Traveling the globe as chief diplomatic correspondent for Time magazine tested David Aikman's faith. "I wanted to have Christian fellowship, but I didn't want to have it with people who didn't like journalists," he says.
Christian journalists sometimes feel out of place in church, where distrust of the news media is commonplace.
"The idea formed in my mind a long time ago to form a fellowship of Christian journalists," Aikman recently told a gathering of 70 journalists in London, where he announced details of his organization. Gegrapha, Greek for "I have written" (John 19:22), is the name he chose to represent the global fellowship of journalists.
By linking through e-mail, Christian journalists will be able to support one another in prayer and find a sympathetic ear for job-related challenges that fellow believers and fellow journalists both might not understand.
Aikman's plans for Gegrapha include publish-ing a book of testimonies from Christian journalists, which will make a strong case for the significance of Christian involvement in the profession.1
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