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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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God’s Gift of Nature

God’s Gift of Nature

At a distance I could see it. Its pure, white face popping up through the field of green. As I got closer, I stopped to admire the beauty of the solitary flower that had mustered the strength to bloom there in the middle of the weeds. God’s creation is an amazingly...

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Three Invitations

Three Invitations

Come Come unto me…I will give you rest.(1) Come…and Peter walked on water.(2)Come…and you may do the impossible!Come after me…I will make you fishers of men.(3)Come away…to a quiet place and rest a while.(4)Come…and dine.(5) Follow Follow me…(6)Come and follow...

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Fresh Direction

Fresh Direction

Hearing His word illuminates the path of truthand reflects fresh direction before us, as the scars and calluses of our misconceptions are softened. He then sentences chaos to be forever consumed by the darkness. Allowing revelation...

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Emptied to Be Filled

Emptied to Be Filled

Chosen chalice, holy grail,Earthen vessel, sin abated,You deign to fill me with Yourself:Common cup now elevated. Emptied often by exhaustion,Bruised by stress, depleted, torn,Expended, poured out, parched, and arid,By daily cares dried up and worn. Frightened by my...

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Weakly Powerful

Weakly Powerful

When I think of the power of God, I often think of the mighty force that it took to part the Red Sea. When I think of God’s might, I think of the earth shaking, the veil tearing, the sky going dark at noon. When I think about God’s strength, I picture Samson killing a...

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Through the Storm

Through the Storm

“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b NIV Our city got hit with a raging thunderstorm the other night, featuring drenching rain, hail, and winds as strong as a Category II hurricane. But it was the lightning that got to me. Constant...

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like looking into a mirror. When I pass by one, I tend to look the other way. I was never the little girl who looked into the mirror and cried out, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” I doubted my beauty. I...

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The Example of Mary

The Example of Mary

Mary, mother of Jesus. Sometimes I’m just not sure what my attitude toward her should be. As I wrestled with this recently, my question to the Lord was, “How do You view her?” His response pointed me to the annunciation—the angel’s pronouncement to Mary that she would...

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The Source

The Source

Rolling over, you reach for your phone. The notifications fill your screen. Another night of show-stopping news to catch up on. Quickly skim the article, then the comments, tap a link to the next piece of information, search for the source. By the time you catch...

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Withdraw to Advance

Withdraw to Advance

Someone once said, “Prayer is the throwing of the arms of the soul around the neck of God.”  Jesus often withdrew from the crowd, noise, and busyness to pray.  He would walk to a solitary place while it was yet night to meet with his Father.  He probably took only a...

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