Praise and Worship Centre, one of the leading Pentecostal churches in Bulawayo, began publishing a monthly Christian community newspaper.
The newspaper, by the name El Shaddai, first hit the streets at the beginning of July this year. “El Shaddai” is one of the seven Biblical covenant names through which God revealed himself to Abraham. Speaking to Relzim.org yesterday, the publisher and chief executive officer of the publication Bishop Trust Sinjoki, who is also the founder and senior pastor of the church, said the paper seeks to edify Christian believers and spread the good news of God’s love.
The eight-page newspaper features the following sections: message of the month, news, editorial section, personality profiles, testimonies, gifts and talents. In the personality profiles section the paper features profiles of outstanding and successful Christians. “Authenticated testimonies,” the publisher of the newspaper said, “are meant to reveal to the Christian world that “God is not dead”. The gifts and talent section on the back of the paper showcases gifts and talents that God has blessed his children with.
Explaining the contents of the monthly, Bishop Sinj, as he is affectionately known, said the message of the month will be coming from different pastors, not necessarily from his own church. “This paper cuts across denominations and it belongs to everyone in the Christian community.” he added. The paper, edited by seasoned journalist Lifaqane Nare, can be obtained at the church’s offices upon donating $1 or more to cover printing expenses. Bishop Sinj said in the future they look forward to their publication being sustained by advertisers.
El Shaddai, not an entirely new publication, first hit the streets in 1984 and folded in the mid 1990s. It had been founded by Eric Burrowes of the now Selbourne Park Christian Church in Bulawayo. Praise and Worship Centre, according to Bishop Sinj, has been given the permission to resume publishing it. “We have just modernised it a bit, made a few changes here and there and added a few columns but, apart from that, this is the paper that sought to edify the saints and spread the good news of God’s love.”
Praise and Worship Centre is situated at corner Lobengula Street and 6th Avenue.