Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Femi Adeleye, Director for Africa, shares some thoughts leading to a focus for prayer in the week ahead.
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair, (2 Corinthians 4:8).
Paul and his co-travelers knew all about pressures points. In their passion to proclaim the Good News, they often met with resistance, opposition and persecution. Like other people, they were not exempt from being ‘hard pressed on every side’ or being perplexed as to why God allows some things to happen. Yet, they persevered, fully depending on the God. Today many Christians know the idea that those in Christ should expect an easy-going life without troubles is a misconception. Like other people, we also have our share of everyday irritation, uncertainties and challenges that cause pressure points. The Covid-19 season has made us all more aware of our limitations. With current hassles of pre- and post-pandemic travel requirements, our desire for in-person training has not been fully met. Added to this are the logistical challenges of virtual training. These are overwhelming enough to tempt one to give up. Yet, confident of God’s immeasurable grace, like Paul and his colleagues, we continue to persevere.
Despite the pressure of Covid-19, our coordinators and facilitators continue to persevere. In October alone, someone described the Preaching Seminar, which made national television news in Lesotho, as an oasis in the middle of a global pandemic. That seminar was followed by a Women’s Consultation for 25 participants. In the same month, there was a local facilitators refresher course in Botswana, training sessions in Benin Republic, Ghana, and Liberia and a Vision Bearers Consultation in Cote D’Ivoire. This activity confirms that even amidst pressure, the equipping of leaders to proclaim God’s word remains a priority.
Let’s remember to give thanks…
It was wonderful to gather with many of you by Zoom during our Days of Prayer last weekend. How encouraging it is when brothers and sisters in Christ pray for one another around the world! Despite the distance of miles, cultures and languages, we are united by our love for the Lord and His work through Langham Preaching. We are so thankful for this opportunity. Let’s continue to thank the Lord for one another and remember each other in prayer.
Please pray for our people and their work around the world…
Philippines: A four-week virtual Training for Local Facilitators continues this week and next with 21 participants from the north to the south with at least seven languages represented. Phil Nicholson (Regional Coordinator), Iljo de Keijzer, Debbie Galzote, Abby Galzote, Ronnel deLima Rene, Futalan Jonah Sinday, Let Malaluan are facilitating. Iljo (coordinator) asks for prayers for their lesson preparation and the finalization of a handbook under development. As well, internet stability is a factor and so necessary for effective communication.
Costa Rica: Edner Porras Rodriguez, preaching movement coordinator, has recently been hospitalized. Please join with us as we pray for his continual improvement and return to full health. Meanwhile, in his stead, the national commitee meeting scheduled for November 11 will be led by Dionisio Orjuela (Regional Coordinator). Please pray for the committee members as they pray for and review the work of the preaching movement in their nation.
Uganda: 1) A Level One seminar for nine women, seven already active in preaching clubs, takes place one day this week and again in December. Paul & Barbara Majoli are the facilitators for this group of women first trained following the Women’s Forum two years ago. Pray that they will grow to make a significant positive impact in the different ministries where they serve. 2) Paul & Barbara Majoli, Isaac Nuwamanya and Robert Atwongyeire are continuing to facilitate virtual seminars for Level One and Level Two. Please pray for the 21 participants, the facilitators and for stable internet connections as they grow together and learn from one another.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team