The Pen Mightier Than the Sword

The life of a dedicated publisher.

Fernando Chaij, Spanish Department Editor, Pacific Press

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.

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