Thank you for your prayerful support of the work of Langham Preaching around the world. There is so much for which to be thankful as God does his work among us and through us. Here is one example from Ruth Slater, our Associate Programme Director, based in Carlisle, UK.
The physical separation that we were required to observe during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic has left memories of restriction and isolation for many of us. And so, when there are times when colleagues from Langham Preaching are able to meet together they are all the more precious. Last week, our Global Leadership Team was able to meet in Vancouver, Canada. We gathered from Bolivia, UK, Ghana, Indonesia, New Zealand—and Canada! More than 100 preaching movements, with all their facilitators and preaching clubs, were in the forefront of our minds as we looked at our strategies and operational needs. Our desire is to serve them as best we can. We are so privileged and grateful to be able to share in the leadership of this ministry. It leads me to write, as Paul and Timothy did to the Philippians, ‘I thank my God every time I remember you…’.
Please pray for the work in various places around the world…
Burundi: From Tuesday until Thursday, a Vision Bearers’ Consultation (VBC) takes place in Bujumbura. About 30 key leaders are expected for this time which is designed to provide a fresh start to the work. Please keep Armand Dzadu, Mercy Ireri and Barbara Tumwine in your prayers as they lead the time—and for Bernard Rwamigabo (preaching movement coordinator) as he hosts it.
Pakistan: Level One, Two and Three seminars are planned for Karachi in the evenings of Monday through Friday this week. These are difficult times for Pakistan, politically and economically, and so please pray for a sense of the Lord’s providence through the week—and also for the facilitators guiding the learners through the week: Asif John, Regina John, Noman Shahbaz, Benjamin Pascal, Lubna Younas and Edwin James.
Ghana: The final part of a Level One training, as well as training for ushirika leaders, takes place on Saturday. They are expecting 30 participants, with Christian Adu Boakye, Francisca Ahwireng, Emmanuel Borlabi Bortey, Jude Hama, Martin Obeng and Victor Obeng as the facilitators. Victor encourages us to pray that ‘their craving to learn will be met and that this will lead to the formation of effective ushirikas’.
India: A Level One seminar takes place through this week in the village of Bormukoli, near Jorhat, in Assam. The 40 participants are pastors and leaders, all of whom are first generation believers. Pray that they will be ‘deeply rooted in the word of God’ as Mahesh Regon and Protul Bania (facilitators) guide them through the training.
India: Also running through the week, across the border in Dimapur (Nagaland), is a Level One seminar for 40 people, with Alongla Aier and Johnson Raih as facilitators. The participants are doctors, nurses and care-givers in a Christian hospital—all of whom offer spiritual leadership in their chapel and community.
South Africa: On Tuesday a meeting takes place in Durban with leaders and pastors from the Evangelical Church of South Africa. The hope is that this will launch a new work within this denomination, with ushirikas (preaching clubs) and seminars. Pray for a strong engagement with this vision by participants and for Frank Shayi (facilitator-at-large) as he guides the meeting.
Thank-you for your faithfulness in this ministry of prayer.
The Langham Preaching Team