Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week, Esteban Améstegui, member of Langham Connect, shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread. (Proverbs 30:7-8)
This prayer of Agur remains relevant today. In our world full of fake news and dangerous ideologies, his first request can save us from many personal crises and prevent us from damaging our family members and friends. Agur’s second request echoes the Lord’s Prayer: ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ He doesn’t ask for bread for the next ten years or a million coins so he never has to worry about buying bread. Abundance can make us believe we are self-sufficient so that we stop seeking God. Rather, he asks for just enough so he must always depend on God. Someone stands behind both requests. If we are going to ask for something, let it be God's presence — that Someone. He is the Truth, and He will take care of us.
In Latin America, poverty and hunger remain among our more significant needs despite our economic growth. Wealth has increased but inequality remains the same. Political ideologies from both sides benefit from the need and take advantage of people. Unfortunately, this is not exclusive to the political realm. Many churches abuse their people by guaranteeing riches and problem-free lives, preaching a gospel without Jesus and his transforming message. We hope our efforts at teaching and promoting biblical preaching will change this situation. We long to see people nurtured by the Word of God and his presence. We want to see transformed church communities presenting Jesus as the only Truth and the answer to our deepest needs.
Let’s give thanks for these long-awaited in-person gatherings …
Latin America: The Latin American Leadership team, comprised of Igor Améstegui (Director), Jorge Atiencia (Mentor), Dionisio Orjuela (Central America), Alex Chiang (Andean Region), and Wilfredo Weigandt (Southern Cone), meets this week in Armenia, Colombia. Igor (facilitator)writes: ‘Please, pray for a great time of pastoral companionship between all the team members. May God let us have a good evaluation of the ministry during the Covid era and some thoughtful planning to grow as a Continental Preaching Movement.’
South Pacific: Give thanks to God that a small group is able to gather in Melbourne on Thursday and Friday to discuss the preaching movements across this region. Dwi Handayani and Benji Stephen (Asia & South Pacific Leadership Team) will meet with Stephen Williams (regional coordinator), Tukana Nakesu (preaching movement coordinator, Fiji) and Tim Johnson (a facilitator in Papua New Guinea). The challenges around travel and communication have been made worse by the pandemic. Pray for wisdom as they make plans to see the momentum build once again, under God's hand.
Please pray for the work in other places around the world…
Indonesia: (1) The first of six virtual sessions of a New Testament seminar for the Timor area begins this week. Hendra Prasaia (facilitator) reports that eight people from two preaching clubs will participate. (2) Tri Santoso (facilitator) begins the first of six virtual sessions for the Papua Maluku preaching club next week. Hamdani Tedja (coordinator) asks for prayer that each participant comes with a learner’s heart and that they all grow together as preachers of God’s Word as they learn and are discipled in small groups.
Phillippines: A virtual Level One seminar begins Friday this week with Raul Fatalan, Let Maluluan, Abby Galzote, Iljo de Keijzer, Ronnel Delima, Jonah, Rico and Faci facilitating. Please pray for those participating and facilitating this seminar as they begin the journey of discipleship and training together.
Nigeria: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is the scene of another full week of training in Nigeria. Godswill Chinemerem, Akin Afuwape, Jwan Zhumbes, Ishaya Baba (coordinator), Aremu Adeyemi, Chukuemeka Egbo, and Solomon Makun are the facilitators for Level One (40 participants), Level Two (45 Participants) and Level Three (35 participants) seminars for pastors and lay preachers. Pray that this strategic training will be attended with eagerness and taught in an encouraging, enriching, and engaging manner so that lives are transformed. Pray also for protection and provision for facilitators and participants alike.
Burundi: An in-person seminar takes place in Mubira parish this week with 19 participants facilitated by Bernard Nduwayo. Bernard Rwamigabo (coordinator) encourages us to pray for the Ushirika leaders (the newly adopted African name for preaching clubs) and their need for smart phones or computers to enable more accessible connections with their people.
Zambia: Kabwata Baptist Church hosts an in-person Level One seminar this week. Siseho Minyoi (coordinator), Conrad Mbewe, Yonah Siame, Joseph Honto, Chipita Sibale, and Roger Banda are the facilitators. Please pray for full attendance and availability of all the facilitators.
Switzerland: A Level Three seminar facilitated by David Valdez (coordinator) and Ewald Ring takes place this week in Fribourg with 12 participants. Please pray that as the seminar series comes to a close, each of these people will be encouraged to continue learning and being transformed by the Word they are preaching.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team