Dear Friends of Wales Awakening:
Instead of the wheat or oats regularly planted in the field above
Cilfowyr Chapel, the golden flowers of this rapeseed seem to
reflect a promise. The Lord says in Isaiah 43:19, "Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall
spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in
the wilderness And rivers in the desert." So we continue
to hold fast to all that He has in store, walking by faith and not
Some of the members of our chapel joined with those of a few
other local chapels for a special excursion. This is the first
time one of these joint outings has happened since before the
pandemic and so we accepted the invitation to go along. Our
destination for the day was St. Fagans National Museum of Welsh Life
on the outskirts of Cardiff.
We all climbed aboard a comfortable tour bus, accompanied by our
pastor, who also ministers in two other small congregations, and
headed off toward the capital city of Wales. Everyone was chatting
merrily away in Welsh, with Gladys and I using our limited
conversational abilities. We scattered out over the 100 acres of rural Wales, complete with
many reconstructed historical buildings that have been brought
from all over the country. It is an excellent way to get a feel
for the culture as it developed through different periods.
Among the buildings is this old 19th-century chapel that was
moved here from Drefach Felindre, our pastor's hometown.
Arrangements had been made to have a brief service there, so a
prayer, a hymn, and the portion of 2 Peter 2:9-10 rounded out the
afternoon. "But you are a chosen generation,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that
you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of
darkness into His marvelous light; ...who once were not a people
but are now the people of God..."
The following week found us heading to Mid-Wales for the Heal The
Land Conference in Builth Wells, on the Royal Welsh Showgrounds.
We had been to this event before the pandemic, and it was a great
encouragement to see so many old praying friends again and meet
many new ones as well. We greeted many people we had seen before
and struggled a bit to place them. Several conversations went
like, "I know you from somewhere but can't remember when or where,
do you?" It was a great relief to find some who responded, "Yes!"
and learn or recall their names, etc! It made us realize just how
long we've been in Wales and how many wonderful people we've met over the
The main speaker was Andreas Keller from Switzerland who has
been praying with farmers for well over a decade. One of the
topics was about "trusting the process" of the sowing and the
growing of the seeds planted. Just as in the agricultural realm,
our seeds of prayer also have to be left to the faithful working
of God. We can only do our part, whatever it may be that He has
asked of us, and know that the rest depends on Him. He is ever
Mark 4:26-27 says, "And He said, “The
kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground,
and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should
sprout and grow, he himself does not know how." That is
where we need to "trust the process." That is God's domain,
and we can rest in His faithfulness. There were many amazing
testimonies and marvelous times of worship.
There were also many times
of prayer and ministry of the Holy Spirit throughout. In one of
the workshops, we joined a group to prayer-walk through the
showgrounds and just listen to the Lord speak through the
surroundings and give spontaneous prayers to group members. It was
beautiful to join in the power and depth of the prayers of these
seasoned intercessors. For both Gladys and myself it was a great
encouragement to keep on keeping on, trusting the plans and
processes of God's kingdom.
Jesus finishes the parable by saying in verses 28-29, "For the earth yields crops by itself:
first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the
head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the
sickle, because the harvest has come." The term "by itself" refers again to
God's domain. It is now through His "doings", and we see this new
season as the beginning of the harvest we have all been praying
May Paul's prayer in Romans 15:13 be fulfilled in each one of our
Now may the God of hope fill you with all
joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the
power of the Holy Spirit."
Dick & Gladys