The Story of Common Ground
Hello, I am
Garry Lovette, founder of Common Ground Christian News. In
1993, while working in sales at a Christian radio station, God
placed in my spirit that a total Christian newspaper was needed
in the Shoals area of Northwest Alabama. I put off the notion of
starting a newspaper thinking to myself that I neither knew how
to start nor to keep a newspaper going.
After leaving Christian radio, I became the manager of a toy
store. Sensing that I was out of the will of God, I began to
pray for direction. Shortly thereafter, I was fired as manager
of the toy store. After having a “pity party” for about three
days, I heard the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit say, “Now you
can start that Christian newspaper that I wanted you to.”
Since I didn’t have a job at the time, I thought to myself,
“Well, I could try.” But I still made all kinds of excuses. I
had .10 in my checking account, I had very little computer
skills, and I didn’t even know where to start. Each time I had
an excuse, I would hear God say, “I have that”, or, “I can do
that!” It was then I learned that I really couldn’t do it and
that God could if I would allow Him to. After much prayer and
with the great help of a dear sister named Kim Hennigan, we
published out first edition of “Common Ground” in January 1996.
The paper looked absolutely awful, but we were still so proud of
it. As we were preparing to print our second edition in
February, The Lord called Kim home at the age of 32. It was
through her perseverance and her training that I was able to go
on with the ministry of Common Ground.
We later changed the name of the paper to “Common Ground
Christian News” for legal reasons. We now print (6) different
editions of the paper around the Southeastern United States, and
will soon become a national Christian Newspaper.
God has blessed us for all these years and we have been blessed
to meet and to minister to millions of people throughout the
years! To God be the Glory, for He is the one who has
accomplished this! - Garry
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