Friends of Wales Awakening:
Summer is definitely in full swing in Wales now with warm days, only
occasional rain, and breathtaking sunsets. Countless shades of green
are everywhere you look and flowers, birds, bees and butterflies help
to complete the picture of this lush and glorious time of the year. All
those wet and dismal days now behind us seem to be paying off
Schools are out for summer vacation and so our towns, roads, hills,
and beaches are filled with holidaymakers exploring and enjoying this
beautiful part of West Wales we're so privileged to call home. In fact,
most of Wales has a large transient population during this time, which
is a boon for local economies that depend on the tourist trade.
The farming community adds to the busyness of this season with
growing flocks and herds, as well as the fast-growing crops for feed
that cover much of the countryside. "Making hay while the sun shines"
takes on a broader meaning as huge lights enable modern
equipment to harvest throughout the night when necessary. Another
summer highlight is the Royal Welsh Show in Builth Wells. We were able
to go for one day last week, and join with friends from our county and
others in prayer for the show and its many activities. you can read a
more complete writeup about the show from 2017 at
Among the nearly 250,000 visitors to the show during its four days,
we met some men from the Zulu nation of South Africa who accompanied
their King Goodwill on his visit to the show. His intention was to
observe the many examples of good practice to further improve their own
farming skills. Several of those we spoke with were believers too, so
were enjoyed our moments of Christian royalty together.
It is also a time of increased visitors for us, as if the liveliness
of summer also sparks interest in things spiritual. We've had some
planned visits as well as some unplanned ones, both of which we delight
in as people join us in prayer from other nations. We enjoyed a brief
but precious time with
a family from Switzerland, hungry to see revival come to their land.
And last week we met a couple from California who were tracing their
family roots back to our chapel. He was quite sure that his direct
ancestor had been the first pastor of our Cilfowyr Chapel.
Even our monthly communion service was touched by the warmth of July
as we enjoyed a time of fellowship in the sunshine after the meeting.
Gladys seems to have a gift of making people happy to have their
taken, and so this photo is another fruit of our lovely Welsh summer.
Our daily times of scripture reading and prayer continue as always, and
a few things have touched and motivated us deeply. One portion, in
particular, was in Jeremiah 3:21-22 that says, "A voice on the bare heights is heard,
the weeping and pleading of Israel's sons because they have perverted
their way; they have forgotten the Lord their God. 'Return, O faithless
sons; I will heal your faithlessness.' [to which their response is:] 'Behold, we come to you, for you
are the Lord our God.'"
The English Standard Version uses the word "faithlessness", rather
than "backsliding" or rebellion" as more commonly translated, and it
just jumped out at us. If there was ever one word to characterize our
"faithlessness" seems to fit like a glove. We had to stop and seriously
and tearfully pray into this. The "developed" nations are
desperately lacking a wholesome respect for our Creator—most don't even
As we pray for the Spirit of God to move upon Wales and the nations
in revival power, we can specifically ask that He convict people of
their faithlessness, and cause them to realize that they have "forgotten the Lord their God."
James 11: 6 says, "But without
faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes
to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder
of those who diligently seek Him."
May we soon see people begin to cry out, "Behold,
we come to you,
for you are the Lord our God." May the Lord open people's hearts
to His Word, and may countless voices be lifted up to exalt the only
One who is worthy
of our praises forever, Jesus Christ the Redeemer and Savior.
Dick & Gladys
Praying Friends and Saints:
During the week after the Cross Walk commissioning at our chapel, we
went to Swansea overnight to join a small group who had come to spend
some time visiting a few of Wales' revival sites. We've known the
couple standing between Gladys and me for about six years. They have
recently moved to Germany, which made it possible for them both to come
to Wales for the first time. They brought their close friends from
India, a pastor, and his family, who have especially wanted to visit
Wales for several years. It was a great opportunity to meet them and
spend some time together in the context of hunger for revival.
Last weekend they came out to Pembrokeshire where they were very
kindly hosted next door by our friends Stan and Sue. Besides taking
them to a few of the historical places here, we had the privilege of
spending some time at the chapel. We already have flags from both
countries where they minister, and it was wonderful to pray together
with them for each of their nations in turn. It seemed we could quickly
"connect" with the prayers of others from their nations that have come to pray
here, and it was a significant time with tears and groanings that
surely moved things in the heavenly realms.
On a more earthly level, I've been working
on the old baptistery here at the chapel. It has probably been about
ten years since I last cleaned it out, but since last year I've felt
urged to get it into working order again as a prophetic act of faith.
Overgrown by weeds and nettles, I've sprayed and cut back and cleaned
out debris from the large tank itself. Over the years the flow of water
that feeds it has become less and less until now it was barely a
trickle. So it was time to take a serious look into the situation.
I set about the job with pruners and shovel and hoe, spurred on by
the leading I've had and also the memory of the miraculous baptism that
happened here in 1932! (You can read about that event in the October
20th journal entry from my visit here 2002.) After clearing away
the wild growth of ivy and vines from an old stone wall at the back of
this little glen, I realized that I would need to dig out the little
stream bed to lower the water enough
to get down to where the filler pipe connected somewhere to the stream.
It was a bit of a mystery as to how it actually worked, and so my
curiosity also helped fuel my efforts.
During my next session working on it, I was delighted to find the
answer to the puzzle. After removing about three inches of sand,
gravel, and roots, I hit something
hollow sounding. More digging gradually revealed a rusty old metal
grate set into the cover of a chamber from which an old cast iron pipe
carries to water to the baptistery. Probing with a stick showed the
chamber was nearly filled with sediment. It hasn't been cleaned out for
at least 60 years, so there is still work to do.
During this whole process, I've been praying and hearing from the
Lord. It is a picture of how the church itself has been filled with
"sediment" over the years, generation by generation. The course where
the living waters should be flowing freely has been neglected and
become filled in with distractions and lethargic "Sunday go to church"
Christianity. Simply said, failing to "seek first the Kingdom of God
and His righteousness" has blocked the flow and impoverished the church
spiritually, both corporately and individually. No wonder its influence
in today's world has declined so drastically. Can people around us see
any evidence of the Kingdom of God within us?
That's a big part of what re-digging the wells of revival is all
about—not giving in to sedimentation! We can't neglect the essentials
of our faith and relationship with Jesus. Paul says in 2 Corinthians
13:5, "Examine yourselves as to
whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know
yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?"
We hope this be good food for thought and fuel for prayer, and may
God's abundant grace encourage us onwards day by day,
Dick & Gladys (Click here to read the ongoing story of the baptistry )
Friends and Prayers:
On Saturday at Cilfowyr Chapel we held the commissioning service for
the Pembrokeshire Cross Walk. Our pastor opened with a reading and
prayer, and the time of worship in Welsh and English was brilliantly
accompanied on piano by a long-time friend. Neither Emyr nor I knew
that she had “coincidentally” visited Cilfowyr not long ago to have a
look and pray while on a prayer drive around a few revival sites in our
area. So when Emyr called to ask her to play for us, she just knew it
Emyr spoke briefly about how the Lord got him involved in his
ministry of carrying the cross as a public witness from St. David's to
Mt. Snowdon three years ago. He has many wonderful testimonies of how
the Lord has touched people's lives around Wales. He also shared how
has been encouraged by other people being called into other
non-traditional types of ministries, among which is our part in daily
prayer for revival here. That was the reason he wanted to have the
Another very special segment was the participation of
Isaías Grande, a Welsh-speaking Argentinian pastor. He shared the story
of how his parents moved to Patagonia where there is a large Welsh
population. God led him to learn the language as a young man, and then
he trained as a minister with a love of Wales in his heart and pastored
a Welsh chapel in Patagonia.
He told about an extraordinarily vivid dream which he understood was
about God visiting Wales again with revival. Through many signs and
confirmations, he moved here about two years ago with his Welsh wife
and their two small sons. We have had the chance to visit a couple of
times, all in Spanish of course, and discover how the things the Lord
has shown him coincide with what so many others are seeing take place.
He currently serves a couple of Welsh chapels in Llanelli and nearby.
Isaías' testimony was translated from Welsh to English by Geraint
Morse, a Welsh pastor from the western side of Pembrokeshire. He then
shared a bit of his own story how God called him back to Wales, after
years pastoring in England and then Hong Kong. He has a vision to see
his homeland once again touched by the kingdom of God and the church
empowered by His spirit. He pointed out that we all carry our own cross
and that the fruit of all each of our obedience to God's guidance all
contributes to the fulfillment of His purposes for this nation and the
At the end we all gathered around Emyr and prayed for
him and strength for his mission. There were some good words of
encouragement and blessing. After some time of refreshments and
fellowship, he set off on the first 16-mile leg of his journey to
Ffald-y-Brenin Retreat centre in the Gwaun Valley. He will be updating
friends about his itinerary and experiences on his Facebook page at
Thank you for your continued interest in and prayers for God's
people and for the unreached in Wales, and the nations,
Dick & Gladys