June 2020 Prayer Guide from Langham Partnership UKI



Dear

Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Partnership around the world.

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Many thanks, 
John Libby
National Director, Langham Partnership UK and Ireland
Langham Literature

Please pray for the Literature team around the world, who are mostly working from home. Pray especially for the commissioning editors and coordinators in countries such as Kenya and the Philippines who are still under strict curfew.

Distribution staff have continued to process, receive, pick and pack over 600 library grants during the last three months. Pray for their safe arrival with the colleges they are destined for as well as those colleges in countries that currently have closed borders where we are waiting to release their orders. Please remember these colleges in your prayers, the majority of which have either had to temporarily close down or mobilise to offer some sort of distance learning.

Pray for Langham Publishing staff, authors, editors and others involved in supporting our book projects as they work on manuscripts and think creatively about how to promote and launch books during this time of restricted movement. The early life of a book is hugely important and we continue to release 3-4 books per month. Please pray for the newly released African Public Theology that would have been launched last month at a gathering in Ethiopia, and also pray for the upcoming releases of the second edition of Scattered and Gathered, a compendium on diaspora missiology, as well as the production and delivery of The Branch Exposition of the Bible: A Preacher’s Commentary of the New Testament by Michael A. Eaton.

Please remember all of the publishers that we work with in the Majority World, many of whom depend greatly on social gatherings to promote and sell their publications. Pray that they are able to continue their work to some degree during this time of lockdown and emerge with the motivation and strength to continue their literature ministries.

Langham Scholars

Malcolm and Liz McGregor serve as Scholar Care Co-ordinators in the UK. As part of their role they keep in regular contact with scholars studying at UK Institutions and this connection has been particularly vital over these last few months.

Some Scholars are studying here in the UK with their family around them, but many have family members living abroad and this has inevitably caused concern and worry. Please pray for safety and peace of mind for all those with dispersed families.

Many Scholars face financial worries as supporting funds are diminished. Pray for wisdom for all those making funding decisions.

Scholars are working hard trying to maintain their studies amidst all the distractions and maintain contact with their Supervisors via Skype and Zoom. A well timed phone call or message of support and encouragement really does make a huge difference. Praise God for Malcolm and Liz, and all the other Care-Co-ordinators, and pray that they will be blessed themselves as they seek to bless others.
Langham Preaching

Ruth Slater, Associate International Programme Director for Langham Preaching, shares the following prayer requests:

Please pray for our Regional Leadership Teams as they support our Preaching Movement Coordinators. Many are facing difficulties due to lockdown and the varying challenges that brings to different countries. A number of Preaching Movement Coordinators are involved in humanitarian projects supporting the vulnerable within their communities.

As a Global Leadership Team (pictured left) we are meeting weekly by Zoom to pray for one another, share together and continue to conduct the business we need to do. These calls have been particularly encouraging and productive. Please pray that this will continue.

Several Preaching Movements are adapting their training and using online formats during this period of social distancing. Whilst this is not ideal, it is encouraging that participants of seminars are eager to access training. Preaching Clubs are also staying in regular contact and pastoral support being provided. Praise God for the creativity of our teams and the relationships that are being further established and deepened.
    "Be Not Afraid"

    Femi Adeley is a Langham Scholar and Director of Langham Preaching in Africa
    . At the start of the pandemic Femi wrote to pastors heading up Langham's preaching training across Africa, to encourage them.  You can read his words (and many others) by visiting the Global Voices page on our website.
    Supporter Prayer Meeting

    Thank you to all those who joined us for our first Supporter Prayer meeting via Zoom.  We were encouraged at the opportunity this gave us to share prayer concerns and plan to hold further prayer sessions each month.  Look out for invitations nearer the time.

    A prayer to use in your church service, prayer meeting, home group or individually:

    Dear Lord,


    We lift before you all those who are striving to keep the message and hope of Langham alive at this time.

    We pray for the Leadership teams within the programmes as they seek new ways of delivering their objectives.
     
    We pray for our Scholars as they try to focus on their studies when there will so many other concerns to contend with.  We also pray for the publication of new books and the ability to distribute these under current restrictions.

    At this time of great unrest and uncertainty may we cling to God's promises and look to him for our peace and assurance.

    Amen.

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