Dear Friends

Thank you for your continued prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. We begin this week’s PrayerShot with some words from Mark Meynell, our Director for Europe and the Caribbean.

Let me start with a small confession. I am far too forgetful about God’s answers to our prayers and, as a result, I am not nearly as ambitious enough in my prayers as the Lord Jesus wants us to be. Jesus says in Luke 11:11-13 ‘Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Isn’t that a wonderful promise? Doesn’t that instil confidence and hope when we pray?

I have no doubt that 2023 will bring many challenges to the work of Langham Preaching around the world. Some we anticipate, some we will not see coming. But we have a God who is on his throne and who is listening for our prayers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He knows how to give good gifts. Even when he knows better than to give us the things we want, things which in our limited and sinful perspective we assume to be good. So perhaps start your prayers this week with gratitude for God’s generous heart.

Please pray for the work in various places around the world

India: From Sunday to Wednesday, a Level Two seminar will be held in Kohima (Nagaland) with Dwi Handayani, Benjamin Stephen, Kedo Peseyie, Alongla Aier and Johnson Raih as facilitators. About 40 participants are expected and we are asked to pray for the safe travel of the facilitators and for the core Nagaland team as they arrange the logistics for the training.

Philippines: In Leyte, the second part of a Level Three seminar will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The training will be facilitated by Rico Casilag and Johnny McClean and 25 participants from Leyte and Samar Island are expected. Please pray that the facilitators will work well together and for the participants as they bring evaluations of a sermon they have preached since their last training together.

Spain: After several years of trying to establish a regional committee in the north of Spain, the training commences! A three-year cycle of training begins and this week sees the first seminar take place with 73 people currently registered. Alongside this, a Preaching Club will commence in a local church in Zaragoza with 28 people attending. The team are very encouraged with these significant developments in the country and Fernandou Plou asks us to pray that those attending ‘will feel the importance of solid and healthy expository preaching’.

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching Team