Praying Friends and Saints:
Last Wednesday evening we arrived home again tired and happy after a
wonderful two weeks in New York and an extremely full 20 days in
Louisiana. We are indeed alive and well, in spite of the very long
silence! I think this is the longest time between updates since we've
been in Wales. Besides spending almost every waking hour with family
and friends, I also had 9 very long sessions with two amazing dentist
friends David and Kirk that very generously donated their professional
services in support of our wellbeing here. It wasn't particularly fun,
I'd much rather have gone fishing like the old days, but we are both
extremely grateful for their care and help in such necessary matters.
(Don't forget to floss!!!)
During the time in the New Orleans area we stayed with our old
friends Pablo and Jaime Cruz, their son Sebastian and baby-bump
Raphael. We first met Pablo in the 1990's when he came with his family
from Honduras and
joined our church. He eventually took over my work with the local
church and Verbo Ministries, and has since and very happily become a
family man. They were wonderful hosts for us in our comings and goings
It was real treat to visit our old home church and greet many old
friends as well as meet many new folks that have started coming over
the years. It's hard to believe we've been gone for nearly 12 years
now, but all the new faces and young people now married and settled
down make it undeniable. We are becoming genuine old-timers!
also took the opportunity to visit our friends at the Cowboy Outreach
Church near Shreveport in Northern Louisiana. As always the Lord had
our schedule pre-arranged, and we were gladly able to join them for the
weekly intercessory prayer meeting and share and spur them on in their
pursuit of seeking God's answers to prayer. These saints have been a
great encouragement and support to us over the years, and it was a joy
to be able to spend time together. We look forward to some of them
coming over to spend some time praying with us for the coming Welsh
Evidence continues to build as we learn of more focus on God's plans
for Wales from around the world. On January 20th out of the blue I got
this email from a man in Australia that said, "Before I left [for Wales
in October] the Holy Spirit came on me and I had to pull over. The Lord
said 'strong winds of revival are about to sweep across this nation.
These winds will be stronger than ever before.They will shake the
nation to its foundations.' I felt like I had been given the
baton to pass the story to other generations. Every time I click into
or think of Wales I begin drinking in the Spirit!"
We spent most of our last week visiting with our son Mike and his
wife Lauren when she was available. It was a real delight to just have
the freedom to spend relaxed time together and visit between visits to
the dentist. Thanks to our friends Luis and Janet Soto who once again
gave us the use of their lovely house on the North Shore, we had the
perfect place to just make ourselves at home, play some music together
and just enjoy being family again. Of course it's always hard to say
our goodbyes, but we have gotten accustomed to it at this stage of the
So what seemed like would be a very long time away from home went by
all too fast. And although we would have wanted to stay more time to
see more people we knew and loved during our 16 years ministering in
New Orleans, we were at the same time very glad to be heading back
again. Like the old saying goes, "Home is where the heart is."
And we know for sure that our hearts are so very much tied up in
this amazing land of revivals. The continual newness of hope for God's
movings in this land continues growing apace. We are just glad to be
home again and we look forward with excitement to what He has next for
We are infinitely thankful to the Lord for His amazing provision for
our every need, and want to thank each of you for your prayers for us,
and moreso, for your continued prayers for Wales.
Wishing you every blessing and grace in the Holy Spirit,
Dick and Gladys
Friends of Wales
Welcome to 2017! Traveling from the farms and fields of West Wales to the heart of Brooklyn, New York has been quite a change of scenery! But we have been having a wonderful time with our daughter Grace and son Richard here, exploring a very different world. Last night we watched a fabulous fireworks display in Prospect Park to usher in the new year!
I have been re-reading the last sermon preached in Welsh by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a well loved and respected Welsh pastor and teacher, that a friend gave me several years ago. He is addressing the need for every believer to have direct personal encounter with God. Among the examples he gives is that of Blaise Pascal, a 17th century French mathematician, physicist, inventor and Christian philosopher.
At one point in his life he had an extraordinary encounter with God, and kept a written description of it sewn into a piece of clothing he always wore, as if to constantly remind himself of this all-important event. I thought it was brilliant, and that it could be a good focal point for our own lives as we look ahead to this new year and the inevitable ebb and flow of current events.
Pascal found himself for about two hours surrounded by "the fire of the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob. Not the God of philosophers and scholars. Certainty, certainty, feeling joy, peace. The God of Jesus Christ, forgetting the world and everything except God. It can only be received in the way it is taught in the gospel. The greatness of the human soul. O Holy Father, the world does not know you, but I know you. Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy…. He concluded by quoting Psalm 119:16: 'I will not forget thy word. Amen.'"
As we look forward to the many changes and challenges this year will surely bring, let us keep in mind this wonderful truth that, "... in Him we live and move and have our being..." Acts 17:28
Dick & Gladys