This, again, is an EMERGENCY S.O.S.!
I have had to be delayed almost a month in sending you this letter. When you don't get a letter from me, many of our Co-Workers stop sending in tithes and offerings for God's great work.
Result? Receipt of money for the work is now dropping off alarmingly! And we are still in the EMERGENCY CRISIS I told you about in my last letter. As I told you then, it will take us the rest of this year to work out of it.
World events have been speeding up—moving faster, faster, FASTER! Jesus Christ is the HEAD of this work. HE IS SPEEDING UP THIS GREAT WORK TO KEEP PACE WITH ACCELERATING WORLD CONDITIONS! He has been opening giant new doors for proclaiming HIS last MESSAGE to this world—just before the END OF THIS WORLD! Additional millions of people are now hearing Christ's LAST MESSAGE for this world!
In my last letter I told you the BIG NEWS that the London office of Radio Luxembourg had cleared the unprecedented early night time of 8 o'clock Saturday nights for The WORLD TOMORROW. Well, after I mailed that letter, the Paris headquarters office of Radio Luxembourg vetoed the London office on it. But we didn't give up. We kept praying.
Every apparent set-back is always a BOOST! The head director from Paris, who had opposed it, was in New York two weeks ago. Our New York advertising agent contacted him. Result? He has now approved our having this time, not only Saturday nights, but, as soon as they can clear the time, six nights a week! It will take from one to three months to work things out and get started, but it looks now like it is really going to open!
DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THIS MEANS? In England TV has not taken hold to the extent it has in America. Radio is still very strong. Yet except for the dull, dry, uninteresting government BBC network, there is only the one radio station really listened to in the British Isles—Radio Luxembourg! That ONE STATION covers thoroughly that whole nation! In the U.S.A. we have to use dozens of stations to get similar coverage. KEEP PRAYING WITH ME FOR THIS!
That is just a sample of the way this great work is GROWING! The first two-page message in the British READER'S DIGEST is now out. I hope to send you a reprint of it in my next letter. Around 150 really repentant and believing people have been baptized by our ministers since my last letter—added to the many HUNDREDS earlier this year!
I wrote to you about the whole national NETWORK of radio stations in Australia opening time to us SIX NIGHTS A WEEK! That program is now ON THE AIR FULL BLAST! Two days ago my son, Garner Ted Armstrong, together with one of our ablest ministers, Mr. Gerald Waterhouse, and a competent deacon, Mr. Frank Longuskie, who has been in charge or the Australian mailing list and correspondence, arrived in Sydney, Australia. They are setting up a branch office in Sydney. As soon as they are established, receiving all Australian mail and sending out all requested literature to Australian listeners from the new office, my son will fly back to Pasadena, and you will soon hear him on the air again.
Ted not only shares the broadcast with me, he is Director over all the overseas work around the world, he teaches several classes in Ambassador College, he is Executive Editor of The PLAIN TRUTH directly under me, and writes articles for every issue, and has still other duties beside—in addition to being a father- teacher to his three fine little sons, and the head of a happy home.
But now I must close this most URGENT letter, and get it to you without delay! The NEED was never so great! Again, THIS IS AN EMERGENCY S.O.S.! Again, I have to ask, if a few of our Co-Workers have a sum of anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 which you do not feel free to give, but which you could LOAN for use in God's work, THESE LARGER AMOUNTS STILL ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED! Give it if possible—loan it if unable to give. REMEMBER—both the Radio Church of God and also Ambassador College are NON-PROFIT, income- tax exempt institutions, fully approved by the Bureau of Internal Revenue. However, if your tithes and offerings combined are more than 20% of your net taxable income, I suggest you ask for the receipt for all over 20% from the college. A couple or three years ago one Co-Worker's deduction of 30% to the Church was held up and questioned—though they finally accepted it. You are allowed to deduct up to 30% of net taxable income—and if you divide it 20% to the church and balance to the college I don't think it will be questioned.
This, too, is an S.O.S. call to earnest PRAYER for this work. Your persistent believing prayers can cause many others to respond liberally, so that there may be enough to carry on God's fast growing work.
As I was writing this, a long distance call came through from Garner Ted, from Sydney, Australia. He said they had a good and safe flight, but it required a number of providential interventions to get them there. I am anxiously awaiting letters to explain in detail—but he said God intervened directly and miraculously in an astonishing way. It was 2:00 P.M. Thursday here, while I talked to him—and 8:00 A.M. Friday there. He said he and our other two men heard me speaking on Sydney radio last night—half way around the world, almost. Wherever you go on earth today, you can hear The WORLD TOMORROW!
KEEP PRAYING for this work. Prayers were answered in getting our men safely to Australia. You NEVER KNOW when some one in this work needs your prayers! And GOD DOES ANSWER!
Here we are, with another Christmas shopping season on us. I went into a local store yesterday. It was simply JAM-PACKED with early Christmas shoppers. Already people are forgetting all about CHRIST and HIS WORK, and spending their money TRADING PRESENTS back and forth. We now face our MOST DIFFICULT SIX WEEKS OF THE YEAR! I have to call on you to PRAY as never before, that funds will come in for this work! And I have to ask you to SACRIFICE other things that you may send in MORE THAN USUAL for the emergency NEED of God's work!
PLEASE SEND YOUR TITHES AND EXTRA SPECIAL OFFERINGS AIR- MAIL. Remember, the mails are already beginning to be clogged—so HURRY—and KEEP sending in as much as God makes possible, as OFTEN as possible!
THANK YOU, dear Co-Workers! God is blessing you!