Dear Friends Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. Please keep praying, even though all our seminar activity has stopped due to the Covid-19 crisis. In coming weeks, we plan both to direct your attention to specific countries and to receive messages of encouragement from our leaders.
Dionisio Orjuela (Regional Coordinator, Central America) provides this update on Colombia:
The Mayor of one of the most populous and poorest cities in Colombia expressed that ‘My greatest concern is not that people die of Covid-19, but that they starve.’ The economic impact of the national quarantine decreed by the government is great, particularly for the informal workers who live from day to day, from street sales. Unemployment in Colombia is high and although national and local governments are taking measures, these seem to be insufficient.
This situation has taken us all by surprise. We are all looking for answers. Join with me in praying that each escuelita coordinator, each facilitator, each pastor and leader related to this preaching movement will be shepherded by the Lord and His Word at this time, and then find the most suitable strategies to shepherd the people and churches whom they serve as pastors/leaders.
In my own search for answers, God has led me to the Psalms. Yesterday and today I have been meditating on Psalm 11. Look at David's question and answer: ‘If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ (v3) Then he found the answer: ‘In the LORD do I put my trust’ (v1). Faced with this current global upheaval, we are asking ‘What can we do as a church?’ and ‘What are we to do as preachers?’ Our response must be ‘In the LORD put I my trust!’
Wilfredo Weigandt (Regional Coordinator, Southern Cone) provides this update on Argentina:
There are serious fears around the social consequences for Argentina, a country with such a high level of external debt, facing an extended time in which productive activity stops.
Within the preaching movement we are expecting each participant in our workshops to continue with their personal study and preparation and that each group meets monthly in a virtual manner, using Skype, Zoom or Hangouts Chat. Join us in praying that the process of forming our preachers continues as they keep alive ‘the flame of passion and excellence for preaching’ during such difficult times.
‘At a time when the fragility of both human beings and creation is so evident, pray that my nation of Argentina will seek God in humility, worship and love.’
Thanks for your prayers!
The Langham Preaching Team