Afterwords

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

EACH WEEK DAY while I’m in my office preparing publications, my wife, Denise, is out and about. In homes, coffee shops and – as with this issue’s stories – in schools, jails and hospitals she looks for opportunities to share the Hope of the Gospel.

One day, while dropping off “Indian Life” (evangelistic newspaper) in our local hospital, she ran into a First Nations believer we know from out of town. As he was telling her that he also receives a bundle of Indian Life to share, the person with him asked for a copy. (It’s extra encouraging when someone asks.)

Just then Denise saw our neighbour and her daughter go by, who she later found and visited. The daughter recently had a brain aneurism. They appreciated Denise praying with them.

In the maternity ward Denise saw a friend she’d first met after she had called into Tribal Trails TV. She was there with her young relative, and told of her own physical pain. She is claiming God’s promises in Scripture, and mentioned Isaiah 40:30-31. She said her grandson has been telling her that God has the choice whether or not to heal. This grandson has gone through a major trauma of his own – now he is encouraging others to trust the Lord. Before she left, Denise’s friend requested a time of prayer together.

On the way out of the hospital Denise saw guards escorting a prisoner in leg chains out the door. He had a copy of Indian Life in his hands. All this in one hospital visit … just a few more of the many opportunities our missionaries find inside these facilities!

— R.H. (editor)