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A Resilient Faith                                                                                                                                                                               PHOTO: Ben Homan visits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the devastation of the 2004
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tsunami in Indonesia along with
                             Dear friend of Langham,                                                                                        to assemble or build. Yet, in the face of persecution, tsunamis and pandemics,    other concerned Christians.

                             Covid-19 disrupted life in 2020. Plans postponed, events canceled, and normal routines tossed                  the church in Indonesia continues to grow.
                             aside. Technology enabled some of us to connect with friends and continue work remotely                        How can the church survive under such circumstances? The church grows
                             while others faced extended periods of unemployment and isolation. Sadly, the daily news                       because of the power and promise of Jesus Christ to build His church. The
                             featured a climbing death toll.                                                                                church in the Majority World abounds spiritually where it suffers materially

                             For churches and Christians in the Majority World, disruption is a daily reality. They are                     and politically.                                                                 They long for
                             politically persecuted, socially isolated, and economically impoverished. They endure war,                     Recently, we sent a small team to visit an Indonesian church led by a Langham-   God’s presence
                             natural disasters, pandemics, and public health crises with crushing frequency. Yet, their faith               trained pastor. While many In his congregation experience poverty, he leads
                             persists. In the face of countless challenges, they gather to proclaim and celebrate the fact                  them to focus outward to serve their Muslim neighbors. He says, “God loves and   when pandemics,
                             that Christ is King!                                                                                           keeps us. We must love our neighbors so they know God loves them.” Resilience!   wars, and other

                             As westerners, we have much to learn about resilience from our brothers and sisters around                     A tour of the resilient church
                             the world.                                                                                                     In this edition of Cultivate, you’ll visit the church around the world and learn    tragedies hit.
                             “I will build my church”                                                                                       how they persevere in the midst of hardship. Thanks to your generosity, Langham
                                                                                                                                            works in these hard places equipping pastors and leaders to preach God’s Word,
                             The church in the Majority World, though under pressure and under-resourced, is growing but
                             fragile. Believers are isolated from friends and family when they profess their faith. They long               helping His people find hope and resilience in Christ. Join me as we rejoice in and
                             for God’s presence when pandemics, wars, and other tragedies hit.                                              learn from Christ’s body in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and beyond.

                             I’ll never forget visiting Indonesia following the 2004 tsunami that resulted in the death of                  Grateful,
                             nearly 230,000 people. Entire villages and regions were reduced to rubble by the waves, the
                             economy was devastated, and survivors struggled through trauma.

                             In this primarily Muslim country, most don’t know the hope of Christ. Christians make up only                  Benjamin K. Homan
                             10% of the population. Their very presence leads to persecution, and they’re denied the right                  President, Langham Partnership USA

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