Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Slavko Hadžić, our Regional Coordinator for Southern Europe, shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
Recently I discovered that 8.4% of the total number of pastors in Mexico have died from COVID. In Ukraine, the war is raging and every day we read about thousands of people who have died. As I write these words, my sister is in hospital fighting for her life. All this reminds me of the transience and fragility of life.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure (Ps 39.5).
This way of thinking can become so gloomy, leaving little room for hope. It is similar to how the disciples felt after Jesus’ death on the cross. But then Easter came and the resurrection of Jesus gave them, and us, the hope we need, so desperately. It is a hope with such certainty, making us confident about things we cannot see.
But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you (Ps 39.7).
We must not forget that this hope is only for those who have repented of their sins and accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord. We must not forget the responsibility on us, as preachers of the Word of God, to preach this good news of the gospel; to reassure and comfort those who have been saved; and to call those who have not yet received this salvation. In these uncertain days, we ask God to fill us with joy, peace, faith, love and hope — and to use us to boldly preach the certainty of the hope that is found only in Jesus.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15.13).
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess 1.3).
[Please note: Slavko’s sister, Sanja, went to be with Jesus soon after he wrote these words. We give thanks for the hope they share and continue to pray for the family].
Please pray for the work in various places around the world…
Philippines: A Level One seminar, with 15 participants coming from eight churches across three provinces (Tarlac, Pangasinan and the National Capital Region) continues on Monday — with Richard Kawi and Willy Galzote as the facilitators.
Sierra Leone: A Level Two seminar commences on Tuesday in Freetown, with 80 participants expected from the Wilberforce area — and with Sao Francis Kamanda, Raymond Warburton, Chris Jonah and David N’dabai as the facilitators. Pray for full cooperation by participants and churches, as well as wisdom for the facilitators.
Cambodia: Also, on Tuesday, a Level One seminar continues with 12 on-line participants and with Sin Somnang as the facilitator.
Bolivia: A Level One in-person seminar starts on Saturday, in Santa Cruz. Carmen Urey, Clemente Flores, Fernando Montoya and Igor Améstegui will be the facilitators for a group of 40 participants. Please pray for a good learning experience — and that the escuelitas will continue to meet, with their new approach to preaching impacting the church.
Indonesia: A virtual Level One seminar, operating weekly on Wednesdays for people in Papua and Maluku, finishes this week. Alongside the 20 participants, 12 young adults who have been invited. The facilitators are Gordon Hutabarat, Popy Tuarissa, Tandi Randa, Grace, Novi, Hendra Prasaja, Agnes Telly, Tri Santoso and Hamdani Tejda.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team