Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Preaching around the world. This week, Barbara Tumwine Majoli (Uganda), who is on the Langham Connect team and is the new regional coordinator for East Africa, offers these words as a way of leading us into prayer this week.

Shall the world sing Psalm 126 in 2022?

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the Negev. Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:1-6

When our country opened all business sectors following the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in January 2022 there was hope. The joy of being in fellowship meetings and training seminars with each other was felt and continues to be felt. However, the hope that things will get back to ‘normal’ again is being challenged by active war in Ukraine. Even when this may for now seem of little consequence from where I am writing, its negative effects will soon be felt. In Africa there are many wars, some have lasted decades! Those directly affected find it difficult to read a psalm such as Psalm 126. May God our creator and sustainer remember mercy as we turn to him to restore our fortunes. May all of us serving him through Langham Preaching help to shine his light in the darkness around us. May the LORD cause the words of this psalm to be true in our lives this season.

Let us give thanks…

With the tense political situation in Myanmar, the Preaching Movement there has been unable to run in-person seminars as planned. When COVID-19 hit the country, Langham Preaching provided support to enable remote training, and this soon got underway. Since then, difficulties with the electricity supply have hampered this approach, as well. Despite these discouragements, Sein Kyi, the movement coordinator, sent a photo of the leadership team gathered to discuss their future plans concerning the preaching work. We are truly thankful for committed teams like Sein Kyi’s who are looking at ways of training and serving despite the huge challenges around them.

Please pray for the people and work in other places around the world…

Australia: Nine Aboriginal preachers from eastern Australia are gathering at Wyee this week for a Level Two seminar plus a refresher time facilitated by Steve Etherington, Cliff Letcher, and Stephen Williams (coordinator). Stephen says, ‘We are looking forward to meeting again for the first time since the onset of COVID-19. Please pray for everyone’s health, for safety in travel, for richness in fellowship and that the training will bring blessing to many in the Aboriginal community of this country.’

Indonesia: Thirty-two people from Papua, Maluku and Dateng will participate in a virtual Level One seminar beginning this week and continuing until April 27th. Hamdani Tedia (coordinator), Gordon Hutabarat, Popy Tuarissa, Tandi Randa, Grace Novi, Hendra Prasaja, Agnes Telly and Tri Santoso are facilitating for this second group of church leaders and young adults from this region. Please pray for the local growth and impact of Langham Preaching even in this pandemic situation as God’s Word is preached faithfully, with clarity and relevance.

India: Up to 100 women in India, who have completed Levels One and Two ,come together remotely for a time of prayer and fellowship later this week. Veena Bunyan (coordinator) offers these requests: Pray that this time of prayer and fellowship strengthens and encourages our women preachers in their work and as they reach out to other women and invite them to join with them in Langham Preaching. Pray also for uninterrupted internet connections.

Colombia: Preaching the Parables of Jesus is the focus of a Level Two seminar two evenings this week and again next week. This virtual seminar is facilitated by Yiovanny Caballero, Martha Rincón, Mercedes Quintero, Dionisio Orjuela (coordinator) who expect 150 participants from the Medellin area. Please pray for ample connectivity, good health both for the facilitators and participants, and a favourable learning environment.

Brazil: An in-person Preaching Club Coordinators training workshop happens this week in Pernambuco. This learning experience for 20 participants, facilitated by Alex Chiang (coordinator) and Jose Carlos Viera, represents the launch of a new preaching movement. Please pray for this big step forward and the commitment made in reaching such a significant country on the South American continent.

South America and beyond: Esteban Amestegui writes: ‘On March 26th, all the preaching movement coordinators (PMCs) from Latin America and the Hispanic Diaspora will gather through zoom for a special time organized by the Continental Leadership Team. The focus of the encounter will be on the importance of cultivating the spiritual life of preachers through our preaching movements. Please pray for a time of gratitude and celebration of the vital work the PMCs do on our continent. May God reinvigorate the twelve participants through the prayer time.’

Uganda: For two days this week, a re-envisioning and refresher time for Levels Two and Three will happen in Mbarara with 25 participants led by Paul Majoli, Barbara Tumwine Majoli (coordinator), Obed Mpwerirwe and David Isoke. Pray that Langham Preaching will be established in this place through consistent participation in preaching clubs. Pray also for journey mercies.

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching team