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Rees Howells Short Biography

Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession
The Legacy of Prayer and Spiritual Warfare of an Intercessor

After fully surrendering to the Holy Spirit in 1906, Rees Howells a Welsh miner, was led deeply into a life of faith and intercession, first for individual cases for healing and conversion and then, later, for various situations on national and international levels.

After marriage to Lizzie (Elizabeth) Hannah Jones, Rees Howells was called to Southern Africa where God moved in widespread revival power. Thousands were saved, and many were healed. One of the greatest miracles was when he declared that anyone living in his mission station, (at Rusitu, Gazaland) during a time of terrible sickness that led too death would not die. The Lord honoured him in believing that word from God.

Rees Howells

Unexpectedly, God led Rees Howells to open the Bible College of Wales in Britain, to teach the principles of faith and intercession he had learnt. It was to be founded and sustained by prayer and faith; with ten pence only in hand they believed God for the equivalent of millions of pounds today to begin and sustain the work which began in 1924.

Rees Howells dedicated his life to be an example to all, of what can be achieved by prayer and faith alone. He taught that it is safe to trust God's Word and His promises.

During World War II, Rees Howells led the students and staff at the Bible College of Wales in intercession to see the breaking of the dictators who hindered the work of world evangelism. They laid down their lives in intercession, as the young men who were on the front lines of battle. Rees Howells challenged them to be living martyrs.

The Howells family with the Ethiopian Emperor

They prayed through the situations in Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, D-Day, the involvement of Russia in the war and for many other situations, including, for the establishment of the State of Israel.

Rees went to be with the Lord in February 1950 and his son, Samuel Howells took charge of the work. Immediately he called the College to prayer, declaring that they would have more prayer meetings than before and would continue in the life of faith.

Over the next fifty years, Samuel Rees Howells led the College to intercede through various world crises, and they witnessed God changing world events in accordance to their prayers and intercession. Samuel Rees Howells was glorified in March 2004.