Message from the publisher:
News From The Herald Office
During the last couple of months we devoted special attention and prayer toward our relationship and rates with DHL, the company that ships most of the Herald mail that goes outside of the U.S. As you may recall, we had some concern that our rates could increase significantly, even as much as several thousand dollars per month. We were also concerned because we were dealing with a new representative, and we did not know what consideration he might extend toward the Herald ministry. I am blessed to report to you that he has been very helpful, and there will be no increase in rates except for the 6.5% increase that, as I understand it, is being assessed to all of their customers. Based on our current level of mailings, this increase will add about $1,500 per month in shipping costs. We realize, however, that the Lord is far more than able to meet every need of this ministry!
During the process of working through this, I wrote to Elmer Klassen, the previous president/publisher of this ministry, to seek his prayers and counsel. His reply was insightful and encouraging. He wrote that it is a good investment to put money into these DHL shipments of "Herald missionaries." These thousands of "missionaries" sent out do not need visas, they do not have any family problems, they do not need schools for their children, they never get sick, they never need a doctor, they can easily adjust to the culture, they do not speak with a foreign accent, they have no problem in finding the address of the one who wants to listen, and they will patiently wait until the listener has time and will not be disturbed.
Elmerís reference to the Herald papers as "missionaries" caused me to reflect on where these papers go. Some will enter the studies of pastors and not only encourage and strengthen them, but also provide good material for their preaching and teaching. Others will find their way into homes where they will strengthen marriages and families. Some will find their way into prisons where they will be special companions for those needing encouragement from outside the prison walls. Some will find their way to prayer meetings and others to Bible Studies, providing guidance and inspiration. Some will go into libraries, schools and workplaces, providing a Gospel witness in these places. And many will make their way to individuals who will take the Lordís message to heart and who will be strengthened, challenged and encouraged in their relationship with Him and ministry to others.
Elmer went on to write that for the price of a candy bar, you can send such a "missionary," and he asks this question, "How many of these Ďmissionariesí do you want to send this month? $10.00 will send 20." It is true that even with the increase in shipping rates, it still only costs about 50 cents to send a copy of the Herald outside the U.S. When one considers the content the Lord provides in each issue of the Herald, 50 cents does seem to be a very good investment to make. Those of us in the Herald office are blessed by the gifts you send knowing that each gift of $1 means that two copies of the Herald will be sent, $5 means that 10 will be sent, $10 means 20, $20 means 40, $50 means 100, $100 means 200, $500 means 1,000, $1,000 means 2,000, $5,000 means 10,000, and so on. You may well be able to imagine the blessing we experience as we open mail and find, on the one hand, gifts to support printings and mailings, and, on the other hand, letters testifying to how the Lord is working through Herald materials. Praise the Lord!
Godís Heart for the World
The Lord, in His great love, wants "all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Tim. 2:4). Therefore, He calls His people to "Go into all the world and preach the good news..." (Mark 16:15) and to "make disciples of all nationsÖ" (Matt. 28:19). Through His precious blood, Jesus purchased men for God "from every tribe and language and people and nation" (Rev. 5:9).
How we rejoice in the Herald office that the Lord gives this ministry the opportunity to send His message to different peoples, languages, and nations. We continue to praise Him for the various Herald International editions, and we offer Him special praise for the first printing of a Swahili Herald for Congo (you can read more about this on page 10). We also praise Him for recent confirmation that several thousand Spanish Heralds sent every other month to Colombia are making it successfully to their destination. How good it is that the Lord unites many brothers and sisters in various places through this ministry. May we continue, by the Lordís grace, to pray for one another and offer mutual encouragement!
Longing for Revival
We recently received a prayer newsletter from Colin and Mary Peckham who are currently ministering in a church in Scotland that was part of the revival in the Hebrides that started in 1949. Note the longing for another outpouring of revival:
"God visited this parish in a unique way half a century ago, and is He not the same today? Godís people are hungry and they are not looking for any man-made solutions or new recipes in order to fill the empty pews. Their eyes scan the heavens and their ears are open to hear the sounds which rent the air on the day of Pentecost, birthing a church which Ďturned the world upside down.í
"We stand helpless before the relentless tide of evil which permeates our society today. Nothing Ė no, nothing, can stop the spiritual decline, other than a mighty Holy Ghost revival. We appeal to you to join with us in earnest prayer for such a visitation. The people amongst whom we move and have fellowship with these days, have known such a visitation, and like the psalmist they long to see Godís power and glory as they have (already) seen it in the sanctuary."
Letís do join with our brothers and sisters "in earnest prayer for such a visitation" in Barvas, Isle of Lewis, Scotland. The longing in their hearts is certainly a longing the Lord is putting there, as He desires to pour out revival upon them once again. And letís continue to seek the Lord for revival in our own lives, churches and in many other places as well, that we may see Godís power and glory poured out in our midst. The Lord is calling His people to repentance and prayer. "Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked man forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon" (Isa. 55:6-7). I hope the Lord works through this issue of the Herald to stir you to seek earnestly after Him!
Thank you to all of you who are praying for the Herald ministry. We know that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective! Thank you also to those of you who offer financial support. Hebrews 13:16 comes to mind: "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." May He bless your every prayer, gift, and act of service to the eternal benefit of others!
May We Hear From You?
You are welcome whenever you write to request materials, share prayer requests, provide names for the mailing list, etc. You may contact a local office listed on page 10 or the office in the U.S. at:
Herald of His Coming
P.O. Box 279
Seelyville IN 47878