[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The Management of The Christian Times, newspaper South Sudan (TCT) would like to take this opportunity to wish all our esteem readers, supporters, directors, volunteers, writers, and other partners across the world and South Sudan a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016.
We pray and hope that you and your families will enjoy this Christmas festival with blessing in your life. We would also like to extend our special thank you to you all our esteem readers, for regularly making The Christian Times website your platform for reading balance and accurate information about South Sudan.
TCT, as a Christian based news outlet, continue to uphold its commitment to Christian values in reporting and observing professionalism in journalism. Because of your faithful support in various capacities, TCT continue to reach masses with right information particularly the South Sudanese in diaspora.
We are thankful that TCT is highly respected for its great content, layout, design and professionalism. After we stopped printing hard copies in 2014, our readers have urged us to bring to their hands valuable copies of The Christian Times, newspaper, but due to high cost coupled with limitation of finances, made us not able to print, but to keep reporting online.
We hope you do enjoy reading our webpage. We are pleased to report that each week, not less than 3000 readers visit and read on our classy webpage (www.thechristiantimes.net ). This encouragement is a result of not only our hardwork, but through your support and prayers has kept us motivated to continue using the online version of the newspaper.
The year 2015, has been a challenging time for TCT just as it has been with the South Sudan in general. Put together the conflict that erupted in 2013, the limited capacity and resources to advance the work of The Christian Times, made us so regretful that our work and achievements are compromised greatly.
However, we are encouraged that we are able to publish online daily inspiring news articles, opinion pieces, and feature stories with the agenda to be the voice of the church promoting peace. We thank God for this kind of reporting, which has enabled us; succeed in raising our readership both locally, regionally and globally by more than 30 % this year. We deliberately target South Sudanese in diaspora like in North America, Australia and African regions. We are encourage to discover that TCT is widely read by Christians all over the world.
To our surprise, readership include others in the Middle East and other Asian countries including Pakistan, an adventure we believed must have resulted to our week long hacking of the website early in the year, but thanks be to God we have in our team ,web professionals who were able to fix it appropriately.
In 2015, TCT has proven effectively in its coverage of events in the nation and across the world promoting the voices of Christian leaders and those committed to propagate for development and peace. Our approach for community reporting recognizes the importance to promote the voices of the local people from the communities and churches. Through the work of our dedicated volunteer writers, reporters, editors and supporters, we have attempted to bring news from the rural communities and cover activities and good practices other media houses would ignore.
Through AMDISS, we have tremendoulsy enjoyed participation in various media activities with other media houses in South Sudan. This has increased networking and contacts for our work.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our correspondents, revise editorial and graphic/web design team in South Sudan and diaspora. They have tremendously contribute in development of TCT progress. With leadership of our editors, we hope 2016 will be a year of progress and expansion for TCT.
We do request you pray with us for provision of financial and technical support for our work to grow in the year 2016. We are in need of more writers, sub editors and resources to reach out for better community reporting. It is our hope to advance the vision and mission of TCT, by providing a platform for common person to be heard.
We shall continue to aspire to give Church and communities a media platform to share views and information on peace and development. Despite limitations, we promise to continue to aim to provide well balance, accurate and reliable information/content in order to forward justice and development for peace in South Sudan and beyond.
Happy Christmas And peaceful New Year 2016.