Birth of BCW
In 1922, Rees Howells spoke at a meeting at the Llandrindod Convention, and gave a call for the full surrender of a life to Christ. A large number of young people came forward to respond to God and a minister suggested to Mr Howells to pray for more training facilities in Wales.
Never did Rees expect what the Lord would do next: He told him that He would build a college through him and would provide the finances needed to do so, only if he was willing. It was not an easy decision for Rees Howells to make as he had to resign and put aside a previous job offer to travel around English-speaking countries to share his testimony, which was what he wanted. Yet the Lord gave him the grace to lay aside his own desires and to accept the new, large financial and spiritual burden.
Money started coming in from various people, and before even knowing where the college was to be built, Mr Howells went to America and visited the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He was impressed with the academy, and there the Lord once again challenged him to believe in God for the establishment of the bible college in Wales. After two years and multiple instances where God challenged Rees Howells’ faith, the Bible College of Wales finally opened its doors on Whitmonday in 1924, in Glynderwen.
Since then, thousands of students as well as Reinhard Bonnke have been trained at the Bible College of Wales, and they are now serving the Lord in around 52 different countries.