Senedd Commemorates Pentecostalism in Wales
Senedd commemorates Pentecostalism in Wales
On Wednesday the 9th of March 2016 I had the privilege of speaking at a meeting held at the National Assembly of Wales (Y Senedd) to celebrate the centenary of Pentecostalism in Wales.
As a patriotic Welshman, I’m proud to say, the three men at the forefront of the classical Pentecostal movements in the UK, namely, AOG, Elim &The Apostolic Church were Welshmen from the South Wales coal mining communities. You had Daniel Powell Williams (Ps Dan) from the village of Penygroes Carmarthenshire and George and Stephen Jeffreys, two brothers from Nantyfyllon near Maesteg.
These men had been greatly impacted by the 1904-05 revival and came to faith in Christ…..they were what was then known as ‘Plant y diwigiad’, ‘Children of the revival’
Then by 1906 the flames of revival had reached a group meeting at Azuza Street in Los Angeles. This revival was characterized by ecstatic spiritual experiences accompanied by miracles, dramatic worship services and speaking in tongues. This experience came to the UK via an Anglican vicar in Sunderland and the move spread rapidly throughout the country and touching the lives of these men in Wales.
Both Dan Williams and the Jeffrey brothers burned with a passion for the Lord Jesus Christ and were open to this move of the Holy Spirit which was taking place in America.
To cut a long story short, they too had what was known as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or the Pentecostal experience and began to move in the dynamic of the Spirit.
They began to hold meetings which were charged by the power of the H.S. They laid hands on the sick and miraculous healings took place.
Most of the leaders of these churches which sprang up all over Wales would have been coal miners but yet they had an understanding of Scripture which was profound and sensitivity to the moving of God’s Holy Spirit which enabled the Word and Spirit to flow in unison.
Pentecostalism in Wales by and large began as a working class movement but by today it reaches out to all classes, races and generations
It is also true to say that these men faced opposition from the more traditional and conservative wing of the more established churches in Wales.
However, believing that their experiences were in line with the Bible they continued to preach Jesus as Saviour, Healer, Baptiser in the Holy Spirit and Coming King.
It could be argued that The Pentecostal Movements are more engaged in social action within their communities that any other denomination or movement. While the preaching of the gospel is central to the life and ethos of Pentecostal churches, yet they have successfully managed to balance faith and works in a way that does not compromise the life changing message she proclaims but rather complements it.
I believe that Pentecostalism has enriched Wales and Wales is the better for it.
I am of the opinion that the Pentecostal Movements have a significant part to play in the life of our nation today, and am confidently looking forward to what God will do through the movement in the future.
Llwyddiant ir mydiad Pentecostal yng Nghymru!
Pastor Arnallt Morgan