Circling the Globe
In the spring of 1844 American inventor Samuel F. B. Morse sent the first intercity telegraph message from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland, along a line that ran barely two miles from where I now live. As a devout Bible student, he chose his first communication from Scripture: “What hath God wrought!” (Num. 23:23, KJV).
With this edition, the twenty-sixth of Adventist World, I am compelled to similarly marvel at the goodness and providence of God.
In just over two years the Lord has doubled the reach and range of this journal. The initial print run in September 2005 of 1.1 million, mostly in English, was a major milestone in Adventist publishing. Modest print runs in Spanish, French, Korean, and Bahasa (Indonesian) soon followed.
With this issue, Adventist World moves dramatically forward in its mission to unite believers all around the globe in the blessed hope of Jesus’ soon coming. Two million copies, including almost 700,000 in Spanish, French, and Portuguese, are circling the globe as you read this. Also beginning last month, 400,000 Chinese believers can read these same inspiring articles and news stories on the World Wide Web.
Through the blessing of God and the close cooperation of leaders from every world division of the church, a distribution system now carries this faith-building journal into homes, offices, and sanctuaries on six continents and in more than 150 nations.
For the first time since the 1860s, a copy of the church’s major journal is within reach of every seventh Adventist in the world. The many letters we receive at the Adventist World editorial office testify that it is being eagerly handed from believer to believer, and is even being shared as a witnessing tool in many lands.
The Lord has so far exceeded our expectations that we can only exclaim with the long-ago inventor, “What hath God wrought!”
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
But to Your name give glory
Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your truth” (Ps. 115:1, NASB).*
*Scripture quotations marked NASB are from the New American Standard Bible, copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.