eNews and prayer update August 2020
A Ministry Response to the Pandemic
When you equip a Langham Scholar with the platform of a PhD in Bible and theology, their impact extends beyond the walls of seminaries and churches. These transformational leaders bring God’s Word to bear on the hurting world around them, and they train and multiply other disciples who do the same. Because of the generosity of donors across the world, we give thanks that in the midst of a global pandemic, there are 300+ Langham Scholars equipped to share the love of Christ across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Qaiser Julius is one of these leaders. He says,
“As followers of Christ, I believe we should share His love.”
With support from Langham and many of you in Australia, Qaiser received his PhD from Melbourne School of Theology and returned home to Pakistan prepared for a lifetime of ministry. Today, in a community where Christians live at the margins and often face persecution, Qaiser leads the Open Theological Seminary (OTS), which trains thousands of future pastors and ministers of the Gospel. These leaders go on to plant churches, start outreaches, author biblical resources, and meet the physical and spiritual needs of those around them–even those who might persecute them.
In this already impoverished region, COVID-19 is impacting millions. Aside from the disease itself, government-imposed lockdowns are disastrous for vulnerable day labourers who depend on daily earnings to feed their families.
Qaiser listened to their cries for help, and mobilised his OTS team to respond. He shares, “Many are struggling to afford their basic necessities. As followers of Christ, I believe we should share His love by helping the deprived ones, without discrimination, in this time of crisis.”
When the pandemic temporarily closed OTS, Qaiser and his team launched an outreach delivering care packages filled with food staples to the most vulnerable. So far, they have helped over 2,000 families. Among them is *Saima, whose eyes filled with tears as she shared how she and her husband struggled to feed their three children after his factory shut down. She said, “We kept praying and had strong belief that God will definitely answer our prayers. Now God has answered us through Qaiser and OTS. We are thankful to God!”
On behalf of the global church, thank you for your prayers and support.
Over the coming weeks and months, Qaiser hopes to provide these life-saving care packages to another 1,000 families—especially those living in rural villages. They are working in partnership with local churches, as local pastors are usually the best people to know the needs in their area. Please join us in praying that God would keep his team safe as they spread across the country to help the needy and show Christ’s love to the suffering.
To watch a very short video of the OTS team at work, click here
You are multiplying godly leaders around the world!
Because of you, Langham’s work training pastors and leaders around the world is not stopping. In fact, your generosity has made it possible for a new group of 23 emerging leaders—more like Qaiser—to begin theological studies this year in countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. These godly men and women, once equipped, will go on to train and multiply even more disciples who love and serve like Jesus.
Join us in prayer
- Pray for George Bishai and his family in Egypt. He has resigned from the Alexandria School of Theology and will now work to complete his PhD in Egypt and then commence a new role with a Church in that region. He asks, “Please pray for my family, for me and for our future in service to the Gospel of Christ.”
- Pray also for a Scholar from Myanmar hoping to come to Australia to study.
- While many events have been postponed for an indefinite period due to the pandemic, the Preaching team is encouraging us to continue to pray for the countries that had planned events, the participants who had been due to attend and any training seminars or Preaching clubs which are meeting on-line. This month, please remember the countries of Benin, DR Congo, Nigeria, Romania, Colombia and Sierra Leone.
- It is important to emphasise that not ALL training has ceased. The Preaching Global Leadership Team continues to monitor the situation and what is taking place in Preaching Movements across the world. There are lots of stories surfacing of people taking small initiatives to keep clubs and training going via Zoom, Whatsapp and other ways. Pray for everyone having to learn new IT skills!
- Pray for the upcoming training of Australian Indigenous pastors in NSW planned for 14-18 September.
- Pray for a remarkable man in Albania, who has an ambitious project to collate and digitize all the evangelical books available in Albanian and offer them online, in e-format and as hard copies. He needs leadership and diplomatic skills to make this project effective for the Albanian church.
Gillean Smiley writes…
We are looking forward to a webinar chat with Qaiser soon, where you can ask him questions and hear him share with you directly. As soon as he has enough time, we’ll let you know. Meanwhile, another Scholar who studied in Melbourne, Ronald Lal Din Suah from Myanmar, is joining us on 2nd September for an hour. Please email us any questions ahead of time you’d like answered about what God is doing in Myanmar, or join the event, at 7.30 pm EST, and ask directly. Ask your Bible Study or Church group to connect too, and take advantage of one of the blessings and opportunities that have come from this difficult time: a means to easily connect with and hear from our Majority World brothers and sisters sharing their insight and wisdom with Australians. Details of the webinar will be posted on our website shortly before the event, as well as emailed directly to our contacts.