Are you concerned about the immoral messages your daughters are being sold in today's magazines? Wouldn't you love a magazine for girls that is relevant to the lives of young girls while applying practical biblical wisdom in their every day situations?
God is using a group of godly Christian girls to help other girls grow in their walk with the Lord through a new magazine (e-zine) they are developing. This is expected to be a great resource to keep young girls focused on living out their Faith, as well as offering insight to parents about the topics your daughters are dealing with. Even though the focus is on Christian girls, non-Christians will greatly benefit from the magazine as well.
Edie: Thank you for allowing me to interview you Megan. Let's begin.
Edie: What is the purpose of Cadia Magazine?
Megan: The purpose of Cadia magazine is to create a Christian girls magazine for girls of all different ages. There really aren't many Christian girls magazines out there and the magazines that are for girls our age are filled with unbiblical things and advertise the wrong kind of stuff. The goal for Cadia is to create a magazine completely different from all of those, and have Cadia be a Christian magazine. Cadia is a "magazine for Christian girls by Christian girls" after all.
Edie: How did this idea come about and begin to form into a reality?
Megan: The idea for Cadia came about a little bit before Christmas break 2009. Our Bible teacher asked us the question what we want to do for Christ as a teenager and why. One of my responses was to create a Christian girls magazine because there really aren't many out there. After that, over Christmas break I started to think more about starting a magazine and from there I pulled together a website, wrote down ideas for articles in a notebook, and more. I still hadn't told anyone about the magazine, because it was still one of those things I had to work on. The magazine became a reality while I was praying, God told me to continue with the magazine work and start getting the word out and that's exactly what I did and what I am still doing.
Edie: How did you choose the name?
Megan: I was sitting at the computer after trying to brainstorm ideas. I didn't have any good ideas, so I went to a website where I could search what words meant in other languages. I typed in love, joy, and a couple others until I typed in peace. One of the words that popped up was "Arcadia", which is the Greek word for "a place of peace." I loved the last part of the word, Cadia and thought it sounded perfect for the name of a Christian girls magazine.
Edie: How many people are working on the magazine and their positions?
Megan: Currently we have 8 girls on the staff including myself. Seven of us write, four do photography, three do the editing, and 3 also do the graphic design. Most of us have chosen to be a part of the magazine making process in more than one way, so several girls work on more than one part of the magazine.
Edie: What age group are reaching out to?
Megan: I hope the magazine can reach out to girls of all ages. The main age range would probably be 8-19 or 10-19.
Edie: When does the magazine launch?
Megan: The magazine launches May 1st 2010. We have been working very hard on this first issue and hope that all of our subscribers will enjoy it.
Edie: Is there a website where people can subscribe?
Megan: Currently you can find our website at: http://cadiamagazine.webs.com, as we are hoping to be able to get a URL soon. On the website you can find the information about how to subscribe.
Edie: What is the cost to subscribe to your magazine?
Megan: Cadia is a FREE, online Christian girls magazine.
Edie: What else will your website offer to your readers?
Megan: As of right now there really isn't much on our website, however as the magazine and the ministry continue to grow we hope to be able to add more to it.
Edie: What if someone wants to volunteer to help? Do you have volunteer opportunities available?
Megan: Currently the staff is full, but in early April we will be sending an e-mail to the subscribers about being able to join the staff. The positions on the staff include writing, editing, graphic design, and photography and you can do more than one if you like.
Edie: What message or word of encouragement would you like to give to other girls your age?
Megan: The message that I would like to give to other girls my age is that with God, every thing and anything is possible. I am a 14 year old girl who loves writing and photography who wanted to see what could happen if I started a magazine. After lots of prayer and giving the ministry over to God, one month into the process we have over 125 subscribers.
Edie: Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Megan: Please remember that Cadia is a free, online magazine. If you subscribe, the magazine will be e-mailed to you, so you do not have to give your address out. We would also love if you helped us get the word out about the magazine, whether telling your friends, handing out flyers, posting about it on your blog or Facebook, and more. We would also appreciate it if you prayed for Cadia and our ministry.
Edie: I am very excited to see what God is doing through you in this venture. It's good to see our youth step out in faith and trust God for something bigger than themselves.
Megan: Thank you so much for interviewing me, Edie! I am glad that you are excited to see God working, because that is one of the main motivations that really keeps me focused on doing this for His glory. I am so glad that His light is shining through this ministry and that so many girls and ladies have noticed that we have given this ministry to Christ.