Today, November 1, 2004, Apologetics Press proudly announces its new 25and 2.5 fund-raising campaign. The 25 refers to the fact that A.P. is celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. The 2.5 refers to the fact that we are embarking on a drive to raise $2.5 million. A word of explanation is in order.
Over the past quarter of a century, Apologetics Press has moved from a small, little-known work, to one that is now a major player in the apologetics arena. We have five full-time professional staff members, all of whom speak around the country numerous weekends during the year. Plus, we have a support staff that is second to none. This year alone, I already have announced the hiring of four new young menand a fifth will be announced shortly. Our journals (Reason & Revelation for adults; Discovery for children) circle the globe. Creationist groups worldwide look to us for cutting-edge articles on a variety of topics (the Big Bang, the evolution of consciousness, the origin of language, etc.). Our books, such as Dinosaurs Unleashed, The Truth About Human Origins, The Anvil Rings, Investigating Christian Evidences, and the Rock-Solid Faith trilogy, are now being carried in major bookstores and on-line outlets. Our Christian Evidences Correspondence Courses have been translated into various foreign languages by people working in the mission field. Our own in-house Spanish-language staff is working diligently to translate our materials into Spanish, and to produce a Spanish-language mirror image of our immensely popular Web site (www.Apologetics Press.orgwhich receives up to 250,000 page-hits per month!). We are training approximately a dozen interns every summeryoung men who one day will return to Apologetics Press as professional staff members. And so on.
But we can do more! We want to produce professional, television-style videos for children that can air on stations nationwide. We want to produce and distribute one-minute-long spots on apologetics (for adults and children) that will run daily on radio stations from coast to coast. We want to produce science textbooks (which extol God as Creator and refute the false concept of organic evolution) for use by people who are home schooling their children. We want to hire additional foreign-language translators (as well as new interns who speak and write those languages) so that we can translate our materials into Mandarin Chinese, Russian, etc. I could continue this list of future projects almost endlessly.
But the point I want to make here isthis not merely a wish list. As of today, we are announcing the inner workings of a plan that will make it possible for us to do all of this and moremuch, much more! Our goal is to raise $2,500,000, every penny of which will be plowed directly back into the work in order to make these projects not merely a dream, but a reality. At Apologetics Press, we are well known for planning our work and working our plan. And never has that been truer than with this current endeavorthe most important effort in the distinguished tenure of our work.
At the same time that this issue of Reason & Revelation was mailed, we sent out the largest single mailing in the twenty-five-year history of Apologetics Press. Included in that mailing was a cover letter, outlining our 25and 2.5 fund-raising campaign, and an extensive, full-color, 16-page proposal explaining in minute detail not only why we want to raise such a significant amount of money, but how we plan to spend every single dime of it. We have left no stone unturned in our attempts to communicate with friends and supporters of our work the steps we are about to take that eventually will allow us to do more.
Now, I am asking for your help. We realize that we cannot possibly accomplish so impressive an objective without the providential help of Heaven, and the generous support of those people who believe in our work. Some who are reading this have been with us for the entire twenty-five-year period of our existence. Others are newcomers to our work. We need the assistance of old friends, and new friends, if we expect to pull this off. All gifts, of course, are tax-deductible. If you could dig deeply to help us, we would appreciate it. [If you would like, you may donate on-line via credit card.] We want to ensure that A.P. is around for another twenty-five yearsand many, many more!
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