Meet the team: Preaching leader in India
Introducing… Alongla Aier. Alongla is the country coordinator for Langham Preaching in India. In June, she facilitated a Level 1 preaching training seminar for 25 people in Nagaland, Northeast India. It was the first Level 1 seminar to be run locally, with only local trainers – an exciting event!
How did Jesus find you?
I was 12 when an aunt brought a lady to our home who was referred to as a ‘missionary’. I was attracted by her life. I felt convinced I wanted to become a missionary myself. A couple of years later, I attended a youth camp. The reality of Jesus Christ began to make sense. If I wanted to become like that missionary, I needed to ask Jesus into my life. God accepted my simple faith and from then on I knew I was a child of God.
What does serving Jesus look like for you this week?
A major part of my time is given to teaching and mentoring students in a seminary, but there is also an involvement in a ministry for women and girls, as well as giving direction to a ministry to children which is active in six villages. I do some preaching and training in seminars. I’ve started a Bible study with young women – and I hope it will develop into a preaching club.
What do you enjoy in working with Langham?
It has been the most powerful influence on my preaching. It’s never been quite the same since I was introduced to the training in 2011.
It was like being given a new map in the country of preaching! To experience scripture passages coming alive and giving shape and direction to the message, instead of somehow fitting scripture to a message I have, has been the most liberating experience for me. I enjoy the opportunities to participate in what Langham is doing worldwide. This is so inspiring, keeps me motivated and urges on toward building up the Body of Christ. Finally, the support office – the team that upholds and puts this whole thing together is amazing.
Share a resource that has helped you in your preaching.
Other than Langham, basically resources have been different commentaries, concordances, dictionaries, scriptures in different versions, and notable authors of whom John Stott is still a favourite. The resources I’ve received from Langham have been very helpful.