Editor's Letters
by T. Austin-Sparks

November-December 1958

A Personal Word from the Editor

I am breaking a rule which has been observed for many years, when I enter a quite personal note in this paper. But necessity is laid upon me. On a date in September of this year an event occurred, the coming of which had become known to many of my friends. The result was that, on that occasion, cables, letters, etc., reached me from many countries, from - and between - the Far East and the Far West. A memorial of over seven hundred and fifty signatures was compiled. It is impossible to write a personal letter to all these friends, so this is my one alternative.

Let me say at once that I was overwhelmed with your love, and the Lord's goodness in this. Most of those who sent a message know something of the great cost, spiritually and physically, associated with the forty years of this ministry. I confess that the conflict, especially in recent times, has often had the effect of "casting down". The Lord seems to have been secretly storing up this surprise for a certain day, and, as I have said, the testimonies to spiritual value in the ministry were simply overwhelming, and led to deep worship. No words can express my gratitude, so I give up any attempt.

I thank you, my beloved friends, for your love and kindness. May I yet receive more grace to justify your confidence.

T. AUSTIN-SPARKS

[The "event" referred to was the 70th birthday of Mr Austin-Sparks]

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