August 1, 2012 Volume 26, Number 08
A future king, a yellow cable, and why we need your stories
Why your perspectives matter
By Mags Storey | Senior Editor
Photo by Ed Yourdon
Perspective is a wonderful thing.
Recently I was standing in a corridor when His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, walked past.
I bowed slightly and said, "Your Majesty."
He smiled, and joked that he was rather afraid of a certain yellow cable.
Believe me, I'll be telling my grandchildren that story. It will resurface at dinner parties for years to come. When he is crowned King of Englandor is passed over for his sonwhen he next visits Canada, and when he dies, I will be sure to turn whoever is standing next to me, and ask if I ever told them about the time His Royal Highness spoke to me.
But of course, if I leave out the broader context, the whole story is rather nonsensical.
Where exactly was that corridor? (The Yonge Street Mission in Toronto). Why was he there? (The Prince's "Seeing is Believing" Tour). And most importantlywhat was going on with this cable? (I'll never tell…)
At last count, there were more than 10 million news articles online about the Prince's recent visit to Canada.
A few thousandless than 0.002 per centeven mentioned that he'd stopped in at a place called "Yonge Street Mission."
But only one news outlet sat down with some of the people he'd spoken to, and found out how the Prince's support was enabling them to make a Christ-inspired, life-changing difference in the lives of young people: ChristianWeek.
As a media outlet ChristianWeek is tiny. Miniscule even.
We are a charityreliant on donations from our readers and partners. Many of our staff members are not fulltime. Our faithful freelancers usually receive between $50 and $75 for the stories they pen for usnot to mention all those who write for free.
Yet, through our pages voices are heard which might otherwise be overlooked and ignored. In a world so saturated with "information," ChristianWeek is the only independent, national, Christian, trans-denominational news outlet in Canada.
Our readers are a special bunchChrist-centred, informed, other-focused, dedicated to changing lives, for good and for God, in our nation.
We need your help to stay aliveand to help tell those stories which might otherwise never be told.
Starting next issue, we're launching a special feature series looking at how ChristianWeek readers and writers are making an impact. We'll be talking to readers, partners, and people we've interviewed about how being heard through our publication is making a difference. We'll also be highlighting how donations from our partners make these stories possible, and why the voices in our pages should not be silenced.
For this, we need your stories. How has ChristianWeek impacted your life? Have you ever read a story that caused you to take action? Seen something from one of our partners that made you pick up the phone? Have you ever laughed, cried, prayed, given, changed, or been challenged because of one of our articles?
If so, please be in touch. (Contact details are at the end of this article.) Your story may end up in our pages as, over the next few months, we look at the difference perspective can make. We also appreciate your donations toward our ongoing workevery $50 brings a new story to our pages that might not otherwise be heard.
Thank you again for reading. Without you, there would be no ChristianWeek.
(And by the way, the yellow cable almost tripped me. Now you know.)
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