After the meeting ended the Conference Secretary, Rev. Ieuan Jones had a chat with the above mentioned Secretary. During the conversation he endorsed what the President had previously said, adding these words "The YMCA, by their enthusiastic and attentive service at the Missionary Conferences over the years had made a spiritual contribution to the life of Wales".
Sir George Williams would have been pleased to hear that tribute. The early YMCA in Wales followed the evangelical pattern of its founder George Williams. The form has sometimes changed but the fundamental belief and purpose still remain.
The work heretofore delineated had its problems.
The greater part of building constructions required skilled workmanship. Yet members of the Welsh YMCA Building Squad came from South Wales, unemployed miners who trained conscientiously to acquire the skills and crafts of the Building Trade; their work rate inspired by the knowledge that their tasks and accomplishments would bring pleasure and happiness to young people.
Building materials rationed in the 1930s and later frequently needing to be augmented by a skilful selection of used materials. A great number of plans required had been prepared by an inexperienced draughtsman of the staff of the Welsh National Council, who received much guidance from the staff of local Authorities when plans were submitted.
But laymen, planners and workmen conceived a consciousness that they did not toil alone; The hand of the Builder of the Universe directed them. We were workers with a Faith in our projects and their purpose. We too had our guidelines: "Ask and it shall be given you. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you."
And we never faltered.