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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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Bullseye Kindness

Bullseye Kindness

Read Matthew 5:43-48 Kindness. It’s no longer just a buzzword or a hashtag. We are finding that, as we stumble through 2020, kindness is a life-saving, life-giving practice. It has gone from just something nice to do for someone, to a necessity for survival for...

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Kindness and Gratitude

Kindness and Gratitude

See that 10-yr-old girl with the toddler and his chimp? There were other kids her own age to play with, but she never really felt part of that group. Then there was Bruce, the rambunctious toddler. He didn’t have anybody his age to play with. His parents were busy...

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Quietly, the Stone Fell

Quietly, the Stone Fell

(a short story based on John 8:3-11) The temple was crowded that day. Warm, moist heat surrounded me. The sun was brilliantly golden. This was not the first time I'd come to hear this man teach, but I was still uncomfortable with my surroundings. I sensed it was even...

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Down to the Roots

Down to the Roots

Several years ago, the Checotah, Oklahoma area suffered a severe drought. The water level of the largest lake in the area had receded so far that the immense root system of a massive tree was completely exposed. My daughter captured this vivid image while practicing...

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Passing the Baton

Passing the Baton

“I will take it from here,” He asserted gently but firmly as I slowly opened my clenched fist and released my Baton. I don’t know how long I stood there across from Him, my hand on one end of the Baton and His on the other.  Perhaps years.  But now it became...

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The Exchange

The Exchange

As a homeschooling family, we looked forward to each field trip with great anticipation. Our trip to the fire station was no different. Both my son and daughter could hardly wait. We arrived early and took our seats as the firefighter pressed play on a short, animated...

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We Don’t Know What To Do

We Don’t Know What To Do

“‘O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.’ All Judah was standing before the Lord, with their infants, their wives and their children.” (II...

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The Blessing – Part 3

One of our sons just celebrated his 36th birthday.  As I sat looking at his birthday card, searching for just the right words to express all I’m wishing for him in the coming year, the blessing of Aaron from Numbers 6:24-26 came to my mind once again: The LORD...

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The Blessing:  Part 2

The Blessing: Part 2

I love sunlight.  To sit on our patio, drinking tea, and watching the way the morning light dapples our Japanese maple, highlighting the vein pattern of each leaf—that’s a piece of heaven for me.  I’m drawn to the sunlight.  When there’s not enough of...

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The Blessing: Part I

Read: Numbers 6:22-27 Recently, my heart has been captivated once again by these powerful words of blessing God gave to speak over His people.  A new musical setting was recently written for this passage—perhaps you’ve heard it:...

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