Over the last 4 decades, one of the classic books on intercessory prayer has been Rees Howells: Intercessor. While it has maintained its reputation as a helpful text about the practicalities of prayer and intercession, it actually stands as a biography to one specific man called by God in the Welsh revival of 1904-1905 and subsequently used in great works across south Wales – Rees Howells.
But, for those who have read it, you will be aware that the book closes in 1950, at the death of Rees. The Bible College of Wales, which he launched in 1924, was still in existence in Swansea, Wales, and there was still much work to be accomplished in carrying out the vision of reaching ‘every creature’ with the gospel (quoting Mark 16:15 from the KJV).
So what happened following the half-century mark and how did things continue forward?
A new book has been released which carries on the legacy of Rees Howells. Written by the former principal of the Bible College of Wales, Richard Maton, the newly published book is entitled Samuel, Son and Successor of Rees Howells. The 358-page work chronicles the life and work of Samuel Howells (or, as affectionately known, Mr Samuel), especially as he led forth the legacy of the Bible College of Wales as handed over to him by his father.
I was privileged to be a lecturer in Old Testament studies at the college in Swansea from 2003-2006, some of the final years before it fully transitioned into Trinity School of Ministry, now based in Rugby, England. The staff are still as committed to training people in theology and practical ministry, all that the good news of the kingdom might continue to go out to all nations.
So, if you were stirred by the original book about the life of Rees Howells, I suggest you pick up a copy of the new release on the life of Samuel Howells.