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It was Boxing day 1917, the time, 3.O'clock in the afternoon. He had never known the love of an earthly father, but he knew now that God was his father and that he had been born again of the Holy Spirit into His family. Sometime later he asked God to use him, and he began singing on the streets of Pontarddulais. He would sing in Welsh:-

"Un rhyfedd un rhyfedd yw'r Iesu
Gellwir ei enw rhyfeddal
Moliant iddo ef"

that is

Wonderful wonderful Jesus
Oh He's a wonderful Saviour
Praise His holy name.

Sometime later he invited Stephen Jeffreys to take some meetings in his home, this was the beginning of the work which is today known as Bont Elim Community Church 'Beulah'. At first the small company of believers worshipped in a disused fish shop near the centre of the village, but later as the work grew, Beulah was erected on a small plot on Twyniago Road (where it remained until the fellowship outgrew the building, and in April 2012 moved to its new home on the corner of Alltiago Road and Oakfield Street).

William Bell was in charge of the work for some years and invited an artist to paint a suitable picture on the wall behind the pulpit. At the opening ceremony it was clear that the picture depicted the marriage at Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed His first miracle - turning the water in to wine. A visiting minister began to sing:

"I belong to the bridal procession
I am going to the marriage of the Lamb
I have an eternal possession
With the bridegroom in the Heavenly Land.
And I'm going there some day
I'm going there to stay
With Jesus."

Some time later William Bell's wife who had been a missionary in India held a series of Gospel meetings in the local Institute, one evening a young man came in to the service with the intention of disrupting the proceedings, but as he heard the Word of God proclaimed he came under deep conviction and gave his life to God. Later he left Pontarddulais and served the Lord for many years as a missionary in Japan.

One Tuesday evening the church had gathered for a prayer meeting and a young boy of about ten years old had chosen some hymns to play at the service. Just before they sang the final hymn Llewellyn Bell asked this young boy if he would like to be saved, not knowing that he was under conviction although so young. There at the little harmonium he gave his life to Jesus and when they stood to sing the final hymn, this young boy had chosen "O happy day that fixed my choice on Thee my Saviour and my God". When older he entered the Christian ministry and has recently completed 60 years of service for the Master with the Assemblies of God, and has preached the Gospel in many countries around the world.

During his years of employment Llewellyn Bell worked as a carpenter in the Clayton Tinplate Works at Pontarddulais. He had the oversight of eighteen men and asked the Lord to save them and he prayed earnestly for them every day. He took a block of wood into which he knocked eighteen nails, each time one of these men gave their lives to God he removed a nail. When he retired at the age of sixty five all the nails had been removed. Forty years later his grand daughter attended a wedding in London. She was asked by a young woman if she was the grand daughter of Llewellyn Bell. When she said "yes" this young woman told her that her grand father had been one of the nails in his block of wood.


The above account courtesy of Mr Bell's grand daughter Jean.

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