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 - a 4 min video
Chairman – Well-Being Australia
Baptist Minister 45 years
- 1984 - Australian cricket team chaplain 17 years (Ret)
- 2001 - Life After Cricket (18 years Ret)
- 2009 - Olympic Ministry Medal – presented by Carl Lewis
- 2019 - The Gutenberg - (ARPA Christian Media premier award)
Gutenberg video - 2min 14sec
Married to Delma for 45 years with 4 children and 6 grand children