After eight weeks of preaching the Word of God, via popular television reality show, “The Pulpit”, a 13-year-old preacher from the Church of Pentecost Oyibi, in Accra, Whitney Andrea Ama Hayford, emerged winner, last Sunday, beating stiff competition from five other equally good contestants.
For her prize, Whitney took home, a cash amount of GH¢8,000, a phone tablet, a certificate and products from sponsors.
She was followed in the second position by Lorraine Kodua Aboagye of the Mount Olivet Methodist Church in Kumasi, who won a cash price of GH¢7,000, a certificate, tablet and products from sponsors.
The third position went to Justice Alor of the Church of Pentecost, Obom District Accra, who preached fluently in Ga winning GH¢6,000, a certificate, tablet and products from sponsors.
Janet Asor Graham of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Abeka-Accra, came fourth with a cash price of GH¢4,000, a certificate, tablet and products from sponsors.
Earlier, two other contestants Sandra Efua Essien from the Trinity Methodist Church, Madina Estate and Louisa Mensah of the Bethel Baptist Church, Kumasi, who also made it to the finals, were eliminated after the first round.
The first round, had the six contestants preaching the topic “diligence,” while in the second round, they were tasked to explore the topic, “success”.
The well attended grand finale held on Sunday July 19 at the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) Calvary Temple, Sakumono, saw some renowned ministers of the gospel gracing the show.
There were performances from gospel songstress, Joyce Blessings, the King David Tabernacle Choir and the Lord’s Tabernacle Choir ICGC of Achimota-Abofu.
This year’s contestants, were made up of seven girls and five boys, with four girls and two boys making it to the grand finale.
The Pulpit, designed and aired by TV3 Network Company, is not only interesting, but entertaining and educative, as it assembles the talents of teenagers between 12 and 14 with burning desire to become preachers of the Gospel of Christ.
Participants were sieved and selected in a grueling audition that took place in Kumasi representing the northern sector and Accra lining up contestants from the southern sectors of the country.
Organizers of the event said, the word of God commands that children are trained in the right way to go, such that when they grow, they will not depart from it, hence the need to groom these children in the things of God.
The Pulpit, according to TV3, is not just any programme on TV, but designed to bring and build togetherness in many homes in the way Christ seeks of his followers.
It is also a platform to learn and share the word of God with the public to win lost souls for Christ and also to inculcate the culture of evangelism.