This year was the 20th annual week-long conference (6-13 July). The fine weather was matched by excellent ministry. Stuart Olyott (Liverpool) opened the conference with a fine exposition of Ephesians 5:18: ‘Be filled with the Spirit’.
Interestingly, the other sermons were all drawn from the Old Testament. Each evening from Monday to Friday, Mark Thomas (Wrexham) masterfully preached from Judges with compelling and searching contemporary application, mainly from the account of Gideon. Each morning, Jeremy Bailey (Aberavon) took us through the early chapters of 1 Samuel and led a time of corporate prayer. The 25 or so residents also looked at Elijah’s ministry in 1 Kings 17-19 as they met for prayer before breakfast each day.
The day-time lectures looked at God’s extraordinary dealings elsewhere today: Moldova (Maureen Wise and Carwyn Shires), the Arab World (MD) and northern India (John Orchard).
We also considered God’s work in the past: Sandfields, Aberavon 1927-38 (Adrian Brake) and Welsh churches between 1940 and the early 1970s (Eryl Davies).
In addition, three lectures examined the contribution of three men of God: Thomas Charles of Bala and David Davies of Llandinam (Jonathan Thomas) and Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Eryl Davies). Adrian Brake and Jeremy Bailey (the current pastor) led the fascinating church history visit to Bethlehem Church, Sandfields, Aberavon where Dr Lloyd-Jones saw over 500 converted in the 11 years of his ministry.
A marked feature and abiding memory of the conference was the sweet fellowship among those attending from England, Wales and Scotland. Day-time attendance was doubled in the evenings by people coming in from local churches.
We thank God for reminding us once again that our faith is supernatural and that he is working elsewhere in the world. We are also grateful for what he has done in the past – and what he can do again! Our eyes are on him.