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PHOTO: Langham President Ben Homan listens to Joseph Kithinji, a Langham-trained preacher leading 6 churches in Kitui, Kenya. Joseph
          shares, “My dream is to see the whole community change into the loving, compassionate nature of Christ.”



                             Dear friend of Langham,

                             A lot has happened since 1921: the Great Depression, World War II, independence for India, the collapse
                             of the Soviet Union, moon landings, the development of the personal computer, the invention of the
                             Internet, and the spread of terrorism and a global pandemic.

                             A lot has happened since 1921 in the global growth of Christ’s church. The center of gravity has shifted

                             from the West to the Majority World of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East—where 67% of
                             believers now reside (up from 18% in 1900) . The average Christian in the world today is a young black
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                             woman living in sub-Saharan Africa.

                             1921 is an important year for Langham. It is the year our founder, John Stott, was born. The gifted Bible
                             expositor and best-selling author was also an observant listener. As he traveled outside Europe and
                             America, he witnessed God dramatically growing His church in villages and cities across the global
                             South. He saw and heard early on the need for biblical training and the opportunity to partner with
                             indigenous churches to respond to this need.

                             It’s why he found Langham Partnership, whose mission remains to raise the standard of biblical
                             preaching around the world.


                             Through the course of his ministry, John Stott exemplified what it means to be a global Christian. As we
                             celebrate the centenary of his birth, let’s walk in his footsteps by reflecting on his vision for Langham in
                             light of the church’s global growth.

                             1      Todd M. Johnson and Gina A. Zurlo, eds. World Christian Database (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2021).
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