Rees Howells, Intercessor
by Norman Grubb
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A few days before leaving his homeland, Rees Howells listened to his pastor preach on Hebrews 12:1 and as though speaking specifically to him said “Young man, you may be leaving home, you may be going to a place where your parents will not see you; but remember, the cloud of witnesses and God will see you.” This word from the Lord became an encouragement for Mr . Howells when he faced temptation in the new place he traveled to!
The story of evangelist Maurice Reuben living according to The Sermon on the Mount led Rees Howells to faith.
The Holy Spirit engages Rees Howells, urging him to surrender his life completely, and back and forth, this engagement continued. On the fifth day, Rees finally said yes to Abundant life.
Rees Howells learned to love the unlovely ones as God used Matthew 5:40-42 to open his eyes to the plight of the homeless.
Rees Howells and his team began to help the less privileged around them. This burden was too great on their own; they had to depend on the Lord. One day, a man gave his "widow's offering" to meet their need. Through this process, they learned to rely on the Lord and the Lord provided.
The Lord taught Rees Howell how to abide in Him. Ultimately, his abiding bore the fruit of winning a woman for Christ.
A manager who boasted that he had never been on his knees in prayer was brought to repentance before the Lord after Rees Howell and his friends prayed for him. The testimony of Rees's obedience to the Lord was a pivot in his conversion.
When the Holy Spirit told Rees Howells that a dying man would live, he did not communicate it with the certainty of faith. The Lord confronted him that night, and he returned the next day to communicate the message with conviction. It was a severe test of faith for Rees Howells, yet he believed God, and the man was healed.
For Rees Howells, Jesus's words in John 15:15 “I have called you friends” were no idle theory. When a woman fell ill, he prayed and expected the Lord, Howells' friend, to reveal His will concerning her to him.
The Holy Spirit led Rees Howells to stop making contributions to an insurance fund for himself, while at the same time leading him to make a contribution to the same fund for someone else. The Lord was teaching Howells to trust Him as in “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack” (2 Cor. 8:15), while the man for whom Howells had made the insurance contribution was brought to repentance and salvation as a result.
Rees Howells is rebuked by the Holy Spirit for allowing jealousy grow in his heart toward his friend whom the Lord used mightily to bless His people at an open air meeting. Rees learned detest jealousy and trust God more from this experience.
Miss Elizabeth Hannah Jones is urged by the Lord to obey "the golden rule" by allowing Mr. Howells, her would-be husband embark on a journey that could jeopardize his health and their future. She obeys and the Lord steps in and does the impossible.