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Great joy interrupted by pure evil

Written by Lorna Dueck, Crossroads CEO
Originally published by the Globe & Mail

Perhaps that is the best and truest way to consider what happened last Sunday as two Egyptian churches filled with worshipping Christians were targeted by ISIS bombs.

Like their fellow Christians around the world, the Coptics (an Orthodox Christian group) were celebrating Palm Sunday recalling the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and preparing themselves for the upcoming Holy Week.

At St. George’s Church, north of Cairo, social media postings showed worshippers singing and waving palm fronds in celebration. That is, until a bomb, hidden beneath a front pew, exploded; and what was a heavenly moment in worship turned into a nightmare of pure hell.

Images of joy were instantly transposed to ones of grief and anguish as the explosion settled, revealing blood-stained palm fronds, pews and walls. The horror of pain and death was everywhere.

Several hours later, in the city of Alexandria, CCTV video showed a suicide bomber entering a second Coptic church. Shortly after, there is detonation. In the blink of an eye, 47 Christians lost their lives and more than 100 more were injured. The online videos and images clearly illustrated the juxtaposition of these of two deliberate acts, worshiping and killing, by two very different groups of people. An instant analysis of the events and human damage would lead us to assume that evil had triumphed over good.

But has it? The answer to that question is not found by analyzing the motives and strategies of ISIS, or its cowardly ways of targeting innocents such as Christians, children, women and fellow Muslims who dare to have a different, and peaceful, interpretation of Islam.

Ironically, the answer is found by considering Easter, which celebrates events which are the foundation of the Christian faith. Scripture’s ancient historical record tells of hundreds of eyewitness accounts who saw and encountered Jesus risen from his grave. The formerly dead body of Jesus, now walking, eating, loving and encouraging people. A deity that overcomes death is a game changer. So as Egyptian wails of grief subside to the endless ache of loss, watch what rises out of the ashes. The world’s oldest church will respond as it has for centuries, the believers in Jesus will not responding with killing. There will not be retaliation. There will be determination to continue to proclaim that because of Jesus, a grieving identity in the face of evil is one of love and hope. Nothing in humanity’s toolkit can equip us for that response, it’s a God gift that enables peace. The supernatural message of Easter is that Jesus overcomes death, and when people believe that and act upon it, it changes the headlines. Spiritual beliefs do change how people respond to evil. The bloody cross of Good Friday which carries a nailed body of Jesus lifted over the crowds is a gruesome sacrifice. It was a punishment that paid for sin like church bombings, chemical warfare, famine and any terrible thing I might do to the heart or home of the person next to me. Sinners, that’s who are, we’ve been messing up the world since it began.

Easter teaches us that because of Christ’s sacrifice, there is a cosmic repair job coming, and until then, the journey to the new begins like it always has, one heart at a time. The ancient Gospel stories show us small beginnings; two stunned women at an empty tomb, two other out of touch men getting caught up with a resurrected Jesus while walking an Emmaus road. The Christian hope was not intended to be forced as a majority view, it only makes sense when it is personal, and that’s how we discover Christian belief that life gets better than this. A great hope anchored in the facts of Easter, and for both global and personal loss it makes all the difference.

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24 Hour Prayer Rally

We invite you to join us at the Crossroads Center or online for our PRAYER STREAM as we kick start our Canada 150 celebrations with a 24-hour prayer rally. Our desire is to create an atmosphere of prayer and worship, gathering believers together for a focused time of praying for our Nation of Canada and its needs.   Each hour of prayer will be leader-led and we’ll cover such areas as prayer for our government leaders, for the media, arts and education, social and community concerns, Canadian families, business leaders, the church and the next generation.

 

By partnering with and inviting other Canadian prayer initiatives as well as churches to participate in this time unified prayer for our country, we desire to bless the nation as we launch Canada 150 Celebrations.

 

We encourage everyone to come drop into the Crossroads Centre for whatever hour of prayer or time that you are available during this 24-hour period.

 

If you cannot attend in Burlington, please join the live stream of the prayer rally available online at www.thisfarbyfaith.ca

 

Time:

Friday April 28 starting at 12noon to Saturday April 29 ending at 12noon

 

Location:

The Crossroads Centre

1295 North Service Road

Burlington, ON

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Wow! God is on the move at Crossroads!

As you may know during the last month or so we’ve had two important campaigns going: 1) Project HopeSpring with a $200,000 goal to support our 24/7 Prayer Centre, and 2) National Network Airtime Bill Catch-up of $400,000.

I was on air earlier this week to present these results to viewers but in case you weren’t tuned in I wanted to be sure you heard the wonderful news too. I’m deeply humbled and excited to report on how we did.

Wow. We achieved and slightly exceeded our goal. Our dear Prayer Centre manager, Gloria Willoughby, who oversees this mission critical department has told me how encouraging this outpouring of support has been to her and her team of prayer counsellors. Thank you!

Here too our partners reached deep and helped us exceeded our campaign goal. We have been overwhelmed that you voted with your wallets that we should continue on national network airtime. We paid off our bill by the deadline. We’re caught up. Praise God.

What David Mainse promised me last year – “Canadians will not let you down, Lorna” – was true!

As we look ahead – for the next 5 months we need $200,000 to pay for the national airtime that gives us access to a huge mission field – a viewership of 1.3 million people every week. Frankly, this monthly cost is temporarily higher than normal because we are also catching up from last year. But come September 1 we expect to have a newly negotiated reduced rate for airtime. We’re looking forward to that because it means we can begin to invest in new media content focusing on reachjppaing people in different ages and stages.
So please do all you can for Crossroads in the coming months. I need your help to increase the sharing of God’s love with this nation of hurting and lost men and women.

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

 

In closing I’d like to share something very special that came to use from a dear partner – a pastor – from Alberta. He called in an encouraging, prophetic word for Crossroads…

God is releasing His people and His money to those who are really doing His work. If we have purified hearts and extended hands we will see the work of God in our midst like never before. In the words from an old Chuck Girard song: “I formed the world with a whisper, now I’m getting ready to shout…”

Friends, Crossroads is a “megaphone of the Gospel.” Every day here I see miracles overcoming obstacles, impossible situations. God is on the move at Crossroads. We’re answering His call to share the Good News of Jesus with our nation. We always will.

 

God bless you.

Lorna Dueck

P.S. If you can “double up” on your regular monthly gift this month and help me pay our 100 Huntley Street airtime bill, please CLICK HERE. Many thanks.

ELO & Crossroads Launch Collaboration

NEWS RELEASE: ELO & Crossroads Launch Collaboration

NEWS RELEASE – Crossroads Christian Communications (www.crossroads.ca) and Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization have enacted their partnership to highlight the positive impact of Christian marketplace leaders in society.

This partnership benefits from the synergy of two like-minded organizations. ELO has the premier network of Christian marketplace and entrepreneurial leaders in Canada & beyond. Crossroads is the leading Christian broadcaster in Canada with a significant international distribution network.

Lorna Dueck President and CEO, Crossroads, conducted the interviews with Dr. Richard J. Goossen yesterday. Chairman, ELO. Dr. Goossen is a widely-respected author, speaker and researcher on the how marketplace leaders apply their faith in a work environment.

The Marketplace Leadership Series will consist initially of 10 segments of 3 minutes each that will highlight various aspects of personal faith and workplace calling. The segments cover the following topics: You Are Called; The Meaning of Work; Share Faith Responsibly; The Serpent and the Dove; Dealing with Betrayal; Maintain Ethics; Pursue Excellence; You Are A Steward; Dealing With Failure; and Embrace The Entrepreneurial Spirit. These segments will be interspersed throughout the broadcasting schedule.

The Marketplace Leadership segments will be show on “100 Huntley Street,” which is Canada’s longest running daily television show and the sixth longest running daily television show in the world. Authentic and interactive, 100 Huntley Street is broadcast live across North America on YES TV, Global TV, indieNET and GEB America. Each day, 100 Huntley Street highlights stirring testimonies, dynamic points of interest, and special reports from around the globe that speak to people of all ages. 100 Huntley Street is a trusted leader in Christian television, bringing inspired media to North Americans for over 50 years.

The Marketplace Leadership Series will be available in the coming months. After their initial broadcast, be available on both the Crossroads and ELO websites. This content is expected to be a great resource for churches, NPOs and the broader Christian community interested in marketplace leadership.

Reserve your FREE TICKETS to Faith & Family Night today!

Yes TV is offering Crossroads Partners free tickets for an evening of family entertainment…

** Reserve your FREE TICKETS to Faith & Family Night today! **

Email David Fardell dfardell@yestv.com

YES TV and Canadian Basketball League (CBL) present Faith and Family Night; an evening of fun, fellowship, music and basketball. The event will feature pre-game entertainment by Bob Cates and Comedy In Motion, sponsored by 100 Huntley Street followed by the CBL season final. Faith and Family Night will be held at the University of Guelph Athletic Centre on Saturday March 18th, with the pre-game performance beginning at 6:30, followed by the evening’s basketball game at 8:00pm.

Bob Cates is a premier Canadian clean comedian & variety act. He performs a side-splitting interactive comedy show with advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills, cool lasers and an insane finale! Bob, a Canadian Juggling Champion was twice named Best Entertainer of the Year at the Molson Canadian FEO Awards. He was twice nominated “Best One Man Show” at the Canadian Comedy Awards as well as Entertainer of the Year at the 07,08, 09 & 10 Canadian Event Industry Awards. The Comedy in Motion show has headlined all over the world from Disney Cruise Lines to corporate events.

Hugs for Orphans –  Join hands with Crossroads’ Hugs for Orphans campaign, a program dedicated to helping close to 100,000 orphans in Ukraine receive love, affirmation & practical life skills. Crossroads Relief and Development will be sharing stories of outreach and hope throughout the evening, while raising money to bring much needed help to neglected children of Ukraine.

Faith and Family –  YES TV and the CBL are inviting community and faith leaders to bring families and build community bonds while enjoying the evening’s entertainment. The Canadian Basketball league will be donating a portion of the ticket proceeds for the evening to Crossroads.

 

The CBL season began on December 11, 2016, when Durham United Basketball Club defeated Hamilton United Basketball Club 91-84. The CBL’s first full season will end on March 18, 2017.

 

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For additional information please contact:

 

David Fardell

Brand Manager

YES TV

Office: 905.331-7333 ext. 2251

Email: dfardell@yestv.com

 

 

ABOUT YES TV

YES TV is a commercial television station committed to positive, family-friendly, entertainment programming. YES TV is licensed and regulated by the CRTC as a religious channel and an exclusively Canadian television station, available in 6.9 million homes across Canada.

YES TV consists of three over-the-air conventional stations, two local stations, CKCS-DT (Calgary, AB) and CKES-DT (Edmonton, AB), and one regional broadcaster, CITS-DT (Hamilton, ON). The regional broadcaster primarily reaches the Greater Toronto Area with re-broadcast transmitters in Kitchener, London, and Ottawa. YES TV is a brand of CTS, a Canadian incorporated non-profit. www.yestv.com

 

About Canadian Basketball League

The Canadian Basketball League is a professional basketball league founded in Toronto, Canada on July 30, 2014. CBL teams play by Fiba rules. (INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL FEDERATION) CBL franchises play in Canadian basketball arenas with average seating capacity of 2000 Seats. Franchise teams are required to play in communities with a population base of over 340,000 people. The long term goal of the Canadian Basketball League is to be a development league for younger players. With over 250 Canadian players not playing in Canada, it is an ideal time to nationalize professional basketball similar to Europe (Euro League). The success of the Canadian Basketball League is directly related to Canadian content requirements in its bylaws and collective bargaining agreement. Canada is the largest country in the world that does not have a professional basketball league to support its national team.

 

 

 

New Women’s Web Show “See Hear Love”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crossroads Christian Communications Announces New Women’s Web Show
“See Hear Love” set to launch on International Women’s Day

BURLINGTON, ON – March 6, 2017 – Crossroads Christian Communications, in partnership with Stronger Philanthropy, The Gideons International In Canada, International Justice Mission Canada, Tyndale University College & Seminary and Yonge Street Mission is pleased to announce the release of See Hear Love on March 8, 2017. Using a panel format, the show is hosted by former Full Circle “sofa sister” Melinda Estabrooks and is co-hosted by Cheryl Nembhard (Co-Founder at Exousia Media Group), Joanna la Fleur (Director of Creative Communications at C4 Church), Abby Paterson (blogger) and Kimberley Mitchell (Nashville co-host).

“I’m thrilled to be making my return to Crossroads through See Hear Love!” said Melinda Estabrooks, host and Executive Producer of See Hear Love. “Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m passionate about connecting with women – discussing resources, sharing our stories and growing in faith together. My hope is that this new web show would bring together not only Canadian Christian women but Christian women from around the world, of all denominations, ages and ethnicities in a way that’s never been done before… and how fitting that our first show will air on International Women’s Day!”

See Hear Love delivers a new platform for women to tune in as Melinda, her co-hosts and other special guests discuss social justice issues, Scripture, other trending topics and highlight other women around the world, from a unique, Canadian, Christian, women’s perspective. The web show format provides an interactive forum for women, not only in Canada, but internationally, to join the conversation through Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and the See Hear Love website.

“Crossroads is pleased to announce our first foray into the web series format,” said Lorna Dueck, Chief Executive Officer of Crossroads Christian Communications and YES TV. “We’re committed to providing excellent, relevant, Christian media content and we believe that See Hear Love will allow us to share the unchanging message of God’s love with a younger generation of viewers.”

Airing online on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, See Hear Love reaches women where they are, by providing them with regular, fresh content, available online and accessible 24/7 at www.seehearlove.com.

About Crossroads Christian Communications
For more than 50 years, Crossroads has been a leader in providing faith and values media content for people of all ages. 100 Huntley Street, the flagship television program of Crossroads, was founded by Rev. David Mainse and is the longest running daily television program in Canada. Crossroads provides relevant messages of faith and inspiration for millions of people in this country and, through the internet, around the world. Crossroads also interacts with viewers via 24/7 prayer lines, receiving over 1,000 phone calls daily. For more than 30 years, Crossroads has been a highly respected and effective not-for-profit relief and development agency. Having responded in times of natural disaster worldwide, Crossroads has raised funds and partnered with on-site, nongovernment organizations for emergency relief and long-term development strategies. For more information, visit www.crossroads.ca

About Melinda Estabrooks
Melinda’s career spans over 15 years of broadcast, motivational speaking, and advocacy experience. In her early career, Melinda served as an advocate for social justice issues at World Vision Canada and as a media producer, reporter, and Cultural Correspondent at Listen Up TV (now Context with Lorna Dueck). Melinda has been a keynote speaker at many conferences, retreats, churches and concerts throughout Canada for close to two decades.

She joined Crossroads Global Media Group in 2006, where she began as a co-host on 100 Huntley Street’s women’s television show, Full Circle. Melinda specialized in live events and experiential marketing, and was a regular event host and speaker for Crossroads and CTS TV (now YES TV).

In 2014, Melinda worked at Graf-Martin Communications as their Publicity and Promotions Specialist where she connected with Christian leaders and influencers to promote faith films. In the summer of 2015, Melinda joined JOY 1250 and launched her radio and podcast show, Your Story with Melinda, which encourages her listeners to experience personal stories of faith every Saturday. For more information, visitwww.melindaestabrooks.com

CROSSROADS GLOBAL MEDIA GROUP TO RECEIVE THE 2017 NRB MILESTONE AWARD

WASHINGTON (NRB) – Crossroads Global Media Group will receive an NRB Milestone Award on Thursday, March 2, at Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Longevity in any field is becoming a rarity, and exemplary service in Christian broadcasting for 50 years or more is a feat worthy of recognition and affirmation. Through its Milestone Award, NRB honors the industry pioneers who brought Christian communications to the place of respect and achievement it enjoys today.

Crossroads (www.crossroads.media) is Canada’s leading provider of faith and values media content for people of all ages. In 1977, Rev. David Mainse launched its flagship television program, 100 Huntley Street, which is the longest-running daily telecast in Canada. Crossroads conveys the unchanging message of God’s love to the world.

“At Crossroads Global Media Group, we believe that to change culture, you must make culture,” said Lorna Dueck, CEO of Crossroads Global Media Group. “We create, broadcast, and distribute media that has the power to change. Through our omni-channel approach, we touch, move, and inspire people with faith and values content impacting people through media.”

In congratulating Crossroads, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson said, “Crossroads understands and values the power of media in reaching and impacting lives. And through media, Crossroads has edified countless individuals with inspiring stories, timeless truths, and the Gospel message.”

The Milestone Award is one of 21 awards that will be presented during Proclaim 17, which takes place February 27-March 2, 2017, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando. For the complete list of 2017 award recipients, click here.

 

About Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
Crossroads is Canada’s leader in providing faith and values media content for people of all ages. 100 Huntley Street, the flagship television program of Crossroads was founded by Rev. David Mainse and is the longest running daily Christian television program in Canada. Crossroads provides relevant messages of faith and inspiration for millions of Canadians and has done so for 50 years. Its mission is to convey the unchanging message of God’s love to people around the world. Crossroads interacts with its viewers via 24/7 prayer lines, and it has also been a highly respected and effective not-for-profit aid agency for over 25 years, having responded in times of natural disaster worldwide, raising funds and partnering with on-site, non-government organizations for emergency relief and long-term rebuilding strategies. For more information, visit our website at www.crossroads.media.

About NRB:
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a nonpartisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.

About the NRB Convention:
The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. The next Convention, Proclaim 17, will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 27-March 2, 2017. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.

FAITH & MEDIA IN 2017

AN INTERVIEW WITH LORNA DUECK, CEO OF CROSSROADS/100 HUNTLEY STREET

by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Originally published in the Christian Herald, January 2017

I usually begin with the same question for everyone. Yes, you were raised in a Christian home. When did that faith become your own?

LD: I had a really troubled childhood and I moved in and out of faith, but when I was just turning 18 I committed my life to Christ at a Bible camp in Winkler, MB around a campfire. I went straight into Winkler Bible College and I started to really cement my faith as my own. And then 28 years ago, I had a crisis of faith when I realized that I needed a deeper level of God and that’s when I started learning how to have personal daily Bible reading and prayer time and started to do some really reflective work of my soul. That’s where things made a big turn for me, where I moved from religion to relationship.

I won’t even begin to count the number of people you have interviewed over the last 30 years, but is there one or two that stand out in your memory? That you can’t forget?

LD: There’s a few. They all fall under this category: persecuted Christians who faced death for their faith. One was a Cuban Christian and the other was a Chinese man called The Heavenly Man. When you talk to someone who has been willing to die and has faced a life-threatening situation for their faith – those two stand out completely. Persecuted Christian is off the charts for me.

You’ve been in media for 30 years and you’re seen as a trailblazer. What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced?

LD: Fundraising. Just trusting in God when it looks bleak.

How did those struggles make you a better leader?

LD: It drives you to your knees. You realize that somehow God has led you into a leadership role that requires well over one million dollars a year to maintain. Context was small. Crossroads is a $12 million media ministry. So, I think you learn persistence, you learn dependence on God. You learn grace. It’s made me a more spirit-dependent person. That’s just fundraising. I learned a lot more on my leadership journey than from just fundraising.

We’re all given specific gifts and passions to do the work set before us. In my experience, there are certain skills and traits that help me succeed as a journalist but are a hindrance in relationships some- times. Have you found that also?

LD: I find I’m always finding a better story for whatever the situation is. You have so much imagination, so much story, so much problem solving from hearing other people’s lives. I always have – I’m an activator – I have advice and ideas for every situation and that can be irritating. A dear friend told me that few relationships can stand the strain of constant good advice. As someone who’s interviewed so many people with so many good stories, you have to learn to listen a lot more than always have better ideas. Especially when it comes to your family.

What led you to say yes to Crossroads?

LD: I felt a call from God. I wrestled with it for a month. I felt that when the Board of Directors at Crossroads was eager to see Context come along with Crossroads and Yes TV, I felt there was a unity in the body of Christ moment that I could not ignore. I also felt that I was actually a good fit for the job because I love that ministry. I loved Crossroads. It started me in Christian storytelling. I knew the challenges of holding a Christian charity that is media focused. My husband just said yeah — you’re the best person in Canada for this. I consulted with those who knew me best, knew my skills, my weaknesses, and they all in unison said I was the best person for this job. Through that counsel and my own deep admiration for the media charity of Crossroads and Yes TV, I felt a call towards it. It was a difficult decision but I’m honoured and loving every day at work.

Most new leaders have a vision when they take on a new role. What are the first things you’re looking to change, tweak, or improve at Crossroads?

LD: I’m working on rebuilding the financial health of Crossroads and Yes TV. It was at one time a robust debt-free media light. But like every media house in the country, it got hit with enormous winds of change in technology. Audience loyalties changed. There’s a reason that the Canadian Heritage Committee from the Federal government has held meetings into the crisis. Every media house in the country is trying to figure out how to financially survive. I’ve been on the job for four months and that’s the first thing I’m working on. Second thing, we’re launching a campaign to double the audience of 100 Huntley Street. We are seeing a rapid decline in traditional sourcing of religious truth. People are not going to church like they used to in this country. They’re not learning in traditional methods. But they’re still consuming media. Over 8.9 million views on our YouTube material last year alone. That’s online. Not to mention the one million we’re reaching every week through broadcast television. I just think the appetite for our content where people can know and understand that God loves and what salvation and forgiveness in God can mean for their lives, those are the two biggies I’m working on.

Do you have a plan on how you’re going to double that audience?

LD: You’ll start to see, even in this newspaper. Across the country, we’ve launched billboards, radio ads and social media advertising. We’ve made significant change to the content of 100 Huntley Street. We’ve heard the audience loud and clear that they want a Canadian story-driven life- changing hope-giving show. You’ll see more music, more live music. We’re excited about some of the dynamic stories we have in the pipeline. Celebrities when appropriate, sports, entertainment, personal stories of families being touched – it’s all coming to the new 100 Huntley Street.

Do people of faith have a voice in main-stream media in Canada?

LD: No. Not at all. I know for 12 years plus I’ve written at The Globe and Mail as their only Christian faith columnist and all I can say it is – no. It’s not even deliberate on the media’s part. It’s just interest and application of Christian faith in this country has been kicked to the curb in the fast-paced world of media. Unless you have people who own the content, who care for it, who sponsor missionaries like myself into the media world it will not happen. There is no profit model interested in telling the Christian story. It is a completely donor- driven model. If a pastor would knock on the door of a secular radio station and ask for air time, saying his church will pay for it, he would get it, that’s how starved they are to sell media time. We just haven’t got the vision in place where churches and pastors are doing that. Don’t have the vision in place.

What needs to happen? Do we need more journalists willing to work in main-stream media? More people interested in reaching people through those media channels?

LD: Yes. Both of those things. We need more Christians willing to purchase a voice into media and people who will work with us so we can create more different generational type of media. Millennial is different than boomer media. The creativity is out there, the pipelines are out there – but who will sponsor the missionaries in media? That’s the missing link.

What will be our biggest challenge as people of faith trying to have a voice in Canada?

LD: The challenges that we’ve always had. Love, integrity, relevance, boldness. Never let your zeal be lacking is what scripture says. Will we have the zeal to tackle the media landscape and the huge opportunity that it presents?

Christians I have spoken with have disengaged from mainstream media. They feel they’re not represented in mainstream media.

LD: They’re too passive! No, we’re not represented at all in the mainstream media, but we’re far too passive. However – take Kim’s Convenience. That is an evangelical family being played out on prime-time television. You know who started that? A little Korean church that had Ins Choi in their church. They sponsored it. Great example of a Christian voice with mainstream access. Choi has sacrificially given his life and finances to make that show the hit that it now is. It all began when his Korean church paid for the first presentation for his stage play. Christians have just got to invest in the arts and then let the Holy Spirit take it where It needs to go. We are all just humble practitioners. It’s persistence and zeal. We just have to keep pushing through doors.

Is there anything you would like to add?

LD: Pray for us. Pray for anyone you know who works in the media. It’s one of the pillars of society and I cannot imagine that God would want us to take a pass on trying to use media for the Christian gospel. I love what the Christian Herald does – and shout out to its supporters – because these are the kind of vehicles we need to remind the community of God that we are indeed a community and we are stronger together with our voice. Newspaper media tells the stories that no one else is telling. You’ll rarely see a Christian Herald story in the mainstream press. You have to create media that will tell the story.


Originally published in the Christian Herald, January 2017

PUREFLIX.COM STREAMING EXPANDS NORTH OF THE BORDER JUST IN TIME FOR THE NEW YEAR

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As of December 27, 2016, families can gather around and watch all the family-friendly entertainment they want on Pureflix.com without having to worry about any language, sex or violence surprises.

BURLINGTON, ON and SCOTTSDALE, AZ. (December 27, 2016) – PureFlix.com is heading north and expanding to the Canadian market via an exclusive strategic marketing and content partnership with Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (CCCI).

In a new agreement with CCCI, PureFlix.com will provide Canadian families access to nearly 4,000 faith and family streaming video titles, including original series, movies, TV shows and kids’ programming. The content can be accessed from a number of different devices, including: ROKU streaming media player; Chrome browser; Apple Apps for iPad and iPhone; Google Play for Android; and Google Chromecast.

This new partnership marks a significant achievement for CCCI, making it the first time the ministry has been able to offer such a service to the Canadian market. Corporate values for CCCI and PUREFLIX.COM are very similar; both companies serve the Christian and Evangelical markets.

“We’re confident there’s an appetite for faith and family-based content from PureFlix.com based on the fact that more than 67 percent of the Canadian population self-reports as Christian [according to the 2011 census],” said PureFlix.com CEO Greg Gudorf. “That’s a sizeable target market who we believe are seeking safe, wholesome content among their entertainment choices.”

“It’s like Netflix minus the violence, sexuality and questionable language. A parent’s dream come true,” said CCCI’s CEO, Lorna Dueck. “We will also carry the best content from 100 Huntley Street, Context TV and Tricord Media exclusively.

“Crossroads is thrilled to lead the way for this SVOD network to establish a presence in Canada for the first time,” said Carlo Espejo, Chief Marketing Officer, CCCI. “We are excited to put the choice of what to watch, when and where, into the hands of Canadian viewers and our ministry Partners.  This is an expansion into the Canadian digital media space.”

This partnership supports a shared goal of using media to spread biblical truth and influence culture for Christ. Nomadic Christians are growing in numbers like never before and so, as they seek their own enlightenment on demand and through digital media, PureFlix.com and CCCI fill a void.

Pre-registration and sign-ups for the service can be accessed at PureFlix.com

 

About Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.
Crossroads is Canada’s leader in providing faith and values media content for people of all ages. 100 Huntley Street, the flagship television program of Crossroads was founded by Rev. David Mainse and is the longest running daily Christian television program in Canada. Crossroads provides relevant messages of faith and inspiration for millions of Canadians and has done so for 50 years. Its mission is to convey the unchanging message of God’s love to people around the world. Crossroads interacts with its viewers via 24/7 prayer lines, and it has also been a highly respected and effective not-for-profit aid agency for over 25 years, having responded in times of natural disaster worldwide, raising funds and partnering with on-site, non-government organizations for emergency relief and long-term rebuilding strategies. For more information, visit our website at www.crossroads.media.

About PureFlix.com:
PureFlix.com is a subsidiary of Pure Flix Entertainment, LLC, the worldwide leader in faith and family-based entertainment and a Christian movie studio based in Scottsdale, Ariz. that produces, distributes and acquires Christ-based movies. Our vision is to positively influence the global culture for Christ through media. Whether it’s on your television, laptop, phone, or tablet, PureFlix.com is your trusted destination for the highest quality, wholesome entertainment that’s now available anytime, anywhere. For more information, please visit PureFlix.com.

Christian TV Media Producers Announce Merger

crossroads-context-mergerBURLINGTON, Ontario, November 1, 2016 – Two of the nation’s foremost Christian media producers have agreed to merge under one name. The Boards of Directors for Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (CCCI) and Media Voice Generation (MVG), are pleased to jointly announce a merger that will be formed under Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.

We are very pleased to welcome Media Voice Generation and their program, Context with Lorna Dueck, to the CCCI family of companies,” said Gil Scott, Chairman, Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. “We look forward to growing the Body of Christ through the efforts of this merger.

Cheryl Hudson, Board Chair of Media Voice Generation added, “This partnership pursues creative ranges of media communication in the hope that faith in the Good News is explored and considered.

This move joins Canada’s two most public Christian media brands with the common vision of a united platform for delivering Christian media. The merger will further strengthen Christian media outreach and bring together two distinct voices: the MVG-produced, Context with Lorna Dueck (Context), which will retain its identity of speaking with a relevant journalistic voice to a diverse and significant audience, and the Crossroads-produced 100 Huntley Street, Canada’s longest-running daily television program. The merged entity and two media products will continue under the leadership of Crossroads CEO, Lorna Dueck, in Burlington, ON.

MVG’s Context, which operated out of the CBC building in Toronto, ON, is one of the highestrated faith-based programs in Canada,* with a diverse audience mix of Christians and nonChristians. Crossroads provides life-changing messages of faith and inspiration for millions of Canadians and also functions as a not-for-profit aid agency—partnering with onsite, non-governmental organizations to create sustainable solutions in response to various disasters and community challenges.

Lorna Dueck, Chief Executive Officer of Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. adds, “Not only is this a good move for MVG and CCCI, it’s great for Canada’s Christian voice in media.

The merger provides Context with new strength in terms of infrastructure, YES TV airtime and studio resources. It also gives Context the ability to reach a prime time audience for the first time in its history which is terrific news,” says Media Voice Generation CEO, Jeff Groenewald.