Dear Praying Friends,
We are now into our third week here at the Bible College of Wales
and have really enjoyed our time here. The college is in between
groups of students, so there are only four people on campus
besides ourselves. It has been very peaceful and we get to spend
lots of time in the gardens in the amazingly good summer weather.
I hope you have all read the book Rees Howells, Intercessor,
and how he was led by the Lord into a challenging life of prayer
and faith. Reading the stories of his experiences and growing
relationship with God is a powerful source of inspiration and we
can't recommend the book enough. You can read the first few chapters
here on the publisher's website, and find new and used
copies on Amazon or Abebooks as well. There is also an excellent overview of his life and work here on
the Bible College website.
We count it an enormous privilege to be here during this time.
There is an exciting energy connected with the prayers during the
last hundred years, and more recently with the hundreds of
students that have gone through the 12-week course of study. This
is a real launching ground for the people of all ages who have
been prepared and fired up to serve the Lord wholeheartedly either
back in their home territory or wherever the Lord may choose to
send them in the future. It reminds us of
the times during the Jesus movement in the 1970s when people were
sent into ministry after what in many cases were intense
encounters with the Lord and His call into discipleship and
I like this view from a particular spot in the garden where are
you can just make out the white Mumbles Lighthouse on its
rocky perch in the distance. It's a good reminder that Jesus is
our lighthouse in times of turbulence and need. And He invites us
to shine his light for others in the world around us who long for
the certainty and hope that is only found in Him.
Psalm 119:105-106 says in The Passion Translation, "Truth’s shining light guides me in my choices
and decisions; the revelation of your Word makes my pathway
clear. To live my life by your righteous rules has been my holy
and lifelong commitment." This is a great description of
what it means to be a disciple, and how God's word equips us to
shine His light and bear the good fruit for which He made us.
As we draw close to our last week here in Swansea, there are
unknowns about when we will be able to move into our new house in
Betws Ifan. Once again we have seen the Lord open doors to places
for us to stay for the whole month of August if need be. However,
we still have hopes to be able to actually move by next weekend.
It seems to be a matter of all the right documents getting into
the right hands at the right time. We understand that it could all
happen in a short matter of days... or it could still drag on for
weeks. We are at peace with whichever way things go, but would
once again like to ask for your prayers that things work according
to God's design and not our personal preferences.
We visited the house last week and saw how the garden is getting
overgrown. We found some shears and did some pruning in the hot sun.
It was very nice to make a little headway on the outside jobs, and
we felt like they were the first steps of making this place our
home. Once again we gave thanks to the Lord for His provision of
this lovely house which, by faith, we will be living in before too
much longer. It will be nice to get settled in and get back to our
times praying in the chapel which we have missed.
Thank you for your continued interest and your prayers for Wales,
and the nations in need of His great light,
Dick & Gladys
Friends and Prayers:
Two weeks ago today most of our belongings were moved from our home
into a storage container nearby and we moved across the road. This
is the last sunset photo from there. At a time when it was very hard
to get any storage at all, God's provision opened a place up for us
only two miles away. This was a huge blessing for us because the
sale of our new house still is not finalized, and this is right on
the way there when we get the go ahead to move in. It has also
enabled us to organize and store the remaining items very
Gladys and I have been constantly aware
of God's goodness to us throughout this whole process. We have
both felt overwhelmed at times by the amount of stuff we have
accumulated and have had to deal with, and our hearts overflow
with gratitude for the Lord's care for us.
We are coming to the
end of our first 20-day stay here in our friends' cottage in
Cilgerran, and on Saturday we will be moving on to stage two. When
I last wrote, we hoped that wouldn't be necessary, but once again
have seen the Lord's faithfulness in opening another door for us.
Our friends from the Bible College of Wales in Swansea have kindly
offered us the opportunity to stay there on the campus for the
next several weeks. Even the detail of the timing makes us admire
God's handiwork—the current students graduate this Thursday and
then vacate the premises on Friday just in time for our arrival on
This is an interesting time of transition for us, and we are
looking forward to discovering just how the Lord works all things
out for His purposes. We have lots of friends in the Swansea area
and will enjoy the opportunity to have times of fellowship that
have been missed during the pandemic.
A phrase that comes to mind is "from transition
to position." It seems that life itself is actually a constant
transition from one stage to the next, from infancy and childhood
on into adulthood and career, family, etc. It is a long and
elaborate chain of transitions. But when a person comes to faith
in Jesus, he or she comes to a place of permanence and position.
God translates us into the Kingdom of His dear son, and that
placement by His grace is forever. He seats us in heavenly places
for all eternity.
During this very difficult year and a half, countless people
around the world have suffered loss and heartbreak, and transition
has come unexpectly and painfully for millions. It is our trust
and our prayer that millions also will have come to discover that
"Through the LORD’s mercies we are not
consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every
morning; great is Your faithfulness. 'The LORD is my portion,'
says my soul, 'Therefore I hope in Him!'" (Lamentations
Dick & Gladys