It wasn’t even on their radar but they did wrestle with a nagging feeling in their guts for the last 15 years that the Lord was preparing them for something that somehow combined the arts & technology and missions…but what?
With a career as a commercial photographer and web designer, Ryan provided for his family while Kelly plugged away running their wedding photography business, writing and raising their three children in a small rural town in central Virginia.
While walking alongside family and friends who were preparing for the mission-field the Lord began to reveal a large gap in the training and preparation process for missionaries. It became evident there was a very strategic need for professional communication assistance. As Ryan and Kelly began to use their web, graphic design, writing and photography skills to help their missionary friends raise support with clear, professional, and visually pleasing communication pieces; the gnawing feeling that plagued them ceased and a clear vision took flight. Knowing they didn’t posses the full spectrum of communication skills necessary to support missionaries they cast their nets into the deep-end of the internet to find other likeminded creatives that loved God’s global Church and felt highly missional with their skills.
It wasn’t long before videographers, programmers, internet security specialist, graphic designers, etc.. raised a hand to join this movement. There was now a way to sufficiently fill this communication gap that churches and agencies were not resourced to fill.
The Good Story was officially launched in April 2015 and since then over 30 Ambassadors have joined TGS to help over 250 missionaries receive creative services, training and coaching. Each day they have the opportunity and now the place to live, create and give missionally of their skills and talents back to the Lord as an act of worship and a fulfillment of the Great Commission.
Ryan & Kelly Portnoy