Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week we feature two more countries among those most impacted by COVID-19 in the places where we live and work, Ghana and Chile:
Ghana: We are grateful for this update from Victor Obeng, the coordinator of the preaching movement known as Langham Expository Preaching, Ghana:
“Our President assured Ghanaians in a televised address, “We know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring people back to life.” Everything the government knows how to do is being done, and yet the infections continue to rise, as does the death rate, and we are expected to observe the safety protocols as prescribed. It is like the back of a tapestry in that we do not understand what is happening. There is no clear answer to the challenges imposed upon us. And yet the front of the tapestry is colorful, with God weaving something wonderful as he keeps things under his control and he knows what he is doing.
My prayer is that COVID-19 will be eradicated, that the infected victims will be healed, and that the doctors, the nurses, the scientists, the first responders and the vulnerable will be protected. Our prayer is that our preachers and church leaders will rightly and relevantly interpret Scripture for their hearers because what is more typical, with the many untrained preachers (80% of the total), is a tilt towards emotional and subjective interpretations of the Scriptures in sermons.
More than anything else, in these difficult times, we trust God to help us remember that, as Spurgeon expressed it, "from every text in Scripture, there is a road to the metropolis of the Scriptures, that is Christ.” May we learn from this Christ, our Master: “not my will but yours be done”, knowing that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him and who have been called according to his purpose.”
Chile: Based in Antofagasta, Esteban Álvarez is the coordinator for work in the south of Chile and he provides us with this update:
“Even though it appears that we are among the countries with a lower death rate and a higher rate of testing for COVID-19, we are moving quickly towards the brink of the collapse of our health system. The situation is made worse because the rate of infection continues to spread, with many Chileans not taking the government’s instruction seriously.
We ask for God's mercy for our country in the coming months, which we expect to be far more difficult than the recent months. We keep praying for the spread of the word of God in this time of suffering and for more preachers willing to share the word of God in a faithful and relevant way in the middle of this pandemic.
In these challenging times, Paul's prayer to the Ephesians takes on even more relevancy: "For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory, he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Eph 3:14-19 - ESV)
Thanks for your prayers!
The Langham Preaching Team OTS