Editor's Letters

by T. Austin-Sparks

March-April 1962

Dear Friends,

This is a brief word of explanation and appreciation.

In our last issue we included a slip asking our readers to let us know whether they desired us to continue mailing the paper to them.

It would involve a great deal of extra work for the secretary to extract from a fairly large mailing list the names of those who have more recently asked for the paper, or about whom we have no doubt in this matter. There is a large enough margin of people to justify our enquiry because of the considerable lapse of time in their writing to us.

We have to run the risk of being misunderstood, or even offending our assured friends, and just send the slip to everybody.

Our sole object is to keep the ministry of this little paper in immediate touch with need, and so to see to it that the mailing list is alive. We have no concern to keep the paper going one issue beyond the time when its living value ceases, and only the readers can apprise us of this.

So, will those friends who may have felt our enquiry to be unnecessary or unkind please accept this explanation.

But having said that, I am more than glad that we sent out that enquiry. It has brought such a volume of appreciative letters and tokens of evaluation - although it was not meant to be a quest for such - that has greatly encouraged and inspired us to pursue this ministry.

The reading of these many letters has strengthened and enlivened a personal touch with those who have written, and this is itself of real value.

So, again, we thank you, and take courage.

This present issue is, if anything, more solid (I trust not 'heavy') than many, and it may call for more than a superficial reading, but we pray that it may prove to be of that kind referred to by the Apostle - "Solid food is for fullgrown men".

This is a superficial age when cheapness, lightness, and 'something-for-nothing' are all too characteristic. We may reduce numbers, but if, as in the case of Gideon's army, reduction is unto calibre and effectiveness, that will be worth while.

Pray for us, as we do for you,
Yours in the Grace of our Lord Jesus,

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