It’s been a busy, blessed week at the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) Aberystwyth Conference.
The two primary speakers were David Meredith and Paul David Tripp.
Every morning there were opportunities to attend prayer meetings. We chose to attend the 8.15 prayer meeting led by Rev. Chris Rees, Bethesda Chapel, Narbeth. These meetings were a great opportunity to meet others and pray for the conference, it was a very blessed hour and a great way to focus our mind on God.
Monday evenings sermon was preached by Phil Hill, a Pastoral Theologian at WEST, who attends Ebenezer Baptist Church in Swansea.
All week, the morning sermons were led by David Meredith with readings taken from Joshua. David has been the minister of Smithton-Culloden Free Church in Inverness for over 30 years.
Tuesday – Thursday Paul David Tripp spoke on Grace. He has also written many books about Christian living which are distributed worldwide. David is the President of Paul Tripp Ministries and a Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary, in Dalas,Texas.
Friday evenings sermon was given by Paul Gambston, who has been the minister of South Craven Evangelical Church in Crosshills, North Yourkshire, since 2010.
Ian once again led the Jaber young people’s activities helped by Megan and Jeremy. During these sessions there was the opportunity for group discussions with young people, to discuss the true meaning of becoming a Christian.
If you would like to listen to any of the morning or evening services you can via this link: http://ow.ly/QWk3K
This evening was the first service in celebrating our 193rd Chapel Anniversary services, this weekend. We had an inspiring message from Reverend Chris Rees of Narberth tonight, based on Joshua 10 verse 14. A reminder that God is always on our side no matter what adversity we face as born again Christians. With God, we can overcome all difficulties and challenges as He is for us and continues to look after us as His children.
Great fellowship with many friends from local churches, including Bethany Clarbeston Road, Calvary, Cosheston, Bethesda Tenby Road and Hill Park. We were blessed through this fellowship together and thoroughly enjoyed worshiping together. Hymns this evening included: ‘King of Kings majesty’, ‘What a wonderful change’, ‘I stand amazed’ and a favourite of many ‘And Can it Be’.
This evening we had a Summer BBQ with the French Camp, Mission team.We had a number of visiting friends join us for food and fellowship. The weather was dry so we were all outside for the entire evening, in the field with plenty of room to play and socialise.
It was a great opportunity to hear about the work of the mission team who have been out evangelising in Haverfordwest, going on a day trip with senior citizens and flyering the village of Roch with information about our BBQ. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any villagers join us but we hope the flyers have raised awareness of our small chapel.
After having scrummy burgers, sausages and desserts, we joined together in worship singing: ‘Cornerstone’, ‘Set a fire’, ‘You never let go’ and ‘The Splendor of the King’. Accompanied by Nathan and Jessica May from the Mission Team.
Dennis Cox, teacher at French Camp Academy, spoke on the purpose of suffering in our lives. It was an awesome message reminding us that no matter what struggles we go through in life, there is always a purpose. God is in control of all situations and is using them to honour and glorify Him.
This evening it was encouraging to hear from Matthew and Bob, who gave an overview of the work SASRA has undertaken over the last twelve months in Britain and Germany.
In 1818 SASRA emerged as an informal organisation among the troops, but now work among both the RAF and army. Scripture Readers are all gifted evangelists who have previously served in the armed force.
Bob gave an update of the work carried out in Sennybridge, Castle Martin and Cawdor Barracks. There have been encouragements in Castlemartin where SASRA has been well recieved, with several soldiers visiting Westgate Church in Pembroke.
To quote Matthew, “The Welsh are always great supporters of SASRA especially here in Pembrokeshire. It’s been good to advance the work among the SASRA-supporting churches.”
Today, Matthew had the opportunity of addressing the Officers in Cawdor Barracks. There has been great progress in Cawdor with more Christians on site, and in the future there are plans to hold a midweek meetings encouraging soldiers to visit the church on camp and to discus the Gospel.
To learn more about SASRA visit: http://www.sasra.org.uk