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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Racing towards the end of the year with thankful hearts!

Autumn colors on our old drive from BeulahDear 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 provision.

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 Unusual low rainbow in Aberporthand 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!

Unusual low rainbow in AberporthSomehow 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.

Unusual low rainbow in AberporthAlso 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


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