Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Praveen Bunyan — our Regional Coordinator for India, together with his wife, Veena — shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.
For everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven … A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance (Ecc 3.1, 4).
The poetry in this chapter, describing the different seasons, helps us face the reality of life. The repetition of the words, “A time … a time … a time”, shows us that no challenge is permanent — and neither are the good times in life on earth. Whatever may be our skill and initiative, our masters appear to be these seasons that come and go. Notice how each time something good responds to something bad. Even this continuing pandemic, with all its sadness and uncertainties and variants, is only for a season. The Preacher goes on to assure us:
God has made everything beautiful in its time, and has put eternity in their hearts … I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives … I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever (Ecc 3.11, 12, 14).
Our hope is in Jesus who faced and conquered every difficulty and who offers us the strength to stand firm through this season.
Please pray for India…
Along with Covid-19, dengue fever and the typhoid are increasing across many regions of the nation. Please pray for the safety of pastors ministering to the sick and also to the families of those who have died from these diseases.
Give thanks for the Level One seminar happening in Nagaland, with Kedo Peseyie and Alongla Aier as facilitators — and for similar seminars being planned in the Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and Kannada preaching movements.
Join with us in thanksgiving…
The faithful giving of people from across the world enables the Langham Preaching team to continue their work. Last weekend our friends in the USA held a Vision Weekend, sharing the work of Langham’s three programmes — Literature, Scholars and Preaching — with current and new supporters. Alex Chiang, our Regional Coordinator for the Andean region, was able to be present. We are thankful for this opportunity to share and for all those committed to supporting us in it.
Please pray for the work in other places around the world…
Fiji: A ‘Training of Local Facilitators’ has been taking place on Fridays, with about 15 people and with Tukana Nakesu (the preaching movement coordinator, in Fiji) and Andy Shudall (in New Zealand) as facilitators. Also joining the training are representatives of preaching movements from elsewhere in the region: Jonathan Inapelo and Willie Toito (Papua New Guinea); Rick Manton and Steve Etherington (the Indigenous Australian work); and Eroni Cakacakas, a Fijian pastor working amongst Indigenous Australians in the Northern Territory. Pray that this training will build momentum into these preaching movements — in a part of the world where travel and communication is especially difficult during the pandemic.
Croatia: On Wednesday and Thursday, there is a return to in-person training. About 10 students from the Evangelical Theological Seminary, in Osijek, will gather with Slavko Hadžić (facilitator) for a seminar. Slavko asks us to pray for ‘safe travels, open borders, and wisdom to know how to combine the ‘in-person’ training with the later on-line, virtual, part of the seminar.’
Lesotho: Monday is a big day as 70 participants gather in the capital city, Maseru, to complete Level One, Two and Three seminars. They come from across Anglican, Pentecostal, Catholic and Reformed churches, with both clergy and laity expected. A highlight will be the graduation of 13 Level Three participants. Joseph Morenammele (preaching movement coordinator) asks us to pray for the facilitators who are working hard to make the event a success — and for the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Maseru, who will address the topic of ‘The Importance of God’s Word in the Life of a Pastor.’
Nigeria: Monday sees the start of Level One and Two seminars in Port Harcourt, with Philip Babarinde, Godswill Chinemerem, Aremu Adeyemi and Ishaya Baba as the facilitators. 165 participants are expected. Please pray for safety in travel, as security remains such a concern. Ishaya asks us to pray ‘that the Lord will open the eyes of participants, helping them see that this training is a divine arrangement to help them become better preachers.’
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team