Footsteps 109 - Youth

Footsteps 109 celebrates the energy and creativity of young people and discusses how to provide the support they need to flourish.

Celebrating Footsteps thirty years

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Celebrating 30 years of Footsteps!

Isabel Carter is the founder and original editor of Footsteps. Here she reflects on how the magazine has changed over the last thirty years.

‘As I look back through the earlier editions, each is still filled with memories for me. I remember being quite nervous as I put together the first one in 1989. It was on the important topic of water. Everything was new and we were still gathering together an editorial committee of people to help advise on the content. Ideas included a Bible study for each theme, practical and visual articles and reader contributions. 

Footsteps is now translated into many different languages and is read in 130 countries, including Nepal. Photo: Shashi Ghalan/Tearfund
Footsteps is now translated into many different languages and is read in 130 countries, including Nepal. Photo: Shashi Ghalan/Tearfund

The first printed issue went out to around 800 readers. Today more than 54,000 people receive Footsteps by post, and many thousands more read it online! 

We had no email or internet access, and communicating with some of the people who wrote articles took weeks. Within a year we were planning the language editions.

We had no email or internet access, and communicating with some of the people who wrote articles took weeks. Within a year we were planning the language editions. 

The first edition of FootstepsI remember that compiling our first CD‑Rom in 2001 was a massive amount of work, but at last readers could have back-up copies to hand. And now we have the wonderful Tearfund Learn website where every single issue and article can be downloaded free of charge. 

The first edition of Footsteps.

Fountain

From the very first issue, the purpose of Footsteps has been to provide practical information for readers to assess, adapt and own. 

An early reader in Honduras described the magazine as: “A fountain of practical ideas and information exchange.” What a great image – a fountain showering readers with ideas, inspiration and God’s love.’

Photo of Isabel Carter from Footsteps 18



Photo of Isabel Carter from Footsteps 18


I would be interested to know how you use Footsteps and if you have any ideas for future editions. Write to The Editor, Footsteps, 100 Church Road, Teddington, TW11 8QE, UK  

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