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
I thank you, my beloved friends, for your love and kindness. May I
yet receive more grace to justify your confidence.
[The "event" referred to was the 70th birthday of Mr Austin-Sparks]
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