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Simple plan


The pursuit of significance

When I came to Today’s Pentecostal Evangel a little more than a decade ago, I was in pursuit of success. My plan was to spend a couple of years here, then move up to a bigger magazine and repeat the process. I’d do so until I landed at a heavyweight magazine in New York or Washington, D.C.

But then an earthquake struck El Salvador in 2001, and I found myself in Canton el Tinteral, a remote village 35 miles outside San Salvador. On a sun-scorched ridge I interviewed an impoverished family whose house had crumbled to the ground and destroyed all their earthly possessions.

It was at that moment I realized I could use writing to bring awareness to the family’s situation and even help raise funds that could be used to shelter, clothe and feed them. Suddenly, my pursuit of success wasn’t important to me, but the journey toward significance was.

In the years since that epiphany, my worldview expanded even more as I traveled to dozens of countries, met with heads of state and interviewed everyone from former cannibals to Christian celebrities.

For 10 great years, I’ve had the privilege of working on more than 500 editions of Today’s Pentecostal Evangel. Those magazines have helped raise more than $1.5 million for Key Bearers — which provides TPE free to prisoners — and I saw more than 18,000 salvation coupons come into our offices from readers who said they committed their lives to Christ.

To have a role in all of that feels significant.

So it is with a measure of regret I announce that this will be the last Simple Plan in this magazine. I am leaving my position as managing editor to accept a position with Convoy of Hope, which partners with the Assemblies of God to help impoverished people throughout the world.

I am confident the transition will continue to lead me toward a life of significance.

Kirk Noonan

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