Category: Wales

Riding Wales for Human Trafficking

 

unnamed-2Hey guys next week I’m attempting something kinda crazy and would really appreciate your prayers and support.

Riding Wales for Human Trafficking is a 4 day bike ride across Wales from Holyhead to Cardiff that will include several awareness events along the way (including Barmouth, Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff Bay). We (myself and a small team of mad-heads) are doing this ride to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern slavery, and to raise financial support for IJM.

This might not sound like the biggest challenge in the world, but trust me, it’s going to be a big challenge for me! Until a few months ago the furthest I had ever cycled was 15 miles (as a teenager), so to cover that kind of distance is going to be hard graft. However, while it’s been a crazy season for our family with the house move etc., I have been blessed to be able to get out on my bike quite a bit over the last few months and am therefore in more likely to make the distance than I otherwise would have been.

Anyway, I’m posting this to ask if you would consider sponsoring me and the guys. All money raised will go straight to IJM and will be put to very good use! If you would like to support us financially you can do so here.

If you would like to come to one of our awareness raising events they are taking place at the following locations and we’d love to see you:

Thursday 25th (7:30pm)
Barmouth Elim Church, Barmouth

Saturday 27th  (7:30pm)
Hope Church, Merthyr Tydfil

Sunday 28th  (6pm)
Costa, Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Bay

If you’re interested and are on Strava you can check out some of the training rides that I’ve been doing.

Blessinz dear people. See you soon.

Dai

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The Water Cycle

I am blessed to live in a beautiful corner of one of the most beautiful places on earth. It also happens to be a great place for mountain biking as I can literally cycle from my back gate and be in the Brecon Beacons within minutes. Anyway, I have resolved this year to get out on my bike more…and then I came across this video!

This is MTB in Wales and it’s stunning.

Enjoy…

Cardiff Carols

CUqccIXWEAQaT8PHey guys, quick heads up about a really exciting event happening in Cardiff next week. Cardiff Carols is taking place at Cardiff Arms Park on Thursday 3rd December and it’s going to be epic!

Tickets are just £4 (£2 for under 12’s). You can find out more information here.

Why not make every effort to get there and be part of something truly special and Christ-exalting in our capital this Christmas?

Blessinz.

 

CR:ISIS

This is a poem that I have been working on line-by-line and verse-by-verse ever since the rise of ISIS first hit our screens. It’s my response to what’s happening in Iraq and Syria. It’s very graphic, very raw and very disjointed. My prayer , however, is that it’s ultimately very hopeful.

CR:ISIS

It’s a CR:ISIS
I’ve never seen nothing like this
My heart’s in bits
Tears flow as I write this

Men torn from their wives and kids
Decapitated corpses dumped in ditches
Vicious violation of precious desert princesses
Snatched and stripped and sold for sex
It’s vile, it’s sick
it’s a CR:ISIS

I’m haunted by this

I got images of terrified kids
Indelibly etched on my irises
Burned on the inside of my eyelids
So every time I close my eyes I witness
The unspeakable evil of this CR:ISIS

Like the face of a boy who watched his sister get raped –
Her throat got slit before they could escape
They were gonna kill him next then the cavalry came
And he broke down and wept and wept and wept
Oh God heal his heart with grace 

I still see the little boy from the Yazidi tribe
Carrying a box with a baby inside
But this was no crib, the baby had died
No time for burials when you’re running for your life
Oh Lord have mercy on this child

But there’s also images that flood my heart with hope
Like the photo of this tiny soul
A young refugee forced to flee brutality with his family
I saw a photo of him clutching his pet bird
In the face of sheer evil some innocence preserved 

There is hope in the midst of this hatred
But we can’t hide from this –
It’s a CR:ISIS

Truth is I don’t know how to process
The spread of this virus of mindless violence
But I gotta confess
There’s a righteous rage
Rising up in my chest that
I’m not prepared to suppress
Cos ignorance is bliss and
I simply will not ignore this
It’s a CR:ISIS

And I defy any true disciple of Christ
To turn a blind eye
To this genocide
We can’t deny their plight and hide
Its time to arise
Turn back the tide
To fall to our knees like a warrior bride
And  C-R-Y out to the most High
Why?
Cos it’s the right and righteous way to fight
Against this CR:ISIS

And I’m not placing my faith in Kings or politicians
I’m trusting the One who alone can change the hearts of men
Amen?
And the direction of my intercession
Is that these terrorists will find true redemption
In the face of the Christ who gives salvation
Cos only grace can change a heart bent on sin

So the prayer I groan as I clench my fist
Is “God be glorified in this!”
This is a CR:ISIS
But my faith is in who
King Jesus Christ is.

Eric Says Thanks

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I am seriously excited to share this post. The image above is the front cover of my first ever kids book – Eric Says Thanks.

This book has been a couple of years in the making and all came from a harvest assembly that I did at the local primary school that my kids attend. The assembly was so well received that I decided to write it up as a rhyming story. I showed it to the Good Book Company, who decided to take a punt on it and publish it! The book’s illustrations have been created by Xavier Bonet.

What’s more, TGBC have commissioned a further 2 Eric books which will also be available in due course.

Eric Says Thanks is now available for pre-order here.

Here are some of the endorsements for Eric Says Thanks:

Absolutely brilliant! I can’t wait to read it with my grandchildren!
– Rob Parsons

The Lord instructs us to teach our kids “in the way”. Get comfy, open this book with your kids and together embark on a delightful journey of discovery. It all starts with a humble piece of toast as Eric traces his way along a fun, rhyming path of thankfulness all the way to our generous God, his word – and a timely invitation for us all to join Eric in thanking God for his many good gifts. I’ve got a feeling Eric could start something quite lovely in lots of little – and big – lives!
– Colin Buchanan

Research has proven that gratitude is the healthiest human emotion. Kids who grow up grateful end up being great adults, and here’s a simple tool to teach it to your children.
– Rick Warren

Pixelated Poision

A short poem that I wrote yesterday.

It’s about men and porn and Jesus and grace.

Hope it challenges / blesses / changes / encourages (delete as appropriate).

Peace.

Pixelated  Poison

Porn.

It addicts so quick

A generation trafficked with a

Tap >

Swipe >

Click >

That smartphone’s now a siren

That tablet a temptress

Promising pleasure

Delivering death

It’s pixelated poison

Sexual sorcery

Hedonistic heroin

Digital adultery

Too many brothers now shackled in shame

Too many good men taken out of the game

Too much of the world in too much of the church

ENOUGH!

Let the Holy Spirit stir

And woo you

And purge

And heal

And renew you

And lead you to the cross

Where the Saviour was slaughtered

To redeem broken sons

And make men for our daughters

Find grace in the blood

For the murkiest soul

Come to Jesus my brothers

Be free

Be whole.