were
pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled
to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might
become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
It seems incredible that it has already been 4 weeks since we
returned from Israel! Within an hour after arriving home in Wales we
got a call "out of the blue" from a brother from Norway who was
visiting a few days in the UK. He
felt compelled to pray in Wales, and asked if I could direct him to a
places. Two days later he stayed overnight with us and visited both
our chapel and Blaenannerch. He was seeking to take a deposit of revival
fires from Wales back to his home country. Just a
few days ago he sent me this photo of an amazing sunrise, an encouraging sign of things to come...
Somehow over the next two weeks we found ourselves with visit after
visit. It was all very spontaneous, and just a pleasure to spend time
the saints of God. We love the scripture in Psalms 16:3 that says, "As for the saints who are on the
'They are the excellent ones, in
whom is all my delight.'"
dear friends Marilyn (with our cat) and Margie are sisters from
Pembrokeshire who are missionaries respectively in the Czech Republic
and France. We've known them for many years and they are such godly
examples of loving and faithful service in the Lord's vineyards. Would
you please pray for each of them and their ministries? Also please
could you pray especially for their parents, who are both in their 90's
and still living at home. Margie has had to stay behind with them due
to some difficult health issues with their father just now and they all
need some special grace and healing. Thank you.
there were another few wonderful and very exciting visits
from some local friends, as well as another younger couple, Troy and
Pennsylvania. They were only with us for a few hours, but wow! What a
time we had - such prayers, and testimonies of God's love and patience
and transforming power. We could easily have gone on for days, but they
had many other places to see and pray.
to say we were very blessed and encouraged their brief visit. They also
they brought us a U.S flag which we now have up at the chapel with a
few others from the 25 countries where people have come from and prayed
with us here. I just heard from them last week saying, "Our revival
meeting on Saturday night was well attended by 10 churches of all
denominations. Crying out for revival! There were about 300 people in
attendance. More Lord!!" There is such a hunger among the nations for a
mighty outpouring of God's Holy Spirit and the coming awakening!
Later that last week of August, we drove to the coastal town of
Colwyn Bay in North Wales for a small but significant Wildfires Revival
Conference. There again we witnessed more of this increasing desire
God's intervention in the hearts of men and the affairs of Wales and
the nations of the world. The main speaker was Michael Marcel, author
of God's Heart for a Dying
Land and Prepare for
Revival. His teaching was rich with historical narratives of
past revivals, and challenging as we look to God for what's ahead.
had been invited to speak at both Sunday meetings to end the
conference, and that was a bit of a stretch for me, but God's grace is
always sufficient. The word the Lord spoke to me last September about the Kidron Brook was
impressed even more deeply in my heart having just been in that very
place weeks before, and so I shared that in the morning. I was
gratified to learn afterwards that there were more tears than just my
The evening meeting flowed much more easily. After showing an old 10-minute
video about how the Lord called us here in 2002, it was easy to
relate some of the many things we've seen the Lord do over the years:
the redeeming of the Bible College of Wales and other properties
according to the words of Jeremiah 32:15, wonderful networks of
prayers being established, testimonies of God's manifestations,
prophetic words, etc. Once I got going it was hard to stop, and when I
did, they asked for more! It was such fun, and a great encouragement
and stimulus for us all.
The Lord literally put the following verses in my hand to finish off
with and empower our prayers in Psalm 22:27-28. "All the ends of the world shall
remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations
shall worship before You. For the Kingdom is the Lord’s, and He rules
over the nations."
Dick & Gladys