Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Paul Windsor, our Programme Director, shares some thoughts that lead us into a focus for prayer in the week ahead.
Earlier last month the Global Leadership Team came back together again on Zoom, after a six-week break — the first break since the start of the pandemic. Each person was asked to summarize that recent six-week period in a single word. Out the words came: struggle, balance, PTSD (as in post-traumatic stress disorder), restorative, uncertainty, gift, connection and change.
As we went off for our five minute break, I thought to myself, ‘That sharing was a bit like the book of Psalms’. Because the psalms tend to hold up a mirror to our lives, with all of its experiences. The psalms give us voice to speak all of our emotions. The psalms are ‘an anatomy of all parts of the soul’ (Calvin). ‘No matter how sad we are, the psalmist helps us express that sadness’ (Stuart). This gives us confidence to be able to affirm, with the psalmist: I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God’. My times are in your hands (Psalm 31.14-15a) — ALL of my times.
Let’s remember to give thanks …
It is exactly two years since the forum for Women in Langham Preaching was held in Cyprus. Having so many nations together in one room is something we can only dream about now, with the pandemic. However each month women still gather on Zoom to pray and share together. Last week more than twenty gathered with Sharon Mac Wilmshurst (Training and Integration Coordinator, Europe & Caribbean) and Dwi Handayani (Director, Asia & South Pacific) for training on how to study the Psalms of Lament. It was a precious reminder of the value of lament in our walk with God.
Coming Up …
Our annual Day Weekend of Prayer is planned for 29-31 October. More details will become available soon, but each continent is selecting a 60 minute period of time during this weekend in which their people will gather on Zoom to pray for this ministry and related matters. Please plan to join with us.
Let’s pray for training seminars in various places …
Cambodia: A seminar entitled, ‘Growing in Pastoral Character’ takes place on Zoom this week with Va Vachana, Totieng and Somnang Sin as the facilitators.
Bolivia: The new ecuelita in the Genesis Church, in Cochabamba, continues working through a Level One seminar on Tuesdays — with Esteban Améstegui as the facilitator. Almost all the leaders of the discipleship groups are involved and it is bringing great encouragement to everyone.
East Timor: Similarly, across the Pacific Ocean, a Level One seminar is happening on Zoom on Fridays, with 30 participants and with Njoo Mee Fang, Doni Siswanto and Jonathan Gunthorpe as the facilitators. Pray for a strong commitment from the participants, for effective interaction from the facilitators, and for a good internet connection, with many of the participants living in rural areas.
Burundi: While the training seminars have been paused until November, give thanks for the 9 new preaching clubs which have commenced in Rumonge, Bujumbura and Bubanza provinces, with more being planned to start before Christmas. Bernard Rwamigabo, the preaching movement coordinator, asks us to pray ‘as we travel to different places for awakening and creating these new preaching clubs’.
Tanzania: 13 participants from various parts of the country are gathering in Morogoro for the purpose of translating some Old Testament training resources — guided by Heavenlight Luoga, Pasis Maira and Frank Luvanda. Please pray for safety in travel and for success in this translation exercise.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team