Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Femi Adeleye, our Director in Africa, shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain… Surely, he took up our pain, and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. He was a man of sorrow (Is 53:3-4).
Last week Good Friday reminded us not only of the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, but of the pains of our world. Friday was not so ‘good’ for many people. There is suffering, displacement, hunger and despair in our world. It was not a Good Friday for brokenhearted people left without daily bread, whose hunger may have been caused by the greed of others. Nor was it a Good Friday for those who mourn the loss of dear ones, or are displaced by conflicts and wars about which they know little, or nothing. The idea of Good Friday may also seem strange for various victims of injustice, abuse and marginalization.
And yet, paradoxically, Good Friday is about all of these realities. It is about pain and hurt, grief and loss. It reminds us that God himself participates in the pain of our world. It points us to Jesus Christ, in whom the fullness of God dwells bodily, who suffered significantly, being brutalized, pierced and hung on a cruel cross. Good Friday is also about the reality of sin that underlines the pains of the world. It is for all these that Jesus died on the cross. Yet, Good Friday is not the end of the story! Beyond that Friday, came Easter Sunday in which we celebrate our Risen Lord’s victory over sin and death. Let’s thank God for Good Friday in which God in Christ identified with us … and let’s thank God for Easter Sunday by which we proclaim, Christ is Risen Indeed!
In this Easter season, let us pray for all the broken-hearted — including those displaced and bereaved by the war in Ukraine, those suffering in various other ways in other parts of the world, as well as those being persecuted for the sake of the gospel.
Let’s remember to give thanks …
Uganda: We thank God for the leaders of 20 preaching clubs (now being referred to as ushirika in Africa, alongside escuelita in Latin America) who were trained by Mercy Ireri, Paul & Barbara Majoli, and Samuel Opolot — with receiving an Africa Bible Commentary being a special highlight.
Myanmar: Under extraordinarily difficult conditions, on the very same days, in distant Putao (1500km north of Yangon, the capital city), Sein Kyi and his team were able to lead Level Two & Three seminars for 40 people from the surrounding Kachin State.
Please pray for the work in places around the world…
Africa Leadership Team: The first in-person gathering since COVID-19 started is planned to begin on Sunday in Cape Town. At the time of writing the provision of visas for all 20 participants is a matter of great concern. Please persevere in prayer for this specific matter. Pray also (a) for Femi Adeleye as he convenes the week; (b) for good health and safe travels; (c) for God’s guidance as they prepare and plan for the growth of preaching movements across Africa.
Philippines: A Level One seminar, with 15 participants coming from eight churches across three provinces, commences on Monday — with Richard Kawi and Willy Galzote as the facilitators.
Sierra Leone: A Level Two seminar commences on Thursday in Freetown, with 50 participants expected from the Waterloo area — and with Francis Kamanda, Raymond Warburton and David N’dabai as the facilitators. Pray for full cooperation by participants and churches, as well as wisdom for the facilitators.
Pakistan: It is a big week, with level One, Two & Three seminars being held in Karachi for 45 participants and with Asif John, Benjamin Pascal, Farhan James, Lubna Younas, Noman Shahbaz and Regina John as the facilitators. Please pray that the training will run smoothly, given the unstable political situation in Pakistan at the moment.
Bolivia: Saturday sees the conclusion of the virtual Level One, running weekly for 14 escuelitas — mostly from Bolivia, but also from the Dominican Republic and Brazil. The enthusiasm of the 60 participants has been encouraging. Igor Améstegui asks us to pray that ‘they will continue to enjoy the in-depth study of His Word and that this becomes visible in the quality of their preaching.’
Slovenia: On Sunday a Level Three seminar for 20 participants begins in Ženavlje, with Slavko Hadžić and Ewald Ring as the facilitators. Please pray for safety in travel, effective training and the start of new preaching clubs.
Indonesia: A virtual Level One seminar, operating weekly on Wednesdays for people in distant Papua and Maluku, continues this week. Alongside the 20 participants, 12 young adults who have been invited. The facilitators are Gordon Hutabarat, Popy Tuarissa, Tandi Randa, Grace, Novi, Hendra Prasaja, Agnes Telly, Tri Santoso and Hamdani Tejda.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team