by Walter Selke, NCEM General Director

About a year ago I was on a Reserve helping in a funeral when my phone vibrated. I saw it was from my daughter so I returned the call as quickly as I could. “Daddy,” she said, “I’ve got cancer!”

In that moment my world turned upside-down. Cindy and I left as soon as we could to make arrangements to get our girl home. We reached out to our ministry team for prayer and support during those dark days. The team came by our home to share words of comfort, and they led us in prayer. Before long many folks were praying.

All I can say is that we experienced a blanket of prayer that saw us through. God’s grace, peace and guidance became so real that we knew the saints were interceding for us!

“When we work, we work; but when we pray, God works” (Max Lucado). This issue of Northern Lights is the most important issue that we put out as a Mission. (Our printed version includes our 2018 NCEM Prayer Map/Directory … please contact us to receive a copy.)

“But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matt. 6:6; NKJV).

I am humbled to know that so many of you faithfully hold up the work of NCEM and many of our missionaries on a daily basis.

Prayer is a mystery of faith – that the God of heaven, the creator, sustainer, all powerful, all knowing, great and almighty God would allow man to petition Him and, somewhere in His sovereignty, He answers that prayer! God has called us to prayer and in faith we trust Him.

As you read this issue, you will see how our missionaries constantly reach out to heaven through prayer and experience divine guidance, confirmation and protection as they faithfully minister. Your partnership in prayer is a vital link in this chain to strengthen and empower God’s servants in His Kingdom’s work.

Dear Heavenly Father … Please bless and encourage all our faithful prayer supporters. Help them understand just how blessed we are to have them on our team. Provide your peace and comfort to them as many of them need our prayers. Help us all to completely depend on You, our great God, and to be found faithfully doing Your will. We desire to give You the glory as we all serve You in Your harvest field. I pray this all in Jesus’ wonderful name, Amen.