The Legacy of Rees Howells and the Bible College of Wales
The story of the continued intercessions at the Bible College of Wales are told in the sequel to Rees Howells Intercessor, called Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession by Richard Maton Go.
The story of the Bible College of Wales is also told in the book Samuel, Son and Successor of Rees Howells by Richard Maton Go. Both together give a fuller picture of the legacy of Rees Howells.
Once the Holy Spirit took possession of him in 1906, Rees Howells, a Welsh
miner, was led deeply into a ministry of intercession for many situations
including healing, conversions and to challenge death at home and abroad
on the mission field.
Seven Rees Howells and Samuel Rees Howells Video Clips
These short video clips were filmed in Wales, UK, where Rees Howells used to walk in prayer
and at the Bible College of Wales, which he founded, where he led his team of intercessors into costly battles of intercession.
(After pressing play the seven videos will flow automatically, or you can press the next button.
Any videos after these seven are not related to ByFaith Media.
A Life Of Faith
After several years of working at one of the hardest jobs a man can
do - down the mine, cutting coal, he received a call to come out from
wage earning. Rees Howells declared in obedience, "I do believe
You are able to keep me better than that mining company."
This was the beginning of forty years of praying for thousands of pounds
and abundantly proving the Lord's prayer, "Give us this day our daily
The photo to the right is of Samuel Howells, Elizabeth Howells and Rees Howells.
'The just shall live by faith' Hebrews
Called To the Mission Field
In December 1910, Rees Howells married and later he and his wife received
a call to be missionaries. This would mean leaving their newly born
son Samuel at home to obey this call. Samuel would grow-up to become an intercessor and
the story of his life of intercession is told in the book
Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession Go.
For Rees and his wife, they left Samuel in Britain, and after this long and hard death experience
they both left for Southern Africa.
Rees Howells was touched deeply by the Welsh Revival,
and when he and his wife arrived on the mission field at Rusitu, Gazaland, the fellow
missionaries knew they had come from the land where revival had been,
and straightaway asked if they had brought the blessing with them!
Rees Howells told them, that the source of all Revival is the Holy Ghost,
and that He could do among them what He had done in Wales!
Rees Howells took many meetings to preach on Revival, and within six
weeks the Spirit began to move upon the Christians there. Mrs. Howells taught
them the chorus, 'Lord, send a revival, and let it begin in me.'
'You can never describe those meetings when
the Holy Spirit comes down!'
The following Thursday, while on their knees in prayer,
the Lord spoke to Rees Howells, telling him that their prayer was heard
and that revival was coming. They waited, as in the days before Pentecost,
and then - He came. In the meeting the whole congregation were on their
faces crying out to God; like lightning and thunder the power came.
'You can never describe those meetings when the Holy Spirit comes down'
wrote Rees Howells.
Spreads To the Surrounding Areas
Whilst seeking the Lord for Revival blessing
in other areas the Lord brought revelation to Rees, 'I was pleading His
word, Malachi 3:10, "And try me now in this," says the Lord
of Hosts, "If I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and
pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive
it." Then I saw the Holy Ghost descending on all the mission stations,'
he wrote. The vision came to pass and thousands received Christ.
I saw the Holy Ghost descending on all the
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Together the founders travelled eleven thousand miles from one mission
station to another. The Revival blessing remained with them from then
on in their missionary endeavour.
Commission to Found A Bible College in Wales, called the Bible College of Wales
After the past blessing the founders believed that they might be led
into a worldwide Revival ministry. But the Lord showed them clearly
that His plan was different.
They were commissioned to build and sustain
the largest Bible College in Wales by prayer and faith alone. At that
time, the founders had only two shillings, (ten UK pence/ fifteen US cents).
The founders had only George Mueller (who needed
ninety pounds Sterling a day), Hudson Taylor and the Old Testament Prophets to lead by
The first estate bought by faith for the College was Glynderwen. Buying
this estate was a test case against the Church of Rome who also wanted
The Lord provided the money instalment by instalment. The cost price
was £6,300, but the Lord showed Rees to pay no more than £6,150.
After a long battle and many tests of faith, where it looked like the
Church of Rome would get the property, the owner dropped the price by
£500 and the Bible College of Wales (BCW) was born!
The Dedication of the Bible College of Wales
The College was dedicated on Whit-Monday (Easter) 1924, hundreds gathered in
the grounds for the special service, during this time of commercial
embarrassment and scarcity of money. Long articles, describing the unique
event were in the newspapers.
The headlines read: Bible
College Of Wales A Triumph Of Faith Fervent Inauguration
The press called it, "God's College" and it was, for the
funds had come from Him. At one time over a hundred and forty students
were in residence and one thousand meals were prepared a day!
The finances that were needed repeatedly came in at the very hour of the need.
Second Estate of the Bible College of Wales
Faith Is Substance
The second mansion the founders were called
to obtain was Derwen Fawr. This was one of the most desirable
estates in Swansea.
At first the solicitors clerk declared that, "Derwen Fawr is sold"
(to another party); the director announced, "Derwen Fawr is not sold!
God's Word can never fail." After another test of faith, God intervened
and the College purchased their second site.
Estate and Children's Home
The time soon came for yet another advance of faith. This came with
the call to purchase Sketty Isaf Estate which was adjacent to Derwen Fawr. Mr. Howells was reading about
the life of Dr. Whitfield Guinness of the China Inland Mission, and
how no-one offered his children a home during the School holidays. Dr. Whitfield
said this caused him more heart agony than any persecutions he had endured
in China. The Lord used this to bring home to him the need for a home
for missionary children. The Lord said, "I want you to make a home
for every child of missionaries who cannot be taken back to the field."
Out of this time of travail in prayer came a home for and school for
missionary children. Later the school was opened to the public because
of the high demand for top schools in the area. Sketty Isaf was sought
after for this reason.
Without money or an influential supporting committee, no sane man would
have undertaken such a gigantic scheme of buying a third estate, unless
his faith was fixed unshakeably on the Faithful, Almighty God.
Sketty Isaf was purchased for £3,000. Only in a falling market,
in days of depression could such a house and grounds be bought for such
a low price. God's timing was perfect.
The founders of the Bible College of Wales dedicated their lives to be an object
lesson to all, of what can be achieved by prayer and faith alone; their
aim was to teach men and women that it is safe to trust God's Word and
His promises. Below is the cash statement from 1939, showing God's faithfulness
Every Creature Commission
The Autumn of 1934 was a wonderful time in the College; on 26th December morning,
the Spirit began speaking to the Director (Rees Howells) even earlier than usual, before he had arisen, and Mrs. Howells,
who was also awake, heard him repeating, 'Every Creature, Every Creature.'
He dressed and went downstairs. There the Lord asked him if he believed
the Saviour meant His last command to be obeyed? "I do," he
replied. "Then do you believe that I can give the Gospel to Every
Creature?" "Without stretching a point," he answered. "I
believe You can do it, You are God."
With the assurance of the Holy Spirit's indwelling, Rees
Howells came out from his room a man with a vision and a burden that
never left him.
'The Every Creature Vision'
The task ahead was clear - to intercede,
to serve others who go.
Rees Howells brought it before staff and students, and New Year's Day 1935 was given
to prayer and fasting. The task ahead was clear 'to intercede, to go, to
serve others who go, to be responsible for seeing that Every Creature
hears the Gospel.' Through this they began to be open for God to lay any
prayer upon them which would further the reaching of Every Creature with
the Gospel. They became responsible to intercede for countries and nations.
The College became a house of prayer for all nations.
The Visitation of The Spirit
From the time of special dedication on March 29, 1936, when so many
of the College, both staff and students, laid their lives on the altar
as intercessors, the Spirit was at work in the College.
The climax and consummation came in the New Year of 1937. The following
was taken from an account made by Dr. Priddy, a senior staff member.
It was the 'Pentecost' of the College, from which emerged
not a loosely linked company of consecrated individuals, but a body in
the full sense of the term, with one life and one purpose.
'They wept before God for hours'
As the College approached the new year of 1937 there was
an increasing consciousness of God's presence. The first outward sign
that He was working in a new way was when one of the staff broke down
in prayer, confessing her sense of need and crying to the Holy Spirit
to meet her.
Then we heard how the Holy Ghost had so manifested Himself in the glory
of His divine person to some of the girl students, that they wept before
Him for hours, broken at the corruption of their own hearts revealed in
the light of His holiness.
'An awful sense of God's nearness began to
pervade over the whole College. There was a solemn expectancy - God was
there; and yet we felt we were still waiting for Him to come and in
the days that followed - He came.'
He did not come like a rushing mighty wind. But gradually
the Person of the Holy Ghost filled all our thoughts, His Presence filled
all the place, and His light seemed to penetrate all the hidden recesses
of our heart.
The revelation of the Holy Spirit's person was so tremendous that all our
previous experience seemed as nothing.
'The revelation of The Holy Spirit's Person
was so great, all our previous experience seemed as nothing.'
In the light of His purity, it was not so much sin we saw
as self. These were people who left all to follow the Saviour, as far
as they were aware their lives were fully surrendered to God. But He showed
us, 'There is all the difference in the world between your surrendered
life in My hands and I living in your body.'
The Holy Spirit asked of us our wills and our bodies.
Romans 12:1, 'Present your bodies as a living sacrifice.' Why did He manifest
Himself to us in this way? It was made very clear. It was because there
was a work to be done in the world today that only He could do. "And
when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness,
and of judgement" John 16:8. No wonder the Master told His disciples
to wait in Jerusalem until they had received the 'Promise of the Father.'
But when He had come, they were witnesses in Jerusalem,
Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. We had
put all on the altar for the sake of giving the Gospel to Every Creature.
But now the Holy Ghost said, as Jehovah had said to Moses; "I am
come down to do it."
As the days of visitation went on, we were just
prostrate at His feet. Now He had come to bring the vision to completion.
Even the grounds were filled with His presence. Walking around together
we suddenly became conscious that we were speaking in whispers.
'As the visitation went on, we were just
prostrate at His feet.'
The late hours came, but no-one thought
of bed - for God was there. Increasingly we looked to the Holy Spirit Himself,
poured out on all flesh as Joel prophesied, as the only One by whom the
vision He has shown us can be fulfilled, through His prepared channels
in all parts of the world.
The fire fell on the sacrifice; the Spirit had sealed
for Himself a company of intercessors for Every Creature. We were baptized,
as it were, by one Spirit into one body for one God-appointed purpose
and this was now one of them.
His visitation lasted for some three weeks in this special sense, although
praise God, He came to 'abide' and has continued with us ever since."
Strategic Prayer Warfare
One form that this prayer warfare took was intercession on a national
and international level concerning anything that effected world evangelism.
Every Creature must hear; therefore, the doors must be kept open. Their
prayers became strategic. They must face and fight the enemy wherever
he was opposing freedom to evangelise.
God was preparing an instrument - a company
to fight world battles on their knees.
To the right is Dr. Priddy, a staff member who put his call to the mission
field on the altar to serve as an intercessor for the nations.
Over the next several years, Rees Howells led the
College into a path of intercession and prayer warfare on international
levels. These prayers included the crisis with the Rhineland, Ethiopia,
Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, Russia, North Africa, Italy, D-Day,
and the intercession for the establishment of the State of Israel.
The Fourth Estate and Burden For The Jews
After reading the proclamation by Italy on September 3,
1938, that all the Jews must clear out of Italy within six months and
with anti-Semitism so fierce in Germany, a heavy burden for the Jewish
people began to rest upon Rees Howells.
A burden to see the Jews return
to their land rested upon Rees Howells.
He saw the need for them to go back to their homeland,
which was promised to them by God.
A burden to purchase a fourth estate for Jewish refugees came upon
the founder, and the Lord showed him Penllergaer Estate. The estate
consisted of 270 acres, and within the grounds was a waterfall and observatory;
it would cost nothing less than £20,000.
After another battle with a syndicate, the college was offered the
estate; the price was £20,000 and
in hand there was nothing!
This dwarfed the previous purchases of faith, but God
had so led him on through the years that, where we might think the test
would be tremendous, and it was, yet, as one student said,
"He bought Penllergaer with less fuss than many a man makes in buying
a suit of clothes!"
The newspapers reported this 'City of refuge in Wales for Jewish children.'
The London newspapers gave it headlines also.
The War Hinders The Work
After receiving twelve Jewish children, war was declared on Germany,
and because the College saw this as a massive unexpected political shift,
plans had to be changed. The Jewish refugees could no longer enter
It was another hard test to see the estate bought by prayer and faith
alone; then the war came, and they could not take the Jewish children.
The Lord told them that they would have thousands of pounds out of
it to use for the Kingdom. The M.O.D. commandeered the mansion during
the war for the use by American troops. At the end of the war, the mansion was offered to a children's charity, who
refused it because of the cost of its upkeep.
Many years later Samuel Howells sold it and put the money into the Kingdom.
Today the Penllergaer council owns the land, and on the site of the
mansion now stands their main office buildings. The grounds are open
for the public to walk in. Below are some pictures of the grounds today,
the waterfall, river, and observatory.
of the Emperor of Ethiopia
One of the first intercessions that came upon the College as a body
was in 1936 when Mussolini intended to invade Ethiopia. The College
saw what lay behind this scheme of the enemy. Ethiopia, through the
influence of the Emperor, was opening in a new way to Evangelical Missions
and there was a prospect of widespread evangelisation in many areas.
If the country was captured it could be the end of the Protestant Evangelical
witness there. The College was led into a path of deep intercession
for the country. On May 5, 1936, Addis Ababa fell, and the Emperor
became a fugitive and refugee.
Although the country was captured, the College never lost faith. The
Emperor came to Britain, and visited the College in 1939 and 1940 as his nephew was a boarder at the school. Rees Howells became good friends with Haile Selassie
and his son and successor, Samuel Howells remained in contact with him until his death in 1975.
Above (centre right) is Rees and Lizzie Howells and their son, Samuel Rees Howells, with the Emperor at the
Penllergaer School camp.
The Emperor was moved to hear how Mr. Howells had been called to help
the Jewish refugees and said, "I am a refugee myself."
A few days later he wrote:
Haile Selassie I
Elect of God, Emperor of Ethiopia.
To Rev. and Mrs. Rees Howells,
It is with profound gratitude that I write to you today to thank you
most heartily for all the kindness you have shown me during my visit
to your Bible College last week.
It is an inspiration to me to have seen all the wonderful things that
the Lord is doing among those of your own people and those who have
found a refuge in your country.
I do pray that God in His grace will continue to bless this great work
of His very richly,
(signed personally by the Emperor)
Beside, are some Ethiopian boys who came as boarders
to the College school. They are standing outside Derwen Fawr Mansion
with the Founders and their son Samuel Howells. Three of them were Asrate's nephews.
After returning to Ethiopia, one of them, Haiou, became the Assistant
Minister of Defence and Education, also secretary of the Ethiopian
In June 1941, when the Emperor re-entered his capital, he
sent Mr. Howells this cable:
You will I know share in my joy at entering
my Capital. I send you this telegram in remembrance of past sympathy
Emperor Haile Selassie
To which Mr. Howells replied:
Thankyou for telegram. Praising God daily
for restoring Ethiopia and giving back your throne. The Lord bless you
and keep you and give you peace.
Rees Howells, Bible College of Wales.
God's answer was perfect. When the missionaries returned to Ethiopia,
it was reported in the Wolamo district that they could not account for
the Revival, which had been going on during the Italian occupation, when
some five hundred converts increased to twenty thousand!
God had answered prayer, protecting the Christians and increasing them.
When the Communist revolution took place in Ethiopia in 1975, every
member of the Emperor's government was executed in one night; the news
brought a deep sense of shock and sadness to those at the Bible College of Wales and
The great growth of the Church in Ethiopia since the 1930s, even
as they endured such persecution under Communism, has been an encouragement
to again see God's faithfulness in answering the prayers that were offered
up at the Bible College of Wales and all over the UK so long ago.
Battle of Britain
Another battle of intercession was about the German air raids in 1940, and the crisis
of the 'Battle Of Britain,' when Goering made his great attempt
to gain mastery of the air in preparation for the invasion of Christian England.
September 8. At first, in a time when the bombing of Britain was causing
heavy inflictions upon the civilians, Mr. Howells and the College saw
their faith levels raised to believe God, that no bomb would ever fall
on any of the College properties, even though Swansea with its strategic
docks had some very heavy raids and was less than two miles away.
Rees Howells himself declared, "We have never walked this way before."
As time went on, Mr. Howells came through to victory knowing that
his prayer was answered, not because of selfish need, but because of
the work of the Kingdom. In the afternoon meeting he said, "I could
put it in print that no devil can touch anyone here."
September 10. "After the victory of Sunday there is great liberty
to pray that God will really deal with the devil in the Nazis and put
an end to this wicked system. Our prayer for London is that God will
turn the tide now and save lives."
September 12. "We prayed last night that London would be defended
and that the enemy would fail to break through, and God answered prayer.
If we have protection for our properties, why not get protection for
God was faithful and did not allow any bomb to fall upon the College
property throughout the war, and hence complete safety was given to
all the children and staff.
Quoting from the Rees Howells archives:
"September 14. "Because we have believed, God has made known
to us what is to come to pass. Every Creature is to hear the Gospel;
Palestine is to be regained by the Jews; and the Saviour is to return."
Mr. Churchill, the Prime Minister of Britain at that time, in his war
memoirs, gives September 15 as 'the culminating date' in that
battle of the air. He tells how he visited the Operations Room of the
RAF and watched as the enemy squadrons poured over British airspace as British squadrons
went airborne to do battle, until the moment came when he asked the Air Marshal,
"What other reserves have we?" "There are none"
he answered, and reported afterwards how grave Winston Churchill looked,
"and well I might," added Mr. Churchill. Then another five
minutes passed, and "it appeared that the enemy were going home.
The shifting of the discs on the table showed a continuous eastward
movement of German bombers and fighters. No new attack appeared. In
another ten minutes the action was ended." There
seemed no reason why the Luftwaffe should have turned for home, just
at the moment when victory was in their grasp. But we know why.
After the war, Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, Commander-in-chief of
Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain, made this significant comment:
"Even during the battle one realised from day to day how much external
support was coming in. At the end of the battle
one had the sort of feeling that there had been some special Divine
intervention to alter some sequence of events which would of otherwise
In The Face Of Defeat
Reading the accounts of those days, all will be aware that the College
lived on the edge in their intercessions. Many times, in the face of
defeat they believed God and declared in faith what God had shown them.
Also, the Lord worked miracles, so that what looked like a defeat ended
up as a bigger victory and greater glory was given to God, as in the
case of Ethiopia.
Norman Grubb in the book Rees Howells Intercessor (1952) (commissioned
by Samuel Rees Howells) comments on one of these intercessions: 'When
we look back now after all these years, many of us in Britain recall the terror of those days.
Remembering the miracle of Dunkirk, acknowledged by our leaders to be an intervention from God,
the calm seas allowing the rescue boats to cross,
The miracle of
Dunkirk acknowledged by our leaders to be an intervention from God.
the almost complete evacuation of our troops, and then
the lead Mr. Churchill gave to the nation, how thankful we are that God
had this company of hidden intercessors, whose lives were on the altar
day after day as they stood in the gap for the deliverance of Britain.'
Rees Howells died on the evening of the 13th February 1950 and the burden of leadership was carried on by the young Samuel Howells.
Just before his death, Rees Howells said to his son Samuel, “Whatever you do, you stand and maintain
the intercessions.” Samuel Howells looking back on this day many years later said, “But you couldn’t do it yourself.
Only the Holy Spirit could do it. If anything is precious to us, it is the intercession of the Holy Spirit.
It’s become a part of us…these intercessions, they are my life.”
Rees Howells had trained over one hundred intercessors who had prayed through with him during the war years.
Every one of the intercessors had sold all and lived by faith and whenever there was a crisis, where the Gospel
could be hindered around the world, these intercessors would be called to pray. Now Samuel Howells had a team of
intercessors ready to intercede for the Gospel to go to every creature and if at any point in the future,
the devil attacked the advance of the Kingdom of God around the world, it would be their responsibility to
act in intercession under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
During the 1950s, after the success of the intercessions during the war years, Samuel Howells began to refocus
the intercession of the College towards the fulfilment of the Great Commission. There were many missionaries
throughout the world, but how many of them knew the principles of intercession? How many could pray through
until the principalities and powers of darkness were bound? The strongholds of Satan in many parts of the
world had been entrenched for thousands of years, now these powers of darkness had to be challenged, dislodged and overcome.
If thousands of missionaries were prepared to go to the frontline and sacrifice their lives, then the intercessors
at the College would go before them to intercede for victory in the heavenly realms. Samuel had to remind the College
that our battle is not against flesh and blood. It was the devil who had ‘blinded the mind of unbelievers’ and only
intercession could prevail so these dear people could respond to the gospel.
On 24 March 1950, Samuel said, “It seems that the Holy Ghost has been speaking to one all day long and one has felt
within oneself the travail of the Holy Ghost for a lost world. These meetings are to be a cry to God. Is it right
that these millions should be lost? There is a world to reach and it is only to be reached through prevailing prayer.
We are coming tonight to meet God and to cry to Him to fulfil the task. Millions of souls tonight are unsaved and it
is only through human channels He can reach them. We are praying these prayers because they are wholly and entirely for the Kingdom.”
Between 1950 and 2004, Samuel Howells was led into a deep and costly path of intercession. He led the College to pray
through and intercede for many crises. There were many great prayer battles and their intercessions changed world events.
Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession
Samuel Howells learnt the principles of intercession from his father, Rees Howells and he continued in many intercessory
battles over the next six decades. The battles over the decades included: concerns for the future of Israel,
for gospel liberty in many nations and for the preservation for world peace. These include:
A Burden for Revival in China
Cuban Missile Crisis
Six Day War
War in Portuguese East Africa
Yom Kippur War
Liberty in Eastern Europe
Demise of Communism
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Freedom in the former USSR
End of Apartheid in South Africa
Keys to the Treasury
The story of these intercessions are told in the book
Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession Go
The Mission Continues
In 2002, Samuel Howells handed the leadership over to Alan Scotland, a former student who was led by God to build
an apostolic ministry around
the world. Alan Scotland was a student from 1969-71 and then a member of staff whilst his fiancée, Betty, began her studies at BCW. After leaving the College, Alan took two pastorates before he and his wife
founded Lifelink International, which comprises an international group of churches and ministries involved in strengthening
churches and training leaders.
With over twenty-five years of ministry experience behind him and travelling extensively throughout the world,
Alan gained a reputation as being a respected pastor to pastors. Throughout the years, Alan often returned to the Bible College of Wales
to teach and on one of these visits, the Holy Spirit spoke to him saying, “One day I will entrust you with this legacy.”
The sobering affect of what those words meant frightened Alan. For at least seven years, Alan pondered what the Holy Spirit had
said, keeping those precious words in his heart. Then one day, Samuel Howells invited Alan to become a trustee at the College.
Samuel was greatly blessed by Alan Scotland’s assistance and joined him on a private trip to the bridge where Rees Howells had
stepped out into the life of faith. Returning to the location where it all began, Samuel turned to Alan and asked him what the
Lord was saying to him regarding the future of the College. “That’s when I shared with him how the Holy Spirit had spoken to me”
years before “and the two of us kept that in our hearts for a while” said Alan.
The Holy Spirit said, “One day I will entrust you with this legacy.”
Samuel Howells died on the 18 March 2004 and Alan Scotland (alongside many others) was deeply moved by the loss of this man of faith and intercession. “Mr Samuel
has always been my unspoken hero” said Alan Scotland. “He was deeply dedicated to prayer, a shy man, but given to prayer and
intercession and I used to say the greatest miracle in the Bible College of Wales was not the founding of it, but the
sustaining of it for fifty years. Mr Samuel was a deep, humble man. He didn’t like the big platforms, but he was forever
calling upon God, whether it was for the needs of the College, the needs of the nations. He had a real apostolic mandate
to reach the nations.”
George Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilization, speaking after Samuel’s funeral said, “I was with him even as he came out of hospital a few months ago and when
he finally turned over the leadership. Mr Samuel was a man of prayer; he was also a man of vision. He made prayer the priority
of his life, which is so unusual in these past decades when there’s been a decrease in the prayer emphasis. Here’s a man who’s
an icon of spiritual reality, still a human being and it was just a privilege to know him.”
The Bible College of Wales was founded in 1924 by
Rees Howells and became a registered Charity in 1955. In
2003, it became the Rees Howells Trust and is now, Global
Horizons. Rees Howells’ Vision was to ‘seed the nations’
with the Christian message as was his son and successor,
Samuel Howells, in their obedience to the Great
Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 and Mark 16:15. Global
Horizons, under the leadership of Alan Scotland continues
the work begun by Rees to ‘seed the nations’ so that every
creature can hear the Gospel. Today, many of the world’s
seven billion people, which includes every tribe, nation and
tongue, have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Jesus told His disciples that the harvest fields were vast
and ready, white unto harvest. He urged them to pray that
the Lord of the harvest would send labourers into the
harvest fields (Matthew 9:38).
Global Horizons, an apostolic company of believers (Ephesians 4) is at the
heart of Lifelink churches, and is committed to training
such workers with the necessary skills for the twenty-first
century. This is made possible by the provision of
theological training and ministry delivered through a variety
of partnerships with the worldwide Church.
Global Horizons Lifelink represents a group of churches across the UK, the USA, and on mainland Europe, with further
church relationships into South America, southern Africa, India and China, all of whom have chosen to work together in different
ways for the advance of God’s Kingdom. Each church that affiliates with Lifelink is unique and has its own character and mission.
Rees Howells handed the work of the Bible College of Wales to his son, Samuel Rees Howells in 1950, and Samuel entrusted the Bible College of Wales to Alan Scotland
of Global Horizons in 2003. In 2009, the Bible College of Wales was relocated to Rugby, England.
Visit this website to find out more www.global-horizons.org