Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayerful support of the work of Langham Preaching around the world. There is so much for which to be thankful as God does his work among us and through us. Here is one example from Femi Adeleye, our Director for Africa, based in Peduase, near Accra, in Ghana.

Peace in Turbulence: Several of our Langham Preaching team members were recently on a turbulent flight from Accra to Addis Ababa. Unlike other moments of turbulence—which are usually exceptions, or occasional—the smooth part of our flight was the exception. The experience reminded us of when the disciples of Jesus were caught in a turbulent storm on the sea. The disciples were so afraid that they cried out to Jesus, who was sound asleep during the storm, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38). What was not obvious to the disciples, which is clearer to us now, is that both the presence and authority of Jesus is greater than the force and turbulence of the storm. Indeed, Jesus soon took control of the situation by rebuking the wind, saying, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4: 39). The same Jesus who calmed the storm for the disciples on the water, calmed the storm of our turbulence in the air, and took us safely to our destination. For this we are not only thankful to Jesus, but to all our friends who pray for our travels and training programs. The presence and authority of Jesus also applies to all circumstances of life we may be in, and for this, we are grateful.

Please pray for the work in various places around the world…

Chile: On Tuesday there is to be a presentation of the Langham Preaching ministry in Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Andres Casanueva is leading the session and 12 participants are expected, from across the churches on the island. Please pray that the time leads to the development of future coordinators of escuelitas, people who are passionate about the word of God—and pray also for safety in the 5hr flight.

Rwanda: From Monday until Wednesday there is a Vision Bearers’ Consultation (VBC), the means by which Africa starts or refreshes a preaching movement, in Kigali. It will gather 15 key church leaders and 15 pastors, who will form the foundation of the preaching movement. Various members of the Africa Leadership Team (who had their meeting in Kigali last week) will be the facilitators: Femi Adeleye, Frank Shayi, Joseph Morenammele, Emeka Egbo, Barbara Tumwine, Victor Obeng, Roland Tamini and Armand Dzadu. We are asked to pray that ‘the Lord will touch the hearts of these church leaders, with them embracing this ministry.’

Chile: There are a couple of places holding a Level One seminar and a training of escuelita coordinators: (1) Pray for fruit from the training of 15 people last Saturday in Antofagasta. Give thanks for the team of facilitators: Esteban Alvarez, Alvaro Escobar, Jocelyn Vivar, and Veronica Irarrazaval; and (2) this next Saturday, a similar event takes place for 12 participants in Valparaiso—with Owen Bull, Santiago Aguilar, and Abigail Robles as the facilitators. Once again, please pray that these seminars lead to new escuelitas.

Nigeria: A combination of Level One, Two and Three seminars, together with a ‘Refresher’, take place from Wednesday until Sunday—at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN), in Bukuru. They are expecting 280 participants across the four seminars, with these facilitators guiding the training: Pandang Yamsat, Jwan B. Zhumbes, Gideon Para-Mallam, James Reynolds, Daniel Ogundayo, Godwin Tirsing, Samuel Gafera, Diwa Danladi, Felix Auta, Luka Musa, Philip Babarinde, Sunday Musa, Janet Ogbo, Pam Bot, Barnabas Dagah, James O. Daniels and Hankuri Tawus Gaya. TCNN is such a strategic seminary, with students from more than 15 denominations. Gaya (preaching movement coordinator) asks us to pray especially for the 50 participants in the ‘Refresher’ because the hope is that they will move on to become equipped as facilitators.

Bolivia: In the coming weeks there is a collaboration between Langham Preaching and the Salvation Army. It begins on Saturday with the training of 8 coordinators for future escuelitas—followed by a Level One in the first week of May, for which 30 participants are expected. Pray for Igor Améstegui and Willian Maida as they facilitate this training—and for the participants from La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Sucre, Oruro, Potosí, and Trinidad. We are asked to pray ‘for the active involvement of all participants and for them to understand the importance of prioritizing biblical preaching in their work’.

Liberia: A Level Two seminar is timed for Thursday until Saturday, at the Tubmanburg Evangelical church, in Bomi County. The team of facilitators is Samuel Moses, Michael Clement, Jallah Smith and Matthew Gonkerwon. Matthew (preaching movement coordinator) asks us to pray that participants ‘grasp a deep understanding of preaching from the Old Testament, how important it is for the growth of the church—and then to go and preach from it themselves.’

Thank-you for your faithfulness in this ministry of prayer.

The Langham Preaching Team