Llangeitho to Aberystwyth

Llangeitho to Aberystwyth

I was very honoured to walk with Emyr for three days from Llangeitho to Aberystwyth.  A walk that became in the very essence about love and in ways I hadn’t expected – love for fellow pilgrims, love for the cross and all that it represents, love for people, love for the beautiful land of Wales and perhaps most of all the Father’s love being expressed in beautiful and unexpected ways.

From my earliest days of reading the gospels in my late teens, I loved all I read about Jesus and the life of his disciples. It was a love story. So to find myself walking along the road with a shepherd’s staff and a fellow pilgrim was a delight. Carrying the cross, for the times I did, were deeply moving as I clung to the timber and thought of what Jesus suffered. Hours were spent walking and worshipping or praying and as we moved towards Aberystwyth a song rose in me – a Father’s song over the land and his saints.

Along the way there were many special times and people. One such was when we sat down for a rest on a wall. We read some scripture and prayed just before the owner drove up and said “Hi guys, what are you doing?” He was so grateful when we offered to pray for him. He said he was the owner of a hotel in the town and if we introduced ourselves there we could have a free sandwich and coffee! In time we arrived at the hotel, and parked the cross outside to the bemusement of the guests in the restaurant. As we left, after a fine lunch, a gentleman asked if we were the lads carrying the cross and spoke in Welsh of his deep respect for the Lord. He was not alone for as we walked into Aberystwyth we had a motorcyclist salute us, a farmer doff his hat and countless cars honking their horns!

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Leaving Aberystwyth

There was steady rain in Aberystwyth this morning as I dropped Emyr off for the next part of the pilgrimage. Emyr’s spirit was not dampened however! We both walked the cross to St. Michaels and were privileged to meet a young lady Hannah. We were blessed as we prayed together. We ask for the Lord’s blessings on St. Michaels and all the churches in Aberystwyth.

If you are on Twitter – check out St Mikes feed (@Stmikesaber) for a picture of Emyr!

Having walked three days with Emyr and the cross, it was with some sadness to let him go this morning and not go with him!

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From Lampeter to Llangeitho

On Tuesday evening we said farewell to Lindsay Hammond who will be re-joining the pilgrimage a little later at Llanberis. Wednesday morning saw Emyr joined by another friend, also named Lindsay, who walked with him from Lampeter to Llangeitho, taking turns to carry the Cross. We thought God was kind in giving Emyr another companion with the same name for the day, just to save any confusion!

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Emyr and Lindsay spoke and witnessed to a number of people, even receiving a mention on someone’s blog page that they met along the way. You can read the post here:

http://doingitforourselfs.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/out-and-about.html

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A few of us then joined them for a time of worship in the evening and it was fascinating to discover that Llangeitho had previously seen revival with as many as 20,000 people coming to this tiny little village to attend the meetings.

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Towards the end of the night we were invited into the main chapel to pray. Some precious connections were made with local members of the church, one of whom was visibly moved to tears as he spoke with some of the group, and it was a blessing to pray for Emyr before heading home.

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Commissioning Concert

13th September saw a fantastic turnout for the commissioning of Emyr Mathias in St Davids Cathedral. It was an incredible privilege for us to enjoy the stunning performances of Aija Kim, renowned concert pianist, as well as Huw Priday and Elizabeth Woolett, professional opera singers, as they sang and played for the Lord in the presence of us all. I know that several people had tears in their eyes as their spirits were moved by the music. With members of the public passing us by, the concert was a beautiful witness to the glory of God at the very start of this pilgrimage and has laid a precedent for the days ahead. As pictures speak a thousand words, I will allow the photos of the day to speak for themselves from here.

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Cross Carriers

We are thrilled to announce that we now have two more experienced Cross carriers joining Emyr in his pilgrimage across Wales.

Lindsay Hammond from Cornwall will be walking with Emyr for the first week and later joining him again at Snowdon. It was fantastic to see them both walking through St Davids today following a truly blessed commissioning service.

Clive Cornish will also be simultaneously carrying a Cross from Cardiff all the way to Snowdon where he will meet with the other Cross carriers there!

Fourth Gathering

Our recent gathering on 30th June saw just 12 of us meeting – a number that felt of some significance even though it was small! We worshipped together and a number of Scriptures were read out, as follows:

Psalm 34:1-3 – I will extol the Lord at all times, His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord, let the afflicted hear and rejoice, glorify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together.

Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe.

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless, or in vain.

We were encouraged not to grow weary in our labour for the Lord and reminded that because Christ already has the victory, that can affect the way we live right now. The Lord is building a confidence, a oneness and an expectation amongst His people of what He is about to do.

Gina shared a picture of each of us being like burning branches, snatched from the flames and rooted in King Jesus. When we come together it is like a blazing tree and we can take that fire of God to others that we meet.

Emyr then related to us some of his more recent experiences of carrying the Cross and how he had a passion on his heart for the power that is in the name of Jesus.

More Scriptures were shared including:

Ephesians 3 – I pray that out of God’s glorious riches, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know His love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

1 Corinthians 6 – We are washed, we are sanctified and we are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.

And we were reminded that whatever we do, we do it in the name of Jesus and to bring glory to Him. In doing this, we are wearing the full armour of God.

Mary shared with us some flyers she had prepared and also a poem that she had written for the pilgrimage. She told us of how she had a heart for the farming communities in Wales and we agreed to reach out to these communities for involvement in the pilgrimage.

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After a break for lunch and another time of worship, a word in tongues was given with the interpretation: “Go and find your brothers and sisters and bring them back to me.” There was a picture with this of lots of little children coming, with a big party in Heaven as the angels were rejoicing over the sinners who had repented and they had joy all over their faces. There is a call, a promise and there is joy.

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love, and His wonderful works for men. Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the council of the elders. He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste because of the wickedness of those who live there. He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into a flowing spring; there He brought the hungry to live and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields, and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest. He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased; and He did not let their herds diminish.” Psalm 107

We then shared a couple of testimonies and prayed for those present who needed healing.

Carol shared with us a picture she had of the Cross on fire up on Snowdon and she saw that throughout the whole journey the fire would be carried and it would be so strong that it would hold any demons back.

“I will extol the Lord with all my heart on the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord, they are pondered by all who delight in Him. Glorious and majestic are His deeds and His righteousness endures forever. He has caused His words to be remembered. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, He provided food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever. He has shown the people the power of His works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of His hands are faithful and just, all His precepts and trustworthy. The are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for His people, He ordained His covenant forever. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. All who follow his precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111

Millie brought a reminder for us as the redeemed to keep rejoicing in what Jesus has done for us on the Cross.

Emyr encouraged us that as we rejoice in our suffering we are giving to God a sacrifice of praise.

We closed together with the Lord’s Prayer.

Abergavenny Report

What a brilliant day we had in Abergavenny on the day before Pentecost when Emyr, Diane and friends from West Wales and further afield came to Abergavenny, the so called ‘Gateway to Wales’, with the Cross.

We had planned to take the Cross to the edge of the Blorenge (the purple headed mountain in All Things Bright and Beautiful!) and worship there, then have a family picnic in the castle grounds. This would be followed by a procession through town to end with a thanksgiving service and refreshments at the Baptist church.

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At 9am there was only a handful of folks parked on the Blorenge in low cloud and drizzle but as we got underway we had 21 walkers, including a blind lady with her guide dog and several folk from West Wales who had made the journey to join us. Many of these people helped to carry the Cross and found the experience deeply moving. The Cross was clearly visible from the town and we worshipped and declared Scripture, proclaiming the presence of the great I Am and Jesus as King of kings. We blessed the town to have its gates wide open that the King of Glory may come in and that the town would reflect the Kingdom of love, peace and joy.

The shofar a were sounded over the town and over the Usk Valley – thank you to shofar blowers Keith Williams and Andy Morris for coming so far to join us. What we did on the mountain was spiritually very significant.

As we came down from the mountain the sun came out and the weather was glorious, thank you Lord! The castle grounds were the perfect spot for the youngsters to play and picnic and, again, a significant place for us to witness – a dark place where there has been much prayer in the past for the spilling of blood and the breaking of covenants.

After lunch Emyr, with the Cross, was accompanied by a good number of people, quite a few waving banners, from the different churches in town and from further afield. There was a brief stop in Red Square in the centre of town when Bryn Yemm took over the busker’s microphone to announce the lordship of Jesus and then the procession continued through the crowds to Abergavenny Baptist Church where we praised the Lord outside before going into the church ahead of schedule.

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With time to fill we heard three awesome testimonies of what God was doing in peoples’ lives before ending the afternoon with worship together and testimony from Emyr. There was a great buzz of unity in Christ over the refreshments and there have been very many positive comments both from the church folk and the unchurched. We were truly blessed in so many ways and we look forward to supporting the progress of the Cross as Emyr walks from St David’s to Snowdon in September.

Thanks to all who supported the day and above all to our mighty God who went ahead of us to prepare the way. The word that we had for this day was: I am about to do a mighty thing in the land (a thing to make the ears tingle AMP) 1 Samuel 3:11, so we are waiting with great expectancy to see how His purposes are fulfilled.

 

First Team Gathering

A group of about 25 of us met for the first time at Ffald-y-Brenin in November to pray about the development and outreach of Emyr’s vision. It was a time of gathering with like-minded saints who all expressed their commitment to support Emyr in this work both in prayer and in practical matters.

The meeting began with an encouragement that each one of us there was there for a reason. We heard that a small, multi-denominational group had been faithfully carrying a cross from Ffald-y-Brenin to St David’s for the past 7 years. This journey was one of united obedience, ‘of joining with the Lord on the road’ and one that has caused a deep and sincere love to grow amongst the members. This year, they are handing the baton on to Emyr and to this gathering of people that will support and commit to the vision.

We spent some time worshipping the Lord, with a strong sense of joy and unity in the Spirit, and we received a number of prophetic words of encouragement:

Find your courage my children. Find your courage and your strength in me. I yearn for my lost ones, I yearn for my little ones alone in the dark. Come with me, find your feet, walk in my light and we will bring them home. (Interpretation of Emyr’s tongues)

Vision of a frame with blocks being made. Clay and sand were being poured into the frame and then a piece of wire cut the bottom off and the blocks were pulled out and put in a pile all made of clay as though something was being built. Sense that the Lord was saying He was building a people of power – living stones.

Following this precious time of worship, Emyr began to share the vision of the pilgrimage of the cross. He wanted to let us all know that this was not about him, nor was it his vision, but it is about the Lord and it is His vision. And that we are all one together, in Him.

If you would like to read the full vision, please click here.

There was a real sense of excitement as people began to share stories of what the Lord was saying and doing and how it all tied in with the words and stories already shared.

In particular, we were encouraged by a word that the Lord was speaking to us in that moment:

In this place I am birthing a unity of brethren which will surpass all that has been before, because I have within you my Spirit. This assembly understands the necessity of obedience to my Spirit’s guiding. I am using you to bring to fruition the vision. None of you are here by accident. You are here at my request. Because you listen to me – you wait and listen. Have confidence in what you are hearing and act upon it because it is from me.

A number more visions were also shared:

Vision of Jesus standing on a height and He planted His banner and was waiting for people to come out of their churches and just come to Him in total unity. And then, there would be a move!

Vision that as we were worshipping earlier it was as if there were people worshipping on the mountain and as they were making a declaration and declaring freedom there was a ripple effect across the nation and nations.

Vision of an earthenware flask superimposed over the map from Snowdon to St David. The flask was in the Lord’s hands and oil was being poured out. The oil was thick and so formed a blob instead of falling but the Lord said, ‘Watch, watch for that: there is a time when that oil is going to drop and when it drops, it’s going to drop from that walk and it’s going to sweep across and the healing and the glory of the Lord will come like a golden oil.’ There were then lots of different arms and hands going up and they all had different vessels, bowls or cups – they were the prayers of the saints over the years – and the Lord was saying, ‘Because of these prayers, they bring sweet fragrance to me, and because of the prayers of the past, things are coming together and I am about to do it’. Sense that unity was such a key part of it. Without the united Church the Lord can’t really move but when His body’s united, the glory will fall.

Words from the Lord of: Glory and blessing. Quickening and precision. He is raising a standard. He is going to have the hearts of the people. There is a new beat and a new dance across Wales. It is a new beat for warrior dancing and movement to the Lord. And it is now that move is coming.

We then heard from Dick Funnell of Wales Awakening of how they have been encouraged by seeing various networks and groups of people coming together extra-denominationally in the last 5 years. He esteemed the denominations but said that he believes there is an incoming harvest that is so great it will be too big for the denominational churches. As such, God has been preparing this amazing network of people to be ready for it, so that they can be brought into the community of the Body of Christ.

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