• Mar 6, 2018

    God Breaks Through on a Converted Welsh Farm

    Posted by Les Ellison

    We’ve grown used to stories of dazzling new churches with huge followings, global media ministries and where founders and leaders become worldwide celebrities. Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts tell a different story. No glittering palace of worship here. No global media empire and no mega church congregation. Instead, this is the story of a converted farm, high up in the bleak but beautiful hills of West Wales, where God breaks through.

    The Grace Outpouring is a simple story of hospitality and prayer: where all are made welcome and aware of God’s presence. There’s no story of building a congregation or even a resident community. Instead, the core vision is a scattered prayer community - The Caleb Community, pouring the grace and power of God outward into the world, rather than inward, into a church.

    A House of Prayer, A People of Blessing
    The story begins with a sixth century Irish monk, Brynach, looking for a place of intercession and prayer for the local pagan and heathen community. Ffald-y-Brenin – ‘The King’s Sheepfold’ proved to be one of those ‘thin places’; a joining between heaven and earth where King’s flock could find safety and shelter. From the Welsh Revival years to the present, many others have found themselves written into the spiritual history of the unassuming retreat centre.

    The story of the current expression of new Celtic monasticism begins with a vision that seemed about to fail. Then, in 1984, Phillida Mould and her mountaineer husband unexpectedly discovered the crumbling farmstead, establishing the Trust that would become the Ffald-y-Brenin house of prayer, salvation and wholeness.

    Moving Outward in Prayer and Power
    Most of all, the story of the Grace Outpouring is a story of stories; individual stories of men and women made whole and restored through their direct encounter with the love, grace and forgiveness offered freely to all pass through the Ffald-y-Brenin’s door - for a few days or just a few hours. It’s clear from the stories of the Grace Outpouring that Ffald-y-Brenin is a centre to move out from rather than move into.

    Location is important to the work of Ffald-y-Brenin – or the work of God through Ffald-y-Brenin. One of many stories recounts the experience of a young Australian woman with Welsh family roots. Her Welsh grandfather had been a miner and drunkard keeping the family in a constant state of fear and financial desperation. She despised her grandfather and her land of origin.

    Yet an experience in the blackness of nearby mine turned visitor attraction opened her mind to the hardships of her grandfather’s lightless world, and the darkness of her own unforgiveness. With a symbolic piece of coal from the pit, the woman returned to Australia establishing a centre for prayer, worship and repentance that was: “Like everything you read of 1904-1905 revival in Wales.”

    It's The Story of The Father's Heart
    So is it a retreat, sanctuary, house of prayer or a spiritual resource; even the founders and leaders have difficulty defining Ffaldy-y-Brenin. That might be because they’re not in control of the story. Co-author, Roy Godwin admits as much in the book’s final chapter: “The story you’ve been reading so far is not my story; it’s the story of the Father’s heart.”

    Modestly told, the authors make no great claims for themselves or their achievements. It’s a humbling story that the mega-church leaders and followers would do to read; which might be why the book is written with American style English and grammar. It is a surprisingly well written and readable book that deserves to be widely read.

    Best of all, it’s a story that’s still unfolding. “That’s the story of this book: the unfolding of the Father’s heart,” concludes Roy. “It’s his story and it’s his glory we seek. If he can do this with me, who knows what he could do with you?”

  • Mar 6, 2018

    The Place Where Local Houses of Prayer Began.....

  • Feb 27, 2018

    People across the world are intentionally praying for and blessing their neighborhoods, workplaces and schools as “Local Houses Of Prayer”. (LHOP)

  • Feb 26, 2018

    LHOPs Expand to Santa Cruz and San Francisco Bay Area of California

  • Feb 7, 2018

    hCome and join us for a Strategic Training in Evansville, Indiana on February 17th, 2018

  • Jan 30, 2018

    This song was written by David Atkinson inspired by LHoP, Prophetic word (from Janice Sweeney in Texas about the sound of kingdom, and angels gathering on Preseli Hills, the "Sound of kingdom" that will not be thwarted), Caleb prayer

  • Jan 23, 2018

    Local Houses of Prayer

    Local Houses of Prayer (LHOP’s) are an initiative flowing out from the move of God at Ffald-y-Brenin as described in the best-selling book “The Grace Outpouring”. Typically commencing with 2-3 people they adopt a small local area for Jesus, worship and pray for the breaking in of the Kingdom of God and play their part in its release through their life and witness with the aid of the Caleb Questions. Local Houses of Prayer are prayer-based and thoroughly missional.

    The vision of a Local House of Prayer is to: ‘To see the kingdom come and God’s will be done on this particular area of earth, as in heaven.’

  • Jan 13, 2018

    May the Kingdom of God come to where you live!

  • Jan 13, 2018

    Sound of Wales led worship at the "Kingdom, Power & Glory" Conference at Ffald-y-Brenin, Wales in November. Learn more about Local Houses of Prayer (LHOPS) at:
    www.localhousesofprayer.org

  • Sep 10, 2017

    Coma and learn about Local Houses of Prayer (LHOPs) on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky from 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM and learn how to start one in your neighborhood, community or workplace.

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