Mengwyden is a Cornish word for White Stone, referring to the village in which Mengwyden Ministries is based.
Whitstone was an Anglo-Saxon settlement and as far as we know there was never a Celtic Cornish settlement here, but its situation is west of the Tamar – firmly in Cornish territory.
What is the significance of white stone?
We don’t know to which white stone the name of the village might originally have referred but, in the ancient world, white stones were used as ‘tickets’ to public events.
Similarly, since the village of Whitstone is right on the border between Cornwall and Devon (or England, as some Cornish men will tell you!), it is something of a gateway – into the ancient Celtic Kingdom through which the Gospel first travelled to these Isles.
A white stone is also mentioned in scripture:
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
This reference seems to allude to the function of white stones as ‘tickets’ – in this case, referring to entrance into eternal life.
It is the prayer and purpose of Mengwyden Ministries to be part of a movement of the Spirit of God which ushers Revival into Cornwall again, and perhaps from thence to the rest of the UK.
May it be Your will, o Lord.