Dear Friends

Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Mercedes Quintero, the coordinator and a facilitator in the Antioquia region of Colombia, shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.

We are at Christmas time. For most countries, it is a time when we celebrate the mystery of the incarnation of our Lord and Savior. It is a time to remember the wonder of God becoming a man. Rivers of ink have made furrows in the paper, with all that has been written about the beautiful mystery of his coming and its implications for humanity. He came to restore Eden's glory and save humanity from sin and eternal death. Christmas time becomes an opportunity to remember the light of Luke 4:18-21 — and the practical ways in which people can be restored, by bringing the good news, the healing for broken hearts, the freedom for the oppressed, the sight for the blind and the proclamation of the year of the Lord’s favor. This Christmas, let us live in a way that embodies his mission here on earth and becomes an instrument for restoring his glory among the nations of the world.

Please pray for the work across Colombia

Across our country we have 7 local facilitators and 250 people in different escuelitas, or preaching clubs. This is happening in a country in which there is so much tension. The fight for the presidency has started with a lot of contenders, many with extreme views, wanting to control the center. Coming after a pandemic — with increased levels of unemployment and poverty, together with various social, economic and political pressures — this is turning our Colombia into a dormant volcano. Please pray that people will be responsible in their voting and that those who rule will be responsive to the needs of the nation. Pray that the church, the body of Christ, will rise up as an intercessor and missionary for this beautiful country.

Let’s remember to give thanks

The Preaching Movement Coordinator (PMC) is a crucial part of this ministry. Working with their preaching movement committees, they lead, organise and embed the vision in our 98 preaching movements worldwide. They give sacrificially and voluntarily to this work. We give thanks for the commitment of these men and women and our partnership together. It has not been easy to continue to lead and organise preaching movements during the pandemic, but many have done so much to maintain connection and training. Join us in giving thanks for them.

Last week there was a time on Zoom to give thanks to Michael & Maire-Laure McGowan for their 14.5 years with Langham Preaching, focused especially on the French-speaking world. Although Michael moves into retirement, the hope was expressed that we were celebrating “a comma, rather than a full-stop”. It was an appropriate time to honour a dedicated pioneer, facilitator, preacher and friend among us and to express our thanks to God for bringing him among us.

Let’s pray for a training seminar taking place this week

Burundi: From Thursday to Saturday, 20 people are expected for a Level One seminar in the Mubira parish, with Rev. Bernard Rwamigabo (the preaching movement coordinator) as the facilitator. Please pray that God will provide refreshment as the participants learn together.

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!

The Langham Preaching Team