The stories here in Canvas reflect one or more of TSCF’s aims: True witness. Deep thought. Undivided life. Global reach. The aims are both means and ends in our call to reach students for Christ and change students for life. 

This season’s stories are particularly poignant. Over the past few months our lives—especially those in Christchurch—have been more likely to intersect with the lives of people who are suffering, angry, scared or disillusioned post–March 15.

Ani’s story is one of several that illustrate an undivided life and true witness. She continued to minister to students, support grieving members of the Indonesian community, and arrange practical care for victims—all while mourning the death of a close friend who had been in one of the mosques. (You can also read about Hanli’s journey into ministry, the new Minterns, and a student’s response to Christchurch.)

Geoff, through his words, encourages us to think deeply. This counter-cultural engagement with the Word challenges us to pray for our enemies and trust God’s hand through the darkness.

“Global reach” means more than coming alongside those who have made a new home in NZ. Kim writes about the opportunity students have this year to step out of their comfort zones and into the lives of students in Nepal and Fiji. Kat, who has left family in NZ for long-term service in Nepal, tells the story of her transition to this new life and calling. 

Finally, a personal note; 21 issues of Canvas ago I became TSCF’s communications manager. Mid-year, I will finish this season. As I return to being “just” a supporter, let me say what a joy it’s been to share the stories of God’s kingdom coming with you givers, encouragers, pray-ers and thinkers who are part of the wider TSCF family. Many aspects of this job have warmed and enthused me—particularly seeing regular proof of the faithfulness of God’s people.

Borrowing a line from someone who knew all about the encouragement of gospel partners, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” 

And here’s my chance to thank you.

Maryanne Wardlaw, editor