Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Preaching around the world. This week Jennifer Cuthbertson, our Coordinator for Facilitator Development, offers these words as a way of leading us into prayer this week.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night, Luke 2:8.
As a child, my mother would often say to me, ‘keep a close eye on that boiling pot’ or ‘keep watch over the baby’. I knew, even at a young age, that I was to carefully pay attention to whatever the situation at hand for safety’s sake. During this time in which the people of Ukraine are foremost in my mind and prayers, my prayerful imagination continually pictures our Good Shepherd keeping watch, keeping a close eye on the people and situation in Ukraine and the neighbouring nations receiving the hundreds of thousands fleeing for refuge.
The KJV (the one I memorized as a child) says the shepherds were ‘abiding’ as well as ‘keeping watch’. Abiding carries the same sense of paying attention, staying close, guarding, and protecting. No wonder this verse is what comes into my mind now! We can learn from these biblical shepherds to pay attention, monitor situations closely, and persist in our calling — our calling being one of prayer. We have been overwhelmed by the tragedies of the past two years and are weary, not always wanting to feel the grief, sadness, and for some, the isolation that has accompanied us during this time. Let us pray for the watchful eyes, abiding hearts, and emotional integrity of our Lord and Comforter as we pray for his people in Ukraine and for other nations and peoples under great stress around the world.
Let’s remember to give thanks …
One of the most important aspects of the Langham Preaching work is our indigenous teams — teams that are based and working continentally, regionally, and locally and who know their cultures, contexts, and communities. In recent weeks three continental directors have been progressing developments in their teams by increasing their responsibilities and recruiting new members. We are thankful for the men and women that God is raising up and are excited to partner with them and learn from them as they input and develop the work of Langham Preaching movements in their regions.
Please pray for the work in other places around the world…
Egypt: Heliopolis Evangelical Church is hosting 75 participants for seminar Levels One and Two this week with Amir Samir, Jan Emile, Youssef Samir, Sameh Anwar, Shady George facilitating. We are asked to pray for ‘Grace for the speakers, harmony among all and willingness of everyone to see the preaching clubs through’.
Thailand: The second of seven virtual Level One seminar sessions takes place this week with Wiriya Tipvarakankoon, Johnny McClean, Sim Churnai, and Apichart Poonsakvorasan facilitating. Please pray for this very active preaching movement as they continue to develop new initiatives for virtual and in-person gatherings.
Cote d’Ivoire: This week, Emeka Egbo and Aristide Takore travel to the western city of Man to facilitate a Level One seminar for 47 participants. Aristide (coordinator) asks that we pray the providence of God will provide for all the travel and other needs of participants and facilitators. Pray, too, for a favourable time in the future for the many unable to attend this seminar.
Malawi: The Langham Preaching movement committee, along with Shadreck Kandawire, facilitate and coordinate a Level Two seminar this week in Lilongwe. Please pray for the leaders and participants as they gather to pray, learn, and develop closer relationships.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching team