Happy 20th birthday, Footsteps!
By Rebecca Dennis
What were you doing 20 years ago? Some of you may have been starting a family, others may have been at school and others of you may have not even been born! I was in primary school and had no idea that 20 years later I would be the Editor of something as great as Footsteps.
Over the past 20 years we have seen a lot of changes around the world. There have also been changes in Footsteps. However, through all these changes we have remained true to the original idea of providing a source of practical information and encouragement from a Christian perspective to people who want to make a change in their countries. We thank God for his continued blessing on this work.
Around the world the number of people living in poverty continues to increase; the world climate is becoming more unpredictable; conflicts continue to devastate lives; and life continues to be a challenge for survival for many people. In each issue of Footsteps our aim is to share useful information and to challenge you to make a difference to the lives of people in your community and beyond.
In this issue we share some stories about the use and impact of Footsteps that we hope will encourage and inspire you. Slanwa Gaston, Tearfund’s Country Representative for Niger, shares how he discovered Footsteps while he was at school and how it shaped his career (opposite page). On the centre pages we look at the changes in Footsteps over the past 20 years. World Relief Haiti shares the challenges and encouragements that Haiti has faced over the last 20 years (page ten) and on page 13 we consider what some of the challenges will be in the next 20 years. We hope you enjoy celebrating 20 years of Footsteps with us in this issue.
I am sad to announce that this is my final issue as Editor of Footsteps. I am leaving Tearfund to support my husband as he becomes an Assistant Minister at a Baptist church. We are excited about the new opportunities that this will open up for us. I am pleased to introduce Helen Gaw as the next Editor of Footsteps.
The next issue of Footsteps will focus on natural resources.
Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 81 in html.
To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 81, please click here (403KB).