Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Jill McGilvray, the chairperson of the Langham Partnership International Council (LPIC), shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.

When I was a little girl in Sunday School, one of my favourite songs went like this:

All over the world, God’s Spirit is moving;
All over the world, as the prophet said it would be.
All over the world, there’s a mighty revelation
Of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

I was fascinated by the idea that ‘all over the world’’ God was moving and that people were understanding his glory. For a little girl whose parents drove her to Sunday School, but didn’t come to church themselves, it was wonderful to think that I wasn’t alone in wanting to know and love and serve God. Later, I discovered that the words of the song came from Habakkuk 2:14.

Now, through the work of Langham Partnership I have a vastly clearer picture of what these words mean. I was privileged to be in Cyprus in 2019 for the Women’s Forum and now I have friends, from all corners of the world, who long to know and reflect the glory of the Lord in their lives.

My own role, as the chairperson of both the LPIC and Langham Australia, is one of governance and, in Australia, supporting the fundraising that helps this work to flourish. Right now, we have our best hope of obtaining a tax benefit for our donors. Please pray that we will be successful. Later this week the LPIC meets, by Zoom. There will be people from 17 countries on the screen and we will need to be efficient, clear — and listen well to each other. Please keep us in your prayers.

Let’s remember to give thanks

Google tells us that there are approximately 6,500 languages in today's world. The skill of speaking languages, other than a heart language, has been given by God to many people. Many of them serve Him in translation work. As we create Langham Preaching Resources (LPR) in heart languages and translate them, we are so thankful for those people, in our teams around the world, who use their skills to make God’s Word and our resources more accessible.

Let’s pray for training seminars in various places

Cote d’Ivoire: Monday sees the start of a Vision Bearers’ Consultation (VBC, the way Africa now commences, or re-starts, a preaching movement), as well as a Training of Local Facilitators (TLF) seminar. 40 participants from five cities across the country gather in Abidjan for the VBC — with 21 participants joining for the TLF. Chukwuemeka Egbo, Roland Tamini, Femi Adeleye and Aristide Takore (preaching movement coordinator) are involved in the presentation of the programme and the training. Let’s join with Aristide in ‘giving thanks for the dynamism of the local committee and for the previous participants in the preaching movement who have remained in contact.’ Please pray that the programme will be accepted in the churches.

Cambodia: The team gathers from Tuesday for a review of the training of local facilitators work, as well as to set strategies for the future. Please pray for Somnang Sin and the team — and for their desire to be more active in the development of local resources.

Trinidad & Tobago: On Friday and Saturday, 50 people are gathering on Zoom for Level One and Level Three seminars. Please pray for the team of facilitators: Joseph Caterson, David Pearson, Kelvin Mapp, Francis Warner, Lindsay Gibbings and Angela Shirley. Angela writes that enrolment in the Level One is lower than expected and asks us to pray for ‘good internet connectivity, smooth delivery of program, and a speedy delivery of books presently held by FedEx.’

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching Team