Spring is Coming Early (Part 3)

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If you’ve read the other two posts with the same name you are tracking with us that we have been given bags of seed and are now in Wales. Ok let’s finish the story…

After speaking at the church and being interviewed, Emily took us to the very spot the Joshua brothers (integral figures in the Welsh Revival – see my post “Spring is Coming Early (Part 2)”) would go and pray for revival – a place called “the Gnoll.”

Amazingly Emily’s grandmother and aunt live across the street from the Gnoll.

Possibly the greatest privilege of the whole trip was to get to spend time with Emily’s family. As we were there it became clear they had been stuck in a long winter physically, emotionally and spiritually. Her 92 year old grandmother – this INCREDIBLE prayer warrior whom Emily is convinced prayed her into the Kingdom – had been boxed in by the enemy and become discouraged and fearful. She had stopped leaving her home. There was great tension in the whole family. You could just feel the work of the enemy in and around them.

It’s hard to explain how much God did in such a short period of time. We simply stayed with them and prayed. We asked grandma for stories and her life returned! As she shared she spontaneously exclaims “I need to be getting out again”. We watched as God addressed the very issues without us even needing to say anything! By the end of the weekend she had come out of her house and gone to church for the first time in years to watch Emily share!

Last time Emily was home she had come across a stagnant pool of water in the Gnoll, this time the water was flowing. We felt it was a prophetic sign of the spring of revival, both in her family and in the world at large. We decided to pour all our remaining seed of revival we were given (see “Spring is Coming Early (Part 1)”) into the flowing river across from her house, knowing that “seed” would flow out from there to everywhere this water goes.

A week later we were with some friends who were praying for the launch of a new prayer house. As we were finishing one of them said she saw us “sowing seed everywhere we went”. Then the other said she saw the 7 channeled river from Isaiah. I didn’t remember the reference so I went back and looked. As I read I found this:

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth. Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.””

Isaiah 12:3-6 ESV

When we asked the pastor at the church in Neath what he felt God was doing with them he responded, “we are re-digging the old wells”.

This passage feels EXACTLY like what we have the privilege to be a part of. And it reminds me why I am taking the time to write out these amazing “deeds” the Lord is doing.

As we journey on I am CONSTSNTLY amazed at how God is weaving us into a larger tapestry that He is building. We only see in part, but it’s so fun to discover new threads as we go along.

Later I saw Emily had posted this about our time:

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