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Wales is a country on the island of Great Britain and a member of the United Kingdom.
It is bordered by England in the east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea in the west.

Cardiff is the capital and largest city.
The population is over 3 million.

FACTS
The name "Wales" means ‘Foreigner’, or ‘Stranger’.

The modern Welsh name for themselves is ‘Cymry’, which means ‘Fellow-countrymen."

Wales has over 750 miles of coastline, and is largely mountainous.

Wales has over 600 castles.

Wales has one of the oldest literary traditions in Europe.

Wales is often referred to as ‘The Land of Song&rsquo
It has also been known for its harpists, male choirs, and solo artists.

The Welsh Pony and Welsh Corgi dog both originated in Wales.

The Tudor Dynasty, which ruled England from 1485-1603, was of Welsh origin.

FAMOUS WELSH
Athletes
Colin Ray Jackson, (b †1967)
A sprint and hurdling athlete.
Olympic silver medalist and three time world champion.

Joseph William Calzaghe, †(b 1972) †
Super Middleweight and Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion

Singers
Sir Geraint Llewellyn Evans (1922-1992) Bbaritone and bass-baritone opera singer.
Dame Gwyneth Jones, (b 1936) A soprano singer.
Si‚n James ( b 1961) Traditional folk singer and harpist.

Actors
John Rhys-Davies (b 1944) An actor and voice actor.
Philip Anthony Hopkins (b 1937) Film, stage and television actor.

DEMOGRAPHICS
95.6% † White
2.3% † † Asian
0.6% † † Black
1.0% † † Mixed
0.5% † † Other

57.5% † Christian
32.1% † None
7.6% † †Undeclared
1.5% † †Muslim
0.3% † †Hindu
0.3% † †Buddhist
0.1% † †Sikh
0.1% † †Jewish (2000)
0.4% † †Other

HISTORY
Wales has been inhabited for thousands of years.

Celtic groups settled in the country around 1000 B.C.

From 78-410 A.D. Wales, like the rest of Britain was ruled by the Roman Empire.

In 410 A.D. Rome withdrew from Britain and most of the lowland areas were
overrun by various Germanic peoples such as the Anglo-Saxons.

Wales was able to remain free of Anglo Saxon rule and established several kingdoms
and successor states.
From this Welsh national identity emerged.

The most powerful ruler was acknowledged as 'King of the Britons'.
During the 12th century and 13th century, this title evolved into the 'Prince of Wales.'

For hundreds of years Wales struggled to maintain its independence.
There were frequent conflicts with England.

Inner struggles, pressure from the English and later, the Norman conquerors,
led to the Welsh kingdoms gradually coming under English control

In 1282 England gained control of Wales.
The Welsh launched several revolts and briefly regained independence
during the early 15th century.

Wales was finally annexed by England in 1536.

In 1707 Wales became part of the Kingdom of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

In 1801 the United Kingdom was established (England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland)

During the Industrial Revolution, the development of mining and metallurgical
industries turned Wales into an industrial nation.

Distinctive Welsh politics developed during the 19th century.

Welsh national feeling grew during the 20th century.

CONDITIONS
Wales shares a close political and social history with the rest of Britain
but has a distinct cultural identity.

Almost everyone speaks English, but the country is officially bilingual.
Over 560,000 Welsh language speakers live in Wales.
20% of the population speak fluent Welsh.

Two-thirds of the population live in southern Wales.

Wales has limited governing power apart from the UK parliament.
Some hope for eventual independence.

The economy is closely tied with the rest of Britain.

The economy depends on light and service industries and tourism.
Due to recession, Wales has seen a decline in industrial sectors.
Wales has a slightly lower economic output than the rest of the UK.

Because of poor-quality soil, much of Wales is unsuitable for crop-growing.
Livestock farming has traditionally been the focus of agriculture.

SPIRITUAL CONDITIONS
Most of the population claim Christianity.
The largest denominations are the Anglican Church in Wales and Presbyterianism.
The second largest is Roman Catholic.

For many, church attendance is simply a matter of culture and/or tradition.
Many are drawn to a purely social gospel.
Negativism and materialism are prevalent

Only 7% of the population attend church regularly.
Many churches are closing as a result of low attendance.

There are small groups of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists.

32.1% of the population are agnostic/atheist.
7.6% are undeclared.

PRAYER NEEDS
Pray that issues regarding Wales independence be resolved fairly and peacefully.

Pray that the economy improve.

Pray that the churches experience a revival.

Pray that GOD pour His Holy Spirit on Wales.

Pray that churches develop discernment in the face of the increasing materialism.

Pray that Christians seek out a relationship/commitment to Jesus, not just
cultural facades.

Pray that the Gospel spread among Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists.
Prayer update: Wales

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InGodzHandz Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am part Welsh and I am proud.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Photographer
I shall pray. :pray: I don't understand however, why do the churches not have discernment nor teach the Bible? :confused:
I am also very vague of such knowledge but eager to know, what are the differences between the Anglican and Presbyterianism and Catholic churches?
What is the purpose of having different churches as such if they all worship the same Trinity? :shrug:
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
(saying this as a Catholic) I can't say a whole lot about Presbyterianism, but it's largely administrative differences in the case of the Catholics and Anglicans. Protestants as a whole broke away from the Catholic church during the Medieval times when the Church was being torn this way and that and was rife with a lot of corruption. People who didn't like the Church became the various Protestants, and all others stayed Catholic. 

On the nitty-gritty level of worship alone, at least way way back then when the split first happened, Christians split into three main groups. Catholics believed that both good works and faith would get one into heaven, Lutheran-branch Protestants believed that faith took precedence over good works, and Calvinist-branch Protestants believed that one got to heaven through pre-destination, as in your future was already set in stone. 

It's more complicated than that, but there ya go with a basic starter description.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014   Photographer
Well, that settles it. Thank you for the explanation. God Bless ye. 
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SeekHim Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What I meant is to pray they have discernment in the face
of materialism and purely social/cultural gospel.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner May 8, 2013   Photographer
For that I will pray for the Welsh. :) I especially admire their cathedrals.
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freuddwyn Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:pray:
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Aw0 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Gosh there are so many places that need healing :) Thank goodness there are so many of us ;)
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Feesu-san Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student Filmographer
:pray:
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