This year the Baptist Union of Wales remembers the famous missionary, Timothy Richard, who travelled from Ffaldybrenin, Carmarthenshire to China in 1869. He made an enormous contribution and is considered to be one of the most talented and able missionaries who has ever lived. He was well known throughout China as a scholar, a teacher, an author, philanthropist and statesman. He was honoured by China for his invaluable contribution to the development of the country.
It is therefore appropriate that we commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death on Wednesday 17th April. In the morning, a tour will be led by the Reverend Peter Thomas to visit the places where Timothy Richard was raised and nurtured in the Christian faith. In the afternoon a special service will be held in Salem, Caio when we will welcome members of Timothy Richard’s family, a representative of the BMS and Dr Andrew T Kaiser, who lives and works in China and is a recognised authority on the Christian mission there. Dr Kaiser will make an address during the service.
We are very grateful to the Reverend Peter Thomas for agreeing to lead the tour during the morning and for facilitating many of the arrangements. Herewith the order for the day:
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
|9.30am||Timothy Richard Tour: Visit the Bapistry at Dolwen; Salem Caio; Bethel Cwmpedol and Ffaldybrenin. Unveiling of a new memorial. The bus will leave Rookery Car Park, Peterswell Terrace, Lampeter at 9.30am promptly.|
|12.30pm||Cup of Tea/Coffee in Ffaldybrenin. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING A PACKED LUNCH|
|2.00pm||Bilingual Service in Salem Caio with a cup of tea|
|At the end of the service the bus will return to Lampeter.|
On a practical note, it has been agreed to hire a bus for the tour in the morning as the roads around Ffaldybrenin are narrow and there are only a few places for parking. If you would like to secure a place on the bus you must inform Mrs Menna Jones on 01267 245660 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 10th April by the latest. There are a limited number of places available on the bus. We will also kindly request a contribution towards the cost of the bus.
We very much hope that a good number will be able to join with us to remember and give thanks for Dr Timothy Richard and to be inspired by a great innovator who achieved so much in the mission field. We look forward to this special day and we ask God’s blessing on the arrangements.