This Mother\’s Day…Messages of Hope Delivered by GT!

may-jun 2011 gospel today

One Mother Reaches 20,000…
Mother\’s Day 2011 found over 20,000 moms blessed with “good news” in the form of a FREE Gospel Today magazine. For the first time, the magazine partnered with leading ministries across the country to GIVE away over 20,000 copies of the “Hot off the Press” May/June issue, featuring Bishop T. D. Jakes on the cover. Yes, the magazine was being given absolutely free of charge!

By the way, that weekend (May 6) the movie “Jumping the Broom” (produced by T. D. Jakes and Sony Pictures) debuted in theaters across the country.

Why did Gospel Today “give” away magazines? Well, it wasn’t a publicity stunt. Here\’s the very special reason. The founder of Gospel Today, Dr. Teresa Hairston, started the magazine 22 years ago. At the time, she was a divorced mother with three young children, working two jobs and barely “making ends meet.” Over the years, although Gospel Today grew to become the #1 Urban Christian Lifestyle Publication in the world, Hairston\’s journey has been frought with setbacks and difficulties. Two years ago, at the height of the recession, Hairston almost gave up; but she survived—battling through every conceivable challenge –physical, emotional, and financial.

Hairston\’s message—in a tangible form—was to encourage moms to continue to pursue their dreams! She says, “I want mothers all over the world to know that even though the recession might have adversely affected your finances and your plans, don\’t give up on your dreams. You still have a phenomenal future! Believe in yourself, love your families and stay connected to God. You are still blessed and you are still a blessing! The children you raise today are the hope of our world tomorrow!”

Hairston says that although she wanted to put a copy of her magazine in the hands of absolutely “every” mother in America, she is thrilled to be able to partner with enough churches to reach out 20,000 moms. By the way, Hairston was a guest on Mother\’s Day for church services at the Potter\’s House in Dallas, where Bishop Jakes is the pastor.

Here are the churches participating:
Pastor Jerome Bell The Maryland Family Christian Center Forestville MD
Bishop Bishop T. Garrott Benjamin Light of the World Christian Church Indianapolis IN
Dr. Tamara Bennett This is Pentecost Sacramento CA
Pastors Fredrick & Chasety Bennett House of Freedom Worship Center Everman TX
Pastors Lori & Jeff Billingsley Worship Center International Church Tucker GA
Bishop Luther Blackwell Mega Church Cleveland OH
Bishop Luther Blackwell San Francisco Temple St Louis MO
Bishop Gregory Blue Perfecting Ministries Columbus GA
Bishop Michael Blue The Door of Hope Christian Church Marion SC
Bishop Larry Brandon Praise Temple Shreveport LA
Bishop Timothy Clarke First Church of God Columbus OH
Bishop Kenneth Dupree The Victory Church Nashville TN
Dr. Dexter Easley New Life Christian Fellowship Goose Creek SC
Bishop Henry Fernandez Faith Center Sunrise FL
Pastors Ben & Sherry Gaither Stronghold Church Lithonia GA
Dr. John Guns St Paul Church of Jacksonville Jacksonville FL
Pastor Brehon Hall Greater New Psalmist Church Toledo OH
Pastor H. Beecher Hicks Metropolitan Baptist Church Largo MD
Bishop Donald Hilliard The Cathedral Intl Perth Amboy NJ
Bishop Darrell Hines Christian Faith Fellowship Church Milwaukee MI
Bishop TD Jakes Potter\’s House Dallas TX
Pastor Barry & Regina Knight New Beginnings Praise & Worship Center Fayetteville GA
Bishop Andy C. Lewter Hollywood Baptist Avondale NY
Bishop Iona Locke Abyssinia Church Southfield MI
Pastor Anthony Maclin The Sanctuary Capitol Heights MD
Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr Truth 2 Power Ministries Jacksonville FL
Pastor Jonathan McReynolds Oakley Full Gospel Baptist Church Columbus OH
Bishop Alfred Owens Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church Washington DC
Bishop Wayne Powell Strait Gate- The Church at Westchester Mamaroneck NY
Pastor Kimberly Ray Church on the Rock Mattson IL
Dr. Regretta Ruffin Greater New St Paul Baptist Church Washington DC
Bishop George Searight Abundant Life Family worship Center New Brunswick NJ
Dr. Leonard Smith Mt. Zion Baptist Church Arlington VA
Pastor DeForest B. Soaries First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens Somerset NJ
Bishop Ed Stephens Golden Gate Church Memphis TN
Dr. Gina Stewart Christ Missionary Baptist Church Memphis TN
Pastor Juandolyn Stokes Deeper Life in Christ Mnistries, Inc Conyers GA
Pastor Brenda Timberlake Christian Faith Center Creedmoor NC
Bishop Kenneth Ulmer Faithful Central Bible Church Inglewood CA
Dr. R A Vernon Word City Multiplex Warrensville Heights OH
Bishop Joseph Walker Mt. Zion Baptist Church Nashville TN
Pastor Lance Watson St. Paul Baptist Church Richmond VA
Dr. Maurice Watson Beulahland Bible Church Macon GA
Pastor Darryl Winston Greater Work Assembly Atlanta GA
Dr. Jeff Wright Urban Ministries Calumet City IL