I have returned from England to find our business office in a most serious and alarming situation. This is not pleasant, but I'm going to have to take you into my confidence and tell you candidly the state of affairs in God's great work, and ask your immediate help, to the limit of your ability, and also your SERIOUS and most EARNEST prayers for the work.
This morning we face an emergency dilemma that would bring discouragement, frustration, and fright to the stoutest heart—if we did not have FAITH in God, and in JESUS CHRIST, our living Head and active Leader!
The men in our business office had not let me know, before, of the true state of affairs. They didn't want to worry me or take my mind off other responsibilities of this great work. They thought we would work out of it very soon, anyway. But it is going to take some real sacrificing, and DOING on the part of all of us to work out of it. We are going to have to put God's work FIRST, above everything else in OUR lives. I am going to have to pull our big two-page message out of the farm papers for a while. Capper's Farmer is suspending publication. We had planned to continue these vital messages in two other publications—but now I must cancel that. I may have to cancel out some important radio stations for a while. We have to REALLY "tighten our belts" and make sacrifices —and PRAY—until we do work out of this situation.
I am not the Head of this work—JESUS CHRIST is! I am not your top Leader in it—CHRIST is our living and active Leader! But, just as He inspired Moses to call on God's people for material support for His work in that day—just as He moved the Apostle Paul to call on early Christians for financial support for His work, so today I am forced to tell you about this seemingly uncrossable cross-roads the work has come to—and to ask you to PRAY AND PUT YOUR HEART INTO YOUR PRAYERS IN REAL EARNEST—and to make whatever financial sacrifice is necessary, now and during the coming months, to help directly as far as God has made possible.
While every widow's mite is desperately needed, yet even more desperate is the need for really large sums from those whom God has made able. Some, who have one or several thousand dollars they feel unable to give outright, at this time, have in the past loaned such sums for use in God's work for one, two, or more years. This allows such money to be in important use in the meantime. Right now the work NEEDS many such sums! The need right now is greater than we can meet except by VERY SPECIAL SACRIFICE and help from our loyal Co-Workers.
This letter is one of the unpleasant things God lays on me to do. Believe me, dear Co-Workers, it is serious, and it is URGENT. If you will join me now in PRAYER and personal sacrifice and help to the utmost, God will see us through—as always before.