News release from the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network – For Immediate Release
Contact: Pamela Christian, Phone: 877 588-1664, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Windows on the World with Dan Wooding focuses on Persecuted Christians worldwide
ORANGE, CA (ANS – December 2, 2015) – Pamela Christian, Host and Producer of Windows on the World, broadcast on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv), has announced that she is stepping down to make way for veteran broadcaster and journalist, Mark Ellis.
Ellis is a senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also the founder of www.Godreports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest in world missions.
Wooding and Ellis had previously worked together for seven years on a radio show called Window on the World, which was broadcast globally. The present TV show, with the slightly changed title, will feature the best stories of the week carried on on the ASSIST News Service and God Reports.
Pam Christian expressed, “I have been especially blessed to help start Windows on the World. Being able to help it launch and develop into what it is today has been my goal. Now that Windows on the World has entered into its second season, it seems best to allow one of ASSIST News Service’s’own journalists host the show, along with Dan.”
She added, “Scriptures instruct all Christians to pray for the saints, especially those who are persecuted for their faith. So to be a part of a project that reports the realities of the suffering of men, women and children world-wide, that main-stream media does not report, is highly important. There isn’t a week that goes by that we don’t hear about terrorist activity. But what is not reported is the motivation behind much of the barbarianism. These radical Muslim terrorist groups are motivated by a religious war that specifically targets the destruction of Christians.”
Windows on the World was conceived by international author, broadcaster and journalist, Dan Wooding, after being interviewed by Pamela Christian on another Premier Program, The Holy Spiriti LIVE, that broadcasts on HSBN.TV. “I’ve professionally known Dan Wooding for several years,” states Christian, the then Research and Developer for Programs for HSBN.TV. “When I had the privilege of hosting The Holy Spirit LIVE, I knew I wanted to feature Dan Wooding. His tremendous work for many decades to help the plight of persecuted Christians world-wide is something I wanted our audience to know about.”
At the conclusion of taping that edition of The Holy Spirit LIVE, Pam Christian says that she was “truly surprised” at Wooding’s suggestion. “Dan is a veteran broadcaster whose body of work I want to learn from. So when he suggested that we produce a program where I would host and he would be the resident guest expert, I jumped at the chance!” That’s how Windows on the World came about
The first show was taped on August 5, 2015, and was broadcast on HSBN.TV shortly thereafter. “Since then I have been named the Director for Business Development for HSBN.TV,” Christian explained. “To help develop The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network into the vision that founders Bishop Andrew and Ann Marie Bills have, I needed to free up some time. I greatly appreciate working with Dan who is clearly devoted to help our persecuted brothers and sisters.”
Wooding, now 74, says that he was surprised and disappointed at Christian’s departure, but was also greatly encouraged when she said the show must continue.
“Pam immediately recommended that I continue broadcasting the show citing that it is a ‘tremendously important service to our persecuted brothers and sisters,’” Wooding shared. “I’ve devoted over 45 years of my life to reporting news of Christians being persecuted through the ASSIST News Service, (www.assistnews.net), which I founded, and also many other media outlets. The content of the Windows on the World is now based on the top stories and headlines of the week from both ANS and God Reports.”
Mark Ellis gave details of his own background, saying, “I graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Business, worked for 18 years in commercial real estate. In 1996 I made a transition into Christian ministry, and served as assistant pastor at Church by the Sea in Laguna Beach, California, for nine years. While I was on staff at the church, I also answered a call into Christian journalism and began contributing stories to ASSIST News Service in my free time.
“I slowly began to develop an interest in missions and made my first overseas trip to the southern Philippines in 2004. I saw the sacrifices two Wycliffe Bible translators had made to bring the Gospel to the Tagabawa people group. As I thought about writing a story about their dedication and commitment, I wondered how many other missionaries had similar stories throughout the world.
This led to my next project, after I left the church staff, developing a website called God Reports, which supports and encourages Christian missions around the world by collecting stories from missionaries and mission organizations. So far this year, over a half-million people in 227 countries accessed our stories 800,000 times.”
Mark has been married to Sally Strand since 1985 and they have two boys, Sam and Nate.
“Sally is an artist with a wide following; she teaches art workshops around the U.S. and internationally,” said Mark Ellis.” She was inducted into the Pastel Society of America’s Hall of Fame a few years ago. Our older son, Sam, is a youth pastor at Church by the Sea in Laguna Beach, California, and our younger son works for Tesla while he’s earning his MBA.
He concluded by saying, ““It was great to work with Dan on the radio version of the show, then called Window on the World. It will be an even greater privilege to work on the TV version. I hope we can raise awareness about the plight of our brothers and sisters struggling to live out their faith amidst persecution. In the midst of the darkness, there are also inspiring stories of God’s intervention and redemption that provide hope.”
Bishop Andrew Bills, co-founder with his wife, Ann Marie Bills, of the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network, (http://hsbn.tv) said of the new program host, “After reading Mark’s bio, I am very excited about the impact that this will bring worldwide to the show. Together, they are passionate about informing, educating, and motivating believers to arise, pray, stand and get involved against the continual rise of persecution effecting believers worldwide.”
The first two programs with Dan Wooding and Mark Ellis, were taped today (Wednesday, December 2, 2015), at the studios of the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network, and the first will be aired on http://hsbn.tv on Monday of next week – December 7, 2015 – and then on each Wednesday and Friday.
Dan’s other HSBN program, “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding,” will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, and then on every two days after that. This latest one, which features an interview with Barry McGuire is an American singer-songwriter best known for the hit song Eve of Destruction, and later as a singer and songwriter of Contemporary Christian Music. He became a born-again Christian in 1971 after a brief encounter with evangelist Arthur Blessitt. In the 1980s, McGuire, who is now 80 years of age, left the music industry for a while, and settled in New Zealand with his New Zealand-born wife Mari (former secretary of McGuire’s Agape Force associate, Winkie Pratney). McGuire gave this inspiring interview His Place Church in Westminster, Californa, after speaking and singing recently at the church.
Photo captions: 1) New Windows on the World co-host, Mark Ellis, pictured with Pam Christian and Dan Wooding, after the first two shows had been taped. 2) Logo. 3) Dan Wooding and South Korean pastor, David Cho, pictured by the giant statue of Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang. (Dan is one of the few Christian journalists to have ever been allowed to report from inside of North Korea). 4) Three young women from the Tagabawa tribe. 5) Mark Ellis, Bishop Andrew Bills and Dan Wooding. 6) Barry and Mari McGuire.
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