Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Esteban Améstegui, our Media and Administrative Assistant on the Global Leadership Team, shares some thoughts that lead us into prayer for the week ahead.
During the last two years, many of us have suffered profoundly because of the pandemic. A recurrent question that comes from challenges like this is: ‘What is the point of it all?’ I found an answer in the book of James:
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:2-5).
We need a divine perspective in order to see trials and suffering as a cause for joy. It is even counterintuitive. That is why James says we need to ask God for it. May the Holy Spirit help us see how these challenges work to form a Christ-like character in us.
The pandemic has made inequalities more visible — be it educational level, access to the internet and vaccines, economic stability etc. Things are getting better, and we hear more talk about in-person meetings from our escuelitas. However, the internet has come to stay and so we are looking for ways to include ‘virtual’ options within a hybrid model. May God give us the wisdom to keep all of those inequalities in mind whenever we design workshops, seminars and preaching clubs. We must not leave anyone left behind.
Our annual focus on prayer takes place next weekend…
Each continent is organising 60 minutes of prayer and each has contributed to bringing together the prayer requests that will be used. During these prayer times, our John Stott Centenary Project, focused on a resource for preaching clubs, will be launched. You are welcome to join with us. Links will be sent out later this week.
Europe & Caribbean Friday (29th): 0630-0730 (Jamaica); 1130-1230 (GMT).
Asia & South Pacific Saturday (30th): 1700-1800 (Indonesia); 1000-1100 (GMT).
Latin America Saturday (30th): 1700-1800 (Bolivia); 2100-2200 (GMT).
Africa Sunday (31st): 1400-1500 (Ghana); 1400-1500 (GMT).
Let’s remember to give thanks …
With the restrictions around the world on people gathering and with some of our seminars needing to use an online format of training, it would be easy to think that the work of Langham Preaching could not develop into new areas. But this has not been the case. In recent months we have been thankful to see new growth in the Hispanic Diaspora and in North West Asia — with six new preaching movements in total.
Let’s pray for training seminars in various places …
Andean Region; Hispanic Diaspora: Saturday is the start of a five week training programme for preaching club coordinators from Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia — as well as others in the diaspora in the USA, Canada, UK and South Africa. The facilitators are members of the preaching movement committee in Ecuador — Eduardo Vega, Fernanda Badillo, Josué Olmedo, Félix Valencia — together with the help of Jorge Atiencia and Alex Chiang. May God draw them towards ‘teachable leaders for whom preaching is the passion of their ministry.’
Botswana****: On Monday, in Gaborone, there is a ‘refresher’ for 10 local facilitators, with Frank Shayi as the facilitator. Then, from Tuesday-Friday, 44 participants gather for Level One, Two and Three seminars — with Gaolekwe Ndwapi (preaching movement coordinator) joining Frank as a facilitator. Gaolekwe asks us to pray for ‘good attendance and fine weather to enable a smooth flow through the training’.
Chile and Uruguay: Thanks for your prayers for the Level One training over recent weeks. Up until the 13th November, the 170 participants will complete various individual and group activities. The commitment is encouraging and we ask God to help the escuelitas promote effective learning on how to preach the Epistles.
The Big Country: Training and preaching clubs continue to happen in different places. Our coordinator plans to travel this week to take a Level One seminar in another location. But things remain tense — ‘We just had a local Langham Preaching colleague arrested for 15 days and so we are cautious about doing anything locally.’ Please pray that plans to gather leaders together for a retreat later in the year will be able to take place.
Paraguay: Five escuelitas from Ciudad del Este will finish all of their meetings in December. Pray that the level of their biblical exposition will improve for the glory of God and the growth of his Kingdom and Church.
Argentina: We thank the Lord for the preaching clubs meeting each month. We ask God to give the participants perseverance and wisdom to grow as preachers. We pray to the Lord to help the facilitators organize their times for training, facilitate other groups, and support each other in prayer.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team