Johannesburg - Broadcast is a wonderful medium for receiving the word of God. It is great for a morning of praise or when you can’t make it to church. Priscilla Malinga picks the best Christian TV, radio and online shows.
THE SACRED SPACE
Sunday, 06:00 to 09:00
This remains my favourite gospel show on radio. A variety show, The Sacred Space has a largely Christian base, but does not exclude other forms of spirituality. The show is famous for bringing listeners to tears with testimonials from callers every Sunday as they describe their personal situations and challenges. Hosts Thami Ngubeni and Khaya Mthethwa give advice and quotes from scriptures in the Bible to help restore faith in people’s lives. She preaches about how to seek solace in God when faced with tough times. The Sunday school addition, where Ngubeni talks to children, is a great way to get kids involved in faith.
THE HEALING ZONE
Thursday, 12.30 to 14:00
Presented by the famous Rebecca Malope, The Healing Zone is another force to be reckoned with. Tune in as this gospel artist with over 20 years of experience in the music industry touches on drug abuse, money and other social issues with the listeners. She encourages prisoners to call in and speak about where they are spiritually and to give them a chance to apologise for their sins, and to repent and seek the power of God. Because of Malope’s background in the music industry, her presence and voice, spiritual revival is guaranteed.
Podcasts of The Healing Zone are available on touch-hd.com
MAKGULONG A MATALA
Sunday, 09:00 to 12:00
Makgulong a Matala has been the people’s favourite show for some time now. The show is hosted by Thuso Motaung, known for broaching controversial topics. The Lesedi FM show features prayers, messages, scriptures, birthday scriptures, news, gospel music and profiles of gospel artists. Motaung is still as relevant today as he was 10 years ago.
TELEVISED CHURCH SERVICES
e.tv (DStv channel 194)
Sunday, 05:00 to 08:00
For those who would rather watch TV than listen to radio, e.tv has a string of church shows that start in the early hours of Sunday morning. The shows have become staple viewing in many South African households. Two highlights from this programming block include Ground Zero, by the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God’s bishop Marcelo Pires. Here people give their testimonies on how the church changed their lives. Then there’s also Hillsong, led by Brian Houston from the Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. Houston will leave you feeling like you were physically there, listening to his sermon – it’s like attending church at home. Other churches featured on e.tv include Rhema Bible Church and apostle Simon Mokoena’s Tyrannus Apostolic Church.
Soweto TV (DStv channel 251)
Soweto TV has a variety of religious programming, including services from The Zion Christian Church and Incredible Happenings Ministries’ pastor Paseka “Mboro” Motsoeneng. There’s a large variety of gospel music shows, including Gospel Mix, Apozion, Choral Sounds, and the Gospel Countdown. Another highlight is 8am’s Rivers Of Living Water service with archbishop Stephen Zondo and the Victory Fellowship Church service with prophet Isaac Ngwenya.
Dumisa TV (DStv channel 340)
Sunday, from 5am
Dumisa programmes are available every day for viewers to pick the one that speaks to them.