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The regular prayer letter of the Evangelical Movement of Wales - September/October 2011
Each year for the September/October prayer letter we produce a report which reflects back on the past year. We also seek to indicate key issues for prayer during the coming year.
Let’s begin by looking at a parable that our Lord told in Luke 18:1-8: And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, “Give me justice against my adversary.” For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, “Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.”’ And the Lord said, ‘Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’ What confidence we can gain from this parable. How gracious is our God that He would give such assurances to us? Our heavenly Father wants to hear and answer our prayers. Yet, the parable finishes with a clear challenge – a challenge that we, as a movement, have felt very clearly this year. As we look back at the work of the year we have been reminded that it is not work and activity which is of most importance, but what God is doing in Wales. We are very grateful to Him for all the fruit we have seen this year, and we wish to give Him the glory for everything. As we look at the next year we do so with a total dependence on His goodness. It is in this Spirit that we therefore call on you to join us in praying for God’s blessing on Wales in the next year. We need to pray; to thank God for what He is doing and to ask that He would move in a much greater way over the coming months. This is our challenge to pray in faith continually and not lose heart. We continue to be committed to our mission statement of the priorities identified a few years ago.
“Partnership in the Gospel” and
These priorities continue to drive the vast majority of our activities and ministries. They are: 1.
Evangelism and Church Planting by stimulating desire and providing opportunities
Mission Wales – What would it be like if every person in Wales were to have the gospel preached or presented
to them in their heart language? This is such an important question for us to pray about, asking God for help to do this in our generation. The first week in November 2010 saw six churches in the Llanelli-
Swansea area praying and working together to reach their communities with the gospel. Each church was encouraged with different aspects of the mission. Around 20,000 gospel-centred newspapers were distributed to the area. More enquiries have come from churches across Wales. Please pray for churches in Machynlleth, Llandudno, Gower, Welshpool and Bala as they prayerfully consider extending their outreach to their communities.
EMW trailer – The ministry and work of the EMW trailer with Roger Thomas has grown during the year.
The work using the second trailer with Gareth Thomas has continued to have many opportunities around the country.
Eisteddfod – The EMW has developed its facilities and enhanced its presence in the
National Eisteddfod in Wrexham this year. New displays, tracts and books were evident and well received.
sy’n galw ar enw yr yn cael ei achub, the English ‘Barriers to belief’ – The theme of the summer edition ofpwy bynnag yw.” Arglwydd “Bydd pob un
magazine aimed to help Christians across Wales and further afield“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord understand better will be saved.” the questions, prejudices and concerns non-Christians may have in their minds when they try and share the gospel. There were many helpful answers to those questions which we can use to aid us when giving an answer for the hope in us.
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Welsh and bilingual tracts – These can now be purchased from the EMW. There has
been a growing need over the past few years for clear literature that communicates yffordd.org the gospel clearly. It is our aim to produce more literature over the next year.
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2. Biblical Literacy and Discipling ensuring that relevant and biblical resources, teaching, and discipling are widely available Camps – We were grateful to God for many good reports from EMW camps. There is a steady stream of young people being converted. Pastor Paul Gamston, chair of the English Camps’ Committee, has moved to Yorkshire and is hoping to hand on the chairmanship in coming months. Gwydion Lewis continues as chair of the Welsh Camps’ Committee. Conferences – The Aber conferences continue to be a blessing to many in Wales and beyond. So many aspects of the conference have such encouraging feedback. May we not take any of God’s blessings for granted! ‘Overflowing Grace’ was David Norman Jones’ theme for this year – we so much need His grace across Wales. Bookshops – Our bookshops continue to provide a very important service. We regularly hear of people from different faiths walking into the shops, buying Bibles or simply asking to know more about the gospel. Serious enquiries from non-Christian folk sometimes follow. The seed is being sown in and from all our shops. We promote and sell quality Christian literature. Our summer promotion this year has very special offers on new Bibles. Bread of Heaven continues to sell well across the country with many being reminded of the great acts of God across Wales. Remarkably sales of books are almost 5% ahead of sales last year. In such difficult financial times the Lord has been good to our bookshops. Thank you for your support. Please pray for the Cardiff shop. We are praying that a consortium of Cardiff churches will take up the opportunity of sharing the gospel in the heart of the city early in the new year. However we desperately need volunteers – can you or your friends spare time to cover an afternoon or a day in one of our shops? We need your help!
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Magazines – This year we saw the Welsh language evangelical magazine (Cylchgrawn) re-launched with a new Editorial Board, headed up by Steffan Jones. We give thank to Robert Rhys for many years of faithful and diligent editorship and pray blessing on him and his church in Carmarthen. Steffan Jones has drawn together a new and enthusiastic team. Please pray for them and the reach and impact of the Welsh magazine.
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Press – Much of this year has been taken up with re-organising the English Cymru a'r Byd Haiti, Seland Newydd a Siapan Pam? Cwpan y Byd Y Creisis a'r Cysur Press, whilst the Welsh Press have published new books, tracts and a study guide to Mark for new Christians. We hope to announce a new partnership with a major evangelical publisher in the next few months. This will enhance many aspects of marketing, printing and sales. Please pray for Steff Job as he leads the work with Dr Eryl Davies.
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and Co-operation providing opportunities for meaningful co-operation
Bryn-y-groes – We are in continuing negotiations with a provider of outdoor pursuits to younger children. We are hopeful that the partnership will enhance many aspects of BYG and use the centre during times when it is not otherwise used. We are beginning to look for successors to Dave and Pat Wilmot who will be retiring in the next year or so. These are vital posts to fill. We really want to be sure we have God’s right people to continue the remarkable work which Dave and Pat have greatly contributed to over recent years. During the year a number of EMW staff and trustees have had opportunities to share and help other Christian organisations in Wales and beyond. This is a growing area of work. We feel privileged to be able to share with and support other brothers and sisters in the work of the gospel. 4. Training leaders
and Leadership offering encouragement and training for church leaders and future
Ministers’ work – Again we are able to report, by God’s grace, that prayers have been answered with the ministers’ work this year. Once again the New Pastors’ Conference was a great blessing. Over forty new ministers were encouraged, taught and refreshed by the ministry. The English and Welsh ministers’ conferences were well attended and there was a real sense of fellowship and honesty. Don Carson was the main speaker at the Bala conference who looked at the gospel as the pattern and priority in Christian work. It has been a great encouragement to see ministers from different backgrounds unified through the gospel. TTC – The EMW theological training course is less well known than it deserves to be. Phil Swann recently talked about the course at a major trustees meeting of another organisation with the response ‘Why did we not know about this before now?’ We praise God for those who continue to give their Washing their feet time to this work.
- Leading like our Lord
DEEPEN – The EMW reading course has made a steady start in its first year. We know of individuals who have been mightily blessed through their reading. Church Officers’ Day – After many years, a conference for church officers will take place on 21 January in North Wales and 28 January in South Wales. The need to support pastors, elders and deacons in the difficult days we live in are great. Will your church officers come and join others as we seek God’s will for churches and share good practice, pointing one another to the Saviour and His word?
The Church Officers’ Training Days 2012
A day for serving elders, deacons, pastors and trainee pastors
North Wales - 21 January, 2012 South Wales - 28 January, 2012
Speakers include: Phil Swann Stuart Olyott
For more information, please visit the EMW stand
Evangelical Movement of Wales
The EMW as an organisation
Management Board – After many years of faithful service to the Lord through the EMW, Rev Gwynn Williams, our chairman, will be stepping down as we constitute a new board in early 2012. His service has been exemplary – through extremely tough times he has managed to keep his hand on the tiller and support less experienced staff and volunteers (like me) in such uncritical, yet clear and godly ways. Staffing – Lucy Wood has been appointed as Head of Administration. She is grappling with the many challenges we face. We are seeking to develop our online booking processes, database, computer systems and support staff in their personal and professional development, whilst at the same time seeking to reduce our office expenditure. Our financial position – We praise God for encouraging news on our finances. We are very grateful to God and His people for a number of significant gifts and legacies that have helped us make a small surplus this year. Please continue to pray for us as we endeavour to ensure that our ministries are funded so that we can support gospel work in Wales. We continue to seek savings wherever possible as well as increase our efficiency and effectiveness. Nevertheless it is clear that it is our God’s gracious intervention which continues to provide all our needs.
As we move forward, please pray for:
• Gods’ guidance and blessing so that we would follow and depend on Him; • The administrative structure of the EMW. We want to provide an effective and supportive team of staff for our ministries and volunteers; • The work amongst the ministers. It is a very challenging time for ministers and we have a real burden to support and encourage the leaders of our churches. Please pray for the conferences and the ministry amongst the ministers; • Evangelism. Please pray for our missions and press as we continue to support and help churches to reach out to their communities with the good news of the gospel. • Prayer. We wish to encourage Christians and churches to prioritise prayer over the coming year.
May the Lord bless you over the summer months. In Christ alone and for His glory,
David Norbury - General Secretary Feel free to photocopy this prayer letter, or contact us for more copies:
Evangelical Movement of Wales, Bryntirion, Bridgend, CF31 4DX Tel: 01656 655886 Fax: 01656 665919 e-mail: email@example.com
The Evangelical Movement of Wales is a registered charity, number 222407
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