Thursday, 29 September 2016

Ugandan slideshow for Probus

Enjoyed doing a slideshow this morning on "Life and Work in Uganda" for the Probus group meeting at the Castle of Brecon Hotel. Dad used to love going to this.They seemed to find it inspiring and have generously through the paper bead jewellery the Ugandan children had made. All the money raised goes back to the actual schools where the children made them. This will be used to help pay their teachers' salaries, etc.

Goodbye Liz. See you again one day.

Sad to say goodbye to my dear schoolfriend Liz at Brecon Cathedral last week.  Hundreds of people packed into the 700 seater cathedral with a large number standing too - tribute in itself to how many lives she had enriched in her sixty years.  While she leaves so many to mourn her departing, she herself is enjoying a wonderful time with Jesus in her new body.

 The cyclamen spreading out from the huge sequoia in the cathedral grounds seemed to portray this vital new life.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Rugby Chaplain

Last weekend Ifor did a stint on the gate at Gwernyfed Rugby Club where he is Chaplain. Two matches were played and Scrum V were filming for S4C.

FCN at Usk Show

On 10th Sept Ifor and I took our turns on the gate at Usk Show collecting donations for FCN (Farm Community Network). This big show had chosen FCN to be the show charity to support this year. Ifor has been a local volunteer with FCN for many years, including when we were in Pembs. It's a bit like Samaritans for farmers but more than that. The show allowed us to have a stand
It was great entertainment having our stand next to Puppets Aloud! I loved the bear from straw bales by Usk Young Farmers where we used be members in our college days!

If you go Prayer for Breconshire on Facebook, you can see three short videos of the puppets.
Prayer for Breconshire's photo.

Fun with The Good Shepherd

We had fun in our Bible Fun group last week doing the combined stories of Jesus being The Good Shepherd, lying in the gateway of the sheepfold to protect them, then one day counting only 99 sheep (cowrie shells) and going off to look for the lost one... then having a party celebrate finding it. They enjoyed searching high and low to find Sticklebrick sheep hidden in the garden, then making wooly sheep to add to the flock.

Prayer around Brecon Schools

At the beginning of September, before the new term started, three of us walked around the Brecon schools, praying blessing on them and however the Lord led us to pray. He has a real heart the children and their teachers.

Stall at Llyswen Show

Last month I went Llyswen Show, selling paper bead jewellery made by children in Uganda to help finance their schools. The money goes back directly to the two schools we help support there. These shows also bring opportunities for bookings for slideshows in W.I.s, Young Farmers Clubs, Gardening clubs, Probus, schools, etc. which in turn give more opportunities to sell for the children and raise awareness.

New Wine helps Syrian Refugees

At the end of the second week of New Wine England loads of people donated their sleeping bags and tents to go to Calais for Syrian refugees.

Our week at New Wine

Enjoyed the second week at New Wine in Shepton Mallet along with 13,000 others! A similar number came the previous week too.
God was speaking right into our situations and empowering and equipping us to move forward in His Presence and love. He is always spot on!


4 August
Ifor was asked to take the wedding of our neighbours at the chapel in our nearest village. It was a privilege to share such a special day with them. I loved the bubbles alongside the confetti!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Big event at Powis Castle

It has been good to be involved with helping organise a big event in  a marquee at Powis Castle for farmers, their families and all those interested in the situation farmers are facing nowadays. Over the last few months Christianne Glossop, Chief Vet for Wales, and a group of Christian farmers from mid Wales have been meeting at our house to discuss and finalize details for this exciting event.
A Berkshire farmer, NIGEL BUTLER, will be the speaker. He is a good friend of Angus Buchan who drew an enormous crowd of around 800 to anothet farming event we were involved with organising in Trecastle a couple of years ago.  Nigel is also a popular and sort after speaker.
There will be games organised for the children.
Please pray for the event and let those who you think would be interested know about it.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Learning to hear God speaking in many different ways

Yesterday I Ied the last of the sessions on hearing God with the group in Hay. It has been such an encouragement to see how much God has blessed them through this over these last few weeks. He graciously spoke to each of them through the items they chose off the table; through "going for a walk with Him" in their minds' eye; through Bible verses; and finally in groups of 3 as they put into practice what they'd learnt by hearing God's words for each other. The latter particularly surprised and encouraged them as they found out how accurate these words were... when they thought they couldn't do it!
I'm praying He will continue to grow them in these new abilities to hear Him over the summer holidays and that they will grow in confidence enough to be  blessing in this way to those who do not yet know how much Jesus loves everyone.

Friend so blessed when she opened door of her heart to Jesus.

It was such a privilege earlier this week for me and a good friend of mine to be present when our mutual friend opened the door of her heart wide to welcome Jesus. He poured His peace into her mind and soul. Such joy ☺.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Two-way journaling with Jesus... With life changing results!

Last week I shared with the same Bible Study group in Hay about how life changing Ifor and I have found two-way journaling with Jesus to be since we started doing this two months ago.  They had a go at the first exercise where we all quieted ourselves, focused on Jesus and wrote a love letter to Jesus. Then we continued, whilst tuned to the flow of the Holy Spirit, to write what He was saying in response. Many were quite taken aback and greatly encouraged as Jesus responded with His personal words of acceptance and love for us as individuals.

Today was my weekly Bible Fun group for the mums and young children in our immediate locality.  One of the mums who started doing this two-way journaling a fortnight ago told me how much it has changed her life already. She loves hearing Jesus speak to her so readily and feels so uplifted by Him.

Wedding above Hay on Wye

It was good to share in our Godson's wedding celebrations recently. What a stunning location overlooking Hay for the wedding marquee after the service!

The wedding was held in Clyro Church where Kilvert, the famous Victorian diarist, was once the rector.

Quote from Job

"God speaks again and again, though people don't recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in bed.  He whispers in their ear."  Job 33:14,15.

Christian Dream Interpretation

Since my post on 10th May God has given me much revelation and counsel through dreams which I have found really encouraging.  Last month I was asked to lead a bible study on this with a group in Hay on Wye. Together we looked at lots of Bible references and I simply shared what I have learnt so far. I encouraged them to have a go and keep pen and paper by their bed. A fortnight later on my return a number of them shared their dreams and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we were able to interpret their meaning together.  This was an encouragement to everyone as He spoke through them.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Wedding back in Broad Haven, Pembs.

This weekend one of my former youth group got married  at the chapel in Broad Haven where we used to minister. I was aware of Father God enveloping them as Ifor prayed His blessing over them and their marriage.  It was a privilege to share their special day with them and their families. Lovely also to catch up with friends in the chapel on the following day. Special people.

Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations


To celebrate our queen's 90th birthday we bought lots of copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves and distributed them to people in Glasbury and surrounding villages on behalf of Glasbury Baptist Church. They were generally well received and hopefully will be read. One person said " I wonder what her secret is". I told her " I think she gives that away inside." She was intrigued!

It was fun to go back to Llanfrynach where I lived before we married to join with others in the service written by the Queen herself I believe. We were all invited to wear hats and dress up for the occasion which added to the fun. Floral arrangements adorning each window, the font, etc. were created by local individuals. Tasty cakes were provided in the marquee where we could enjoy a cuppa and chat.
The figures were knitted by a friend of mine in the village.
The hat was covered in myriads of hydrangea petals.

Book launch at Hay Festival

I enjoyed going to the launch of my friend Eleanor Watkins' new book at Hay Festival. My husband picked up the book as soon as he got home and is already halfway through it! He says it's so well written, down to earth, true to life and a very good read. I have yet to find that out for myself!

Click here to see the book review on Amazon.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Spring 2016 and introducing new Facebook Page

After heavy hailstorms, snow and freezing temperatures to welcome May, it looks  like Winter is finally, if reluctantly, losing its hold.  Paradoxically Spring seemed to start very early in the county!  This seems to reflect the nature of our ministry here: new beginnings, sad goodbyes, people in difficulties and times of blessing.  We never know from one day to the next what God has prepared for us to walk into.  Listening to His heart and His promptings is paramount, each and every day, one day at a time.
For instance, coming out of a shop one evening I found it sleeting, dark and miserable and looked forward to being at home by the fire.  However I felt a strong prompt to call at a friend's house first, where I was surprised to find her friend opening the door.  The two were having a traumatic "Goodbye" before the visitor returned permanently to her parents' home abroad.  The uncertainty of her future there didn't look much brighter than the disappointments and hurts she was leaving.  My friend, herself quite a new Christian, told her she needed to trust  her future to Jesus and wanted me to show her how.  Her visitor was keen for this so I explained how Jesus wanted to give her a fresh start with all the yucky stuff washed clean away by His own blood on the cross, and how He wanted to guide her step by step into her future, such is His love for her.  As I prayed, she felt His presence, love, peace and forgiveness flooded her and they were so glad I'd been 'blown in' at that moment.  Thank you Holy Spirit.

Another time a friend asked us to come over to her house to pray with a local mother with secondary cancer.  She invited several pray-ers and others who wanted to see her healed.  So far she has not been healed,but experienced the touch of  Jesus that evening as well as the love and support of those of us gathered around her.

It was great that Ifor was asked to dedicate the child of a couple he married since we came here.  The mostly young congregation enjoyed hunting everywhere for the 'Lost Sheep' and then had fun celebrating when it was found!  Many of them had "no idea a service could be such fun!"  It will be even more fun when the prophecy we gave the child comes into being when she is older.  A farming couple there asked for prayer which was a privilege.

Another service Ifor took was on Easter Sunday in a very isolated chapel just below the top of the Black Mountains.  We got soaked walking across the field from the car to the chapel, but local people kept coming and coming.  More chairs were found and more communion glasses.  Seventy people squashed in to the little chapel, double the good number that came last year.  As the wind howled around the windows and down the chimney, the children cracked open and stirred our duck eggs while Ifor explained the Easter Story.  Only one child was brave enough to have Ifor crack open an egg over her head - you should have seen the look on her face when she heard it crack!  Eventually she gingerly looked up ...... Ifor had blown the egg earlier to illustrate the empty tomb.  The children then left to scour the windy graveyard for hidden Easter eggs while we continued the service inside before joining them for tea and cakes in the stable, newly converted to provide an extra room and a refuge for walkers.

The following Sunday the "Off the Bus" children's weekday  group, which is going well, were invited to the leaders' chapel.  When Ifor spoke  about Jesus just appearing in a locked room after the resurrection, one little girl became very excited and shot up her hand.  "I know, I know," she said excitedly, "He came down the chimney!"  Follow that!

While on the children's theme, the Mums and Tots group that meet in our home each week have been having fun with various trips around the common and our house as they traveled to Bethlehem, Jerusalem, etc.  On one occasion the children made camel hobby horses on which they rode around the common, making purchase from the gold shop, frankincense and myrrh shops which they found on the way... such a long way!  They love dressing up and doing the story of the day, then making things like rag balls for Jesus and his childhood friends to kick around on the common on their travels to Jerusalem.  Last week they enjoyed covering themselves in white sticky spots and ringing bells as they shouted "Unclean! Unclean!" (Leprosy)

One of the funerals Ifor has been involved with this year was particularly tragic as the deceased was so young.The family are taking solace and encouragement from learning about Heaven and discovering more about Jesus. They are finding the assurance they need and growing in faith.  Some of the books that they are finding particularly helpful on their journey are "Heaven is for Real", "The Shack", and "Waking up in Heaven" by Crystal McVea.

Ifor writes..... "It's quite remarkable how so much of what we do leads on to something else. Some time ago I was going round the farms with my part-time job selling feed and fertiliser, when I came to a farmer who happens to be the chairman of the local rugby club (with 16 teams including children and ladies, and 600 members). He didn't want any feed, but he did say they needed a chaplain! So I'm now chaplain to a rugby club. Recently I responded to an FCN call where a local farmer had been injured and couldn't work for 3 months. He lived completely alone and was in the
middle of lambing and calving. The situation needed someone who could step in and take over the work full-time and immediately.Where do you find someone like that? The rugby club chairman has lots of contacts, and with his help we found a suitable person within 24 hours of placing the advert. Last week I went to the rugby club end of season dinner, and had a long chat with some neighbours
who I've known for 6 years but hardly ever see. Another FCN call resulted in me making contact with the farmer's friend, another farmer who desperately needed help with milking. I offered to help once a week with the milking, and found myself supporting his neighbour, who had been tragically widowed. I've ended up milking on 3 different farms these last few months, though I'm now cutting back.

In January I was asked to become moderator at a local Baptist church, one of the few churches in the area that has been able to support their own minister. That minister retired last year, and I have been asked to chair their deacons and church meetings, and give them some support and guidance. A number of members are keen to move forward with God, and we are looking forward with confidence and hope.

Much of what we are doing at the moment is making contacts, ploughing the ground, and sowing seeds. At times it can seem very slow, but Penny and I see enough signs of God at work to be assured that we are where God wants us to be, and we look forward with hope and excitement. We ourselves are growing in God. He is giving us a greater ability to see what God is doing, and to hear what God is saying. God is good!"

Penny writes.... On the family front, our little granddaughter Emily has now been discharged from Alder Hey Children's Hospital after five months following a bleed into her brain fluid.  The last scan showed all was working well and there was no longer any residue left.
 Thank you for all your prayers for her.  Thank you Jesus!  The reflux is now being controlled by medication and she has been transferred to be under Chester Hospital for monitoring for this. She is doing really well, happy and chatty and loves performing her new party trick of rolling over... and admiringly watching her big brother.
We are now looking forward to the arrival of Emily's baby cousin in June who will be our fourth grandchild.  Exciting times.

The way in which we will be reporting to you will now be changing.  We have opened a new Facebook page called 'Prayer for Breconshire'  where we will regularly be posting short updates.  To receive these as they are posted, click "Like"  for the page.  These will allow more interaction.  For those of you who do not have Facebook, we will copy these updates onto so you will still be able to see them on this site.  We suspect that short, up to date reports will be more useful and accessible to you than the roughly quarterly updates we have been doing until now.
We greatly value your prayers and support and look forward to reading your reactions on our new Facebook page.