The link takes you to a short video which I produced a year ago in South Wales.
Just over a year ago I was in South Wales, here in the UK, and I was in trouble. For reasons which I won't go into, I was out of work and, for a short time, homeless. I was cast upon the Lord.
During my short time in the south of Wales I met a remarkable retired pasto,r who has bought several of the disused chapels which are now so common everywhere there, and which often get turned in to luxury flats. The reason that they were purchased in this case was to preserve the Welsh Gospel heritage, and to make them available for future use, if anyone is able to recommission them for the Lord's work.
One place where these chapels are located is Merthyr Tydfil in the Welsh Valleys area. In 1904 a remarkable revival swept through the whole of Wales and for 18 months, it was said that all chapels were bursting at the seams, both day and night, with persons worshipping God and seeking the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. Now they are abandoned.
This week I shall be meeting up with the owner of the chapels, and visiting some of them to photo and document some of their features, and to hopefully preach in some of the abandoned pulpits. Sermons recorded there can be put on the internet where they will be well used. Some of those pulpits may not have been used for 40 years.
It is not about the buildings themselves, or their contents. This work stems from the hope that there will be a fresh outpouring of God's Holy Spirit upon Wales. It is the people who matter. When the revival comes, they will rise up themselves and repair the buildings, but first they need God to repair their ruined hearts through the Gospel.
Following my time of homelessness the Lord heard my cries and a brother in Christ offered me the use of his house here in Hull, as he was, and still is, away in Texas training for the ministry. The Lord has been good to me.
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