—Got the Message?—Show it! DO 1875 10/84
1. THIS TEXT ON THE BACK OF THE "HEAVEN ON EARTH" POSTER IS INSPIRED! Apollos is a genius! He's got real magic with the Words! I can hardly believe I wrote any of this stuff, it's so good! I think you're really going to like it‚ it's really inspired & packs a real wallop with a general rundown of everything. I never saw the like of the way he can pack so much in one short little thing! I wish I could do that! Well, the Lord knew I couldn't so He got Apollos so that he could!
2. THE ART IS JUST BEAUTIFUL, THE CORRECTIONS, EVERYTHING! It looks just gorgeous! I don't think we could improve on it any more in any way. Would you be willing to take it out? Do you think you can sell it? You've got to be sold on it yourself! You can't expect other people to sell it unless you're sold on it!—And if you see anything about it you think wouldn't sell, just holler!
3. BY THE WAY, I LIKED YOUR ART CREDIT, ONLY WHEN I SAID "MICROSCOPIC" YOU REALLY TOOK ME LITERALLY! But I think it's all right. Two artists collaborated on this one. Well, I guess if writers can collaborate on the same book, you guys ought not to object to collaborating on the same poster!
4. BOY OH BOY, IF THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY DID WITH THAT TAPE POSTER, THEY CAN ALMOST WORK MIRACLES! It's terrific‚ it's so bright & clear & it just socks it to you! So I think they're going to love it! We're not only going to pay for the pubbing of the posters in the three centers, but we're also going to help with the pubbing of the tapes & the tape covers, which is an extra expense for each of the offices. We're going to help them on this initial push, particularly getting the tapes duped & covers on the tapes, all of which is an extra expense & a little expensive. So we're going to try to help'm all out on that, as well as on these posters. So pray for them that they'll be encouraged & inspired & have the faith for it. We're going to give them a little extra to give them a little extra push to begin with.
5. I MADE SOME CORRECTIONS ON THE REVELATION OF THE END POSTER WHICH I THINK WERE SOME IMPROVEMENTS, & that's probably going to be one of the next four. It'll be about three months before we can afford to get the next four printed, but I thought that would be a good one. I was looking over the small black-&–white of that & you can even read the fine print very clearly if you take it & look at it. We even pubbed one once half the size of the black-&-white & you could still read the fine print. That thing is a whole education in the whole subject—World History & the works from beginning to end—so I think it's really worth repubbing in this small, convenient size. With these changes & modifications I think it'll even go over publicly to suit the GP! So that'll be one of the first four, DV. It's got a lot of black-&-white text on the back already, so it's all done with both sides except to get those colour separations so we can get it in small size.
6. THEN AS I TOLD YOU BEFORE‚ THE SECOND ONE IS ANOTHER RE-PUB, THE PICTURE OF THE CITY BY ITSELF THAT IS ALREADY IN COLOUR ON THE BIG POSTER. By cutting off the righthand end we've got one just the right size, & that's quite a teaching tool too! Apollos can be thinking about his text for the back of that. Some of these texts on the same subject could be re-used again since they're on the same place—unless he wants to modify it! That'll give him something to do anyway!—Ha! Since he's such an expert at it he could really go into detail on the City then, so he might as well do another text.
7. ANOTHER SUBJECT WE NEED TO DEAL WITH IS THE BEGINNING, & IN THE SAME THING WE COULD KNOCK EVOLUTION! We could have some awful pretty pictures of Adam & Eve in the Garden! We've got some already we might be able to use, but I don't know if they're coloured. We've got an awful lot on the End‚ which is our specialty, but we do need something on the Beginning, because a lot of people have questions about the Beginning & how did it all get started & what for & why & all that stuff. So be thinking about one on that subject, maybe another combo of pictures on one poster telling the story of that Beginning & why & what for etc. We ought to be able to get some real pretty pictures on that.
8. WE COULD START OFF WITH THE GARDEN OF EDEN & END UP ON THE CROSS, A KIND OF STORY OF THE FALL & SALVATION! We really need something on that to explain Creation, the Fall of Man, & then the reason for Salvation & the Cross etc. Wouldn't that make a good poster? Don't you all think we need something on that subject? We've explained the End‚ which nobody else has much, but we do need at least one on the Beginning to explain that the way it ought to be explained, which nobody has done very much either, at least not the way we do it. You can go through your pictures & see what we've got ready-made for colouring. That would make a terrific one! I'd love to see that as one of the next four if you get inspired on that! Wouldn't that be beautiful? We really need it! That's a real vacuum there, especially in these posters.
9. SO AS SOON AS THE COLOUR SEPARATIONS ARE DONE ON THE FIRST FOUR WE'RE GOING TO SHOOT'M OFF TO THE OTHER CENTERS SO THEY CAN BE WORKING ON'M! And as soon as we can we're going to shoot'm a little help on the pubbin' too, in fact we're going to pay for the pubbin' of these colour posters, the initial pubbing anyhow. Then if they run out, maybe they can do some more of their own. Sprint will pack'm up for the first air mailing & then send the rest out surface as we planned. That's just the first 100,000 in each place of four different kinds, then maybe we'll save the other 300,000 for the following four months. But if they find they go so fast that they want more before that, we can go ahead & send'm!
10. I DON'T THINK WE COULD HAVE DONE ANY BETTER ON THIS ART WITHOUT SEEING THE REAL THING ITSELF, IT'S REALLY GORGEOUS! God bless you all! I'm going to work today, D.V., on the Poster Issue of the GN‚ on proofreading all these articles on the Posters, & from the looks of the stack I've got‚ it looks like it could make two issues! For a couple of weeks we've been spending so much time on these posters & we've had so much other business to take care of that I haven't had time to work on the GN texts, but I guess you have enough to keep you busy! It's a good thing we got a little bit ahead! It always pays to be a little ahead & have a little reserve, a little buffer there just in case something happens & you don't have time. We want to keep about two editions ahead so that if ever something happens & there's any lapse of time we'll always have something on hand. It seems like our normal GN rate of production is about four a month, we just can't seem to keep it under that!
11. WELL, I HOPE I HAVEN'T TALKED YOUR EARS OFF WITH ALL THESE TAPES, BUT MAYBE IF I HAVE, IT'S BEEN WORTH IT! At least you can still see & tell the story! You've heard it all! Amen? GBY! Thanks a lot! Are you inspired? Do you think it'll go? Would you be willing to go with it? Hallelujah! TYJ! ILY!
12. THANK YOU LORD FOR HOW MARVELLOUSLY YOU'VE BLESSED THE PUBS, & the thrilling way You've revealed to us how to get out our final Message, in a way, Lord. Instead of the little booklet we had in mind, Lord, this is a far quicker, more effective & much more attractive way to make it very attractive & almost irresistible‚ Lord, & very brief & to the point, in such a way that we believe it's really going to go!
13. BLESS ALL THE POSTERS & MAKE THEM WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO BE & TO GO OUT AS YOU WANT THEM TO GO‚ & TO GO WHERE YOU WANT THEM TO GO, LORD! Encourage & inspire the people who take them & disseminate them. Give them real inspiration & conviction that they are really getting the Message out this way & not be afraid to do so, Lord, something new & something different! Bless them for it & bless them financially for it & make them a blessing. Bless & keep Thy children‚ Thy Family everywhere, & continue to make them a blessing! Thank You for how You have!—In Jesus' name, amen!—Got the Message?—Show it!