Like the Leaves of Autumn
By Ted N. C. Wilson | President, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
As we increase our emphasis on Mission to the Cities (MTTC), let us continue the strong emphasis on The Great Controversy Project (GCP), which helps to lay the foundation for MTTC and for many of the results we will see (and are seeing) from The Great Controversy and The Great Hope touching the hearts of literally millions of people worldwide.
This project has reached the world and is being blessed by the Holy Spirit. Ellen G. White indicated that The Great Controversy was the one book she wished circulated more than any other she wrote. That special book was written under God’s direct guidance and protection.
Many divisions have been promoting and distributing these books during 2012 and now into 2013. Officially, the GCP will end at the end of 2013, but these books will be used in a strong way until the Lord returns. By the end of 2013 we expect more than 175 million copies of the various versions of The Great Controversy to have been distributed. Praise God for this incredible fulfilling of His wishes for the truth to touch the hearts of people.
Please promote the GCP with vigor during 2013. One division will be distributing the book in 2014. Our GCP leadership team is planning a strong concluding program at the 2013 Annual Council. They will be in contact with you about specifics. Our General Conference Publishing team has already been planning for special books to be used on a worldwide basis in 2014 and 2015.
Let’s promote the publishing and literature ministry (hardcopy and electronic) like never before. Let’s have a “dedicated pocket” or place for all of us to keep literature to share with others. Let’s encourage our people to share the truth like “the leaves of autumn” (for those who live in tropical areas that don’t have “autumn,” think of it as the powerful, heavy downpours of the rainy season)!
May God bless your special work for Him in each of your respective areas as we enter the second month of 2013 and are closer to Christ’s soon coming.
*Excerpted from a letter sent by Ted N. C. Wilson to all world division presidents on February 3, 2013. Reprinted with permission from Publishing Digest, February 2013.