by Walter Selke, NCEM General Director

GOD CREATED HUMANKIND SO THAT He could have relationship with us … and He then gave us free will to see if we wanted relationship with Him. The core of the Gospel is all about relationship.

Nick and his girlfriend had just been baptized, and I had come right over to set up a time for us to get together to talk about it. (He has shared with me since then that my direct approach back then had scared him a bit, so he was unsure on that day as to what my expectations were!)

My wife, Cindy, and I began having many cups of coffee with them, and slowly built a strong friendship. We did Bible studies together and grew in our knowledge of God together.

Nick was famous for calling me late at night and asking carefully crafted questions about deep theological truths. He would not only ask, but would expect an answer! He would be so careful crafting the questions because he wanted to honor me with a good question. I would try to answer through my sleep induced fog, and probably often make little to no sense.

God was faithful to help build this relationship, even to a place that Nick asked me to stand up for him at his wedding. That was over 20 years ago and now Nick and his wife, Vivian, are faithful ministers within the local church. We have both benefitted from our relationship, and it all started with me breaking all kinds of cultural rules by announcing we were going to get together that day!

God, coming down from heaven, would walk with his friends, Adam & Eve – till sin separated them. God’s deep love for Adam’s race compelled Him to send Jesus to deal with the sin that separated them. Now by God’s grace through faith we can be restored to relationship with God.

Our missionaries spend much of their time building relationships in which they can share the wonderful story of a God who wants relationship with us. In this issue you will read of some God-orchestrated relationships and His desire to share His love with those He loves.