Printing was the handmaid of the sixteenth-century Reformation. It gave impetus to the movement. It made it articulate. It seemed quite natural that in the rise of the Advent Movement printing should play a major role. Those who have dedicated their lives to writing and editing our books and periodicals have done the cause a great service. Marcelo I. Fayard is one of these dedicated workers. His contribution has been outstanding. He has written fourteen original volumes and has translated twenty-three others, most of which have been Spirit of Prophecy books.
After forty-seven years of fruitful service and editorial responsibility he has now retired. The accompanying picture shows him with the results of his work. The Advent message is beautifully set forth in the pages of these fourteen original volumes, many of which continue to enjoy a very large circulation, some exceeding a sale of more than a quarter of a million copies. In presenting Editor Fayard to our readers around the world it is with the hope that this will inspire some of our younger workers with the gift of journalism to dedicate their talents to this all-important ministry. Practically all of our journals, including THE MINISTRY, are ever in need of well-written, stimulating articles.
In addition to his work as author and translator, Brother Fayard has also served as copy editor and has revised a number of manuscripts with extraordinary skill. For many years he was expanding and increasing the production of the Casa Editora Sudamericana. But for the past seventeen years he has served in the Spanish editorial department of the Pacific Press in North America.
In addition to carrying the responsibility of book editor in both of these institutions, he was also the editor of Vida Feleiz (formerly El Atalaya) and El Centinela. Only eternity will reveal the tremendous scope and fruitage resulting from the pages that have passed through his hands. His untiring service, his journalistic skill, his extraordinary application, as well as his humility and devotion have been an inspiration to all whose lives have been touched by this minister of the pen and teacher of truth.