Lindy Adams’ farewell letter to readers of The Christian Chronicle
As some of you may know, I will be leaving my role as an editor of the Chronicle in mid-April. I will be joining the stateside staff of Predisan Medical Mission in Catacamas, Honduras, as director of church and public relations.
I am sad when I think of all I will be leaving, and all the rich experiences we have shared together, but I think the time is right for this move for a number of reasons.
One of the principal ones is that I will be able to do my Predisan work from home, and have more time for my 16-year-old daughter and for family life in general — especially, I hope, to be actively involved again in my husband Ken’s work as an Oklahoma Christian music professor and conductor. I have missed the chance to tour with the Chorale and attend all the music department’s performances.
Predisan is a wonderful ministry, and I feel blessed to be part of an organization that does so much hands-on to help those in need. My Predisan duties will include producing publications, helping with administrative work and keeping in contact with donors and sponsoring churches.
I am truly thrilled to report that a fine journalist, Bobby Ross, will be coming to the Chronicle. Bobby is an Associated Press religion reporter in Dallas and an Oklahoma Christian graduate. I know you will enjoy getting to know him and his wife Tamie, who is also a journalist. They have three precious children.
Bobby is a consummate professional and a very down-to-earth person who believes deeply in the Chronicle’s mission. He joins Erik Tryggestad, who has been our international editor since 2001. Erik is a priceless addition to the Chronicle, and continues to do outstanding work in every regard.
At my coming, Predisan will be losing Charlie Walton, an indispensable fixture in the ministry. As I told him, no one on earth could be more hard working and dedicated to working on Predisan’s behalf. Charlie brought me all his files a few weeks ago, and I was overwhelmed with the scope of all he has done.
I am primarily writing, however, to thank each of you for the wonderful experiences, stories, interviews and friendships that my 13 years at the Chronicle have brought me. I am convinced that the leaders of our fellowship are the finest people anywhere, and it has been a privilege to work with all of you.
I have great hope for churches of Christ. The coming years promise to be among the most important and dramatic since the inception of the American Restoration Movement. I will follow all those developments with great interest.
More than anything else, I have been heartened by the ‘true believers’ I have constantly encountered in my Chronicle work.
Seeing the faith, hard work and dedication of thousands of church members in developing ways to serve has been my greatest joy. These scores of people, regardless of whether they are on the right or the left, whether they are conservatives or liberals, who are ‘true believers,’ have made my time at the Chronicle both beautiful and fulfilling. They helped me remember that the Chronicle’s mission, foremost, is to tell of the fruits of the spirit as shown by believers, not to report church politics or intrigue.
I would love to hear from you about your activities and interests, especially as they relate to medical missions in churches of Christ. My contact information is below.
May the Lord bless you all richly and keep you in his care.
My sincerest thanks and appreciation,