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The Forerunner (1981-1994) was a publication that emphasized reformation of society and biblical worldview. The monthly newspaper was published by Maranatha Campus Ministries from 1981 to 1989. Contributing editors and correspondents from Russiamarker, Ukrainemarker, Chinamarker, Latin America, South Africa and many other countries wrote many of the articles. These were reports from college students who produced similar publications. Since 1995, The Forerunner has been published online. Most of the articles from 1987 through 1994 appear online. Students are encouraged to reprint the articles in student newspapers with the online version functioning as a "model publication."

In 1993, The Forerunner International was founded by Jay Rogers and versions of The Forerunner were published in nations such as South Africa, Russia]], Ukraine, China and Americamarker. The Forerunner exists today as a grass-roots organization which is dedicated to the training of student interns to produce media. The stated goal to help fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) through the arts.

History

The Forerunner was founded by Bob Weiner and Rose Weiner and Maranatha Campus Ministries in 1981. It was conceived as a publication which would reach young people with the message of the Christian faith and especially conservativism as a counterpoint to liberalism. The method was calculated: to influence the thinking of students with biblical principles through the distribution of newspapers on the university campuses of America.

By 1983, thirty-five conservative newspapers had been started on major secular campuses and the number doubled by 1985. Even at the University of California, Berkeleymarker campus, which had long carried the reputation of being the most liberal of academic institutions in the U.S., students were following that trend: One survey proved that twice as many Berkeley students considered themselves conservative as did those in 1971. Today there are hundreds of conservative and Christian newspapers on otherwise liberal university campuses.

The Forerunner addressed issues which were at the center of campus debate. The newspaper presented biblical alternatives to Marxism, feminism and welfare statism. The Forerunner challenged the student audience to re-evaluate the liberal bias taught in the classroom.

Foreign Language Editions

By 1988, foreign language versions of The Forerunner were published by Maranatha Campus Ministries in Brazilmarker, Indonesiamarker and Venezuelamarker.

The Russian Predvestnik [290598], was produced in Kievmarker, Ukraine. This student-run publication was founded in July 1991.

The Chinese The Mandate [290599] is produced by Churches Serving Internationals (CSI) to produce a Chinese publication, in English and Chinese, which reached Chinese students studying in the United States. The on-line version has made an impact on students and intellectuals throughout China.

The Spanish El CampeĆ³n [290600], a Spanish newspaper, was produced in cooperation with Champions for Christ (Campeones para Cristo) for Latin America. The goal was to distribute the newspaper in the high school and college campuses during evangelism outreaches in countries such as Peru, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama and Colombia. Some copies were also distributed in Cuba.

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