Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Desmond Rogers, our Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean, shares some thoughts leading to a focus for prayer in the week ahead.
Building bridges, not barriers.
He has committed to us the message or reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19)
Bridges are significant in my homeland, Guyana, a name that means ‘land of many waters’. There are a multitude of rivers, creeks, waterfalls and other waterways. Bridges allow for communication and connectedness. Barriers, on the other hand, are often seen as separators, keeping us away from community, communication and connectedness. As preachers of the Scriptures we endeavour to connect the Word and the world. In a world of racism and so many other isms of division it is imperative that we build bridges. One of the practical ways of building bridges is by casting the 'other' as the heroes of our story. Jesus built such bridges when he told stories such as the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) and the grateful Samaritan beggar (Luke 17:11-19). May the Lord help each of us to be bridges of help, healing, hope and reconciliation.
Pray for the Caribbean… Please join me in giving God thanks for the countries in the Caribbean that have been rising to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to carry on the ministry of Langham. Please pray for countries such as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago which are currently planning to host online events in the coming months. Pray for improvement of connectivity and other technical issues that make communication difficult for so many.
Prayer needs elsewhere… The Big Country: Local facilitators teach the first half of a Level One seminar on their own for the first time this week! Pray for each of them as they take this big step. Pray also for safety and security for them and those participating as they learn and worship and celebrate together.
Uganda: Barbara Tumwine and Paul Majoli (coordinators) facilitate seminar Levels Two and Three this week in Arua-West Nile. They ask us to ‘pray for journey mercies, it is a long way [1,200 km]. Praise the Lord for three preaching clubs that continued to meet even during the pandemic. Pray that all the participants will commit to participating in preaching clubs’.
Ghana: Finally, an in-person seminar for Accra! Facilitators include: Jude Hama, Emmanuel Mawuli Ahlijah, Emmanuel Borlabi Bortey, Gabriel Annan, Robert Aboagye Mensah, John Abedu Quashie, Christian Adu Boakye, Samuel Boateng and Victor Obeng (coordinator). Please pray that the 110 participants are willing and eager to learn and that the seminar proves to be enriching, engaging and encouraging for them.
Spain: A second cycle of three seminar levels begins in the Canary Islands the beginning of May. While hoping to begin the cycle in-person, it could not be so, therefore Level One, facilitated by Timothy Glassgock and members of the Canarias regional committee, will commence on Zoom and be spread over two weekends. At the same time, Nathan Thiry will facilitate a workshop on preaching Revelation for participants who have previously completed all three levels. David Belch (coordinator) asks that we pray for the 25-50 participants expected, the facilitators and for glitch-free technology.
Switzerland: Fribourg hosts the Level Two seminar for 14 participants this week. David Valdez (coordinator) says they are ‘very grateful to see a team of young preachers who have a passion for Jesus and the preaching of the Gospel!!’
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team