My story begins with my father. He grew up in Canada as the youngest of ten children. His mother died when he was just ten years old, and his older sister helped raise him. After she was married, my dad and his father "batched". When he was 21 yrs of age, some young men came to his town holding street meetings (they were allowed in those days). Although his mom had taken him to church as a young child, he now realized he needed to have a personal relationship with the Lord, and he accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour.
He attended Prairie Bible Institute in Canada, where he heard Hudson Taylor's call to missions in China. He went out to China as a single missionary in 1930.
Before he left for China, his sister told him that his mom had prayed that her youngest child (my dad) would become a preacher! Her prayers were answered eleven years after her death!
This is such an example for me! This shows the power of prayer - and of God's loving answer in His time!