When my wife and I realized that God had called us to start a Christian community Newspaper back in 1999, we did what everyone else did back then. We went to the library.
We checked out books on how to publish a Newspaper, because the internet wasn’t as overloaded with information as it is today. It’s hard to imagine that four months later the first issue of The Good News was on the streets. And now 10 years have gone by. This Newspaper is a true testimony of what God can do.
So much has happened since the first issue was printed on April 1, 1999 that I don’t know where to begin.
The building anticipation during the months leading up to our 10th Anniversary Issue almost felt like I was preparing to walk down the red carpet at the Academy Awards.
There are so many people to thank, so many things to do.
To you, readers, who have supported the growth of the paper by notifying us about interesting upcoming events, distributing the paper or even writing us notes of constructive criticism, we thank you! To church and Life leaders who have stood beside us to accomplish our goal of informing and unifying the Christian community in Florida, we are extremely grateful. Thank you. And to the advertisers who promoted their business, church or event in The Good News and, in turn, possibly shared the Gospel with a non-Christian, encouraged a young woman to get involved in Life or encouraged a gentleman to give to a worthy cause, we are eternally grateful. Your investment is not forgotten or overlooked. The support of readers, advocates and advertisers like you is surely noticed by the staff of The Good News and our Father in Heaven.
Churches and ministries
As the publisher of The Good News, I have had the great joy of working with many churches, ministries and individuals in South Florida, and now Southwest Florida.
In fact, we thrive on hearing from churches and ministries, and we love to include articles on how God is using them in the community. What makes The Good News great is the addition of News and content contributed by local churches and ministries.
Without the community, we would be just a blank sheet of paper each month.
Over the years, we have been privileged to assist more ministries and causes than I can count.
Thank you very much for your support and influence in the community. Our goal in 2009 is to cover even more local events and feature even more local people serving God just like you.
I encourage you to update us as much as possible. Put us on your mailing list, e-mail list or phone list. We love?to hear from you. You can e-mail us at [email protected]
I can’t encourage you enough to send in News, events and story ideas for consideration. We’ve recently made submitting your ideas and story suggestions even easier. You can find out more at www.goodnewsfl.org/StorySubmission.
You may have noticed a special icon throughout the paper this month. We wanted to take this special opportunity to recognize some long-time supporters of The Good News who helped the paper become what it is today.
The icon is a 10-year anniversary marker for those who have advertised in the paper consistently for seven years or more. They’re in it for the long haul.
We value our supporting advertisers. They are the people who make the process of writing, designing, printing and distributing The Good News to more than 70,000 people possible every month. Without our advertisers, The Good News would cease to exist. They pay the way for The Good News to be spread all over South and Southwest Florida.
Please call and thank them even if you don’t need their service right now.