Dear Friends of Wales
As hard as it seems to believe, we have actually
been in our new permanent home for 3 weeks now! It was one year
ago that we first received the news that we would need to
relocate, and it has been a long-drawn-out process to get to this
point. We are extremely thankful for God's amazing grace which has
sustained us through this whole adventure of faith and patience.
The last few months have been a blur of movement and
activity, and now to find ourselves in one place again is a real
delight. We spent our first two weeks in camping mode with
suitcases and boxes and some basic furniture in the house. Then
last week all our things were moved in from the storage unit, and
the fun began.
This is a large house and there is something to do
everywhere we look. But we know that settling in here will take
time, so we aren't rushing into things. It is an exciting
challenge, and we are enjoying just being here at long last!
the day we arrived until now, every single day we have been amazed
to see how the Lord has taken care of us.. From large matters down
to the smallest details, His faithfulness to us is just wonderful,
and assures us again and again that He indeed is Lord of All!
One thing that stood out to me is that our predominant view from our
old house and the chapel had been towards the south and west, and
now our best view is to the north and the east. We also have had
many encouraging words from different people about this "new
chapter" in our lives, and some have also mentioned this new
direction of view as prayer-related. And during the time of waiting
for the purchase to be completed, the Lord gave a particular word to
Gladys that this house was 'For My purposes."
In our first weeks, even before our
things were moved, we had already had friends join us for dinner,
entertained a young friend, now married with children. And last
week we had our long-time friend and regular houseguest Ali help
us unpack a few "kitchen" boxes and find places for things. These
and other visits are what really make this seem more like home,
and we know that God's love and purposes are the keys to what is
yet to come.
We are still having some very warm summer-like
days, although they are getting noticeably shorter now. And the
early morning fog condenses on and highlights these spiderwebs on
our boxwood bushes, but they soon "disappear" when the sun comes
This brings to mind these scriptures from Psalm
Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is
within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
forget not all His benefits." The Lord's blessings and
benefits are many indeed for us all, but easily in the "heat of
the day", we lose sight of that amazing truth. This is a good
reminder to set our hearts in His direction early in the day and
know that "the mercy of the Lord is from
everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him."
As we settle in here I hope to get back to my "regular" writing
schedule. Thank you for your prayers for us, for Wales, and for the
nations in such need of God's saving grace,
Dick & Gladys Funnell