In this issue you’ll read more about “maple” and “guitars” than you were perhaps expecting in a missionary magazine. Of course you already know it’s about more than these. It’s about lives changed by Christ and, as you’ll notice in Richard Paul’s story, prayer had a significant role in him coming to faith.

Editor's Comment

We’ve included many missionaries’ prayer requests in this *Prayer Directory issue but, of course, there’s much more that we need prayer for. We can sum some of them up and call them “normal” prayers. (*Sorry, our Prayer Directory is not posted online. Please request a printed copy by contacting us.)

“Normal” prayers are the very same things that you might request prayer for yourself. Do you sometimes struggle with discouragement? Health? Relationships? Difficulty witnessing? Temptation to pride? These are all things that missionaries need prayer for, too, and may be accentuated because of the pressures of ministry.

And, as one missionary adds, “If you forget everything else, pray that I don’t lose my sense of humor.” The way I heard an NCEM missionary couple tell this story, I could tell that they hadn’t lost theirs:

They told of being awakened at about 4:00 am by a neighbour’s phone call … just to say hello and to chat. The next night they got a call from the same person at about 2:00 am, sincerely apologizing for waking them up the night before!

— R.H. (editor)