Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Michael McGowan, our Consultant for the Francophone World, shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1).
Prayer is a great mystery, isn’t it? James died by the sword (Acts 12:2) and yet Peter was delivered (Acts 12:10). Surely, it would be true that the church had been praying for both of them? In recent weeks, within the Langham family, there are so many who have taken ill with COVID-19 — and some have died, despite our prayers. Others have recovered — miraculously. What are we to make of this? In my search for answers, I have been taken back to Romans 8. I encourage you to read the whole chapter which provides the context for these three verses:
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us (8.18) … And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (8.28) … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (8.35).
As we pray this week, not only for the ministry of Langham Preaching, but also for the sick and suffering, let us remember that whatever the outcomes, our Father God knows what He is doing. Let us pray that God will comfort those who have lost loved ones during this time. And let us ‘always pray and not give up’. For we know that God hears us and answers us, even when the answers are not always those for which we hope.
Please pray for the Francophone World…
France: The quality of preaching in Francophone Europe is far from good. Very few preachers have been trained and the understanding of biblical preaching is poor. The prosperity-gospel is progressing. However, a preaching movement is now established in the north-west of the country. Please pray for fresh opportunities to begin training in other parts of the country.
Democratic Republic of Congo: This was the first French-speaking country to request the Langham training. The preaching movement is now established in the capital, Kinshasa, but especially in the war-torn eastern part of the country. As you can imagine, our coordinators and facilitators face many challenges. Please pray for their protection, for the provision of their needs and for God to preserve and prosper the preaching movement, despite the difficulties. Pray for the coordinator, Reverend Nzua, living in Aru; for Reverend Stéphane Makata in Kalémie; and for our regional coordinator, Bishop Isesomo, in Butembo.
Other seminars and events are planned for this week…
Indonesia: The weekly training, remotely on zoom, continues on Wednesday with 20 participants from the Papua Maluku area. Beatris Pangala is coordinating the programme and national facilitators — Tri Santoso, Gordon Hutabarat, Hendra Prasaja, and Doni Dwi Siswanto — are working in collaboration with local facilitators — Poppy Tuarissa, Jessy Leimena, Telly Kipow and Engelbert Maspaitella — to deliver the training. Please pray that this new initiative will open the way for more remote training across this vast country.
Latin America: Various remote training seminars continue this week.
(a) A Level 3 seminar on Saturday, focusing on preaching from the Old Testament prophets, with 30 participants in Guatemala — and with Jorge Atiencia, Igor Améstegui, Alex Chiang as the preachers and Nelson and Xenia Morales, Edilzar Aguilar, Luis Fernando Solares and Dionisio Orjuela as facilitators.
(b) Also, on Saturday, in Honduras, a Level 1 seminar in Tegucigalpa and a Level 2 seminar in Siguatepeque both conclude. Pray for Betuel Ayes and Dionisio Orjuela as they provide the training.
(c) Again, on Saturday, a Level 1 seminar with 160 participants, 7 facilitators and 20 collaborators is happening in Argentina. Pray for diligence in study and for the Spirit to rest on each of the facilitators, Paola Gómez, Romina Salvador, Romina Soria, Olga Brandan, Alejandro Vañek, Nelly Pérez and Andrés Peláez.
As always, during these days, pray for good internet connections, for good assimilation of the learning, and for health and safety for all participants as the pandemic’s third wave builds across the continent.
Uganda : On Monday & Tuesday a group of 15 people is gathering in Kitgum with the goal of seeing a fresh training initiative commence. Pray for Paul & Barbara Majoli as they facilitate the time — and they ask us to pray that ‘church leaders will embrace the vision of Langham Preaching and the purpose of preaching clubs’.
Global: Late last week, the new International Director for Langham Partnership, Tayo Arikawe, together with his wife, Calista, and their son, Mekus, were welcomed into the Langham family as Tayo starts in this role. Keep each one of them in your prayers as the Lord establishes them in new settings.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team