Praying Friends and Saints:
A patch of low lying fog catches the
morning sun in the Teifi Valley seen from the long ridge above the
chapel. The sun is coming up now just after 8 a.m. and goes down at 6
p.m. That means we have about six hours less sunlight than we did in
June, and the time keeps slowly racing by.
And speaking which, it's hard to believe
it was over 18 years ago on the hilltop just to the left of here when
the Lord gave me the first vision of the coming revival. And as the
time draws closer, the pace is steadily picking up. Many people both
here and abroad are aware of a growing sense of expectancy.
We continue to hear from or meet more and
more people are feeling an urgency to pray for this coming
move of God in Wales. In September we got an email from a lady who
said, "I received a call to pray for Wales some time ago, and as a
result purchased a Holiday Cabin in West Wales." It turns out her place
is very close to us and we have met and prayed together, and will
surely do so again.
Then just two weeks ago I took a friend to
visit a nearby retreat center and we met these young ladies who came
with a group from America to pray in and for Wales. One was from a
church in Birmingham, Alabama that has been praying specifically every
week for Wales and God's purposes here. You can imagine their surprise
when I mentioned some new friends that stayed with us in early July and
also happen to be from the Birmingham area! They didn't know each other
but hopefully will be able to meet and pray together soon.
Hunger for the Lord, and prayer, is
growing wonderfully on so many fronts. On that Sunday
afternoon we had a few local musician friends over for a time of
worship and prayer. Each song led us into different areas for prayer
and we really had a powerful time. Because it was a warm afternoon we
set up on our terrace and filled the valley with some sounds of heaven.
(We didn't know our cat was a music lover, but she seemed to fit right
Then, last Friday we spent the day with a
brother from Cardiff,
who I've known just over the
phone, and his fiancee who lives farther
to the west. We met at the "bend me" chapel in Blaenannerch and had a
great time of sharing and prayer. Then after lunch, we moved on to our
chapel for a bit of our story and more prayer. Later, a
cup of coffee at the house stretched into a makeshift supper and more
time of precious fellowship and prayers together.
This week has been full as well. A friend
from Singapore came to stay on Monday with a couple of his friends and
left yesterday. All three came up to the chapel with us in the
mornings, and it was a real blessing to have their input into our
prayer times. As
they were led to certain portions of the scriptures, they developed
their prayers around them. We followed each other's prayers in an easy
and smoothly flowing way, and it was a delight to see how the Holy
Spirit guided us along.
On Tuesday they spent time at the Ffald-y-Brenin retreat center.
Then Wednesday I took them to the 500-year-old chapel at Mwnt, and from
there we went to New Quay where the first manifestations of the Holy
Spirit started things moving in early 1904. Florrie Evans, a young
member of the chapel there, was moved to stand out and proclaim out
loud, "I love the Lord Jesus Christ with all of my heart." And God used
that simple but profound act of obedience and declaration to set into
motion what would become known as the Great Welsh Revival.
It is always a privilege as well as an encouragement for us to help
visitors connect with the tremendous spiritual heritage of this land.
It is a blessing that works both ways. People that visit hope to take
some of the Welsh revival anointing back to their own countries and
churches. But they also inevitably carry away with them a burden to
pray for Wales, which itself has a tremendous need for widespread
revival. And we know that it is because of God's great faithfulness
that our work here is bearing fruit for His kingdom.
this month we attended the annual Pembrokeshire Prayer Breakfast. One
of the highlights for me was a time of prayers of gratitude, and people
came forward to testify and thank God for the many things He is doing
around the nation on a far greater level than just the things that we
see. There is definitely an upswing in His activity in this small
nation, and we constantly pray for and watch for more!
Thanks for praying with us. And, "Now may the God of hope fill you
with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by
the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
Dick & Gladys
Dear Saints and Praying Friends:
While visiting friends many years ago, I discovered this cross-stitched embroidery
in a frame on the wall. It made an instant impression on me - I laughed my head
off! As I recall it was made by our friend's grandmother many years ago. And
of course I had to take a picture of it for you to enjoy as well. :o)
But after the humorous element subsides, the message grows serious and is a
good exhortation for us all. These words of Jesus from Matthew 22:14 were few,
"For many are called, but few are chosen."
But they are profoundly significant and challenging to us today.
Thankfully God's mercies are new every morning, and every new day He gives
us presents new opportunities to grow in our knowledge of Him and to walk in
His ways. They are not only are merely opportunities, but are also responsibilities.
week in the chapel my curiosity was piqued by the shadow from this ceiling lamp
in the top of the arch of the window to the left. Why would it be higher than
the lamp itself? The early morning sun was shining down, not up, so how could
There could only be one explanation, the sunlight had to be bouncing off of
something. So I marched outside with camera in hand to prove my 'theory' and
explore what could have such a shiny surface. I couldn't imagine a gravestone
having such a perfectly reflective surface.
my surprise and delight, I found that the best of man's handiwork had been embellished
by the One Who knows how to perfect things indeed! The rainfall during the night
had pooled on the surface and had this brilliant effect and blinded my eyes
with light. I don't think even a glass mirror could have produced such a dazzling
While I gazed in admiration of God's doings that so surpass our abilities,
lots of things came to mind. First among them was the scripture in Ephesians
5:14 says, "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the
dead, And Christ will give you light." Now here is something worth
getting up for. What an amazing promise!
And there are many many more. Jesus, the light of life, has called us out of
darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). And earlier in Ephesians.5,
verse 8 says, "For you were once darkness, but now
you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." Do a search
on "darkness + light" and you will be greatly encouraged.
There is a price to be paid (read Romans 6 and 12:1-2) - but it is SO worth
And just at that out-of-place shadow caught my attention, so can our lives
draw the attention of the people around us that still walk in the darkness of this
world. That is what we're called to do. The words of Jesus in Matthew 5:16 say
it best. "Let your light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven"
People running to humble themselves at the foot of the cross of Christ is one
of the best ways to glorify our Heavenly Father, wouldn't you agree?
Longing for more of His light in our own lives, and in the lives of all Christians everywhere,
Dick & Gladys
the nations, 'The Lord reigns.' The world is firmly established, it
cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity." These
words of Psalm 96:10 are a good exhortation and encouragement in the
times we are living in. As global events seem to make our world shake
which way, it is an amazing privilege that we get to stand on solid
Like everyone else we were shocked and dismayed to learn of the
horrific incident in Las Vegas. Such unprovoked and unthinkable
that devastated the lives of so many innocent people just seems too
impossible to be real. But tragically it is all too real and intensely
painful for every person directly affected. And it is painful for the
rest of us as well.
And we cry out like David in Psalm 61:1-2, "Hear my cry, O God; attend to my
prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is
overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I."
Sadly, this was just one more of countless tragic happenings around
the world. And how about the many more that we never hear about? They
make us ask ourselves, "Where is
righteousness and justice? What is
going on in this world?" And just as sadly, we must recognize the
answer as stated in Isaiah 53:6. "All
we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own
way..." This is the simple and uncomfortable fact, both for
individuals and for nations. And the Lord will judge each one with
equity and truth.
And yet in this same place we
see the greatest of God's interventions made crystal clear. Isaiah says
in the previous verse 5, "...He
was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are
healed." In sending Jesus, God provided the only solution.This
is what people need to see, and this is why we need to faithfully pray
And this also is why we must continue to proclaim among the nations
His invitation in Isaiah 45:22, "Look
to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there
is no other." We are called as ambassadors to boldly speak out
Jesus' own words in Matthew 11:28, "Come
to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Thank you for joining us as we pray and long for the nations to hear
and recognize the voice of the Good Shepherd.
Dick & Gladys