Born in a Welsh mining village, he left school at twelve and worked in a tin mill and a coal mine. As he came to know the redeeming power of his Lord and Saviour he faced the implications of an entire surrender, learned to love the unlovely and found the key to the power of prayer. As a result he became a man of great Christian inspiration to others in both Britain and Southern Africa where he became the channel of a mighty revival. Norman Grubb describes all this, but also the foundation of the Bible College of Wales at Swansea, perhaps the greatest monument of his work, and the intercessory prayer that became the hallmark of Rees Howells, impacting as it did on national policy and international affairs. Every chapter in this biography is full of drama and light.
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One of the most remarkable guidances of those pre-war years was the connection between the college and Ethiopia. Italy had long coveted Ethiopia and in October Mussolini ordered the invasion of the country. For various reasons no European country offered aid, and the League of Nations was too weak to intervene in an effectual way. To Rees Howells this was a threat to the evangelisation of Ethiopia and much prayer was concentrated on the situation.
The Emperor visited the college and the school, and his private chaplain and his son-in-law, Abye Abebe, husband of the Princess Tshai who was doing nursing training in a London hospital, came as students to the Bible College.
Despite the apparent failure of the prayer for Ethiopia, Rees Howells assured the Emperor that the day would come when he would be restored to his country and to his throne. The Emperor came at times to the college meetings, a small but impressive figure with dark, penetrating eyes. In the summer of he and his party were camping with some of the students and schoolboys on the estate of Penllergaer, and when the European war broke out it was from there that he returned to London and then to his country and eventually to his throne.
When he re-entered his capital city, Addis Ababa, he sent a cable to Rees Howells who replied, expressing his joy and promise of prayer for future peace. From that time they always exchanged greetings on the anniversary of the day when Haile Selassie re-entered Addis Ababa.
One of the college doctors, Dr Margaret FitzHerbert was later decorated by the Emperor for her services to the women of Ethiopia. She became a consultant gynaecologist in the Princess Tshai Hospital in Addis Ababa and later worked in a leprosy hospital under the Sudan United Missionary society. Some years later, in , three cousins of the Kassa family, nephews of Asrate Kassa, now in high office in Ethiopia, came as boarders to the Bible College School.
Also in the pre-war years occurred a development which was to occupy a large share of the college prayers, and to lead to another great intercession. In , Hitler began to persecute the Jews on an unprecedented scale and there were many Jewish orphans whose parents had been taken away to a then unknown fate.
The love of the Holy Spirit in him for the orphans of the Welsh village, was now manifested through Rees Howells for these children. Efforts were made to rescue some from the Continent. Some were adopted into the college family, others came into the home and school for the children of missionaries. Early in January Rees Howells called a special day of prayer for the Jewish people and this was to prove the beginning of the intercession which was to continue right through the war and beyond, until the day when Israel became a nation in New light was given on the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and others, as frequently in the meetings he read the great prophecies of the future restoration and greatness of Israel, and prayer was never relaxed for their fulfilment.
The first great war crisis occurred in September , through the Nazi threat to Czechoslovakia. To Rees Howells war was the major threat to the vision of reaching every creature with the Gospel in this generation.
Never was the Holy Spirit more manifest in the college than in the month of August Rees Howells was confident that there would be no war and believed this right up to the fatal day of September 3 when war was declared because of the Nazi attack on Poland. He was always like a lion in a test, but as he went back to the Lord day after day seeking an explanation, the conviction grew within him that God had a purpose in the war, that without it the three great dictators, Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin would override the world.
However dark the situation might be he never swerved from this commitment and held on to it throughout the years of war. The European war had begun in earnest. On Whit Monday crowds flocked to the college meetings held in the open air, many curious, most disbelieving. Was it failure? To the press, to the crowds, there could be no other conclusion, but as Rees Howells went back to the Lord, he began to understand.
The great principle of Intercession is life out of death; the corn of wheat must die before the new life can spring forth from the ground. Rees Howells saw the glory that would have come to himself and the college if the prediction had come to pass. God has declared war on the devil and it is God who will give the victory. There were to be days of darkness, oppression and burden in the spirit, but also days when we were caught up into those heavenly places of which the apostle Paul speaks, days of heaven upon earth.
From the human standpoint it is clear that an early and abrupt end to the war would have left the dictators, their governments and their armies still strong and powerful, still a threat to the world. To us it seemed that we were baptised into the conflict in a new way. Rees Howells never defended the prediction of The crowds were no longer interested in the college and for the next few years we were literally shut in with God. Day by day Rees Howells wrestled with the Word of God, especially the positions of faith of the men of the Old Testament, believing that God is the same today and that the Holy Spirit could be equal to these positions today.
We saw the setbacks that Moses experienced in Egypt as the enemy through Pharaoh and the magicians defied him. In the days of Hezekiah God allowed the enemy to take all the fenced cities of Judah and to come right up to the walls of Jerusalem itself before he spoke the word of deliverance through the prophet Isaiah, that God himself would defend the city for his own sake. Twice the men of Judah asked counsel of God and went up against Benjamin, only to be driven back each time with great slaughter.
But after a national day of prayer and fasting the word of assurance was given and victory came on the third attempt. So throughout those years, in a real war situation, the Word of God came alive to us in a new way and daily the Holy Spirit sustained us as we fought on, knowing that the real battle was in the heavenlies, and over and over again seeing the outcome of a spiritual victory demonstrated later in the actual fighting.
For some time the evening meeting had been extended from 6 p. Most of the meetings were in the Conference Hall but the last meeting was always in what was known as the Blue Room.
How sacred this room was to become to us as night after night the Holy Spirit gave light on the Word and lifted us up above the burdens of the day. As Rees Howells said, why should we be freer in our part of the conflict than those who were engaged in the fighting on land, sea and in the air?
Because of conscription for military service, it became no longer possible for the college to function in the normal way, and lectures were suspended until after the war. Over and over again the Holy Spirit broke through in the meetings with new revelations of divine grace and renewed assurance of final victory.
At such times we sang and sang, hymns of praise and worship, sometimes even national songs, especially in the late meeting in the Blue Room. There were soldiers in a camp in a field nearby and we used to wonder sometimes what they thought of us when they heard the singing. As each crisis in the war developed, the Holy Spirit guided our prayers and each time we knew that victory had been gained in the spirit before news came over the radio or in the newspapers of victory on the field of battle.
Apart from the Holy Spirit, how did we know each time beforehand when and where victory would come, or where particularly to direct prayer upon specific situations? The year saw a desperate situation. As European country after country fell to the enemy so the spiritual darkness seemed to go deeper and deeper.
So great was the burden that there were times when Rees Howells could only wrestle alone with God in his room, while members of the staff carried on with the meetings. Some of the events of those years are written on our hearts.
Who among us could forget the prayers for the British army cut off at Dunkirk and whose escape seemed impossible? The prayer of Tommy Howells in one meeting was like the agonised prayer of Mordecai in the time of Queen Esther.
That cry surely reached the throne. A solemn group of us gathered round the radio one night and heard of the fall of France, the treachery of Mussolini and the courageous challenge made by our own King George VI. How we praised God for a king and queen who were dedicated Christians and who could lead the nation in prayer. Several times national days of prayer were called for in those critical years when civilisation itself seemed to be threatened, and Britain stood alone.
There were also times of tremendous victory. The attack failed and the invasion did not take place. One of the outstanding guidances of the war occurred in No such eventuality was indicated in any way at the time, but several weeks later, the telephone rang in the school on a Sunday morning, and I heard the voice of Rees Howells from the college. Hitler has attacked Russia. I still have a newspaper cutting of December 22, Mystery of Nazi failure. It is still too early to say how Moscow was saved from capture in the middle of October and again in the encircling movement that followed.
It was a miracle. It seemed that the Holy Spirit was always ahead of the enemy. Outstanding again was the victory at Stalingrad, a city that the enemy had actually entered, and fierce fighting was going on in the streets.
As we prayed it seemed that the Holy Spirit took us right into the city and drove the enemy out himself. It was the first time they had lost a city into which their troops had actually entered. Why should there be so much prayer for the city of Stalingrad? The war had spread to North Africa and the Holy Spirit made it clear to Rees Howells that Palestine itself, the Holy Land, was in danger, threatened by a pincer movement from two directions.
If Rommel took Cairo and then the German forces swept south through Russia, the fate of the Holy Land would be sealed and there would be no prospect of a national home for the Jewish people when the war was over. So the enemy was held back in Russia. When the war came to a head in North Africa, and the vital battle of El Alamein was taking place, we were on our knees all day and it was in the afternoon meeting that the Lord assured us of victory, a victory confirmed later as we heard of the success of the Allied forces under Montgomery.
One aspect of the war concerned us in a more personal way. Swansea, in South Wales, is a big industrial centre, with factories then supplying important war materials, and it has a large oil refinery on its outskirts. It is also a port with large docks, and when the seas of Eastern Europe were closed to British shipping, because the enemy controlled the seaways of Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium and France, from onwards, the Western Approaches were of vital importance for essential supplies of food and materials.
After the fall of France in June , Britain stood alone until the entry of the United States of America into the war at the end of For months all our industrial cities and ports were heavily bombed and Swansea did not escape. When the air raids began, Rees Howells was in a dilemma. Could we ask him then to protect us as he had his people in times past?
Should we use air raid shelters? Rees Howells would never take unnecessary risks and always sought a word from the Lord in uncertainty. It was an eerie feeling sometimes to hear the whirr of enemy planes directly above us and the sound of exploding bombs.
Sometimes we would look out of upstairs windows and see in the distance the fires lighting up the dock area, a constant centre of attack, or watch the fires in buildings nearer at hand in the city. But from that night none of us went into shelters except for the children in the day school, in accordance with government regulations, which insisted upon adequate shelters for certain buildings, especially schools.
Civilians were not allowed out on the streets during an air raid apart from the wardens whose duty it was to watch the streets and look for casualties. The school had many day pupils as well as the missionary boarders, and although the heaviest raids were usually at night, they did occur in daylight hours, especially in the earlier days of the war.
It became commonplace for lessons to be disrupted and sometimes they had to be continued in the shelters provided. Most of our missionary boarders had to remain with us throughout the war. They could not return to their par-ents during the school vacation, nor could their parents visit them.
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One of the most remarkable guidances of those pre-war years was the connection between the college and Ethiopia. Italy had long coveted Ethiopia and in October Mussolini ordered the invasion of the country. For various reasons no European country offered aid, and the League of Nations was too weak to intervene in an effectual way. To Rees Howells this was a threat to the evangelisation of Ethiopia and much prayer was concentrated on the situation. The Emperor visited the college and the school, and his private chaplain and his son-in-law, Abye Abebe, husband of the Princess Tshai who was doing nursing training in a London hospital, came as students to the Bible College. Despite the apparent failure of the prayer for Ethiopia, Rees Howells assured the Emperor that the day would come when he would be restored to his country and to his throne. The Emperor came at times to the college meetings, a small but impressive figure with dark, penetrating eyes.
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Links to the other posts are found at the bottom of this page. The war in Europe lasted over days. Every evening of every one of those days a group of students, professors and guests gathered in the student prayer room at Wales Bible College and interceded for specific aspects of the war. Did God answer those prayers? Russia On June 22nd, , Hitler launched a massive assault into the heart of Russia, his erstwhile ally and trading partner. Over four million troops participated in this invasion, over an mile front. It was the largest invasion in the history of warfare.
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However, even the remote town of Brynamman began to change when Wales experienced a revival in and Along with many others, Rees was caught up in this powerful move of God. He began to sense that God was calling him to leave the mines. Early in his journey of faith, he understood the significant impact, both personal and social, of a prayer filled life.