Working backwards… this has been finished for awhile, but I’m so excited about it!
The Gideons International in Canada has been placing Bibles in hotel rooms, hospitals and countries all around the world for over a hundred years. (They may have given you a little red New Testament when you were in Grade 5, too.) Their work has made a difference in thousands upon thousands of lives.
Over a year ago, Peter Marshall (the Canadian director) was in an ICU waiting room while his father-in-law was in critical condition. There was a pile of magazines on the table, but their titles seemed so shallow! When a loved one is fighting for their life, who wants to read about celebrity gossip or diversifying your portfolio?
Peter had an idea: instead of placing Bibles in hospitals (which have to be wrapped in plastic for hygienic reasons and get incinerated once they’ve been opened), why not make a magazine that will bring hope to people in difficult situations?
Awhile ago, I had started a series of “Words to Live By” where I had posted an [almost]-daily verse with a photo. To make a long story short, The Gideons saw my Instagrams and ended up asking me if I want to design this magazine with the same idea, using our own photos as well. [Um, yes. Yes. YES.]
This project was a dream come true. Not only did I get to design a magazine, Dennis & I also had the unreal opportunity to do all the photography. (Props to my brother Scott for his contributions as well.) But most of all, this magazine is so meaningful. I am SO grateful that I have the privilege to be part of a project that distributes words of truth and life all acros Canada. Here is a sampling of the final result!
This magazine has the book of John, as well as some of the Psalms. If you’re drawn to finding out more about God and the Bible, The Gideons can help point you in the right direction. Check out www.gideons.ca or download their NewLife app (iOS and Android) from the App Store or www.newlifeapp.ca.
We have a couple of other projects in the works that I’m even more thrilled about. The Gideons may have been around for a long time, but get ready for some exciting new things coming to Canada!!
*For magazine inquiries or requests, please contact The Gideons directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.