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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

A prayer perspective for the upcoming election in America...

Hezekiah prays -Dear Friends of Wales Awakening:

Several weeks ago the Lord impressed on my heart the need to set aside time to pray specifically for America. The election is now only three weeks away, and the political heat is turned up as never before. And the current selection of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court adds more fuel to the already raging fire.

In the midst of all the noise, the words of a favorite old Bill & Gloria Gaither song have consistently come to mind...
     "Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
         But there's something about that name."

On Saturday we were reading about the time when the Assyrian king Sennacherib was threatening Judah and Jerusalem in 2 Kings 18-19. The taunts and shouting described therein have a familiar contemporary ring to them with two sides fighting against one another.

When Sennacherib sent a letter to Judah's king, 2 Kings 19:14-15,19 says, "And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: 'O Lord God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth... Now therefore, O Lord our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone.' "

Psalm 95:7 Sheep of his handWhatever be the outcome of this election and its implications for the near future, there is a far more important matter at hand. And this is where Hezekiah's prayer absolutely nails it. "...that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God, You alone."

All the kingdoms of the earth, be they political parties, ideologies, or actual nations, will all pass away. And it is the same for our brief physical existence on earth. Only God's eternal Kingdom will remain forever, and all those elect Him to be our King and Lord and Savior.

 Psalm 95:7 says, "For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice…" Our prayer is that people will indeed wake up to this reality and live accordingly. That is the only election that really matters in the long term.

Trusting in His abundant grace for our lives and yours,

Dick & Gladys


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Tuesday, October 06, 2020

A stunning healing miracle — and a more-than-extraordinary answer to your prayers!

A & E at Withybush Hospital, HaverfordwestDear Friends in Prayer:

A dearly beloved friend had her nine grandchildren playing outside the farmhouse one evening last week when she suddenly got the news that there had been an accident. While romping around, two little heads had slammed together extremely hard and, somehow, six-year-old William's front teeth had split his tongue open from top to bottom and right up the middle towards the back more than an inch.

A frantic visit to the nearby accident and emergency department of the nearby hospital wasn’t enough. Three doctors determined that William would need a pediatric surgeon to repair the severe damage, and the outlook wasn’t very promising. The surgeon wasn’t able to see him until 7 o’clock the next morning in Swansea, two hours away.

At 4 o’clock in the morning our friend was awake praying when she got this word from the Lord in Jeremiah 32:27, "Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" The next morning in Swansea, William’s mother had to deliver her little boy unaccompanied through the doors to the hospital staff due to COVID-19 restrictions.

After an anguished wait of only a half an hour, the surgeon himself marched William out the door to announce to an astonished mum that “somehow” his tongue grown together by itself and needed only minor care till completely healed. Overwhelming joy and thankfulness to God would be an understatement.

Glorious sunsetWhat an awesome loving God is our heavenly father, stepping into the life of this child and his family and showing His compassion and tender mercies with power and glory. Hearing this testimony of a real-life miracle directly from both mother and grandmother can't help but strengthen our faith. And it will surely encourage yours as well.

And we ourselves have also been the direct recipients of what we consider a miraculous blessing. You probably remember our September 15th update when we told about the surprise of our house being put up for sale. We asked for your prayers, and our amazing God responded in an astonishing way, bringing to mind Psalm 86:10 that says, "For You are great, and do wondrous things; You alone are God."

The very next morning, we got a phone call from some long time friends who had just read our email and felt the Lord directing them to buy the house and to rent it to us! It's a good thing we were sitting down because we both would probably have fallen over at the shock of joy and wonder at God's goodness and their substantial faith and generosity.

A house somewhere here?During a subsequent visit to look the house over carefully, they realized that there were serious physical problems with it. SO, after some time of discussing the prospects and praying together, they have asked us to locate a suitable property in this area around Cilfowyr Chapel and they will purchase it and rent that one to us instead.

We are still reeling at the magnitude of God's great faithfulness to us. And today when we received the formal notice of the end of our tenancy here, we were once again humbled by the astounding provision the Lord has provided for us, and yet another confirmation of His plans for Wales and our intercessory role here.

Fortunately, there are six months before we need to vacate, and we have already started looking for properties and hope to move before then. We know that if the Lord has made the provision, He knows exactly where it is, but we don't. So we would like to seriously engage your prayers to this end. We need to be relatively close to the chapel, which is the hub of our activities, and in a rural area with enough space to host guests without being a nuisance to neighbors. It's like finding a needle in a massive green haystack, but He is "...El Roi, the God-Who-Sees;" (Genesis 13:16), and we know we can trust Him implicitly

Thank you once again for your continued interest and prayers for us and for Wales. And meanwhile, we can say together with David in Psalm 89:1,
"I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations."

Dick & Gladys


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