As of this year, the work of Apologetics Press is 24 years old. And the growth it is experiencing seems to be taking place at an almost exponential rate. Each new month has become, in its own right, a “record-breaker” of some sort. Subscriptions to both of our professional journals (Reason & Revelation for adults, Discovery for children) are increasing dramatically. Sales of our non-profit materials are skyrocketing (to offer just one example, we have had to reprint the introductory-level edition of our popular Christian Evidences Correspondence Course three times!). And our main Web site (www.ApologeticsPress.org) is generating such incredible interest worldwide that, at times, even we are having trouble believing it. By early summer, 2002, it was receiving well over 100,000 page-hits per month from people who literally span the globe, and who are searching for scientifically accurate, biblically sound information on topics such as apologetics, genetic engineering, the creation/evolution controversy, the truth about New Testament Christianity, etc. After our special September 2002 issue of Reason & Revelation (“Creationists Fight Back!”), in which we provided in-depth rebuttals to attacks upon creationism from the editors of Scientific American and U.S. News & World Report, our Web site was flooded with requests for the full-text copies (in both PDF and html formats) of those rebuttals, as people who were looking for ammunition sought out our responses. As a result, hits to our Web site increased dramatically (over 120,000 per month, currently), and the numbers have continued to increase each month as word spreads about the rich (and free!) variety of resources that our Web site offers. We have completed the third installment of our Christian Evidences Correspondence Course (the advanced-level series). Kyle, Dr. Brad, Dr. Dave, and I are all working on new books, which will go to the printer shortly. We are only weeks away from the publication of a brand new series of tracts—just for kids. The second “journey” in our Explorer Series for children is almost complete. And so on.
All of this represents real, tangible progress. And the future appears just as bright. In fact, we are looking forward to the continuation of this amazing trend. However, in the midst of all this growth, I believe that it is important to stop and recognize those who make it all possible. First and foremost, of course, we are grateful to God for the innumerable blessings He continually bestows upon our work. We are fully cognizant of the fact that, without Him, none of this would be possible.
Second, however, I want to take a moment to thank some of the “behind the scenes” people who put in extremely long hours here at A.P., yet rarely receive any sort of public recognition. My professional staff and I have been blessed with an incredible support staff, which is composed of a group of people that is second to none. For example, each time you telephone our Montgomery office, one of three kind, Christian ladies answers, always ready to help. Glenda Bailey (my executive secretary), LaRose Willis, and Pam Lowery are the keel that stabilizes the ship. They keep everything running smoothly, and perform their jobs flawlessly. Nary a day passes that their smiles don’t make our office just that much brighter. These ever-efficient ladies see to it that my professional staff and I are well taken care of so that we are able to continue writing and traveling, non-stop, throughout the year. Every single day, they fill the orders that arrive by phone, mail, and the Web. They greet our customers, make bank deposits, pay bills, keep track of donations, update our databases, help us pack for (or unpack from) trips, etc. In short, they make sure that Apologetics Press runs in a smooth, professional manner.
These amazing ladies are joined by Jim Estabrook, who serves as our general manager, and Charles McCown, who serves as our production manager. Both of these young men are faithful, dedicated Christians who possess an abundance of talent. Without them, it is safe to say that everything around here would come to a screeching halt. Jim manages all of our day-to-day business activities (including fiscal matters), as well as maintaining our extensive in-house computer system. He is, if I may say so, my right-hand man. Charles is the mastermind behind both R&R and Discovery. He locates all the necessary artwork and graphics, lays out the journals, designs the front cover for Discovery (as well as all of our books), and maintains both of our Web sites. While these five are not the only individuals who help us in our work, they are ones who often get overlooked. Without Glenda, LaRose, Pam, Jim, and Charles, we could not bring you the consistently high-quality products that you are accustomed to receiving. So, allow me to say “thank-you” to what is arguably the best support staff in the world. They routinely go “above and beyond” the call of duty, excelling at every task they are asked to perform. My professional staff (Kyle, Eric, Dr. Brad, and Dr. Dave) and I salute this invaluable part of our workforce. They are the best, and we are proud to work side by side with them on a daily basis.
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