Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Frank Shayi, our Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa, shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.
Covid-19 has claimed lives in many parts of the world. Southern Africa has also been affected — and Langham Preaching has been incapacitated. Conspiracy theories multiply, causing many to re-think. Talk of the different vaccines being experimental and not guaranteed to protect people is unhelpful. Some countries are prioritising the elderly, while other countries fear the vaccine may harm them and so do not vaccinate them.
In all this sadness and confusion, the Scriptures that keep ringing in my head are Romans 8:28, where Paul offers the assurance that God ‘will cause all things to work together for the good of those who love Him’ ; and Matthew 28:20, where Jesus promises his disciples that when they make disciples, ‘surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’. We in the Langham Preaching family can rest assured that as we give ourselves ‘to equipping a new generation of Bible preachers’, He will never leave us, nor forsake us.
Please pray for the work across Africa…
The combination of challenges which Africa faces — economic failure, war, a lack of stable internet, the pandemic etc — is enormous. In spite of these inconveniences, Zambia has been running an in-person Level One seminar since February, with Chipita Sibale as the facilitator; under the guidance of Givemore Nyakambiri, Malawi has organised in-person Level One seminars, with locally-trained facilitators assisting; in Lesotho, Corporal Liau, a chaplain in the army, has started a preaching club in the barracks with other chaplains; later this week, in Tanzania, 20 participants gather with Heavenlight Luoga for a seminar; while in DR Congo, 30 participants are expected for a Level 3 seminar in Aru, with Maditikwo Georgine and Nzua Orionzi as the facilitators; and in South Africa, Russel Abraham and Frank Shayi continue with their Level Two seminar, meeting each Thursday by zoom, with Anglican priests in Pretoria.
Join with us in thanksgiving…
Colombia: Give thanks to God for the intensive Level One that took place in Valledupar earlier in May. It was facilitated by Mercedes Quintero and David Parra, with 80 participants, and it looks like it will be an essential step in the expansion of this ministry in this region.
Albania: Give thanks to God for the Level One seminar earlier this month. After the news of Slavko Hadzic testing positive with Covid, Arben Bushgjokaj was able to facilitate the training at very short notice. We thank God for Arbenand that Slavko — together with his wife, Sanja, and daughter, Jovana — are recovering.
Chile: Give thanks to God for the virtual graduation, this past Saturday, of seven participants in the training from the north. We thank God for them and for their perseverance.
Other seminars and events are planned for this week…
Central America: The monthly meeting of the preaching movement coordinators takes place on Monday. Please pray that this time of prayer, fellowship and planning becomes an opportunity for encouragement, renewing the vision and getting some practical tools for them to enrich their role.
Panama: A remote Level Two concludes on Saturday with participants who are pastors and church leaders from across the denominations. Please pray for Idalcy Aguilar, José Barlett, Marina Medina, Jocabed Solano and Dionisio Orjuela as they organise the time and deliver the training. Pray that people will commit to the study process and that God will impact their lives as they learn to preach from the Epistles.
Uruguay: Planning has begun for the next Level One seminar, timed to commence in September. This is one of the countries in the continent that has been more resistant to the gospel and so please keep this fresh initiative in your prayers.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team