Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Dionisio Orjuela, our Regional Coordinator for Central America, shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
Next week, Christians around the world celebrate another Holy Week. Since our countries are mostly Roman Catholic, this is an important time in Latin America.
However, this Easter will be different. It lives in the transition from the most devastating pandemic in the last hundred years to the ‘new normal’, with its terrible economic and social consequences, such as the increase in food prices and basic services for the families — and now, aggravated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In the midst of this harsh reality, we believers and preachers hear a solemn command:
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim 4:2 NIV).
We do this by seizing every opportunity, openly confronting others, lovingly encouraging them to live with integrity, and showing them the right path to do so, through the faithful teaching of the Holy Scriptures. There are powerful reasons to preach the Word today. Just like in the days of Paul and Timothy, people are at risk of being deceived by modern myths, false teachings and wishful thinking. There is no better way to bless and restore this generation than by preaching the Word of God. Therefore, while there is time, before it is too late, let us continue to announce the Gospel boldly, clearly and with deep relevance.
Let us pray that during this Holy Week we see in our nations even a small sample of the desire expressed in the first stanza of the Colombian national anthem: ‘The horrible night has ended! Sublime freedom spills the dawn of its invincible light. The whole humanity moans in chains, yet understands the words of the One who died on the cross’.
Let’s remember to give thanks …
In February, our Cambodian preaching movement held a Level One seminar in Pursat Province. Somnang Sin, the preaching movement coordinator, has written to say that ’though it was a challenge due to the negative impact of COVID-19, we praise the Lord that most participants could attend. They were excited with the new skills and learning they experienced. And we were thankful for the locally raised support which helped to make this training happen’.
Please pray for the work in other places around the world…
Mexico: Last Saturday there was an online Level One ‘refresher’ seminar for 70 participants from 30 cities across the country — with Damaris Ameca, Jorge Pérez, Dionisio Orjuela and Juan Méndez (preaching movement coordinator) as faciltators. ‘We thank God for stable internet connections and for good feedback from all those involved’.
India: A Level One seminar takes place this week in Bangalore in the Kannada-speaking preaching movement, with Daniel Koti providing the training for 25 participants.
Myanmar: In Putao, in the far north of the country, Level Two & Three seminars are planned for this week. Keep Sein Kyi and his team in your prayers, as well as the 47 participants from among the Rawang and Lisu minorities.
Lesotho: This Saturday there is a workshop planned for women, with Nts'iuoa Rathabaneng as the facilitator.
Bolivia: On Saturdays through March and April there has been a Level One seminar focused on preaching from the book of Philemon, with (almost) 90 participants coming from 14 escuelitas (preaching clubs). The event is offered as a partnership between Langham Preaching and the Missionary Training Center. As facilitator and coordinator, Igor Améstegui asks us to pray that participants will have a good learning experience and finish the course well.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team