Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Paul Windsor, our Programme Director, shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.

Each Christmas, Matthew, the Gospel-writer, reminds us of the prophecy from Micah which announces that the Christ will be born in Bethlehem. Sometimes I wish he had traveled beyond 5.2 and reminded us of 5.4 as well:

He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach the ends of the earth.
And he will be their peace. (Micah 5.4)

This Christ, our Christ, has come. He ‘stands and shepherds’. He is not seated. He is active in his care as he draws on all the resources available to him, ‘in the strength of the Lord’. As a consequence, his people — all of them, all the way to ‘the ends of the earth’ — are able to live in security with this Christ, their Christ, as their peace. We need the reassurance of this Christ during these days.

Please pray for the Global Leadership Team…

It has been a difficult week for two of our team, living near the ends of the earth from Bethlehem. Jennifer Cuthbertson’s husband, Martin, was admitted to hospital (not Covid-related) just days before their move from Charlotte, North Carolina, back home to Vancouver, Canada. By the time this prayershot reaches you, we are believing that their Christ will have come and been their peace, guiding them securely to Canada. There is also the news that Igor Améstegui, together with various members of his family, has tested positive with Covid-19. Of particular concern is the health of Charo, his wife, who has been seriously ill and unable to access a reliable supply of oxygen. Please pray that their Christ will come, that he will ‘stand and shepherd’ and be active in his care of them as a family.

In other places…

Indonesia: The fifth session of a Level One seminar, offered remotely to 20 people in the Papua/Maluku region, continues on Wednesday. Please pray for ‘commitment and endurance’. In your prayers, remember Beatris Pangala as she coordinates the programme and Tri Santoso, Gordon Hutabarat, Hendra Prasaja, and Doni Dwi Siswanto as they collaborate with local facilitators to offer the training.

Women’s Advisory Group: With Sharon Mac Wilmshurst as the convenor, this group has commenced meeting together online. We are asked to pray for them as they consider the different cultural barriers to women receiving good Bible training and how it is that Langham Preaching can help to meet those needs.

South Africa: It is a big week with Level One, Two and Three seminars being offered simultaneously in Mokopane, Limpopo Province. 35 participants from the local Anglican diocese are expected, with Frank Shayi, Russel Abrahams, Brian Martin, Dikeledi and Walter as the facilitators. South Africa is in the midst of a third wave and with many of the participants being older in age, Russel asks us to pray that ‘the Lord's hand be upon us to keep us all safe’. Memories of Canon Shearsby, who passed away last year, are strong and close. ‘Give thanks for his life and work in promoting Langham Preaching in South Africa. May the Lord watch over his family.’

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching Team