Dear Friends

We reach the end of another year of this weekly prayer bulletin—and we say thank you to you for your faithful support of the work of Langham Preaching around the world. Ruth Slater, our Associate Programme Director, offers these words of reflection:

Christmas and New Year are fast approaching. Our circumstances can affect our experience of time, determining whether it passes quickly or slowly for us. For those waiting for Jesus’ arrival, time must have passed so slowly. But the Lord is not constrained by time. The Bible tells us that 'with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day' (2 Peter 3:8).

As I reflect on this past year, I remember the joy of our son’s marriage; the pain of those battling ill health; the grief of those who lost loved ones; and the instabilities caused by war, violence and corruption. I also remember the testimonies that have emerged through the ministry Langham Preaching—joys and struggles, passion and commitment. All of them woven into the Lord’s time.

Looking to the New Year, I may only see one moment at a time, but the promises of God are certain and and will be fulfilled by him. His timing is perfect. And in that I rest, despite what may be happening currently in our world. May you know and experience this security and hope as you enter this season of Christmas and New Year.

Please pray for the work in various places around the world…

Liberia: From Wednesday until Friday there is a Level One seminar planned for Tubmanburg, Bomi—with Michael Clement, Romeo Dennis, Jallah Smith and Matthew Gonkerwon as the facilitators. Matthew asks us to pray that participants will ‘fully grasp the skills for moving from the biblical passage to developing the sermon’.

Romania: A Refresher Day is planned in Timisoara on Wednesday. Two groups of ministers from different churches, one with 25 people and the other with 40, will gather in-person with Marcel Măcelaru as the facilitator. We are asked to pray that participants will receive ‘a fresh understanding of the beauty of God’s word’.

Myanmar: A Level One seminar takes place this week at the Ahkha Bible School in the border area of Tachileik, with 18 participants—including people from Thailand and Laos. Keep Sein Kyi in your prayers as he facilitates the training.

Trinidad & Tobago: The first prayer request for 2023 comes from the Caribbean! On 6-7th January, Level One and Two seminars will take place on Zoom. The facilitators will be Joseph Caterson, David Pearson, Kelvin Mapp, Lindsay Gibbings and Angela Shirley—and 50 participants are expected. We are asked to pray ‘for a smooth running of the online platform, together with effective teaching and eager participants who will benefit from the training.’

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching Team