The Bible College of Wales
We visited the Bible College of Wales yesterday.
Located at the end of a narrow suburban street in Swansea on the Welsh south coast, this college played a dramatic role in turning the tide against the Nazis in the Second World War, and also in seeing the establishment of the State of Israel.
Rees Howells established the College in 1924, and was its first principal. A humble mineworker, he sensed a call from God to trust him to raise up intercessors to stand in the gap for Britain, and for the Jewish people, in the 1930s and 40s. His exploits are recorded in Norman Grubb’s now famous biography, Rees Howells Intercessor.
When I was a young believer this book had a profound impact on me. The amazing story of Howells’s prayer and intercession taught me many things, including the effectiveness of righteous prayer, the importance of intercession, the fear of the Lord, and the benefit of aligning oneself with the purposes of God.
So it was with some delight that we were able to visit the College. It has been lovingly and wonderfully restored by Rev. Yang Tuck Yoong and the Cornerstone Community Church of Singapore. The gardens are beautiful and extensive, the buildings are immaculate, and the main building itself, known as Derwen Fawr (Welsh for “Great Oak”), is a testament to the aspiration for excellence that defines this place. In addition to offices and other facilities, it contains two small museums, one with a history of the College, the other the “Blue Room” where much of the intercession led by Rees Howells took place.
To be in the Blue Room was humbling, yes; to consider all the prayer and intercession that took place there was special. But it was also empowering. We stood in the presence of giants! Howells and his students had changed history with their prayers, as the Holy Spirit led them. To be in that room was special, a memory to be treasured, a touch of eternity.
Perhaps the College has been restored to serve a similar purpose in the near future, one we cannot yet see. Let us pray that when that time comes, those students and their leaders will be ready, and that we too will be alert to the call to intercede for the salvation of the nations.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 2:9)