Message from the publisher:

The Cost Of A Free Gift
  By Rich Carmicheal

    Perhaps you have heard the saying, "You get what you pay for." While it is true that quality is often related to price, I believe that there are free gifts which are of great value. In this case, one could state, "You get what others pay for." The greatest example of this is the free gift of salvation which is possible only because Christ paid such a dear price. "For you know it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed…but with the precious blood of Christ..." (1 Pet. 1:18-19).

    "You get what others pay for" also holds true in the ministry of Herald of His Coming. Although Herald of His Coming and other Herald materials are sent free of charge, they are by no means without cost. Just think of the cost involved in the free copy of the Herald that is before you now. For example, consider the price a brother such as Sammy Tippit has paid in time, energy, ministry and prayer in order to give birth to the message printed on page one. Consider the volunteers who have given their time and energy to help mail this copy to you. Of course, there are the dear friends who have provided generous and sacrificial gifts to help cover the printing and mailing costs so that others might freely receive. And there are also those faithful friends whose prayers help sustain the outreach of this ministry. In other words, though the Herald is free, it has been paid for by the love, time, energy, financial gifts, and prayers of a number of people. And since many Herald readers have little or no financial means, the sacrifice of others which enables them to freely receive the Herald is all the more precious.

    With that being said, I invite you, to consider your involvement in helping with the costs of sending forth Herald of His Coming. There are many opportunities available to bless others with the message of the Lord, but unless more people help pay the price, we cannot take advantage of these opportunities. As a matter of fact, there is the need for additional friends to give generously and sacrificially toward this ministry in order to sustain even the current level of printings and mailings. Unless there is an increase in the amount of financial support the Herald receives, we will regrettably need to make some dramatic cuts in the amount of Heralds and other materials the ministry is able to print and distribute. In light of the significance of the times, this is not a time to shrink back, but to press forward in the Lord’s work. We hope you will be able to help to this end through your prayers and gifts.

    If you do feel led to help with the financial costs of this ministry, we hope you will find great encouragement in knowing that your support will benefit many. This ministry strives to operate as economically as possible so that any gift you give can go as far as possible in directly helping Herald readers. Because of this, each U.S. Dollar this ministry receives covers the costs associated with printing and mailing at least two copies of the Herald. This means that each dollar you give touches the lives of at least two Herald readers!

    Actually, each dollar benefits even more people when you consider the multiplying effect involved with the Herald as copies are passed from hand to hand, and as leaders use the Herald as a source for their sermons, lessons and prayer meetings. Also, your support helps fund other language editions of the Herald, making it possible for many more thousands of readers to benefit spiritually through Herald messages.

    We praise the Lord for the impact that each gift makes! If you are able to give financially, you may send your gift(s) to the Herald office in the U.S. or to a local Herald office in your country. Though these office addresses are normally listed on page 10 in each Herald, they are omitted this month because of the special calendar printed on pages 9 and 10. The address in the U.S. is:

Herald of His Coming
P.O. Box 279
Seelyville IN 47878