Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Sharon Mac Wilmshurst — who serves on both the Europe & Caribbean and Langham Connect teams as well as being part of the Women’s Advisory Group — shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power… (1 Cor 2.4).
Last week we marked Pentecost in the Christian calendar, reminding us that we can do nothing without the Holy Spirit. Paul knew this. In 2:4 he emphasised that his preaching came ‘with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.’ The context of 1 Corinthians 1-3 suggests that when he wrote these words, Paul had in mind the Spirit’s work in opening minds to see the wisdom of God.
As people who care about preaching with faithfulness, relevance and clarity, we may be tempted to focus on technique. However, we must never neglect prayer for ‘a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.’ We need the Holy Spirit to open minds to Christ (2:14), cause growth (3:6-7), and equip us as preachers in our ‘weakness and fear’ (2:3).
I write to you from Dublin, Ireland’s capital. A recent report noted that in the English-speaking world, the Republic of Ireland has the lowest percentage of Evangelicals. Sadly, Ireland has 115 towns of 5,000+ people without any evangelical witness. These are sobering statistics. However, there are some glimmers of hope. Several new churches have been planted in Dublin and beyond in recent years, with at least two planned for our part of town in the coming months. A nationwide evangelistic campaign, ‘What’s the Story?’, is being organised for later this year.
Please pray for all gospel churches in Ireland to be bold in witness, for new believers to be added to our number, for maturing of believers, and for great fruit and a demonstration of the Spirit’s power through ‘What’s the Story?’
Let’s remember to give thanks …
It has been 3 years and 3 months since our Global Leadership Team has met in-person. Last week the dream became a reality as they arrived in Keswick, UK for a time of reconnecting, sharing and business. It has been such a joy to transfer from Zoom meetings to being together again. We are so grateful for this opportunity to continue the work to which the Lord has called us.
Please pray for the work in various places around the world…
Indonesia: Please pray for the smooth implementation of the training in preaching from the New Testament which is being offered within individual preaching clubs: (a) in Sorong Papua, with 14 participants and facilitated by Tri Santoso; (b) in Bogor, with 7 participants and facilitated by Beatris Pangala; and (c) in Manokwari Papua with 13 participants and facilitated by Gordon Hutabarat.
Togo: On Monday, a combined Level One & Two seminar commences in Lomé with 60 participants and with Emeka Egbo, Victor Obeng and Armand Dzadu as the facilitators. Armand (preaching movement coordinator) asks us to pray for financial provision as they look to move towards a totally locally-funded seminar for the first time — and pray also for the facilitators because running two seminars at the same time can become complicated.
Mongolia: Monday also sees the start of a Level Three seminar in Mongolia with about 20 participants. It is led by the preaching movement coordinators, Bayar Garam and Purevdorj Jamsran — with the assistance of recorded sessions from Phil Nicholson, Dwi Handayani and Paul Windsor. Pray that the time together will build momentum in the work and bring encouragement to its leaders.
Nigeria: Once again, starting on Monday, Level One, Two and Three seminars are planned for Bukuru, Jos. A total of 65 participants are expected, with a team of facilitators that includes Bishop Jwan Zhumbes, Daniel Ogundayo, Godwin Tirsing, Rejoice Jibro, Jennifer Ogbo, Hezekiah Olaleye, James Daniel, Gaya Hankuri Tawus and Godswill Chinemerem. Please pray that the training takes place in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility and that God will prepare the facilitators to teach in a way that will be engaging to the hearts and minds of the learners.
Burundi: On Tuesday and Wednesday a group of 18 people are gathering with Bernard Rwamigabo (preaching movement coordinator) and Bernard Nduwayo to evaluate the recent Level One training offered in Rumonge. Please pray for a good time of reflection and refreshment together.
India: The regional coordinator, Veena Bunyan, begins a journey through the various preaching movements in India, mobilizing them for fresh training initiatives. On Saturday and Sunday she will be in Hubli, with the Kannada group, encouraging the local preaching fellowships and preaching on Sunday — as well as spending time with Daniel Koti (preaching movement coordinator).
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team