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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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Winter’s Child

Winter’s Child

She came on snowflake slippersWhispering, “I’m here, I’m here….Just like I said I would be,”And time stood still, frozen in the air. Gingerly, I stepped out to greet herIn the twirling and whirling night.I shouted, “Is this a dream?”And wrapped myself in white. With...

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The Mission

The Mission

You were the creator of all things,having breathed life into existence.The crowning glory of Your creation,man was empowered to decide for himselfwhether or not to follow Your perfect way. He chose poorly. But You were not taken by surprise;Your plan included this...

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The Battle

The Battle

Dark clouds swirlingThe fog invadingDarkness consumingArrows piercing The evil one attackingHe knows the weaknessesExploitation brings him satisfaction He whispers the lies that he knows she will believe. You have failedYou are nothingYou cannot be trusted She...

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Anna

Anna

My name is Anna and I’ve been living here in the temple for—well, I’m not going to tell you how many years.  A woman must have her secrets, even at my age!  I make my bed each night here on the porch of the Court of Women, grateful for the shelter.  A...

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Deathblow

Deathblow

The deepest cavern of darkness smothered her, distressing her spirit day and night. The gloom hung like blackened clouds, a miserable reminder of how He lightly esteemed Zebulun and Naphtali. O, that she was a haven of rest! The oppression afterward weighed heavily...

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The Gifts Come Later

The Gifts Come Later

Christmas morning comes earlier than most days. Eager anticipation of a dream come true drives me out of bed hours before anyone else is awake. I grab my robe, shuffle into my slippers, and tiptoe down the stairs hoping the creaking doesn’t disturb the dog. Still...

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Ex Nihilo

Ex Nihilo

ex ni·hi·lo /ˈeks ˈnē(h)əlō,ˈnī(h)əlō/adverb: out of nothing (Latin) This Advent season I’ve been especially struck by the fact that Jesus, our Messiah, basically came to us out of nothing–ex nihilo. He was born from the womb of a virgin. Impossible!There was...

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ADVENTures

ADVENTures

Mary and Josephin faithful anticipation,awaited for what could not be imagined but was soonto arrive. Entrusted with the treasure Of God’s HOPE!Of God’s LOVE!Of God’s JOY!Of God’s PEACE! Presently, we arewaiting and anticipating what we’ve been...

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Pressure and Promise

Pressure and Promise

Fiery inferno: destruction or refining?Weight and pressure: crushing or cohesion?Yielding ashes and rubble, or gold and diamonds?Fear says the former; faith says the latter. Here’s the truth: There are no diamonds Save through fierce heat and pressure. Pure gold is...

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No One Noticed, No One Cared

No One Noticed, No One Cared

Most of our children eagerly await Christmas morning. Barely sleeping the night before, they awaken before dawn and rush to the tree in wonder and delight where they meet stockings and presents and candy and fun. Their wishes are coming true. Their hopes are being...

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