of Wales Awakening:
We have enjoyed incredibly beautiful weather during recent weeks,
and so it was almost impossible not to take an alternative route
home from our nearby butcher shop last Friday. The road we chose
took us by this old baptistry, and of course we stopped to have a
Although the baptistry itself is still filled with last autumn's
leaves and winter's fallen twigs, the surrounding area is kept
immaculate. There was a quiet sense of peace and purpose there,
and during our short time there, I began to connect the dots.
Remembering the events around our baptistry at Cilfowyr Chapel
last year, which you can read
about here, this is just another piece of God's intricate
plans for this tiny nation.
Which in turn brings us around to the bigger picture—revival is
coming to Wales. God's plans have not changed. And as His word
says in 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack
concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is
longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but
that all should come to repentance." Accordingly, all the
interest in, and prayers for Wales from around the world during
the years we've been here are still very much on target.
So while the
world around us, including all the news and social media, are
fixated on the coronavirus, it is of utmost importance that we
maintain the right perspective, not only for our own wellbeing but
for especially for those around us. The earth still grows green,
the sun does still shine, although there are clouds and storms,
and The King of Heaven is still firmly on His throne.
Time and time again throughout the scriptures we see this truth
clearly stated as here in Psalm 29:10-11,
"The Lord sat enthroned at the Flood,
And the Lord sits as King forever.
The Lord will give strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace."
It can be difficult to not be dragged into all of the
disconcerting daily news about the virus, or the economy, or
whatever else is clamoring for, and receiving, the world's
attention. But the core of our being can be safely established in
Jesus' words in Luke 12:32, "Do not fear,
little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you
season will surely pass, as have so many other difficult times
throughout history. But while we are going through this now, let's
keep our eyes and hearts centered on God's perspective. And let's
remember to be faithful to our job description, as Paul writes in
2 Corinthians 5:20, "Now then, we are
ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us:
we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God."
We won't know many people around us are ready to become part of
His flock until we extend the invitation.
And that brings us back to the theme of revival. This is not just
our desire, it is God's plan! One of our recent readings spoke to
us both very clearly. Joshua 21:45 says, "Not
a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the
family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken
came true." In like manner, He has spoken of this coming
revival to literally thousands around the globe. So many people
have heard His promises through words and visions, and there are
countless testimonies of this, including our own.
During these unexpected and troubling troubling times, our
prayers are that people by the tens of thousands turn to the only
solid foundation—that they might come to know Him as "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both
sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the
veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus…"
May God bless, empower, and use you to help reach out to others
with the love of Christ,
Dick & Gladys
Dear Praying Saints:
Some friends recently organized a Facebook group called The Church across Pembrokeshire to help people stay in touch during the Coronavirus lockdown affecting Wales and the UK, as well as so many other nations around the world. They have organized different people to give a brief meditation and prayer each morning.
I was asked to share a few thoughts, but also to introduce ourselves briefly and tell people that don't know us about our calling to pray for revival here. So I thought I'd pass along this link to the video for those of you who are not on Facebook or haven't seen this if you are.
You do not need to have a Facebook account to watch it, so to check it out just click on this link.
We pray that you and your loved ones are all well, and that during this very unusual season your fellowship with the Lord is growing richer day by day. In such times this promise in John 14:23 takes on a special significance. "Jesus answered and said to him, 'If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.'"
Dick & Gladys
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 below, 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
Especially now, in light of all that the world is living through, the words of Jesus in John 16:33 take on more immediate significance,"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."
As we pray together for loved ones now struggling with this virus, and many that do not know Him yet, may Jesus' promises in Matthew 28:20 become blazingly real to each one, "…I am with you always, even until the
end of the age."
Have a safe, glorious and joyful Easter!
Dick & Gladys