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TBN’s ‘Faith and Fitness’ Exhibit a Big Hit at St. Louis Health Expo
Photo: TBN’s Faith and Fitness exhibition was a huge hit with the 37,000 St. Louis area residents who came out for the second annual Get Hooked on Health Expo, sponsored by Charter Communications.
(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis’ Second Annual Get Hooked on Health Expo, sponsored by Charter Communications, was a huge success, and Trinity Broadcasting Network’s (TBN) own “Faith and Fitness” exhibition was a big hit. According to Liz Reiff, coordinator of the event, over 37,000 St. Louisans that came out January 7th and 8th to learn how to live healthier lives.
“As they did last year, the folks from TBN really got into the spirit of what Get Hooked on Health is all about,” said Reiff. “This was a collaborative effort to help make St. Louis a healthier place to live, and TBN went above and beyond the call of duty both to educate entertain attendees.”
Gary Hodges, TBN’s Mid-America Regional Director, noted that TBN’s “Faith and Fitness” booth spotlighted the spiritual aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. “Each of our guests was able to personally speak with hundreds of people, encourage them, and answers the many questions they had about both the physical and spiritual aspects of total health,” he said. “And each was also able to share about their personal faith in Jesus Christ. We praise the Lord for the thousands who we personally met.”
Among the featured guests at the TBN exhibit was nationally renowned “Fitness Evangelist” Ron Kardashian, Christian talk show host Debra Peppers from local Christian radio station KJSL, and the God Squad, whose seven-member Strength Team performed incredible physical feats while sharing their faith in Christ.”
Kardashian, who is the fitness spokesperson for author Jordan Rubin’s New York Times best seller The Makers Diet, was a hit with the crowd, said Amy Fihn, TBN’s Cable Affiliate Promotions Manager. “Ron and his associate, Thomas Foley, were both superb,” said Fihn. “Ron was very compassionate and sensitive to each and every person who visited TBN’s Faith and Fitness booth, and he had literally hundreds of opportunities to meet one-on-one with visitors.”
During his appearance on the last day of the event, Kardashian gave a powerful presentation of the gospel that profoundly impacted the crowd. “After the event, I had the opportunity to encourage many folks who came up to visit with me,” recalled Kardashian. “One of the highlights was when I got to pray with a married couple for salvation,” recalled Kardashian. “This husband and wife, who had been involved in New Age religion, fell to their knees right in that 100,000-square foot convention center, and when they got up their faces were glowing.”
Kardashian also related how a man had heard about the event and drove 70 miles to bring his mother, who was ill with cancer. “I had an opportunity to encourage and pray with this gentleman, and to pray with his mother for healing. I know it impacted both of them dramatically, as it did me.”
Added Kardashian, “Charter Communications did a great job putting on a first-class event. I do a lot of these events, and this was one of the best.” He explained that he was honored to be a part of TBN’s effort to bring a spiritual element to the overall campaign for fitness in St. Louis. “Our desire was to add the heartfelt component that would get people thinking about their eternal destiny, in addition to living healthy lives now,” he said. “This was an all-around great program, and people were impacted on so many different levels.”
The God Squad Strength Team worked with Kardashian and TBN to draw crowds to the Faith and Fitness exhibit and to share the gospel one-on-one. God Squad’s spokesman Pat Renkin said his seven-man team ministered for two days, putting on strength performances that included breaking bricks, bending bars of steel, and tearing three-inch-thick phone books with their bare hands. “The strength exhibition is a vehicle to draw people in so we can tell them about Jesus,” he said. “And over the two days we told hundreds of people about Christ and led many in the sinner’s prayer. This was a first-class event and everyone involved did a super job.”
Hodges said that TBN’s presence at the Get Hooked on Health Expo was all about emphasizing the connection of spiritual health to physical health. “We really wanted to make sure people had a chance to connect the two,” he said. “All our guests were keyed into that and it showed in how they connected with the audience.”
Added Hodges, “The most outstanding and significant blessing about the whole event were the many people walking through TBN’s exhibit who prayed to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They truly got the total health workout – body, soul, and spirit.”
TBN is the world's largest religious network and America's most watched faith channel. Each day TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming those appeals to people in a wide variety of denominations. TBN now reaches every major continent via 47 satellites and more than 12,000 television and cable affiliates worldwide. In the United States, TBN is available to 92 percent of the total households. Its website receives more than 25 million visitors monthly. In addition to TBN, the network owns and operates, the Church Channel, JCTV, Smile of a Child, and TBN Enlace USA.
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