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EDITORIAL: Thank you for your partnership


Otis Gatewood, the great, post-World War II missionary to Germany, once told a group of students, “Always try to give something when a missionary or other person is raising funds because you want to have fellowship in every good work.”
When we share in good works and ministries, we not only strengthen the kingdom, but we also strengthen our relationships with other Christians.
And we strengthen our own faith.

The Christian Chronicle is a ministry, and we are thankful to you for sharing in it with us.  
You graciously and generously respond to the appeals we send each year, making it possible for us to tell the inspiring stories of churches and Christians across the country and around the world.
Because advertising covers only about half of our production costs, your donations allow us to reach around the globe and tell stories that inform, inspire and connect.
Your contributions have enabled our writers to travel to more than 40 states and more than 30 countries to report firsthand on Churches of Christ.
For example, assistant managing editor Erik Tryggestad traveled to Haiti soon after the earthquake and told the story of our Christian brothers and sisters affected by that tragedy.
Last year managing editor Bobby Ross Jr. traveled to New York City to cover a historic church lectureship at the Apollo Theater. He also launched the series “By the Numbers,” examining growth and decline in our churches.
And associate editor Joy McMillon told the story of an Afghan girl who touched the hearts of U.S. church members and sparked a ministry.
You have helped us weather severe economic and financial storms. Thanks to your support, we have not only weathered the storms thus far but have become the largest church-related publication in our fellowship.
More than that, you trust the Chronicle. In our most recent reader survey, 91 percent of you agreed that you trust what you read in these pages.
All of us associated with the Chronicle are grateful for the continued support of our longtime donors and friends.
You understand that the Chronicle is more than a newspaper. It is a ministry to the Lord, and you are a partner in it.
The 20 Christian men and women from across the country who govern the Chronicle have charged us by stating: “The Christian Chronicle exists so that Christians worldwide are increasingly informed about the activities impacting Churches of Christ in a manner that inspires, connects and promotes constructive dialogue, at a cost that demonstrates an effective stewardship of all resources provided by God.”
James Bliss of Chesterfield, Mo., recently wrote to the Chronicle: “To cover the world with news of the church is a mammoth task, but it helps to unify the body and keep us informed. Yours is the only source of such news that I am aware of.”
You, like he, understand that our fellowship desperately needs that kind of connection and information, and we work to provide it.

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