Roy Godwin's co-authored book, The Grace Outpouring is a testimony to the powerful presence of God at Ffald-y-Brenin and its connection with the origins of Celtic Christianity in Wales.
The bestselling book reveals of the power of prayer in the remote hills of Pembrokeshire, South Wales, where Roy Godwin and his wife Daphne run the Ffald-y-Brenin Christian Retreat Centre.
"One of the world's 'thin places' where God's power crosses over."
With many individual stories, as well as Roy's own experience, The Grace Outpouring book tells how a hilltop retreat centre became a house of prayer and much more. Welsh for 'The King's Sheepfold', the hilltop sita and chapel, Ffald-y-Brenin is now a place of refuge and safety visited by the King himself.
Healings witnessed - physical and spiritual
In his book, Roy describes Ffald-y-Brenin as one of the world's "thin places” – a place where the power of God crosses over from the spiritual to the physical reality of his kingdom. The Grace Outpouring is Roy's account of miraculous healings - both physical and spiritual, witnessed and written down for all the world to know the power of God’s grace.
"Imagine a House of Prayer in every town….changing lives."
This is the vision of Ffald-y-Brenin and The Grace Outpouring. Since co-author Roy Godwin and his wife Daphne arrived at the Welsh hilltop retreat that’s what he’s set out to achieve. The book tells how, although called to their ministry, they didn’t fully understand their calling.
People seem compelled to visit the hilltop retreat and the small, simple chapel that has become the scene of so much grace and many miracles of healing. The stories in Roy's bestseller book almost leap off the pages with the spiritual energy of their telling. Others bring the reader close to tears.
Life changing encounters with God
Roy’s book is not just an account of how a Christian retreat centre was transformed into a powerful house of prayer. It’s the record of many individual lives transformed and renewed by the energy of prayer the generosity of God’s grace.
There is the account of a young American woman coming to faith simply through a few verses of the Bible. Another is about a man addicted to pornography who practically ‘fell into God’ on entering the chapel. Each story is a direct encounter with God with life changing consequences.
In all of these stories there is an echo of the willingness to be used by Jesus, the open and humble heart and the courage to surrender to his purpose as shown by the author himself and his faithful, prayerful team of supporters.
Prayer and power in the Welsh hills
Set among the hills bordering the North Pembrokeshire coast of Southwest Wales, Ffald-y-Brenin is a place of remarkable peace and beauty. Clean air, wildlife, woods and waterfalls make their own contribution to its outpoured spirit of refreshment and restoration.
"All things are being redeemed… this is good news."
Footpaths within the grounds and beyond lead through fields, woods and moor land to the secluded bays and coves of the Coastal Path where vistors can escape for a while the stress and strain of twenty-first century life.
The rich heritage of Christianity in Wales is clearly evident in the ancient Celtic crosses, holy wells, and pilgrim routes that focus on St David’s Blaenannerch Chapel nearby.
It was at Blaenannerch in 1904 that Evan Roberts encountered another grace outpouring. So powerful was his encounter with God’s Holy Spirit that with, his brother Dan, Evan Roberts and Sidney Evans he became the leading figure in the great Welsh Revival.
Pesonal stories of prayer and healing
Now established in the hearts of so many as a Christian Retreat and House of Prayer, guests come from Europe and further a field come to encounter God within the peace of Ffald-y-Brenin and in the gentleness of the countryside beyond.
"We joined in with the Angels and partied with them!"
The ongoing vision of The Grace Outpouring continues with visitors testifying to the presence of God expressed as works of physical healing and spiritual renewal. Visitors to Ffald-y-Brenin speak of their experience as a joing with the angels - and of partying with them.
Pouring grace into other communities
Building on their experience, the authors of The Grace Outpouring encourage others to establish their own local house of prayer. House of Prayer Training Days at Ffald-y-Brenin equip visitors with the tools and vision to see the Kingdom of God break out in power in their own community.
"God has chosen to enter time and space, to destroy the works of the evil one."
Programmes of events and short courses provide a wide range of opportunities for people of all ages, interests and walks of life to find a renewed closeness to God. Involvement might be through active participation, listening to a lecture, sharing in a conference or private devotion.
Some come looking for skills to invest in their own community and share in workshops teaching spiritual expression through activities such as Prophetic Art. Others come simply to invest in themselves through Quiet Days of prayer and reflection.
Grace beyond the King’s Sheepfold
Beyond Ffald-y-Brenin, The Caleb Community continues Ffald-y-Brenin way of life lives from which prayer and worship demonstrated in practical ways as their witness to the good news of Jesus. Seeking to know, love and serve members of the wider Caleb Community live out kingdom-focussed around the central rhythm of daily prayer.
Quick Guide to The Grace Outpouring by Roy Godwin
What is it?
- The story behind a powerful house of prayer and grace in the Welsh Hills.
- Accounts of individual encounters with God through prayer and healing.
- Proof of how a local house of prayer can bring hope and restoration.
What will it do for me?
- Show you what healing prayer can do for individuals and communities.
- Create in you a desire for an outpouring of God’s grace in your world.
- Help you toward establishing a local house of prayer in your community.
April 16th, 2012 - Posted & Written by Les Ellison