Monday, 4 September 2017

Mission to Wales




  In July hundreds of ordinary Christians, from all over Wales from all denominations and none, took part in different ways to share the love of Jesus out in the streets over a nine day period, going out for just one hour each of those days in their local towns. The results were unprecedented. 3,351 people chose to accept Jesus's invitation and follow him in just those nine hours! They were each given a free copy of two of the books of the Bible and a booklet covering six aspects to help them in their new journeys. Those who wished to meet up with someone afterwards gave their details so this could be arranged.


Our nearest training centre for the Mission to Wales was in Pontypridd. A number of us from Breconshire went along. After a great time of worship and brief training, we went out on the streets of Pontypridd in pairs for an hour. The same the following day. Many people responded to the Good News Jesus was offering them and were keen to give their details so they could meet up with someone later.

After this we had a couple of days in Abergavenny where once again many chose to follow Jesus after hearing about His great love for them, talking to people in the streets and market and outside cafes.





On the Wednesday of that week, the Breconshire people left Abergavenny and met together in a home in Brecon before going
out to share about Jesus and His huge love for the people on the streets in Brecon over the next few days. Again, nearly a dozen people enthusiastically chose to follow Jesus and were given copies of Luke-Acts and the Six booklet to help them on their new journey.
Some of these also asked to meet up with someone near them to go through the little Six booklet so they could ask any questions they may have as the days went by.
Its not easy going out to share about Jesus's love for all people because we never know what kind of response we will get, but its been so worth it to see the joy in the faces of the people who do choose to accept Jesus's free offer of complete forgiveness, a fresh start and eternal Life with Him.









Ifor's book now on the market.







We had a table to sell books the next day at the 150th Anniversary of the Baptist Union of Wales in Carmarthen, where Ifor was asked to speak about his book.





Later we went to New Wine at Shepton Mallet.  The manager of the huge St Andrews Bookshop there took one look at the reviews by big names on the back cover and promptly put it up for sale on the shelves among authors such as Philip Yancey, John Wimber, J. Packer, Bill Johnson and Rick Warren!  The manager asked to keep the books to take around other big events in the coming months.

                          
      
Open Hands Open Heart is available in both hard and kindle forms from Eden Bookshops and Amazon, as well as St Andrews Bookshop.
Should you want a quantity for your church or group, contact us and we can arrange a discount price.

Ifor's Book Launch

Ifor's book launch in Broad Haven went really well on Thursday 15th. It was great to see so many friends there from the chapel and village. Around a hundred books went and we've left a box of books with Glenys for those who were unable to make the day. So see her if you'd like one and you live in that area. Also at Ffald y Brenin.
Otherwise they are now available on Amazon as hard copies and Kindle. People who are already reading it are saying its a real page turner.











Monday, 5 June 2017

God Healing at Praise and Worship Evening in Brecon



The next Praise and Worship evening at Watergate, Baptist Church, Brecon, with live band 'Open Doors' will be on Sunday, 11th June at 5.30. 

The last one was great.  During the coffee afterwards I got to pray with three people for healing.  The first man had been involved in a car accident in 1992 and has had painful knees and extremely limited movement in his wrist ever since.  As we prayed, the pain left all sites and when he tried his wrist five minutes later, he found he had full movement in his wrist, easily putting it in positions he hasn't been able to for twenty years!  His knees too. These healings have remained.
Seeing that, two others asked for prayer and felt the Holy Spirit doing something:  one man found the pain left his hip and a woman felt strange sensation in her gall bladder as we prayed.  I haven't heard if the latter two healings stayed.  All good fun!

 This is the story of the man with the broken wrists:

"In 1992 my wrist was smashed in a car accident. They didn't try to fix my wrist when I was taken into the hospital as I had a fractured skull and was in a coma. So they just made my wrist more comfortable so I could die in less pain.


When I recovered, I learned to cope with limited wrist movement as being the new norm. Towards the end of last year the use of a walking stick caused a further impingement and this showed up in an x-ray in January. I was praying for it to go back to its limited movement as I didn't even think of full movement, being so used to it.

Now I am amazed every day when I see my hand in a position it couldn't be in."





The top photos in the white tee shirt show his attempts to position his hands previously to the now healed versions in the blue tee shirt.  JESUS STILL HEALS TODAY!
























Training and Equipping

My "Hearing God" series of four went down really well in Abergavenny last month.  I have just completed a new series of four on "The Cross and How to Apply it" at our home which over a dozen seemed to enjoy and get a lot from, which was very encouraging.

My next series of four on the Holy Spirit will be starting on 14th June and will be as follows:

14th June    Discovering the Holy Spirit in the Bible and His relevance to our lives.

21st June    What does the Holy Spirit do?

28th June    How to be filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

 5th  July     The Gifts of the Spirit and how to use them.

Kensington Chapel

After the very successful Alpha  Course Ifor led in Kensington Baptist Church in Brecon, the people asked to continue with something similar.  So using the same format, Ifor has been running Christianity Explored which is also proving popular.  https://youtu.be/B5W-11Om8ME  This is held Tuesday evenings, 7 to 9pm, starting with a light supper.  If you are in the area, do call in and sample a session.  Each session is self contained and great fun.

Also do check out the chapel's Facebook page which is full of photos and current activities.


@KensingtonbaptistchurchBrecon

Ifor has been moderator at the chapel for over a year and will be their part time minister from September. 

Radio Broadcast

Ifor was asked to take part in the Radio Wales broadcast "All Things Considered" which went out on14th  and 19thMay.  It was a 30 minute programme which you can hear on http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08qgj5d . It was titled The Value of Money, where "Roy Jenkins and guests looked at how religious faith should affect  the acquisition and spending of money and especially how much of it is given away.  Roy Jenkins was joined by Rev Ifor Williams, a Baptist Minister in Breconshire, who has written 'Open Hands, Open Heart', a book on the Bible's teaching on giving, being published in June;  Canon Carol Wardman, advisor on church society issues to the bishops of the Church in Wales;  Rob Morgan, a Rhondda based money coach for the charity Christians Against Poverty; and Dr. Ahmad Jamal, a Senior Lecturer in marketing and strategy at Cardiff Business School."
It wasn't easy as the questions weren't given out beforehand so each had to answer immediately, with no time to think!  Sometimes Ifor gave a short answer, thinking that was what was expected, but others gave a long answer, which he could have done. However, all in all it seemed to come across well and we had some good responses.