At exactly 19h00 on March 4, 2016 TBN relaunched in Africa amid cheers and much excitement at Rhema Church in Johannesburg.
I am looking forward to the kids shows.
I grew up watching TBN and I am happy that it is coming back.
I am excited and looking forward to hearing more of the inspired word of God.
I am looking forward to the inspiring movies!!!!!
These were some of the viewer’s thoughts on Trinity Broadcasting Network’s return to Africa.
The senior pastor of Rhema Church, Pastor Ray McCauley officially welcomed viewers from across the African continent who had tuned in to watch the very first moments of the relaunch of TBN in Africa. They joined the thousands who were part of the sanctuary where the celebrations were held. Matthew Crouch the youngest son of the late Paul Crouch the founder of TBN together with his wife Laurie Crouch shared their gratitude to McCauley for warmly welcoming TBN to their family and for the new partnership that sees Rhema TV join forces with the new TBNinAfrica Channel. The former Rhema TV which used to broadcast only once a week, on Sundays will now broadcast daily.
TBN in Africa was relaunched during Rhema’s annual conference. This year’s theme was fittingly titled “The Breakthrough. Pastor McCauley admitted that the partnership with TBN was a breakthrough and an answer to prayer to have Rhema TV broadcast 24 hours and seven days a week. Programmes that were broadcast on RhemaTV are part of the lineup on TBNinAfrica channel.
‘Sign of a Victory’
The Grammy award Soweto Gospel Choir entertained the crowd with a favourite hit song ‘Sign of A Victory.’ Originally sung by US singer R Kelly at the opening of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Johannesburg the official anthem for the 2010 World Cup proved to be the perfect song for the TBN relaunch. The crowd especially loved seeing their fellow church member and celebrated musician Loyiso Bala sing the song with the choir.
The founder and Senior Pastor of Rhema Church said TBN in Africa will be bigger, bolder, better with an African flavour. The presence of different African flags at the relaunch lived up to that promise and confirmed TBN’s commitment to make the TBN in Africa Channel different from the other TBN channels in the TBN family of channels.
Pastor Joseph Price of New Creation Church in Singapore, and Bishop T D Jakes from The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, USA offered their congratulatory messages live from Jerusalem and the USA respectively. Via a recorded video pastor Angus Buchan added his voice to the countless voices who welcomed TBN back to Africa.
The Democratic Allianceleader Mmusi Maimane also attended the event together with other governmental officials. Other Christian figures were in the audience namely Zanele Mbokazi the founder of the prestigious SABC Crown Gospel Awards together with her husband Bishop Mpendulo Khambule. The beloved media personality Basetsana Kumalo also showed her support.
Previously housed at River Church in East London the new TBN in Africa is now located at Rhema Church in Randburg. The management of TBNinAfrica have promised the viewer international Christian programmes with a balanced mix of locally produced programmes. They have also indicated that they will provide training for producers who want to broadcast their programmes but who need skills development. Tune in to channel 343 on your DSTV to follow up on all the action.