Bryntirion, at Bridgend in Wales, welcomed the 18th consecutive Revival Conference, held from 1-8 July. It was a most blessed time. The main speakers, Paul Mallard and Kenneth Stewart, preached in an authoritative, winsome and practical way.
The former travelled virtually daily from Bath, following his wife’s hospitalisation. His five messages were from Psalms, under the title ‘Meeting God in the praises of his people’. Mr Stewart’s four talks formed a mini-series, called ‘Living for Christ in non-revival times: Glasgow’. He spoke on the necessity for love, intercessory prayer, witness and work.
The church historical visit took us to Llandovery, the birthplace of William Williams (Pantycelyn) 300 years ago. Our guide was Adrian Brake, the newly installed minister of Carmarthen Evangelical Church (the day after he returned from honeymoon).
John Funnell (Abersychan) and Steve Carter (Tredegar) showed what a gracious work the Lord can do in ‘a day of small things’. Wyn Evans (Rural West Wales) gave us much fuel for prayer from this once blessed and now barren part of Wales.
The international dimension was provided by two speakers. Bernard Bucyana (Rwanda) painted a ‘warts-and-all’ picture of blessing and challenges facing the church in Rwanda only a generation after appalling genocide. Maureen Wise (Moldova) brought humbling, eye-witness accounts of recent revival in this poorest of European countries.
Eryl Davies spoke of contemporary lessons to be learnt from the Beddgelert Revival, which broke out 200 years ago. He also preached on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Mike Reeves’ opening address made reference to yet another great historic milestone, the Reformation of 500 years ago.
Emyr James preached from Romans 12:2 on ‘The renewed mind’ and Wyn Hughes closed the conference with a sermon on the two on the Emmaus Road whose hearts were changed as a result of meeting with the risen Christ.
All in all, it was a happy and blessed week with much to challenge and encourage. We enjoyed fine weather, which meant the beautiful grounds and surrounding coast and countryside were seen at their best. The excellent cuisine added to the enjoyment of Christian fellowship with folk from all over England, Wales and Scotland. The early morning prayer meeting was well attended.
God willing, the 19th conference will be held at the same venue from 7-14 July 2018. Stuart Olyott and Evan Richards have agreed to speak (further details later on www.swalesrevivalconf.org).
Kerry and Rose Orchard