Friends and Prayers:
It's hard to believe that this was our daily drive to the chapel
when we still lived in Beulah in 2007. And now here we are driving
through the same autumn colors and enjoying this beautiful time of
year once again. In fact, it was exactly fourteen years ago to the
day that we moved from Beulah to Cilgerran on this very road.
It also seems incredible that we've been getting settled into our
new house for three months now. There have been seemingly endless
things to do and arrange, but it is really starting to feel like
home, and we are so grateful for the Lord's goodness and amazing
We have also had some very special motivation to get things ready
for a full house full—we have family arriving this Saturday to
spend Thanksgiving with us! Our daughter Grace, son Richard and
his wife Emily, and Gladys' niece Maly are coming for a week, so
we are thrilled to be sure. It is nearly two years since we saw
them last and are counting the hours at this point.
We recently had the joy of spending a day with the latest group
of students from the Bible College of Wales. They came to spend
time at the chapel in Blaenannerch of Evan Roberts' "Bend me..."
experience. And then after lunch, we brought part of the group to
one of our favorite local places of natural beauty and spiritual
significance, this old chapel at Mwnt.
From there we took them to Ffald-y-Brenin, the retreat center in
the nearby Gwaun Valley. They spent time praying and enjoying the
Lord's presence, not to mention nice hot drinks to warm up from
the chilly outdoors. And we had an extra surprise to discover the
new director's wife speaks fluent Spanish!
Somehow time this whole month has slipped by with
lots of activities along with our settling in here in Betws Ifan.
We have attended two harvest thanksgiving services, one at St.
John's Church across the street and another at the Wiston Chapel
in the southern part of Pembrokeshire. Then we visited a
Welsh-speaking church plant in Llandysul, a town about 10 miles
away, reconnected with a few old friends, and met some new ones.
The weekend before last I went to a men's retreat, also near
Llandysul, organized by Mt. Zion Church of Cardigan. (BTW, this is
NOT a group shot from the men's retreat!) It was good to hear from
our old friend Steve Evans, a previous pastor of Mt. Zion, who
shared about the life of Duncan Campbell and his involvement in
the Hebrides Revival of 1948-1952.
Also a few weeks ago I was asked to record a video message for
Mt. Zion's online Sunday service. Pressed for a cut line, I came
up with, "Seeing things for what they are. Living in God's
reality—His Kingdom—not in any human misconstruction.." If you'd
like to watch it, you can follow this link to it here.
As we draw close to Thanksgiving in America and the end of the
year, let us remember this exhortation from 1 Thessalonians
5:16-21 "Rejoice always, pray without
ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not
despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good."
Dick & Gladys