Amidst a very busy month of June for us, this past weekend marked a
special event across all of Europe. A prayer initiative was organized
that saw over one hundred groups of Christians come apart to worship
God and pray in 35 nations for a reopening of the wells of revival that
have touched Europe at diverse times and places throughout its history.
There was a threefold focus for these gatherings: to thank God for
all his wonderful works over 2000 years in our continent, to ask
him to send new life to these places again today, and to ask him to
send new revival to the whole of Europe. For obvious reasons,
very encouraging to us and highlights the growing sense of urgency for
intercessory prayer and ministry to the Lord.
neighbors Stan and Sue have just returned from an extended
course with one of the Iris Ministries schools and
received a visit from two young ladies that were part of the school
with them. Sunday morning we had the privilege to have them
with us in the chapel for a time of prayer before they each moved on to
their next assignment in the Lord. Amanda, from Louisiana, was headed
Israel to work with a ministry there, and Bronwen, from South Africa,
is now on her way back home to see what God has for her. It was our joy
able to pray for each of them with the flags of their nations and bless
them with God's grace and empowerment for their specific callings.
As Paul says in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship, created
in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we
should walk in them." We each have particular gifts and
tasks the Lord has for us, and it is an adventure of discovery as we
where and how He leads each of us. And it was a blessing to encourage
these two young disciples from our years of experiencing God's
faithfulness through each phase of our lives.
Saturday we got to spend time with some special friends from Singapore.
We first met them eight years ago when they came to stay with us for a
few days. At the time Caleb was the worship pastor at Cornerstone
Church, and we had the opportunity to pray with him and his wife Hannah
about their desire to have children. So it was a joy to hear afterward
that she was well-along in her first successful pregnancy.
We hadn't seen the family since we were in Singapore about five
years ago, so it was a delight to meet and interact with their
beautiful children Joshua and Naomi. It was a brief but very rich time
of fellowship as we shared, among other things, about God's attention
to the desires of our hearts and faithfulness to us over the years.
This sharing testimonies with one another of God's goodness are both
life-giving and devil-defeating at the same time. As it says in
Revelation 12:11, "And they
overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their
testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."
Another special blessing for us was having our daughter Grace with
us for her birthday. She arranged some vacation days to be with us
between work-related meetings in London and Valencia, Spain, so it was
a good and much-needed break for her, and a joy for us as well. As we
grow older there is a deeper appreciation of the truth of Psalm 127:3, "Behold, children are a heritage from
the Lord, the fruit of
the womb is a reward."
I just want to add a quick reminder and request to please pray for
the commissioning service for our friend Emyr who will carry a large
cross throughout our county of Pembrokeshire starting this Saturday, 29
of June at 10:30 a.m. And if you live close enough to join us, please
do! We've seen the Lord orchestrating several details of the meeting
and we are looking forward to seeing what else is in store. Directions
are available at this link.
May the Lord bless you with more of His boundless grace and goodness
day by day,
Last week we had the privilege of attending the Bless Wales
conference in Swansea. Organized by our friends from the Cornerstone
Community Church of Singapore, it hosted as many as 900 people in the
evening services. It was an awesome time with such an atmosphere of
heartfelt and glorious worship and wonderful times of preaching and
prayer. And seeing so many friends together reveling in the early fruit
of many years of prayer was joyous.
The three-day event was enabled by students of the Bible College of
Wales, volunteers from Cornerstone, as well as a fabulous turnout of
helpers from local churches here in Wales. It was marvelous to see so
many people from Wales and many other nations with such hunger for the
Lord and a fervent desire to see Him move in revival power again. The
ample times of prayer were powerful, and many attendees made
commitments to personal worship and communion with God in prayer.
Of course, there was far more than I can begin to cover here. Dutch
Sheets spoke about God's timings—the "chronos" seasons and the "chiros"
times for action and intersection of heaven and earth. Sam Matthews
shared some great insights into prayer—waiting and listening in God's
presence, and readiness to obey. There was a sense
that the stirrings of God over this land are moving into a new season—a
time of fruitfulness. We were aware of a weight of glory brooding over
Wales for His purposes.
The last evening session culminated with an invitation for all the
pastors and their wives to come up on stage for prayer and impartation.
The time was charged with intensity and enfolded in worship as words of
faith and declaration were spoken over them and joined by all present.
Prayers also were extended to include ministers and believers
everywhere in Wales. It is time for action.
think everyone came away from the conference with more than we could
take in during out time together. There is much to digest, and we trust
the Lord will continue to bring elements of what we received back into
focus and continue to work deeply in the lives of all who took part.
It is time for God's people to flourish in their relationship with
Him and to manifest His kingdom reality in the midst of a very unstable
world around us. The life of the nation must come into the context of
Psalm 24:1, "The earth is the
Lord's, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell
The Lord has given our friend Emyr Mathias a particular way of
making this declaration very public. Several years ago he built a large
wooden cross and has carried it through many places in Wales. Most
notable was a pilgrimage he made from St. David's Cathedral in the
southwest to the top of Mt. Snowdon in the north. We may recall my
writing about it in September,
Last November at the Pembrokeshire Prayer Breakfast the Lord directed Emyr
to carry the cross around this county where we live, and he took it to
heart. That very evening he called me up and asked what I thought about
having the commissioning service at Cilfowyr Chapel where we pray. The
very next morning was our communion service, and I got the go-ahead
from the pastor and members to have it at our chapel.
So on Saturday the 29th of June, in just 3 weeks, we will gather at
Cilfowyr from 10 a.m. for a 10:30 start. Our pastor and other ministers
will take part, and all are cordially invited to join us. (Directions
are available at this link.) From there, empowered by our prayers
and the strength of the Lord, Emyr will set off for an eleven day walk
around Pembrokeshire as shown on this map.
We look forward to the participation of many old and new friends in
this sending off. And we also pray the Lord will touch many lives with
an open witness to the Lordship and saving grace of Jesus Christ. Emyr
has many seen salvations, healings, and reconciliations with God
through this bold ministry, and we anticipate many more testimonies as
people are drawn to the cross along the highways and byways of
We are so thankful for the Lord's handiwork among us, and pray that
we apply our faith and diligence to walk in what he has called each one
of us to do. "For we are His
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10
Every blessing in Jesus' name,
Dick & Gladys