by Walter Selke, NCEM General Director

Do you ever get tired of the “paper blizzard” that takes over every flat surface in your home? Ours are always in a neat pile waiting for someone to give it attention. In this modern era, when we are supposed to be paperless, we are accumulating more paper at an alarming rate. Some paper does seem like just a waste … unwanted flyers and propaganda. But then there are those treasures – the Princess Auto flyer, for example, that gets saved for closer examination!

NCEM has always treasured the printed page. We have a long history of printing unique literature specific to reaching First Nations people. We continue to publish song books, tracts, books and booklets, many written by First Nations people, and some in various First Nations languages.

The written word can end up in the most unique places and be used of God to offer hope in times of need. They are the silent testimonies and words of encouragement that God can use to build His Kingdom. As we print God’s Word we claim Isaiah 55:11: “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

I remember talking to a man years ago. He told me of growing up on the trap line, and how they would listen to the radio at night for exactly 30 minutes, and then read everything they had in their cabin. Many of the books would be reread many times, then exchanged with other trappers to be read by them.

This man’s grandfather would always bring Christian material and his well-worn Bible to the cabin. As a youngster, he loved the Sunday school papers, and came to faith at an early age reading them. He told me of hard, often foul-mouthed trappers who would come to their camp just to take the Sunday school papers back with them to be read on the long winter nights. He never knew if they came to faith, but he had hope that they found out how to have peace with God.

Even in our high-tech world, the printed word continues to be a valuable tool in reaching the lost with our Savior’s love.