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A Spiritual Mission

By Ken Horn
Aug. 4, 2013

Salvation — it’s what drives the ministry of the church. And it has also been a desired — and accomplished — result of Christian publishing.

The many staff members of the Pentecostal Evangel throughout the past century have seen firsthand the truth of Isaiah 55:11:

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,

And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (NKJV)

God uses this magazine to augment the ministry of others and even to reach into places where it is difficult to get a Christian witness.

In 1916, J. Roswell Flower, in his “Little Talks with the Office Editor,” wrote: “Not one of these papers has gone out without deep prayer to God that He will put into them all that we cannot, and that He will make them a great blessing to every heart.”

That sense of spiritual mission and urgency has never left the magazine’s offices during its 10 decades. Currently the Evangel staff gathers every week to pray for those who responded to the ABCs of Salvation the previous week and to lay hands on the magazine for the upcoming week, praying that God will anoint it for His purposes.

The salvation response coupons come from all over the world. One came from Beijing, China. The date of the magazine was more than five years prior. Twice we’ve received salvation?coupons clipped from magazines printed 12 years earlier. An average of seven salvation coupons come to the magazine’s offices each weekday, and every sender receives follow-up discipleship literature and a contact from a local church where possible.

Who knows if a magazine forgotten today may re-emerge at just the right time to touch a soul for Christ. It may linger at the bottom of a stack of reading material as it grows. Years later, someone may reach the bottom of that stack and find that old magazine, and receive Christ as Savior. It has happened before. How many silent, printed evangelists are in place for that God-given opportunity when a lost soul will read of the gospel and be rescued from an eternity without Christ?

In recent years, the Evangel has added a Spanish-language edition (Evangelio Pentecostal). The Evangel’s coverage has also expanded to a website with issues dating back to 1999 (visit The Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center has scanned and archived online issues from 1913-69 (visit Blogs, a daily email devotional, recordings for the blind, videos on AGTV, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter have augmented and expanded the Evangel’s reach in this technological era.

The Evangel has also had material reprinted in hundreds of publications, both print and online. Unofficial versions of the Pentecostal Evangel with material translated from English into many other languages have circulated internationally for decades.

Through the years the magazine has changed as needed to effectively communicate with a culturally changing readership. But in the midst of these changes the Evangel has always remained true to its mission — communicating the gospel, teaching the Word of God, sharing testimonies of those whose lives have been dramatically transformed, and prophetically speaking to the issues of the day.

And never forgetting that it’s done “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6, ESV).

KEN HORN is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel.

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