Praying Friends and Saints:
As a young Christian, I had an experience that changed my life
forever. I thought I would share it with you today to encourage you and
provoke some reflection on the significance of this day.
I had been saved for just over six months and was living on a
discipleship ranch called The Lord’s Land, in Mendocino, California. It
was Good Friday in 1974, and I had just gone to bed in the brothers’
dorm, the lights had been turned off a while earlier and all was quiet.
I remember lying there in the warmth and quiet and thinking contentedly
about the day’s activities. And then suddenly I found myself in a
different place. I was standing in a wood at night and there was a
large circular clearing right in front of me. In the middle of the
clearing was a massive cross, it must've been 30 feet tall and it was
made of a searing white light, almost as if it were made of lightning,
but it was a steady brilliance. I was overwhelmed by its glory and was
immediately drawn into a place of wonder and worship. After a few
moments of breathtaking adoration, I began to look at my surroundings.
The clearing itself and the woods around the edge were lit up by the
light coming from the cross. I noticed that I was not alone, but was
accompanied by lots of forest animals. There were deer and squirrels
and rabbits and raccoons on the ground hello and owls and other birds
in the branches of the trees. They weren't paying any attention to me,
they were all looking at the cross, transfixed in worship just as I
was. It was as if I was joined with all of creation in worshiping and
longing for the consummation of this awesome sight, which lasted for
suddenly it once again everything changed. I found myself suspended in
the air directly behind Jesus nailed to the cross. I was weeping with
love and heartbreak, and I had a handkerchief and I was reaching around
and wiping the sweat and the blood and the tears from his face. And
then in an instant, I was directly in front of him, my face only a few
feet away from his. As I gazed into his eyes I was overwhelmed by love
and compassion and sorrow. And as he looked into mine I was profoundly
touched by his love and forgiveness and tender mercy towards me.
I found myself saying to him, "Lord You need me. How You need me." I
immediately was confused by the words that came out of my mouth,
because I had wanted to say, "Lord I need you. How I need you." As I
struggled to formulate the words again correctly, the Lord wordlessly
spoke to me. He told me that the words that I had spoken were correct,
they were his words, and that in fact, he did need me. All he was
saying was that I love him and serve him and obey him. And he made me
understand that as I, and others also, dedicate ourselves to do this,
more and more people in this world would learn to know of his love and
find salvation and joy and eternal life. And there was absolutely
nothing in this world that I wanted more than to do precisely this in
return for his immeasurable love and supreme sacrifice for me. There
could be no greater and more lasting joy.
And then everything changed again. I found myself back in the woods at
night, but it was a different place and a different feeling. In the
distance, I could hear a sound which I recognized as something or
someone running. I strained my eyes to see through the trees in that
direction, trying to distinguish any movement. Soon enough I could make
out a figure running towards me, and as it grew closer I could see it
was a man running straight at me. As he got closer I could see it was a
large and ancient soldier wearing a helmet and armor with a spear in
his hands. Before I had time to think or do anything he was on top of
me and ran me through with his spear and I died a very quick and
Frightened, I reached out to touch the sides of my bed to make sure I
was still where I thought I was, but the vision did not change. I was
back in the same place in the forest and another figure was running at
me. This time it was a different soldier with a sword in one hand and a
shield and the other. Before I knew it he was on top of me and had run
his sword right through my heart. Again I died painlessly and then was
again back in the woods. This scene was repeated several times, and
each time the warrior was different. The weapons and armor were
different, the features and skin tone was different, but the result was
the same—I died every time.
As suddenly as this experience started, it was over. There I was back
in my bunk and nothing around me had changed, other than that by now
one or two brothers were softly snoring. Of course, I was quite
astonished by all this, but as I prayed and asked the Lord what it was
all about I was surrounded with perfect peace. I knew that his call to
love God and serve him was clear from the beginning of my walk as a
disciple. I also knew it would not always be easy and joy-filled every
moment, but that Jesus said in John 16:33 "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."
We know that whatever we face throughout our lives, we will never be
alone. Jesus promises us in Matthew 28:20, "…I am with you always, even until the
end of the age."
We pray you have a glorious and joyful Easter!
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
This morning local pastors and leaders were invited to the Bible
College of Wales in Swansea for a time of fellowship, sharing, and
prayer. The directors shared some of their story and the vision for the
college, as well as their desire to serve the body of Christ here and
collaborate in God's plans for Wales and nations.
There was far more than what I have time to share here, but I wanted
to pass along a few portions of the many prayers that were made here.
Please read and pray with us for these things and whatever else the
Lord may lay on your hearts.
“Lord I just pray right now, Lord I call on your spirit now, to flow
over every person here in this land, Lord. You are moving in mighty
power, make them know the new wine, make them know that You know them,
Lord. Just come Lord. We need your presence Lord, we realize we can do
nothing of ourselves. We need You, Lord. You’ve said in your word that
the branch cannot produce fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine.
we need your presence. Have your way, Lord. Make Wales, make this
people, become your dwelling place, in Jesus’ name."
This was a wonderful prayer delivered in spontaneous song. "Lord of
glory, Lord of mercy, we come before you now. Let there be a drawing in
this land, let there be drawing in your church. May your blessing,
glory, honor, and power be seen in our land. We cry out. We cry out to
you. Renew your work in us, O dear Lord. Name the name of Jesus, name
the name of Jesus. Lord of all, worthy is He."
"Father, I pray this morning in the name of Jesus, that you would
answer His prayer in John 17:22, '...that
they may be one just as We are one.' And Father, we pray for
unity in your body. Father, we pray for unity in your church. Father,
we pray in the name of Jesus that you will be our wish, but you will be
our desire, that you will be our peace. You have said when you are
lifted up that you will draw all men to yourself. Jesus, may you be
lifted up. We pray that you may be the most important person, that you
may be the most important item in our lives, and in our churches.
Father, break any walls of the separation, break the divisions, in the
name of Jesus."
the end of the prayer time, the Lord reminded me of this picture I took
on the day we arrived in Wales to establish our residence on May 11th
of 2005. He brought to mind the scripture in Isaiah 62:4 which says, "You shall no longer be termed
Forsaken, Nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; But you
shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; For the Lord delights
in you, And your land shall be
"Coincidentally" in this photo, the entrance on the right just ahead
of the car was to become our
real first home here after five months of temporary lodgings. I
thought that was why the Lord had me stop and take this photo. But I
believe what He showed me today is the real prophetic significance.
What the Lord spoke into my spirit this morning was that Wales will be married. The land of Wales
will become part of the bride of Christ as it is engulfed in the
coming revival that now seems tangibly closer than ever before!
Thank you for your faithfulness in praying with us for Wales, and
for the nations of the world still waiting to be drawn to Jesus, the
Son of the Living God,
I mentioned two weeks ago that we had several days of very hard
freezing weather. It was sad to see our poor daffodils flat on the
ground and then get covered in snow. We weren't sure they would survive
Then again this past weekend we had another cold spell and more days
with below freezing temperatures. But happily, in spite of the
persistent cold, they're making a good comeback and look almost as if
nothing at all happened. And of course, there's a lesson here for us as
Galatians 6:9 says, "And let us
not be weary in well doing: for in due
season we shall reap, if we faint not." And just like these
look pretty much fainted, and even
frozen into their fainted condition,
they overcame their hardship.
We know according to God's promise
here that wait too will overcome our hardships if we do not faint. And
by grace even if we do find a little bit, the Lord is faithful to pick
us up again and give us the strength we need each day.
Just to add a little more emphasis this, it says in Hebrews 6:12,
"...that you do not become
sluggish, but imitate those who through
faith and patience inherit the promises." So as we carry-on in
particular places and assignments that the Lord has given us, just
small and frequent right choices can keep us positioned to walk in the
promises of God, no matter what situation seems to be causing us
difficulty at any given time.
Speaking of assignments, tomorrow at the Emmanuel Centre in London
there will be a Day of Prayer for Britain, organized by David
Hathaway's Eurovision Mission to Europe. There will be other groups
joining them from different places around the UK. The main focus of the
meeting will be prayer over Brexit, for unity among Christians here,
and for biblical reformation in the church. Following is a short list
of prayer points.
us through Brexit and protect us from evil powers.
Raise up men like Wesley, Spurgeon, Moody and Billy Graham in
our nation and in this generation.
Give new power and faith to our Spiritual Leaders and revive us
by the Holy Spirit.
For a 2nd Reformation which will bring us back to the Bible and
restore the spirit of intercession.
For Israel and Netanyahu and their recognition of the Returning
Use Britain to deal with the Russian threat and once again take
her position as Spiritual Leader.
Strengthen persecuted Christians worldwide and give us freedom
We would like to encourage you to please pray for this event as you
can throughout the day. As we join together in prayer, we know the Lord
will move. Remember the words in James 5:16 that says, "The effective, fervent prayer of a
righteous man avails much."
Thank you so much, and God bless you,
Dick & Gladys
Friends of Wales Awakening:
Saturday morning we went to the Brecwast Gweddi Sir Benfro,
Pembrokeshire Prayer Breakfast. We've been to several prayer
breakfasts here, both local and national, over the years. However this
is the first time that one has been held specifically for the
Welsh-speaking Christians here in their own language.
There were nearly 200 in attendance and it was wonderful to see such
a good turnout for this first-time event! It was also nice to find
several friends and others we've met before, and of course to
meet new people as well. I am not a fluent Welsh speaker by any means,
but people appreciate that we're making an effort.
For some time now I've been feeling the desire and need to take up
studying Welsh again, and this event came at a perfect time. After
breakfast and a time of worship, we were lead in prayer for local
health care, Brexit's impact on Wales, etc. Then there was a short
message that seemed excellent. I have to say seemed because I only
understood about 20% of it, and perhaps that's a wishful estimate!
Just a few weeks before the breakfast I received an email about an
online program that promises you'll be speaking Welsh in six months
which I was seriously looking at. And then Saturday night I received
word about a gift to pay for the course. So I started on Monday!
I went to classes for our first 5 years here but never was able to
get to the point of actually being able to converse. I can get one or
two phrases into a conversation before having to revert to English.
Although Gladys didn't get as far with the classes as I did, she is
much bolder than I am
about using what she knows.
Everyone here is fluent in English and it is just faster and easier
to go that route. But I've learned from being fluent in Spanish for so
many years that there is something about a person's mother tongue that
is just more natural and effective. So we're looking at a minimum of
four hours a week of studying, and we'll be on the lookout for
opportunities to practice with friends that have the patience. Your
prayers for this undertaking will be much appreciated!
Speaking of studies, the
other day we had the opportunity to meet the newest
batch of students
at the Bible College of Wales in Swansea. They had just finished the
first week of their 12-week course and we could sense their joy and
excitement. It is always encouraging to meet these mostly young people
who are serious in their desire and dedication to serve the Lord,
either in missions or their own nations. This group comes from the
Kingdom, USA, Ukraine, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Please pray that the Lord would maximize their time here in Wales,
enrich the depth of their relationship with Him in a life-changing way,
and empower them to carry out His plans for each of them in this needy
world. Please pray also that they would clearly hear God speak to their
hearts about any specific assignment He has for them. I spoke briefly
with a couple of them whose hearts are set on missions.
Also last week we had the wonderful surprise of an all-too-short
overnight visit with our very dear friends Janet and Kristen from the
USA. We first met back in 2010 and have been a wonderful encouragement
and prayer support for us ever since.
They are involved with a great international ministry called Community Bible Studies,
and they travel frequently to Wales to teach and support the group
leaders here. Along with others they have been instrumental in helping
many of these study groups get established in Wales. One special fruit
labors are study materials in Welsh for native speakers, and there are
even small home groups studying the Bible in Chinese and Russian!
So as we continue with our specific assignment here, we are
constantly blessed and urged onwards by the many other things we see
going on around this little country we call home. And as always, thank
you very much for your continued interest and prayers for us and Wales.
And we want to bless you and encourage you in your part of God's action
where you are as well.
Pob bendith yn enw Iesu mawr!
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
The other morning I was reading through 2nd Corinthians chapter 2.
At the end of verse 16, it says, "...And who is sufficient for these things?"
I was stopped in my tracks and began to weep, and then worship. What a
Here's more of the context. "For
we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved
and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death
leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
And who is sufficient for these
things?" 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
As believers we are called to live in such a way that we exude,
display openly and strongly, the love of Christ to everyone around us.
What an incredibly privileged and impossibly bold assignment we have
all been given. And so, just how do we measure up before such a
daunting task? Help us, Lord!
Then in 2
Corinthians 3:6-8 we find our answer and place of rest. "And we have such trust through Christ
toward God. Not that we are
sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also
made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant..."
He is our relief, our rescuer, and our source of trust and strength. He
is all we really need!
We've had some pretty wild weather recently. Parts of Wales and the
UK, as well as most of Europe, got huge amounts of snow from a storm
they were calling "the beast from the east!" It was beautiful but
very cold for this area. We couldn't get out for a couple of days, but
people in other places had it far worse. Last week it was just above
20°F, or -7°C. We were very thankful for a cozy house and a wood stove
to keep us warm.
Inside the chapel, it was a different story because we only put the
heaters on for the monthly service. I remembered there is a
thermometer in the communion table and took this picture Saturday
morning. As you can see here it has been literally freezing inside, so
we are particularly grateful to have our little heated "tabernacle"
during the cold part of the year, usually from late October through
I thought this scripture I have used as a background was an
appropriate reminder of our need to stay as close to Jesus as possible,
and moreso in the days we're living in. He indeed is our sufficiency,
but we need to stay close to Him, just like we stay close to a wood
stove on a cold day!
This is also a good direction for prayer for the church worldwide.
For Christians in the many nations where hardship or poverty are part
of everyday life, dependency on the Lord is necessary and natural. But
in the more developed countries where life is easier, keeping that
awareness is not so easy. We should earnestly pray that all the church
be so sufficiently clothed in Christ that His fragrance is evident to
all those around, and many people be drawn to eternal life in Jesus.
May the blessing of God's presence be your warmth and joy,
Dick & Gladys
Praying Friends and Saints:
I sent this email five years ago titled as Extraordinary Welsh and Mississippi Connection. It seems good to just send it again!
Today is St. David's Day. Born at the end of the 5th century, he was the founder
of a Celtic monastic
community and widely recognized as a teacher and ascetic. He was recognized
as the patron saint of Wales during the Welsh resistance to the Norman invasion,
and this day is widely celebrated around the principality.
It also means the beginning of spring is just around the corner, which is good
news for everybody. We have several farmer friends who get especially busy this
time of year with longer than normal hours of lambing season.
All of the extra work is very rewarding as hundreds of ewes are bulging with
and spilling out new life into the world of sheep. This one had FOUR lambs and
requires some extra care and help! If you would like to sample the sights and
sounds - we'll spare you the smells - you watch a short
We've had a very full and exciting week hosting three visitors. Last year, (2012), we
mentioned our dear friend Brenda who the Lord sent as an intercessor to France.
She is on the lower left, with two new intercessor friends, Sue behind her and
Jackie beside Gladys. How the Lord orchestrated this get-together an amazing
story. We first heard from Sue in December saying how God had lead her to accompany
her friend Jackie to Mississippi in an extraordinary way, and that they had
been given "seeds of transformation", verses of scripture, to plant
in the U.K. as a prophetic act.
research about the Welsh Revival led her to our site, and she was impressed
to meet with us and to plant the "seeds" at the chapel where we pray.
While coordinating a date to visit, Jackie was in France and "God-incidentally"
ran into Brenda at a prayer gathering, They were amazed to discover that they
were both going to be in our home in Wales on the same dates!
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time enjoying the Lord's handiwork and
marveling at how this all came together so effortlessly. What a mighty God
Among the scripture seeds we planted was this portion from Isaiah 62:12 which
says, "And they shall be called The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken."
We believe this is very significant in how it relates to Wales. In spite of
the apparent weakness and irrelevance of the church to the current world culture,
the coming revival will transform this land at its heart. People from around
the world will once again seek out what God is doing here and take the seeds
of revival and transformation back to their own nations! (The 2013 update ends here.)
Now in 2018 and looking back again, we see God's continued faithfulness and are filled with thanksgiving and praises,
Dick & Gladys
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