This month Anne led a service in one of the tiny chapels in the middle of nowhere ("Central" the secretary called it!). Soon after starting the sermon she asked a question which had an immediate response from a new widow who lost her husband in tragic circumstances. She opened up in raw honesty about her bereavement and some of the questions she was having. There followed much support and discussion instead of the sermon and one of the members encouraged her to lean on Jesus.- surely how a Sunday gathering should be! Ifor led the service there the next time, and God gave me three pictures for the chapel that morning. The first was of a blue river flowing with colourful sparkles like jewels. I took this to be the River of Life. The second was of golden rain and the third a clump of snowdrops. I sensed God saying that He would be bringing the chapel into a time of new life.
A few days later we were asked to speak at a day on Rural Mission hosted by BUGB South Wales, along with Barry Osborne. Being a different theme, we spoke about some of the things God is doing in the county and different ways of raising the Spiritual climate and introducing Jesus to the people who live here as relevant and interested in themselves and their daily lives. Then taking people further in their journeys of discovery to levels where they naturally start telling their friends and huge extended families about their new experiences. Both these days had the side effect of encouraging us in what God is already doing in the county and seeing more clearly different ways forward.
When we prayed above Sennybridge earlier this month, it was very encouraging to learn how there are Christians living in ones and twos on the hills surrounding the village like a polo as someone remarked! The men's Alpha in Crai is going well, with many of the men attending having influential positions. Also the work at Bronydd Mawr is continuing to go well. God seems to have plans in that area.
Our youth group had a good session this month when seven of them looked at the Columbine High School shooting and Ground Zero which brought up questions about Jesus's death and suffering for us. Next month (17th March) will be the last of the Journeys DVD series of testimonies we have been following. This final one will be focussing on the decision to follow Jesus. Prayers appreciated.
Thank you for your continued prayers for Breconshire. God is certainly "on the case".
Below is an amazing bit of research into what God has been doing in Llanigon, near Glasbury, in the past. I thought you might also like to have a look at it.