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Dear Friends,

Another year has passed here in the Snowdonia National Park and we want to encourage you by saying that God has been very faithful to us yet again. We have been sustained, provided for and wonderfully kept safe. Like many we have also faced challenges but these have not overcome us. Only the Lord knows the full extent of our fruitfulness but he has assured us again this year that despite our weaknesses he is passionate about us and the work he has given to us.

‘Advent’ means “to come” or “arrival” and we continue in our 13th year with the diverse work to link up with other Christians in Wales and help prepare the way for Jesus to come in our locality and our nation. Time is short and there is much to do but what a privilege to be called to such a time as this. We also thank you for your part in this work. Without you and the power of the Holy Spirit we would have fallen long ago. Thanks be to God and to you!

The picture of the eagle was painted by a dear friend of ours here. It seems very relevant at this time. Isaiah 40 says “Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall rise up on wings of eagles, they shall run and not be faint” The Word of God also says in 2 Corinthians 4 that “...inwardly we are being renewed day by day” We have been reminded of the need to spend time waiting on God. To make the goal of every day to be spent in his presence, even in much activity but also, as demonstrated by Jesus to often retire to a place to get ourselves in a position to actively rest in God’s presence. How we need that inward joy! It is our strength and only God can give it to us. There is no joy like that he gives to us and we are only scratching the surface in discovering that “..in your presence there is fullness of joy” Psalm 12 verse 18. Primarily God is looking for lovers, not workers.

We took the picture of the lamb in Arthog not far from our house. One word God gave over and over in 2007 was “...I am with you always” and “I will never leave you or forsake you” He is the Good Shepherd who never leaves us but Jesus also tells each of us to feed his sheep and lambs. The lamb in the picture is clean but that can’t be said for many of them. They need to be helped, fed, carried and cleaned up. We need Jesus to do all those things for us but we see a world around us in desperate need. We praise God for the strength given to bring refreshment in body and spirit this last year to many people through the work of ‘Advent’. We continue on in prayer and watching for our local area. We still pray much for the Middle East situation. We are praying about starting some times of corporate “waiting on God” type of gatherings. ’Hafan keep us very occupied. We reach out to the poor and underprivileged in various ways. We are kept very busy.

Barmouth Bridge is only a few minutes away from where we live. Every day we see and hear the train crossing the bridge. Like that train, our lives need to have a clear vision of where we are going and a knowledge of where we have come from. What does 2008 hold? What is the litmus test of a true vision? With a true vision we NEVER GIVE UP. One of our gifts is perseverance. With his help we will not give up until God is glorified, his house is built and the way is prepared for Jesus to return. It will happen.

We send you love and pray that God will meet all of your needs in 2008 and rain down many blessings upon you. From Andrew and Rose xx