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Friday, October 27, 2006

Okay, so it is the NY Times

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I cannot pass over the excellent article in the NY Times on October 26, 2006, written by an anonymous Associated Press writer, titled, “U.S. Evangelicals on Mission in Israel.”

The story recounts the perilous journey of 35 American Christians, labeled Evangelicals, as they attempted to deliver humanitarian relief supplies to Israel. It’s an amazing trip. The AP writes:

ASHDOD, Israel (AP) -- After 35 days at sea, a group of American evangelicals traveling on a creaky World War II-era cargo ship landed in Israel on a solidarity mission only to run aground in red tape, with long delays in unloading their cargo of clothes, toys and medical supplies.

Still, the crew was unfazed Thursday, keeping a positive attitude in a demonstration of the growing alliance between evangelical Christians and the Jewish state.

''The Bible says, 'Who blesses Israel will be blessed,''' said Don Tipton, the group's leader. ''We believe that.''

The Spirit of Grace steamed into the Israeli port of Ashdod in early October from Louisiana, flying an American flag and a huge banner reading ''Jehovah'' in Hebrew letters. Three weeks later, the ship is still docked, its 900-ton load of goods bound for local charities stuck on board as the gears of Israeli bureaucracy slowly turn. …

Not only is this a story of perseverance, this excellently written news article qualifies for the Amy Writing Awards. Notice how the author quoted the group’s leader quoting identifiable scripture. Thanks to the source, the author was able to attribute it directly to the Bible, leaving no question of its source.

I plan to write the AP and encourage the anonymous author to submit the NY Times tear sheet and enter this year’s contest. It’s never too late. You have until January 31, 2007 to enter any article published in 2006, and each author can submit up to 10 articles per year.

Submitted by,
Bruce Umpstead


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