I was recently asked to write a church planting profile of the nation of Wales for the Acts 29 Western Europe website. Admittedly it took me about 3 months longer than it should have, but I got there in the end! Below is a snippet. If you want to read more, click the link below and it’ll take you to the Acts 29WE site.
Welcome to Wales
Tom Jones. The Manic Street Preachers. Stereophonics. Dylan Thomas. Ryan Giggs. Rugby. Male voice choirs. Fireman Sam. Coal mines. Mountains. Sheep. Place names that are impossible to pronounce…just some of the people, places and stereotypes commonly associated with the wonderful land of Wales.
Wales is a small Celtic nation that forms (the best!) part of the UK and is situated to the West of England. Its population is roughly 3 million with the vast majority living in the industrial south. Wales has a rich musical and literary history and is affectionately known by many as ‘the Land of Song’. It is also a truly bi-lingual nation with both English and Welsh being spoken (Welsh being the mother tongue of many, especially in the North and West). Wales is a country of breath-taking natural beauty, with sandy beaches, rolling hills, valleys, vales, and mighty mountains including Mt. Snowdon.
Welsh Christian Heritage
The Christian heritage of Wales is considerable, having been blessed by numerous revivals throughout its history. The last revival occurred in 1904 and its impact was felt around the world. Some of the global church’s most well-loved hymns were penned by Welsh worshippers: ‘Here Is Love Vast As The Ocean’ and ‘Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah’, to name a few. There are also many influential preachers who have come out of this small principality – not least Efan Roberts, Seth Joshua and Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones.
So with such deep spiritual roots you’d think that Wales was a hot-bed of gospel activity…right?
(You can read the full article here.)