Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Femi Adeleye, our Director for Africa, shares some thoughts leading to a focus for prayer in the week ahead.
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. (2 Corinthians 4:1, NIV)
Considering much of what is going on around us, including what does not make headline news, there is more than enough to make us lose heart. Be it the challenge of militant rebel attacks in Burkina Faso, abduction of school children for ransom in Nigeria, significant needs of displaced people in DR Congo or the recent surge of Covid-19 in several African countries including DR Congo, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia, it is difficult to not lose heart. This has made some governments declare days of prayer. Medical facilities and personnel are overstretched and, while suspicion and misgivings about the vaccine is being overcome in various contexts, there is uncertainty about its availability for those who most need it. These are enough concerns to make people lose heart.
Yet, faith and confidence in God has kept our Langham Preaching leaders going. Our training facilitators and those being trained refuse to give up. Preaching clubs or circles of accountability continue to meet for encouragement. This month, several leaders in Burkina Faso travelled to Bobo Dioulasso, to be part of levels one and three training. At least 50 preaching club members are being trained in a Level One seminar in Lomé, Togo, by Emeka Egbo, Roland Tamini and Armand Dzadu. Leaders here may be concerned but they do not lose heart. As we trust God and continue to persevere may I invite us to pray for the following:
- Fatigue and mental health issues are challenges aggravated by the Covid-19. Pray for pastors and church leaders who give support to traumatized people.
- Pray for wisdom for government officials and resources for health workers on the frontline of care.
- Pray that our people do not lose heart whatever the circumstances but find grace and strength for every situation and need.
Let’s remember to give thanks…
In recent weeks various Langham Preaching teams around the world have been progressing the translation of the Langham Preaching Resource title God’s Word for Today’s World by John Stott. These translations come as part of the John Stott Centenary project and will be used in our preaching clubs later in the year. It has been exciting to see translations moving forward in Amharic, Kiswahili, German, French, Tagalog, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnia & Herzegovina and Indonesian. We are so thankful for the various teams and translators who are making excellent progress.
Please pray for the work in other places around the world…
Pakistan: Sixty-five participants travel to Camp Mubarak, Murree Hills, for Level One and Level Two seminars this week. Qaiser Julius, Asif John, Nadeem Yaqub, Gulnaz Edwin, Nancy Salamat, Irfan Jamil, Javaid Ilyas facilitate. Qaiser (coordinator) asks that we pray for the lengthy travel of everyone from far areas of Pakistan amidst Covid-19. Pray also that the participants learn and commit to biblical preaching and for the facilitators as they lead.
Fiji: Despite the restrictions of the lockdown which have now been imposed in Fiji, a rich time of fellowship with much joy at seeing one another again began during the first session of a virtual Level Three seminar last week. The second session follows this week with two more to come. Tukana Nakesu is coordinating and leading the training from within Fiji and Andy Shudall from New Zealand. Please pray for strong stable internet connections. Also keep in your prayers Andy and his wife, Innes, who has flown to Germany because of the death of her mother.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team