Best Young writer
To follow the light of a star’ by Nevie Peters, Summer 2019/20
This is a delightful short story with a creative new angle on the Three Magi from the Orient who followed a star to find the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. With deft touches of humour, this entertaining but thoughtful story keeps us absorbed from start to finish. Well done.
‘Justice League: Live from New York’ by Bethany Slaughter, 5 October 2019
This article describes the inspiring journey of New Zealander and Salvationist, Dr Laurelle Smith, an academic from Otago University who now works as a research analyst for the Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission in New York City.
Laurelle, who has a PhD in Pediatric Medicine, had a heart for mission but never imagined herself working in Manhattan. God. however, had other ideas. Laurelle says promoting justice is a personal responsibility, and that “everyone has a responsibility to do something.”
This is a well-written story of a young woman whom God is using to bring hope to many communities around the developing world. ‘To follow the light of a star’ by Nevie Peters, Summer 2019/20‘Justice League: Live from New York’ by Bethany Slaughter, 5 October 2019 War Cry
‘Cycling for Christ’ by Tasha Crumpler, February/March 2019
This is a feel-good story about South Australian Matthew Glaetzer who became a champion professional cyclist. A keen sportsman since his early teens, he had started to make a name for himself as a pole vaulter, but ill health forced him to abandon this discipline.
In his mid-teens he made a personal commitment to Christ and soon found success and satisfaction in triathlons. His achievements culminated in a win at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where he set a newsprint record. Glaetzer’s Christian outlook on competitive sport has helped to keep him grounded amidst huge pressures and expectations to succeed. Tasha Crumpler has written a readable article with clarity and simplicity.
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Press Service International
Last year 2019 – Press Service International – was awarded ARPA’s premier award the Gutenberg, the golden logies of Christian press media.
Press Service International since 2009 has provided an avenue for young people 18-30 to be published in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.
Their articles are initially published in Christian Today and then republished through the CMCI network (regularly in the Christian Post) and in a host of online publications around the world.
Dr Mark Tronson the founder of the young writer ministry say - “to have their voice into the market place of ideas is a critical aspect for young writers development as people, Christians and into maturity of thought”.
He says, two PSI young writers honoured with ARPA awards -
Casey Murray from Auckland, New Zealand - submission by Sophia Sinclair
Matthew Thornton from Auckland, New Zealand – submission by Christina Tyson
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. The above photo is the upper part from this portrait.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at: http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html