Little is much when God is in it!

There is a little village in mid-Wales called Crigrina. It has a population of 109 people consisting of 56 males and 53 females. On the journey to reach the village there is pastureland covered with sheep, and the beauty of the scenery has always thrilled me and filled me with awe at the wonder of God’s creation.

When I call it a village, it may be an exaggeration. There are a few houses and St. David’s Anglican Church as well as Crigrina Free Mission. The mission was built before 1909 as a residence for the local priest. In 1966 it was converted into a Free Chapel. Charles Evans and his brother had leadership of the Chapel. After the death of Charles’ brother Charles and his wife Alwin became the leaders in the Chapel. Charles as secretary of the church would book the speakers and Alwin was the organist. Every Sunday at 2 p.m. services were held. In their later years their daughter Beryl came to live with them and had a great influence in the chapel.

That being said, Charles and Alwin and Beryl were tremendous people. Charles kept the doctrine pure. He was indeed a bible scholar. In their 90’s they kept serving. Was there a large crowd? No! One might call it a handful. Maybe the number was in the teens and occasionally maybe in the twenties. Always after service was a time of fellowship at the Evans’ home. What delightful fellowship was had! The point I am making is this, I Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” These three precious souls gave fifty years of their lives in the service of the Lord in a small place, few people and fewer that were interested in the Gospel. When the clock struck 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon Crigrina Chapel was alive! The singing was “as unto the Lord”. The message was “Thus saith the Lord”.

There are those who minister unto hundreds and some to thousands; but some just minister to a handful. They remain true to God and His work.

Crigrina, I love the scenic beauty of the drive to reach it. I love the spirit that is in it. I thank God for His faithful servants: Charles, Alwin and Beryl who kept the light burning for the cause of Christ in a little place with few people!

I Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.




Happy New Year!

John P. Read © more by John P. Read

Published: December 2018

Brush away old heartaches.
Learn from our mistakes.
Another year is finally over.
A new dawn awakes.

Let the old year out.
Welcome the new one in.
Bury the bad things of the past
As a new year now begins.

Make your New Year wishes
As simple as you can.
Pray for peace and love,
Not for wealth or fame.

Pray for health and happiness.
Pray for your fellow man.
Pray for all the ones you love.
Pray for those who've lost their way.

As the midnight hour chimes,
We leave the old and embrace the new.
I wish the things you wish for yourself,
And may God’s love stay with you.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/happy-new-year-9


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