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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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The Most Significant Lesson

The Most Significant Lesson

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6 KJV). I learned a lot of basic things from my dad while growing up, including how to bait a hook and fish with a cane pole, how to drive on slippery, snowy roads,...

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In the Shadows

In the Shadows

“Only the Shadow knows!”1 “A shadowy figure appeared through the mist.”2 “Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream.” 3 Shadows… They often imply something dark, hidden, illusive, or perhaps even sinister.  They often conjure up gloomy feelings like fear,...

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Engraved

Engraved

While preparing to share a biblical study of the word tattoo with my 23-year-old tattooist grandson, Jonathan, my eyes and heart were reproved, but rejoicing followed.  I call these moments, "Ouch hallelujahs."  It's like going to the chiropractor to get an...

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Seeing Faith

Seeing Faith

Even surrounded by thorny defenses the beauty of God resides, ever present, yet waiting to be discovered.  Every intricate detail of silken secrets bursts forth in stages,  visually shouting as soft petaled scents,  filled with...

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Anticipation

Anticipation

I remember the delicious feeling upon awakening on the morning of the Fourth. I wiggled my toes before throwing off the bedsheets in anticipation of what this glorious day would hold.   This was the Fourth of July! I would spend the day with my friends and...

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The Moon Is Always Full

The Moon Is Always Full

You and I are walking on a cloudless, summer night along a quiet lakeshore and look up to see a crescent moon. “Oh, look at the full moon!” I exclaim.  You correct me (or just think I’m crazy). “No, that’s a crescent moon, silly!” I counter, “No, the moon is...

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It Is Christ Who Crowns You

It Is Christ Who Crowns You

“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior’” Judges 6:12 (NIV). The year is 1697. Inside a vast hall, the assembled crowd of statesmen watch in anticipation as a 15-year-old boy steps toward the archbishop and the...

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The Ocean in Which We Live

The Ocean in Which We Live

"For in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28 KJV). Have you ever felt like a fish out of water? Have you ever been thrown out of the familiar into the unknown and unexpected all the while trying to survive in an alien and hostile environment? Maybe it...

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In the Waiting

In the Waiting

Read: Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-13 “Jesus told us not to leave Jerusalem, but we’ve been sitting here for ten whole days.  I’d rather be out fishing.”   “I wonder what’s going to happen?  What exactly are we waiting for anyway?”   “Jesus told us...

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Indeed

Indeed

Awakened by the gentle stirrings of wind and light chasing away the darkness, Mary solemnly rose, washed her hands and face, and then gathered the necessary items. Covering her head, she began the trek to the tomb with sorrowful steps and heavy-hearted silence. As she...

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