March 14, 1949
Just as I am trying to get away at last, this morning,
for the much needed rest and period of fasting, a situation arises
SO URGENT that although my head is thick with a severe cold and
fever, and I am hoarse with sore throat, I find it necessary to
write you this brief letter before I go.
Once again our Co-Workers are letting down. Money to
carry on this great and growing work or God is dropping off. Dear
Co-Workers, I wish I did not need to remind you of this FIRST
PRIORITY necessity, and I am very tired and overworked this
morning, but God's work must not suffer, or stop. So I am forced
to ask you again for quick, and GENEROUS help.
We had such a marvelous---yes, miraculous, response in
December when the life of the whole work and of the college was
threatened. But in January our Co-Workers began to let down again.
I wonder if you realize that the nature of this work is such that,
if our Co-Workers let down for even a single month, THIS WHOLE WORK
CAN BE STOPPED, AND ENDED, ANY TIME! It is a work of FAITH, from
day to day. We can carry on only as our Co-Workers make possible.
Since January 1st, WE HAVE MADE REALLY AMAZING PROGRESS.
A good portion of the remaining debt has been paid, but not all,
even yet. Hundreds have been healed who were sick, other hundreds
have been converted and now await baptism. A plan has been
definitely completed for baptising a large portion of these through
the summer months. The true Gospel has been preached to MILLIONS,
and the mail response has been by far the greatest we ever enjoyed.
Thousands of lives have been changed, turned right-side-up, set on
the true road, even tho strait and narrow, that leads to ever-
lasting life. Yes, God has given a very precious harvest.
There is SO MUCH I want to tell you. I have a BIG
SURPRISE for you. But I will have to leave it until I have
recovered, and rested, and am again in fit and vigorous condition,
and then I will send you a large, illustrated BULLETIN, and show
you the MIRACLES God has performed for His work since the first of
the year---and of things accomplished, and planned, that will
astonish you and give you a great thrill of joy, I know.
I have become so innervated from overwork, I have had to
delay completing the writing of The PLAIN TRUTH until I finish this
fast and rest. The Jan.-Feb. issue is not all mailed out yet.
Since December we have received over 60,000 letters asking for The
PLAIN TRUTH. Our office is literally SWAMPED, and we still have
about 26,000 whose names and addresses must be carefully typed, and
stencils cut for the mailing list, and then addresses printed on
copies of the magazine for mailing. We have employed 4 extra
girls, and have a staff of more than 20 working as hard as they can
to get it out. You may have to hear some former programs repeated
on the air again, until I get back from this imperative rest---but
then I shall have much better broadcasts for you, and I will be
more fit for the heavy responsibilities God has given me.
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU---I know I can go now, relying on
you all to respond quickly and generously. Many, I know, can send
only the widow's mites (remember it was two mites) and they are
absolutely necessary, for every dollar enables us to send God's
Message to TWO THOUSAND PRECIOUS SOULS. But, because so many
simply do not have more to give for the Lord's work, IT IS DOUBLY
IMPERATIVE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN SEND LARGER, MORE GENEROUS
SUMS---from $10 up to even a few thousand dollars. It takes many
thousand dollars a month to carry on this great work---and remember
it is powerfully, dynamically, reaching six or seven million every
week! Once again the NEED IS SERIOUS AND URGENT! Unless a big
response comes by return AIR-MAIL, the office will have to
telephone me to rush back to Pasadena and break up my fast and
rest. So I know you will place currency, money-order or check for
the largest sum you possibly can in the enclosed reply-envelope,
put an air-mail stamp on it, and get it in the post-office right
now, the first thing you do. GOD BLESS YOU!
In haste, in Jesus' name,
Herbert W. Armstrong