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Adventures in Wales

A blog series by Janet Mueller

Nameless and Faceless at the Airport

Never in our wildest imaginations could we have dreamt what lie ahead of us as we innocently strolled into the Fort Wayne International Airport on that June day.  Connected by our common call and community life at Heartland Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, our team of...

Father’s Day at the Cardiff Vineyard

After our extended flight to Wales, we all welcomed a nap at our lodging place, the Ebenezer House at Hebron Hall Christian Centre in the small village of Dinas Powys, some four miles southwest of Cardiff.  Ebenezer House was perfect for our group as it contained...

The Well is Open

We could not believe our good fortune on this beautiful June morning, as we laughed and cried, splashed water, and playfully poured it over one another.  The well was open, and we were some of its first enthusiastic visitors in a location where the past, present, and...

Moriah Chapel, Not Forgotten

Perhaps one of our most anticipated stops was Moriah Chapel in Loughor, known as the birthplace of the great Welsh Revival of 1904-1905.  Over the course of the past 111 years, thousands have made Moriah Chapel a place of pilgrimage, and now Team Heartland would tour...

An Unplanned Visit to Tabor Chapel

We were fortunate to have David Pike, a noted historian of the Welsh Revivals, as a tour guide for part of our trip.  He was a gold mine of knowledge as well as of the Holy Spirit!  He took us to what is commonly called “The Valleys” in South Wales.  These are where...

A Hidden Revivalist

She had a regal look about her with her dark hair swept up in a chic bun and a long, colorful scarf draped over her narrow shoulders.  She carried herself with dignity, poise, and confidence yet there was a humbleness about her.  Simply and mysteriously, she slipped...

Pits and Mountaintops

Is it possible to experience within the course of one day, a microcosm of an entire lifetime of walking with God?  That is what seemingly occurred on Tuesday, June 23, 2015.  From the depths of the earth at the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon to the heights...

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My Name Is Thomas

My Name Is Thomas

Let me see the holes in your hands.Can I see the holes on your feet and the wound in your side?Let me see. I need to see for myself so I will know and no longer hide. So you stretched out your hands, then showed me your feet, and the gash in your side.I could not help...

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Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Four young men - boys really - were taken from the rest of the captives. They were well bred, well educated, and well endowed with wisdom and good looks. Separated from their families, homeland, and temple, these boys were exiles in Babylon. Given new names honoring...

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Surrounded!

Surrounded!

Bang! Bang! Bang!  The loud noise startled Alisa, who was working the drive-through window at a local sandwich shop.  She walked out to see what caused the noise.  It was a police officer, standing at the locked door.   Until that moment, it was...

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Gemstones

Gemstones

Every gemstone in its natural state possesses unique qualities  that differentiate it from a common stone. The innate structure residing within was created solely by chemical elements reacting to the prevailing conditions.  We, too, are like...

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The Peace of Presence

The Peace of Presence

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you” (Isaiah 41:10a NLT). My kiddos like to play a shadow game. They come in so close behind me that I can’t turn to the right or to the left without them following suit. They stick so close it’s impossible for me to go in any one...

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Children of Light

Children of Light

Light.  I crave it.  I’m drawn toward it.  I need it—especially in winter, when my physical and emotional well-being become drained by the lack of sunlight.  I take my kitchen curtains down in the winter because I’m trying to let every possible...

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Lord, I Need You: A Prayer Guide

Lord, I Need You: A Prayer Guide

Listen with me.  https://youtu.be/LuvfMDhTyMA (Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher)  Pray with me.  Lord, I come, I confess Father, I humbly enter Your presence. I confess my sin of _______________, and I ask that You would wash me clean. My tattered soul needs Your...

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The Cost of Generosity

The Cost of Generosity

In the mid '90s, I was unemployed and struggling to make ends meet. My money ran out, and no jobs were available. I was miserable and depressed, grumpy and angry with God for not providing for me. He then encouraged me to begin my prayer time with thankfulness instead...

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Alignments

Alignments

Look at your journey.What you’ve accomplished. What you’ve left undone.If you feel out of balance... Perhaps, it’s time for an alignment.Look to the cross... Ask yourself the hard questions.If it is unfinished, why didn't you finish it?What stopped you from continuing...

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Give It to God

Give It to God

“ ‘I have the right to do anything,’ you say—but not everything is beneficial. ‘I have the right to do anything’—but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV) My son recently turned two, and my wife and I are teaching him to do some tasks on his...

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