Touching lives through the media

The number of Christians fronting programmes on the growing range of media platforms has expanded greatly in recent years. Keep The Faith profiles some believers who are using the media to touch people’s lives with their Christian-inspired programming.

Esther Olufunmi
presents Questions In The Heart on Faith TV (Sky channel 591) every Tuesday at 10pm. She is a law student and a music minister at Romford Baptist Church. Her show aims to answer the pressing questions Christians have about a wide variety of issues.

Keep The Faith (KTF): What is your Questions In The Heart show about? ESTHER OLUFUNMI (EO): We have a mission to educate the total man. We bring liberation to people’s spirit, soul and body, by bringing them information that will educate, empower and inspire them in every area of life. We interview guests on a wide array of issues, ranging from controversial religious issues to youth affairs, health, political, financial and legal issues – to mention but a few.

KTF: What do you enjoy most about working in the media?
EO: The ability to impact and affect other people’s lives positively. Bringing people information that will help them make the most of life gives me unending joy.

KTF: How has your show been touching lives?
EO: Our show has provided our audience with the opportunity to ask questions on their minds, by allowing them to call in live on the show and find answers. We have great testimonies of how people have found solutions to their problems and answers to their questions on our show.

KTF: Why is it important for Christians to engage with and be fronting media shows?
EO: It is very important for Christians to engage with and be fronting media shows because it’s a means of reaching a higher percentage of people, who cannot be reached with God’s Word within the four walls of the church.

KTF: What should we expect from you in the near future where your media work is concerned?
EO: In the near future, we want to be able to expand and enlarge our coast by ensuring that our life-transforming show, Questions In The Heart, is broadcast on as many TV stations as possible, weekly.  We also intend to have our own television stations, where we offer our platform to people who have divine and unique assignments to the world, by allowing them to come and share their visions.

For more details, like on Facebook at Questions-in-The-Heart.

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Pastor Abbiih Oloyede,
co-pastor of City Chapel in east London and a Christian for over 20 years, is presenter of Womenz World, a show broadcast on OHTV (Sky channel 199) every Tuesday between 1pm and 2pm.

Keep The Faith (KTF): What is Womenz World about?
Pastor Abbiih Oloyede (PAO): Womenz World is about profiling and showcasing various women who will encourage and inspire others. We bring in women from different walks of life who have something to share. I wanted a creative show that would be engaging, challenging and uplifting. A show to make you laugh, shout, cry, reflect and try again!

KTF: What do you enjoy most about working in the media?
PAO: Anytime I come to the studio I’m happy, because we are making a difference. The feedback – through the tweets, emails and texts – fills me with a buzz of excitement. Lots of women from all over the world watch the programme and get inspired. I know that I have stepped into a new season of my life. The hard work and planning are yielding fruit and paying off.

KTF: How has your show been touching lives?
PAO: Womenz World covers four core areas affecting a woman’s world; these are spiritual, emotional, financial and physical. They are the cornerstones that form the base of what we talk about each week. We try as much as possible to make sure we are flexible and go with the flow of what God wants us to do, by tackling a bag of interesting and challenging topics that today’s woman can relate to.

KTF: Why is it important for Christians to engage with and be fronting media shows?
PAO: As salt and light, believers should boldly proclaim the good news of the Gospel via the airwaves.

KTF: What should we expect from you in the near future where your media work is concerned?
PAO: Expect cutting-edge, relevant, informative and thought-provoking topics, addressed by specialists and professionals.

Visit www.womenzworld.org for more details, like on Facebook at womenzworld.org, and follow on Twitter @WomenzWorld

Ask-Pat

Ask Patricia (aka Patricia Benjamin)
presents The Real Love Show on www.ruachradio.com every Monday between 7pm and 8pm.  A Christian for 40 years, Ask Patricia attends Oasis Church in Colliers Wood, south London, and is part of the Healing and Prophetic ministry at her church. She works as a life coach, public speaker and writer.

Keep The Faith (KTF): What is The Real Love Show about?
Ask Patricia (AP): Strengthening relationships – and marriages in particular. It’s documented that marriage is the best place to raise our children, who then go out and serve in society. Therefore, we look at love, sex, dating, family matters, and allow for honest and frank discussion with a view towards solutions.

KTF: What do you enjoy most about your media work?
AP: I love having access to people worldwide, and speaking about matters that affect us all when it comes to love, family and relationships in general. It makes it so worthwhile when I open my email and get letters from people I’ve never met, who say my show has helped their relationship in some way. Or people who guest on the show, who find the courage to share personal stories that help others.

KTF: In what kind of ways has your show been touching lives?
AP: My show touches lives by giving people permission to say what’s really happening. The show lets people know they are not the only ones with particular fears or problems. It enables people to get the help they need, as we have relationship coaches/experts who give excellent Christian advice on these areas.

KTF: Why is it important for Christians to engage with and be fronting media shows?
AP: Media is one of the most effective ways of communicating. Radio and TV, print and social media are not something Christians can ignore if they want to effect change and/or influence society. We need to have a voice and actually use it to communicate hope, truth and life-giving solutions and strategies to society. If we don’t, then who will? Fronting or leading is essential to ensure control over the content that goes out.

KTF: What should we expect from you in the near future where your media work is concerned?
AP: I’m looking forward to combining my vision with other like-minded presenters, and working on a bigger scale to reach more people. As well as relaunching the award-winning Ask Patricia Show, which enables me to look at other areas of life (current affairs, politics, health and wellbeing, spirituality) and have an influence there, too.

Befriend  AskPatricia on Facebook, or follow on Twitter @Ask_Patricia

Giantkiller

Ibe Giantkiller
presents The Giantkiller Urban Gospel Show on www.jamrockradio.com every Thursday between 8pm and 10pm. He has been a Christian for over 20 years, and attends Revelation Christian Centre in Luton, where he serves as the sound engineer for his church. A music producer, Ibe is also a mental health wellbeing practitioner.

Keep The Faith (KTF): What is The Giantkiller Urban Gospel Show about?
IBE GIANTKILLER (IG): I play urban gospel (hip hop, grime, r‘n’b, dancehall, house garage, soca). Also, I have new items and top guests, which have included X Factor runner-up Jahméne Douglas, Jahaziel, Guvna B, and many more. The show connects to audiences both locally and nationally.

KTF: What do you enjoy most about what your media work?
IG: I enjoy finding and playing new music, and also connecting gospel artists to the general public, so that people can learn more about them. Listeners are inspired when they hear artists talking about their spiritual journey and the experiences which inspire their music.

KTF: In what kind of ways has your show been touching lives?
IG: The majority of my listeners are non-Christians, and the feedback that I have had so far is that they have never heard the Gospel presented in this way. Some people have been inspired to start visiting church. Others have taken an interest in music produced by other gospel artists. It’s all good, as they say.

KTF: Why is it important for Christians to engage with and be fronting media shows?
IG: Media – whatever form it takes – is a really great way to communicate with audiences and reach new people. Media is a tool Christians should make greater use of, because it really does give us the opportunity to share our truth and inspiring message to a wide range of people. And, in this day and age, where Christians can access great media platforms for free via the Internet, there really is no excuse not to.

KTF: What should we expect from you in the near future where your media work is concerned?
IG: I would love to move the show from radio to TV.  People love TV-broadcast media, and having a ‘Giantkiller Urban Gospel TV Show’ would just be awesome.

Befriend Ibe Giantkiller Otah on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @ibegiantkiller

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