Throughout our many visits to churches, something striking has come to our attention; actually, it's a bit disturbing to us. Typically, we'll share our stories, our call to Spain, and the spiritual needs of Spain. Afterwards, we go to the door or our display table to greet people or to have further conversations with folks in the congregations. What has been so startling to us is the number of people in churches who have told us, "Good luck!"
At first, these words appear to be nice and friendly. Unfortunately, the phrase is not a Christian one; it's quite pagan, and it's easy for Christians rather thoughtlessly to slip into these non-Christian ideas and phrases. As followers of Christ, we don't rely on luck. As missionaries preparing to serve Christ and share His love in Spain, we don't need luck. What we truly need is people praying for us, because prayer to God makes a difference in our world. No, we don't completely understand how prayer works, but we know that it does. Jesus told us to pray to the Father; Paul continually asked for fellow Christians to pray for him; and we know that what we need is not luck (wherever luck comes from) but fellow followers of Jesus to pray for us.