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Jo Cromwell, host of local Christian TV talk show receives Music Love Awards Media Personality of the Year for 2019 [#MusicLove #ChristianTV #ThisIsTheDay]

Jo Cromwell, founder, CEO, and host of “This is the Day!” a local Christian TV talk show, received the Music Love Awards Media Personality of the Year for 2019.

4 years ago, Ms. Cromwell started broadcasting how God is expanding His Kingdom in Central Arkansas. She interviews leaders of area ministries who are raising a standard by providing unique, creative, and anointed ministries to reach, teach, and fill a void the churches are unable to reach.

I am grateful to Jonathan Beyer, his staff, and congregation of First Lutheran Church of Hot Springs for making this vision possible. I have only been doing this for four years, and I am an amateur in the area of TV. There were others nominated that have been in the business much longer and are professionals in the field. I was surprised but grateful to receive not only the nomination, but also to receive the award was an addition blessing! I want to thank the person that nominated me and all who voted for me to have this distinction. Above all I want to thank God who saw something in me that I never knew was even a possibility.

– Jo Cromwell

The Music Love Awards are sponsored by Anjelica Records in Little Rock, Arkansas a record label that manages the careers of Christian music artists. The Music Love Awards was created by founder and CEO Francez Riley to establish a scholarship fund for graduating seniors who wish to pursue a major in the Arts.

Local Christian TV show host wins media award:
Hot Springs Sentinel

Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club Transformed to Ozaukee Christian School in Trenton, Wisconsin [#SpearmintRhino #OzaukeeChristianSchool #TrentonWisconsin]

The site of a shuttered strip club in Wisconsin is being transformed into “a place of life and light and hope and joy” as it eventually becomes a Christian school, part of which will be opened later September 2019.

The former Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club, located in a strip mall in Trenton, Wisconsin roughly 40 miles north of Milwaukee, will soon open as the Ozaukee Christian School.

Officials purchased the strip mall in 2019 and plan to make what used to be a strip club into a place for education — in “a story only God could write.”

Ozaukee Christian School is thrilled to announce it is moving to a new building, taking over a former strip club in the Town of Trenton. We reached an agreement to purchase the property from California-based Spearmint Rhino and hope to occupy the building in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

The unusual building conversion is an answer to prayer that ends a years-long search for a building to call our own.

OCS — a non-denominational Christian school founded in 1990 — has leased several locations over the years. We’ve partnered with Portview Christian Church in Port Washington, Friedens Church in Port Washington, and most recently with St. John XXIII in Saukville for the last 19 years.

“We have felt God leading us to a building of our own that will allow us to grow, to expand our ability to work with special needs children and to reach more families in Washington County, all the while maintaining strong ties with our families in Ozaukee County,” said Kris Austin, OCS Administrator.
The property will allow us to do all this and more. We are purchasing a strip mall that includes the former Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club that we will renovate into classrooms, offices, a cafeteria and a multi-purpose room. This initial phase will allow us to serve 125 students, double our current enrollment. Future additions will include a gym with stage and locker rooms, and a new classroom wing, allowing growth up to 250 students.

“God has given the leadership of OCS a big vision for growth while providing us what we need for each step of this project,” said Dave Swartz, OCS Board President.
We are trusting God to provide the funds for this project, just as He cleared the way for us to buy this building. We have raised $425,000 so far and are seeking a total of $2.2 million to complete the purchase and initial renovation of the property.

How It Came to Be

After looking at over 80 different properties, several school leaders became independently aware the property in January 2017, and after visiting the site we felt it could be a great fit. We reached out to Spearmint but were initially told they weren’t interested in selling. In July 2017, however, the company reached out and offered to sell the building. We began meeting with architects and contractors to determine how this property could fit the school’s needs. After completing preliminary plans, we launched an initial fundraising drive in April 2018 to gain support for this project. In the meantime, we have done prayer walks at the property with staff, parents and alumni. Students regularly gathered to pray for the process along with a group of 140 “email prayer warriors” doing the same.

After months of phone conversations, emails and the abundant prayers of God’s people, we were blessed with a signed purchase offer. We have enjoyed getting to know Mr. Peter Garrell (attorney for Spearmint) and Ms. Joann Castillo (senior executive assistant) over these many months — and praying with them as well. It is a journey unlike anything we could have imagined. It is a story that only God could write.

Wisconsin Christian school to open at site of former strip club:
Fox News

Kicks for Christ: Ministry in Lonoke, Word of Truth Christian Fellowship, Lonoke, Arkansas exceeds goal, provides shoes to hundreds of students in time [#KicksForChrist #Lonoke #LonokeArkansas]

A ministry in Lonoke has exceeded its goal, providing shoes to hundreds of students in time for the first day of class.

The aim of the Word of Truth Christian Fellowship, Lonoke, Arkansas was to provide 100 pairs of shoes to kids, but they ended up being able to provide over 300.

Pastor Carlos Wallace calls the program “Kicks for Christ”.

He says his organization has provided school haircuts in the past, but this year he was moved to do something different.

” Some kids get teased because they don’t have new shoes going back to school. So what we wanted to do was we want to alleviate that problem as much as possible” –
– Carlos Wallace, Pastor of Word of Truth Christian Fellowship Church

The event took place at the Lonoke Community Center, Lonoke Township, Arkansas.

Word of Truth Christian Fellowship Church gives away shoes at “Kicks for Christ”
KARK

Life.Church, megachurch and Oklahoma Christian School, private Christian school agree to property swap in Edmond, Oklahoma [#LifeChurch #OklahomaChristianSchool #Edmond]

A megachurch and private Christian school have co-existed for years near the corner of Interstate 35 and Second Street in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Life.Church and Oklahoma Christian School recently agreed to a property swap of sorts, with their longstanding relationship as neighbors providing an amicable foundation for negotiations.

The recent real estate agreement between the two will allow Oklahoma Christian School to start a $17 million project to build a 72,000-square-foot elementary school and Life.Church to expand its headquarters.

Life.Church, Oklahoma Christian School agree to property deal:
Oklahoman.com

Armed with a Bible, a guitar and a drawing of Jesus walking on water, Andrea Wong sat outside the offices of the central government of Hong Kong and booed.

Ms. Wong, usually stays out of politics. But, as Hong Kong was swept by mass protests against closer ties with mainland China, she asked herself what a good Christian would do.

“I am very certain that Jesus would not have stayed home enjoying the air-conditioning. He would have been out here helping people and marching.”
– Ms. Wong

Christians have been a visible part of the protests — among the largest in Hong Kong’s history — providing food and shelter at demonstrations and condemning efforts by the police to break them up. Many protesters, even those who are not religious, have embraced the teachings and messages of Christianity to denounce a proposed law to allow extraditions to mainland China.

With Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests:
Christianity has had a striking influence in demonstrations against a proposed law that would allow extraditions to mainland China.