Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Jennifer Cuthbertson, our Coordinator for Facilitator Development, leads us in our prayer needs for the week ahead.

I looked around me with wonder as I walked this morning; the sun shone warmly on my back as I passed fruit trees joyfully parading their blossoms and listened to the birds announcing spring’s arrival. This new life that bursts forth each year in the northern hemisphere is inextricably woven into our celebration of the Resurrection — a joyful, colourful and musically rich time of worship. I was surprised then by the passage that entered my thoughts and stayed with me:

Though the fig tree does not blossom,
and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails,
and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold,
and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will exult in the God of my salvation (Hab 3:17-18)

We are all walking with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues during this time that is for too many a time of grief, isolation, lack and conflict — a time when the bleakness of Good Friday and the unfruitfulness of Habakkuk’s world describe their world all too well. And yet, we can rejoice because our Lord is the God of our salvation. He is Risen! He is risen indeed! Allelujah!

Give thanks for our Langham Connect continental teams…

Each team continues to improve their online skills. They are developing in their ability to train others in virtual classrooms that uphold and extend Langham Preaching values. The Europe & Caribbean team will teach during their study day in April and the Latin American team is producing a new Level One seminar for their continent. Pray for these initiatives and also the work of the Asia and Africa teams whose contexts are so extensive and varied.

Please pray for the work in other places…

Myanmar: Continue to pray for this fragile nation in the throes of such internal conflict, suppression of freedoms and the killing of so many courageous people standing against the tyranny. Pray for our precious Langham sisters and brothers who represent many of the minority peoples who bear the brunt of the cruelty.

Burkina Faso: In spite of the terrorism affecting the Eastern region and the subsequent displacement of its people, a Level Two seminar is taking place in Piéla with 47 pastors participating. The two facilitators, Roland Tamini and Amos Nougtara, ask that we pray for the smooth running of the work during the selected weeks with this region still under curfew. Pray for the safety of all these dear people.

Paraguay: A Level Two virtual workshop-seminar began on Sunday in Ciudad del Este, facilitated by Igor Améstegui and Wilfredo Weigandt with 20 participants. Please pray that the learning process develops in a way that is helpful to the participants. ‘Pray, too, that the Lord surprises us with his presence and helps us see the preachers of Ciudad del Este grow.’

Latin America: Thank you for your prayers for the time last week when members of all the escuelitas, or preaching clubs, from across the continent gathered on Zoom. Remarkably, there were 764 people on the call. Praise God.

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching team