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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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Go Tell It

Go Tell It

Read: Psalm 107 The writer of this psalm is indeed writing lyrics to a song. It's a song of remembrance telling of the goodly provision wrought by the hand of a loving God. It tells a story that may have been set to music with the repeating verses as a chorus, which...

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One Pesky Word

One Pesky Word

For most of December, one word had been reoccurring with uncharacteristic frequency. Multiple times a day, I had seen it in print, heard it in music, or read it on social media. Maybe it was because of the holiday season or the type of year we’d just had. Regardless,...

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Choosing Joy

Choosing Joy

A devotional dedicated to my mom, who passed away on December 20, 2016. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11 NKJV). I learned something new during our time together at church on December 15,...

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The Christlike Panda

The Christlike Panda

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:3 (NIV) I relate to the main character in Kung Fu Panda, the story of an ordinary panda, who achieves awesomeness through kung fu. The...

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A Thrill of Hope

A Thrill of Hope

“O Holy Night” is one of my favorite Christmas carols. This year it was as if I was hearing it for the first time. As Christmas approaches, with the world in the state that it is, I was struck anew with the line, “...the weary world rejoices.” The world certainly...

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What Zacharias Teaches Us

What Zacharias Teaches Us

Read: Luke chapter 1 Zacharias was married to Elizabeth, a woman unable to bear a child. They were both righteous and blameless in God's eyes. Zacharias was also a priest. One day while in service for the Lord offering incense before the altar, the angel Gabriel...

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You’ll See a Man

You’ll See a Man

It was a dark time during the Christmas season after my second son was born 30 years ago. I was sleep deprived, in pain, and probably suffering from postpartum depression. There was a popular Christian song at that time called, “You’ll See a Man,” sung by the group,...

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A Christmas Vision

A Christmas Vision

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and while lying in bed, I thought of God’s mercy, His goodness and grace. I found myself praying, many thoughts in my head. I thought of His love for the whole human race. I thought of so many who were in great need, Of how God was the...

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Emmanuel – God With Us

Emmanuel – God With Us

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Psalms 26:3 NKJV).   “I have come as a light into the world, that whosoever believes in me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46 NKJV).  I was going to write...

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