Across the years, we have been the beneficiaries of numerous thoughtful suggestions that have arrived in our mailbox unannounced from subscribers. In fact, it certainly would be safe to say that as a result of these helpful hints, we have been able to improve already-existing products and services, or institute new products and services. We always are grateful for constructive criticism or advice that helps us reach more people, or do what we do in a better fashion.
This past month, we received a kind letter from a reader of long-standing, in which was the kernel for an idea that we thought had real merit. The gentleman who wrote is himself a preacher, and wanted to offer a suggestion on a way that he felt our readers, and our work, might be of assistance to young preacher students who were matriculating in colleges, universities, or preacher training schools around the country.
Our correspondent—being in the occupation he was—knew all too well the value of a preacher having a well-equipped library. Preparing sermons, lessons for Bible classes, devotionals for camp settings, etc., involves a great deal of personal study, which is made much easier and more convenient if the tools are easily at hand.
But, as the writer also knew all too well, young preacher students (and even older ones for that matter) often have to make financial sacrifices to attend school in order to get the training they need. With tuition, daily living expenses, or families to support, many live on shoe-string budgets. Sometimes there simply is too much month left over at the end of the money. As a result, preacher students cannot afford to purchase the books that would help them build the libraries they need to do their job better, both now and in the future.
With this knowledge at his fingertips, our subscriber hatched an idea. Why not offer our readers an opportunity to help preacher students receive the books they need, but many times cannot afford? The idea, which had two parts, went something like this.
PART ONE—No doubt many on our mailing list know personally one or more student(s) currently studying to become a preacher—and who genuinely would appreciate receiving books for their library. Suppose you personally know of such a student, and would like to make a gift to him of one or more books that we carry in our catalog. If you will send us his name and address, along with the description and payment for whatever materials you would like him to receive, we will forward the items to him.
PART TWO—Or, suppose you would like to help a preacher student in this manner, but you do not know one. Because of the nature of our work, we know many! If you would like to provide a gift of materials for one or more students, but have no names or addresses, if you will send a donation to our offices for that purpose, we will see to it that a deserving student receives the gift. In either of these instances, we will be happy to send along a card designating you as the donor (or, the gift can be sent anonymously if you prefer).
Think of all the preachers who could benefit from the gift of a some good, sound materials on apologetics for their personal libraries. If you would like to have a part in this program, please feel free to write or call us (1-800-234-8558).
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