It is with great joy and gratitude that we share the wonderful
news that we have found a new place to live! We want to thank each
one of you that have prayed with and for us during these last 8
months. And it comes as no surprise that the Lord's answer came at
just the right moment.
The house is located in a tiny village called Betws Ifan, about 2
miles from Beulah where we spent our first two years here starting
in 2005. You can imagine our surprise to learn that the name means
Ivan's Oratory (place of prayer) or Chapel. We have yet to learn
more of the history but the fact that this has been a place of
prayer for many centuries clearly shows God's hand.
The entrance to this old and very small church is directly across
the street from Church View, the name of what will be our new
home. The moment I walked into the churchyard, my tears began to
flow as I was moved on by the presence of the Holy Spirit and the
power of intercessory prayer. And that very morning I had been on
my prayer perch looking out
over our river valley and was thinking how much I would miss the
bird songs. And when we walked into this newfound place of prayer
we were greeted by this wonderful chorus of birds! I hope you'll
take a minute (literally) to have a look and listen to the video at this link. And when Gladys
placed her hands on the brightly colored stained glass windows and
was giving thanks to the Lord, He spoke to her heart and told her
"this is a city of refuge!"
That same evening after this first viewing, we went up the hill
to pray about this new possibility. While we were there I received
an email from an old friend who we'd not been in touch
with for a while and so knew nothing of our activities. He said,
"As I have been praying for you both this afternoon father says
'My dear son and daughter - I tell you what you cannot see - there
is movement from heaven regarding your situation. I am unlocking
the locked, I am melting the stubbornness to fall into line with
My will and plans... I will not fail you - but will delight you
While at the chapel the next morning we got the call from our
friends saying that their offer had been accepted. And exactly as
our friend had heard from the Lord, we were delighted indeed! Then
just this morning we heard that a final detail having to do with
the results of the survey and inspection has been agreed upon, so
the legal process begins. This will probably take a few months due
to the very busy property market, and we hope to be moved in
before the end of the summer. The Lord indeed is faithful and is
As you can tell by the irregularity of our emails, we have been
very busy in the search for a new place to live. As we drove from
place to place, we reminisced about the previous time when we had
to leave our rented house in Beulah. And now here we'll be just a
few hills away. So this great news has brought us a great sense of
peace and relief from the pressure that had been mounting. And
knowing we will be settled in this new place until awaited and
much prayed-for revival breaks out is yet another reminder of
Jeremiah's words in Jer. 32:15, "For thus
says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Houses and fields
and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.'"
week the members of our chapel got together late one afternoon to
give a good spring cleaning in preparation for this past Sunday's
service. It was the first meeting since before the lockdown
started early last year, so it was a special occasion. A bit
different because no singing was permitted and we couldn't take
communion, but just the fact of joining together for recorded
worship and a live sermon seemed to be a step back towards
normalcy as the pandemic hopefully winds down here.
We continue to look to the Lord for His intervention in the
hearts of men, besides the obvious physical needs in so many
places. This scripture in Isaiah 26:8-9 is a good guide for our
prayers. "Yes, in the way of Your judgments,
O LORD, we have waited for You; the desire of our soul is for
Your name and for the remembrance of You. With my soul I have
desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will
seek You early; for when Your judgments are in the earth, the
inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness."
Thank you for prayers and labors for Jesus, our hope and Savior,
Dick & Gladys
Dear Praying Friends,
Thank you so much for your prayers that we requested two weeks
ago about a purchase offer on a house we had hoped would be our
new home. We were disappointed to hear last Thursday that a sale
had been agreed with someone else. However, we know that the Lord
is our shelter and our provider and where one door closes He will
surely open another for us.
So now once again we find ourselves like St. Carannog, the
6th-century founder of nearby Llangranog, looking for a place to
make our new home. In this process, the Lord is strengthening our
trust and peace because we know that He is far greater than what
might seem to be awkward circumstances for us. It’s as if we are
taking a refresher course in faith and confidence
Now that the sale of our current home is going forward, we feel
more pressed to find a place soon. Although buying a house can be
a lengthy process, especially now during the pandemic-induced
frenzy of house sales, we know our time in this particular house is coming to an end.
We have been looking at several properties since we got the news
Thursday, and do appreciate your continued prayers for Lord's
provision for us in the very near future.
We had the enormous
privilege of having our Danish friends staying across the street
in the cottage that was our first lodging in Wales 22 years ago.
They were required to self-quarantine for ten days before starting
a course of study in Swansea, and we were glad to be able to
provide them with the whole place to themselves rather than being confined to
one room with us. God graciously provided awesome weather during
their stay, and they were more than delighted to busy themselves
in the garden that has needed some tender loving care since before
the pandemic started last year.
It was a real joy to have almost daily fellowship outdoors as we
made deliveries of food and other things they needed during their
stay. Having come from a similar background of communal
type discipleship experience, it was amazing to discover how much
we had in common, and testimonies and prayers flowed so naturally,
it was like being with life-long friends. We enjoyed the reality
of the scripture in Psalm 133: "Behold, how
good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in
couple of Sunday mornings ago it was snowing like crazy, and an
hour later the sun was shining down through a clear blue sky with
cottony white clouds. The contrast was startlingly beautiful
and reminiscent of what life is going to be like at times for us
inhabitants of this earth. Through ups and downs and zigs and
zags, how refreshing and perplexing to know that the Lord remains
the same yesterday, today, and forever!
During the last several weeks we have accompanied some dear
friends in prayer for loved ones with serious illnesses and then
watched them suffer loss and grief. And at the same time we
rejoice with others at the news of pregnancy and newborn infants.
We see yet again how changes come to everyone, and the contrasts
are as startling as they are diverse. Sorrow and joy, and mourning
and dancing seem to strangely go hand-in-hand.
Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 9:11, "...
The race is not to the swift, nor the battle
to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of
understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance
happen to them all." And yet in this flux of endless
change, the Lord is our rock and solid ground. We know that in all
our comings and goings, our lives are hidden with Christ in God. In
the great scheme of things, He alone is our life
and length of days. This is the bedrock of our existence.
In John 11:25-26 Jesus says, "I am
the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he
may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me
shall never die. Do you believe this?" This question that
Jesus asked Mary is the most pertinent of all. How people respond
to Jesus' offer of safe passage into God's eternal kingdom is of
utmost importance. His blood shed for us is the only vaccine
against the terminal disease of sin, far more devastating than any
People's decision to accept or reject this truth is at the core
of why we continue to pray for revival. Hebrews 6:19-20, "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 the Lord continue to bless you and fill you with the power of
this mighty hope, and may you be free-flowing channel of the love
of God to those around you.
Dick & Gladys