Near-death experiences, life after loss and sudden recovery from serious illness. Local stories about these and more life-altering events will be shared on television via Eagle Communications. The weekly show, “Good News Spectacular,” will be available to more than 730,000 households starting Tuesday.
Doug Thompson, host and producer of the show, said “Good News Spectacular” features inspiring true stories from the local area.
“We’re going to talk about things, whether it’s a miracle that the Lord’s done, a near-done experience, families who have adopted, families who have lost kids and how they cope with that,” Thompson said. “There’s some stories out there that we haven’t even identified yet … the Lord’s hand is just doing miracles all over the place.”
Thompson will have face-to-face conversations with the show’s guests as they share their stories. Thompson said the show will mostly feature people from Kansas.
“We’re looking at the ordinary person who lived that experience and maybe has shared it with a few people, but hopefully they will share it with thousands and thousands now,” Thompson said.
The first episode will feature the near-death experience of a man from Dickinson County. Thompson said the man will describe what he saw, heard and felt.
Another episode will feature a couple from Cherryville, Kan., whose children and grandchildren died in the Joplin tornado. Thompson said the parents will share how the Lord gave them the strength to persevere through the tragedy.
Thompson said other episodes will probably feature individuals who have received miraculous recoveries from illnesses like cancer.
“They had nowhere to go but the faith of the church and healing hands put on it,” Thompson said. “The Lord did something to save that person from their ailment. There’s all kinds of stories like that.”
The majority of the episodes have not been written yet.
“I can tell you about the first two or three (episodes), but from there, I don’t know,” Thompson said. “I don’t know where the Lord’s going to go with it. If we knew all of that, why, it wouldn’t be faith, would it?”
To submit a true story to be featured on the show, email Thompson at email@example.com.
The first episode is set to air on Channel 2 in Abilene at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6. Thirteen more 30-minute episodes will follow.
Those who do not subscribe to Eagle but still wish to watch “Good News Spectacular” can help underwrite the show and receive a DVD. For more information on becoming an underwriter, email Thompson.