The Editorial of Ralph D. Winter
Founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission
A few moments ago I picked up a sheaf of papers I had not seen before. I looked for the first time at what you see, virtually unchanged, on pages 6-17. I felt so grateful, paging through, noting the crisp, graphic format, the carefully honed wording, the very weighty contentall without my lifting a finger as editor.
All I saw in advance was a one-page chart suggesting what material should land on which specific pages, things we had discussed together. I was told that I ought to fill in pages 2-5! Which I am now doing.
I am SO GRATEFUL for the two superb assistants I have in this editorial taskJohn Holzmann and Darrell Dorr. Their sheer competence in handling the written word, their almost forbiddingly high standards in graphics and format, their verve and drive, have enabled my participation in the monthly production of this bulletin to be an amazing minimum.
Even as I type right here on the page you are reading, I am looking at a screen image (on a lowly Mac Plus computer) which these men have already formatted to a T, so that all I do is fill in the spaces, and the whole rest of the issue is under their careful control.
This, in part, is the marvel of the computer age. Beyond what I am doing, there is no typesetting at all! What I type right here tonight will run out on a little machine like an office copier tomorrow morning, and those sheets will go directly to the printer, will probably be printed tomorrow afternoon (and will be in the mail a couple of days later). We have saved well over $300,000 in typesetting in the last three years because of these relatively inexpensive office machines! (If anyone wants to know how this is done, call up our man, Bruce Graham, and hell tell you.)
Now, the cover. What Michael Jaffarian and Darrell Dorr were concocting over the last two years, and what finally happened in Singapore a few days ago, is very timelya global network, now deftly organized, of centers for world mission (see pp. 6-9). What Wes Tullis (along with others on our staff) pulled off eight days ago here on our campus is even closer to home (see pages 10-11), but still spans the continent, bringing in 35 regional people, at their own expense, to talk about networking right in this country. Wes is chairman of our Mobilization Division.
Thus, our theme is again, in part, younger leaders taking overin the final countdown to the year 2000.
Ralph D. Winter, General Director