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EDITORIAL: Awards bring recognition of our blessings

Every now and then something happens that makes the staff of The Christian Chronicle realize once again how blessed we are. 
Recently, the Chronicle was named the top national/international newspaper in the annual “Best of the Christian Press” contest sponsored by the Associated Church Press. 
The first-place award was presented at the religious press association’s meeting in Indianapolis. The yearly competition draws more than 1,000 entries in 60 categories.
Describing the Chronicle, one of the contest judges wrote: “From great-looking layouts to powerful photography to its outstanding writing, The Christian Chronicle understands what is most important — that the people and their lives, and how those lives interconnect with readers, is the foundation for communication excellence.” 
Besides the top publication honor, the paper received five other awards for stories published in 2012. Individual first-place awards included:
• “Fear and faith,” a news story written by Erik Tryggestad during a reporting trip to Nairobi, Kenya. The story looks at the impact of Islamic terrorism on a Church of Christ in a Somali-dominated neighborhood.
• “Is your church visitor-friendly?” A package of articles by Bobby Ross Jr. won in the Personally Useful Article Category. Ross used his own experience visiting a church during a reporting trip to highlight the  need for congregations to be outsider-friendly. A sidebar by Tryggestad added an international angle to the package.
Judges were lavish in their praise for “clear, concise and compelling” writing.
Our journalists love finding captivating Christian stories to share. For them, it’s a ministry, not a job. And your support and words of encouragement help make it all happen. We recognize that, and we also want to recognize you for your partnership in this endeavor.
Recognition by fellow journalists brings us to our knees in gratitude — first to our gracious Lord who makes this ministry possible and, secondly, to you, our readers who provide “the wind beneath our wings.”
Into this office daily flow generous words of encouragement, appreciation and support from you.  We are humbled and deeply grateful for these blessings.
You have seen our mission statement many times: to inform, inspire and unite. Accomplishing this often takes us into difficult and complex subjects as we try to put a face on the challenges of a life of faith. You have come to expect and appreciate the fact that The Christian Chronicle takes you to where the news is happening. When you read our pages, we pray you will journey with us to Massachusetts, South Dakota or West, Texas. Or Latin America, Africa and the Philippines.
Sending reporters on these trips is costly.  But when you read the Chronicle, you see the difference in reporting styles that are in-depth and balanced.
We want to keep telling these stories of news and faith in the future because you appreciate and expect them. Please help make this publication possible by joining hands with us to invest in this quality publication.
In a time when we are learning to cope with increased financial challenges by trusting in the Lord, we wanted to share with you this recent good news.
As a downtrodden lady once said to my wife, “If you look carefully, every day the Lord sends you a blessing.” 
Not only has he sent us the blessing of recognition for our hard work, but he also sends us, daily, many other blessings — including each of you.

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