Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week, Desmond Rogers, Regional Coordinator for Langham Preaching in the Caribbean, shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
I once read a story of a man who prayed, ‘Lord, bless me, my wife, and two children: us four and no more’. Sadly, that is a tale of the human heart. In times of need we tend to put self above others. We look out for ‘numero uno’— ourselves. However, reaching out to the needy is part of our Christian responsibility. We should, therefore, not turn a blind eye, but respond with hearts of compassion to people in need. We should be like Jesus. In Matthew 9:36 & Mark 1:41 we find pathos being expressed by Jesus. He was moved with compassion when he saw the crowd. Today’s painful socio-economic realities should cause us to open our ‘bowels of compassion’ (1 John 3:17) and minister to the needs of those around us. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Importantly, there is another type of poverty to which we must respond: spiritual poverty, being without Christ and hope in the world. While we see significant fallout and setbacks due to global challenges, we also see an increase in spiritual hunger in our region. For example, recently a 20-year-old woman from a Muslim background told me she wanted to know more about Jesus and asked for a Bible. Also, a law student, another recent convert from Islam to Christianity, requested help to access Bible study materials and Bible school courses. She wants to grow in her newfound faith. I am excited that God is giving Langham Preaching an opportunity to prepare the church to effectively respond to the physical and spiritual poverty in our region.
Let’s remember to give thanks…
Two weeks ago, one of the Ethiopian preaching clubs completed reading the Amharic edition of John Stott’s book ‘God’s Word for Today’s World’. To mark this achievement, they all received the Amharic edition of the Langham Preaching HELPS. Frew Tamrat (Preaching Movement Coordinator) writes ‘thank you again for being God’s instrument for both of these resources to be translated into Amharic’. Let’s give thanks for those who are committed to translation and using their gifts in this way.
Please pray for the new and continuing work around the world…
Langham Preaching Global Leadership Team: The GLT last met in Zimbabwe in March 2019. Now, after three years, Paul Windsor (Program Director), Ruth Slater (Associate Director), Mark Meynell and Slavko Hadžić (Europe and the Caribbean), Igor Améstegui (Latin America), Femi Adeleye (Africa), Dwi Handayani (Asia), and Jennifer Cuthbertson (Coordinator for Facilitator Development) meet this week and next in Keswick, UK. Pray for this happy reunion, the work, recreation, and shared meals that will be enjoyed.
Burundi: This week, 25 participants from preaching clubs in two provinces attend an in-person evaluation time of the Level One seminar held earlier this year. The facilitators, Bernard Rwamigero (coordinator) and Bernard Nduwayo, ask that we pray for provision for those attending as the food and transportation fees are significant and each one is paying their own way.
Big Country: Please pray for the courageous and faithful facilitators and participants of a Level One seminar this week. But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, so that those who love your name may exult in you, Ps 5:11.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team