I pulled up the Caribbean Challenge and began browsing. From the Editor's note, I realised the news that the the Caribbean Challenge went out of business. Further, I discovered that this magazine was now being published by the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology (CGST).
This morning I searched for the Caribbean Challenge online and found this:
Jamaica’s Christian magazine, Caribbean Challenge is going out of business, reported the Jamaica Gleaner. The magazine, published by Christian Literature Crusade in Jamaica for more than 50 years, once had a circulation of 30,000 in the region. Eaton Facey, who served as its editor, told the Gleaner that it was “a painful decision” to shutter the magazine (Tainsay).I also checked the Gleaner's site for the original story which I found. If you have the time, check Dawes.
As I browsed through the new Caribbean Challenge under new management available online through the following link: http://cgstonline.org/images/chall.pdf I made several observations and notes that I want to share.
The new magazine is greatly needed, but unfortunately seems like a promotional magazine or brochure for CGST. Nevertheless, I observed that even in this regard the magazine has sought to make theology accessible to the common man and applied to daily life.
My concerns though as a trained Librarian were:
- the absence of a publication date on the cover or elsewhere in the magazine.
- the absence of publication information or even an editorial statement on how frequently it would be published and
- opportunities for letters to the editors and for readers to write back
I do see a need for a Caribbean Christian magazine and specifically for the Caribbean Challenge:
- to answer questions for people who are searching and those who seeking answers to theological questions. Such a magazine should provide answers that help people to end their search and find Christ, to better understand the Bible or be challenged to deepen their spirituality, spiritual knowledge, quality of life/living and walk with G-d.
- to make theology accessible to the common man and applied to daily life
- to provide an opportunity to think about G-d and his will for humanity collectively and personally in a format that is graphic, modern and relevant to the information needs of the current generation
Tiansay, Eric. " CRI News Beat: Starfield; Soraya Moraes; Caribbean Challenge; Acoustic Gospel Vol. 2" Christian Retailing News Beat MONDAY, 09 FEBRUARY 2009 http://www.christianretailing.com/index.php/news/industry-news/news-beat/18359-cri-news-beat-starfield-soraya-moraes-caribbean-challenge-acoustic-gospel-vol-2