From the Editor's Pen
Visitors to the General Conference headquarters usually first reveal their identity as newcomers by the way they walk the hallways. There’s a slowness in the step that sets them apart from those of us who work there. Our crisp and purposeful strides connote familiarity and haste—“How late am I to that committee meeting on third floor?”—while theirs show caution, as though they feared getting lost in the corridors and cubicles.
So it was I spotted them some weeks ago, a group of college-age young adults, looking a little lost. “Can I help you?” I asked, briefly forgetting my errand. “Are you looking for someone or some office?”
“Yes,” one said slowly. “We’re looking for the Youth Department. We have an appointment there.”
I turned to escort them back along the way I had just come. “And where is home for you?” I asked.
“Well, we’re kind of from all over,” another said slowly. “We’re all working in New York City this year with the One Year in Mission program.”
“And you,” one said with a growing grin that soon took over his face, “you are the editor ofAdventist World. I recognize your picture from the front of the magazine.”
I laughingly confessed to being the editor of this journal, the man behind the picture on page 3.
Suddenly smiles erupted everywhere, and the hesitation in the step disappeared. “Adventist World,” several murmured to each other in differently accented English. “Oh, yes, we’ve read your articles in Adventist World.”
And suddenly a very large globe became remarkably smaller, more human, even navigable. Though we had never met before, we had a connection that bridged our different cultures and languages. Adventist World became for us a place of shared faith and common experience.
As you read their story in this month’s cover feature, pray for the connections this magazine makes possible between millions of Seventh-day Adventists. We may never meet in person until the kingdom, but we still participate in “one great fellowship of love throughout the whole wide earth.”