Not everything about this magazine turned out as we expected—and we couldn’t be more delighted!
When Adventist World was launched in September 2005, it was available in just two languages (English and Korean), and only in print. Five and a half years later, 1.5 million copies a month are printed in eight languages, and readers can access the magazine online in 13 language editions, including Arabic, Romanian, and Urdu (go to www.adventistworld.org, and select from the language menu).
This magazine was expressly designed to serve the needs of current church members—not the general public—but stories continue to roll in to our editorial office about how effective Adventist World is as a witnessing tool to share the truths of God’s Word. We planned this journal to focus on the stories and news that would help to unify and nurture a large and rapidly growing global movement, but then discovered that hundreds—even thousands—of others were eager to look over the shoulders of their Adventist neighbors to satisfy a godly curiosity about God’s remnant church.
By now the number of persons who have joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church because of the ministry of this magazine surely numbers in the hundreds, if not the thousands. One faithful lay member in West Africa counts more than 60 who have been baptized because of the thousands of copies of Adventist World he has distributed. Our cover feature, “Convicted by a Scrap of Paper” (June 2010,http://www.adventistworld.org/issue.php?issue=2010-1006&page=14), told of dozens of new believers who came to faith after finding just two pages of this magazine beside a rural road. Every week we read requests from men and women of other faiths who write to ask us how they can get a personal copy—and for now, at least, all we can tell them is “Keep asking the Adventists you know to hand their copies on to you!”
That’s actually a very good plan: hand your copy of this magazine along to someone else when you have finished savoring it. Better yet, tell them which articles particularly impressed you, and follow up with a later conversation about what they read.
It’s a simple way to love your neighbor, and one that Jesus will surely use to call His own to Him.
— Bill Knott
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