• Pray for bold faith and witness by the remnant of believers among the many small dying churches.
• Pray for the Holy Spirit’s fire among the mostly faithless youth, igniting a new great Welsh revival.
• Pray for renewed energy and wisdom for those already at work among growing pockets of believers.
A republic of the United Kingdom, Wales shares much of its history with its English and Scottish neighbors. But with a distinct Welsh language, spoken fluently by 20% of the population, and a rich Celtic-influenced culture, Wales stands apart from those surrounding it. Over 600 castles skirt the Welsh landscape, while arts festivals and venues draw eclectic crowds, and rugby matches foster national camaraderie. Such distinctions fuel Welsh pride and hopes for autonomy, leaving many to hope in earthly advancements rather than the eternal.
Celtic migrants are said to have settled Wales as early as 1000 B.C., while the republic's official history names Roman invasions in 48 A.D. as the beginning of the Welsh story. For hundreds of years Wales struggled to gain independence and recognition as a sovereign state. With an Act of Union in 1536, Wales and eastern neighbor England united in politics and law. By 1801, the United Kingdom was established, and in 1997, the Welsh public voted in favor of establishing Wales as a legitimate body within the UK, though many hope for eventual independence. With the ability to form laws recognized only within the republic, Wales has limited governing power apart from the UK parliament, and its economy is intertwined with that of the greater union. Similarly affected by the economic recession, Wales faces trying times of depression and decline in industrialized sectors.
As recession struck the republic, so did a spiritual rut. The widely accepted social gospel draws a hopeful crowd but provides empty guarantees and leads many astray. Once known as a land of revival, Wales has experienced a dramatic spiritual decline, and only 7% of the population attends a weekly religious service. Many churches are closing their doors in response to the low attendance numbers. The Welsh people are in dire need of revival and an identity in Christ alone. Pray that the Holy Spirit would descend upon Wales, weed out lies, and replace them with the transformational truth of the Gospel.
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. - John 14:14
Source: Here Is Love - Matt Redman: Earnest Fantin
Capital City: Cardiff
Government: Constitutional Monarchy & Commonwealth Realm
Major People Groups: English 83.6%, Scottish 8.6%, Welsh 4.9%
Religion: Christian 48.2%, Non-religious 47.3%, Muslim 1.8%, Hindu 0.5%
Language: English, Welsh
GDP Per Capita: $28,070
Literacy Rate: 99%
POPULATION IN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUPS: 7.9% (UK)