The Bible College of Wales

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.

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.

 

Derwen Fawr

 

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)

 

Bible College Sign

 

Discuss

I had the blessing of meeting Norman Grubb when I was a new believer in mid-1970s. The Reese Howell book was one of the first I read- how exciting to be at the college he led. Blessings on your journey. Theresa

Thanks Theresa. It was an unexpected opportunity that enabled us to visit. It was remarkable to be there.

Hi, through the generous support of one of our partners we were able to translate 'Rees Howells - Intercessor' into Hebrew. So it is now available to Jewish believers in Israel. Brian

Dear Brian, thank you for that information. It's excellent that the book is available in Hebrew. Where can one obtain it?

Hi Gareth, I can obtain a copy form our Tel Aviv office for you.

"Rees Howell, Intercessor." My Bible for the last 50 years - apart from THE Bible.

Dear Jane, If you're going to serve as an intercessor, this book is a good one to have to hand. But not the only one. There are many great intercessors, some less well known, who have also shaped history with prayer and fasting!

I will be visiting the College next week for a conference at which I have been asked to contribute - an amazing privilege. With their courage and fortitude, our Welsh brothers have blessed the world.

Dear Charles, I hope your visit is as inspiring as ours was.

Glad you could visit us. Only wished I was there to show you around.

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