Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Alex Chiang, our Regional Coordinator for the Andean region in Latin America, shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.

José Regalado is one of the followers of Jesus most committed to promoting justice that I have ever met. During the time of political violence in Peru, he was the lawyer for Christian prisoners wrongly accused of being terrorists. Recently, while I was praying to God, I complained bitterly about José’s death, caused by COVID-19. “Lord, I can understand his death, but I can’t take it that he was left alone and abandoned in a collapsed hospital in Lima.” Amid my tears and lament, I felt God speak to me: “Who told you that he was alone? Just because you were not there does not mean that no one was by his side. While he was dying, I was with him, just as I was with my beloved Son when he was dying on the cross.” Although my complaint has not entirely disappeared, little by little, gratitude and comfort are making their way into my heart.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith (1 Thess 3:7).

I hope this testimony inspires us to continue praying.

Please pray for the work elsewhere in Latin America this week…

Guatemala: Beginning on Saturday and continuing each week through the month, there will be virtual Level Three seminar sessions interspersed with preaching club meetings. The facilitators are Nelson & Xenia Morales, Edilzar Aguilar, Luis Fernando Solares and Dionisio Orjuela and they ask that we pray for good internet connections and good health for the participants and facilitators. Pray that the training and the biblical expositions minister to each heart, as Guatemala faces its third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tuesday (April 27) is the 100th anniversary of the birth of our founder, John Stott.

2021 has been set aside to express our gratitude to God for the influence of his life in our lives and across the world. Guiding our gratitude is a website — johnstott.org. It is a treasure of resources, continually being updated, which highlight Uncle John’s life, legacy and impact. You can find examples of his preaching (audio and video), blogs written by those who knew him and a list of events (some of them happening this week). Also, our own Mark Meynell talks with people through the year in a series of Stott Legacy Podcasts. The fourth episode was posted last week at https://uk.langham.org/the-stott-legacy-podcast/.

Feast yourselves on all these good things and, as you do so, (a) give thanks to God for choosing and using this man in such a remarkable way; and (b) covenant with God to continue his legacy in your own vocation and calling right where you are — for the sake of Jesus.

Please pray for the work in other places…

Tanzania: A Level One seminar for 15 participants is being facilitated by Heavenlight Luoga in Bukoba this week. Please pray for an effective time of learning together while creating new friendships.

Austria: A virtual Level Two seminar, facilitated by Christian Bensel, Florian Gostner, Stephan Pohn, Ewald Ring and Kai Soltau, and with Andrew Page doing the Bible expositions, takes place this week. They hope for 50-100 participants from across Austria. Pray that the new online format would not be a distraction or a disadvantage but rather make it possible for even more people to attend and benefit from the program.

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching team