Dr. David R. Mains, longtime friend of the ministry, shares about visiting the field and learning the importance of prayer.
I know a lot about Gospel for Asia (GFA). That’s because I have watched it from its beginning days. That’s a little more than 40 years of close observation from the stateside and by means of seven or eight extended trips to the field. So let me give testimony to the attribute I believe most uniquely marks this unusual ministry: prayer.
On one of my early trips to Asia, I was with one of our sons and a son-in-law. I had wanted them as young adults to see firsthand what God was doing.
At the time, I was director of Chapel of the Air, a radio broadcast heard daily on more than 500 stations across America. On this two-week trip, I was taping programs with the family members to be edited and aired after returning home. My desire was to capture their impressions while in the country, rather than losing that “edge” by waiting until we got home to record in our normal studio setting.
We had been on the road for several days before we got to a place where there was a Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported studio that had an open time slot early in the morning. Before hitting the sack, the three of us planned what we would say and did a couple of practice runs before getting some shut-eye.
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