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If I were to say to you ‘fork handles, four candles’ I’m sure that most if not all of your minds would go straight to that hilarious Two Ronnies sketch about miscommunication. If your mind doesn’t, type ‘fork handles sketch’ into the YouTube search bar. You can thank me later!

Watching the two men in the sketch talk around each other, get frustrated and eventually extremely angry is funny. In reality miscommunication can be the furthest thing from funny, it can be a real danger to the church and to Gospel proclamation especially.

Have you ever experienced miscommunication in a Christian setting? A few weeks ago I sat in a meeting discussing future strategy for mission; there was disagreement as to the strategy and a lot of time was spent talking about it. Let me give you a glimpse of what was happening behind the scenes – there was no real disagreement at all, we were all perfectly happy with the strategy. It was just that there was miscommunication. It is difficult to pinpoint where the weakness lay, was it in the presentation or in the listening? But there was no real harm done, yet it highlighted for me the importance of clear communication.

Miscommunication can be dangerous. In the church’s preaching and evangelism miscommunication can lead to wrong belief, to false assurance, to a gospel that is no gospel at all. Therefore in this season of summer camps, missions and holiday clubs would you join with us in praying that the gospel would be clearly communicated? Our prayer is that God would send his Spirit to guide people into all truth, to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, to glorify the Saviour Jesus Christ. We pray that the gospel would be clearly communicated and rightly heard and that lost people would become found people to the glory of Christ.

Our hope and prayer is also that God would come and give clear vision to local churches regarding the wider mission in Wales, the needy areas where there is no effective witness to the gospel.

We, Waleswide, as an organization also want to be clear in our communication. We want to be clear that Waleswide remains committed to enabling new churches to be planted and existing churches to be strengthened, especially in the neediest areas of Wales. Our priority and greatest prayer is that we would see thousands of local churches effectively witnessing to their communities and clearly communicating the good news of the gospel.

How can you join us in this endeavour?

Pray: take a look at our prayer map on the website and consider committing to praying for one of the needy areas as an individual or as a church.

Communicate: you might know and understand the situation on the ground locally better than us, so we would value hearing from you. Share with us your good news stories of gospel growth, areas of gospel need near you, your prayers and plans for church planting and strengthening. You can do this by getting in touch with Steve Dyer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the south or Rhun Murphy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the north.

Partner: if you as an individual or as a church are planning on church planting or strengthening in an area of gospel need, we would love to walk with you and pray for you along the journey.

Jesus is the ultimate communicator, communicating to us that he has prepared for us through his life, death and resurrection an eternity-changing good news that we don’t deserve. Oh that Wales would hear this good news clearly and through grace respond to it rightly in repentance and faith.

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