Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Jornalist For Christ OSUN

Osun State JFC After a lull in its activities, the Osun state Chapter of Journalists For Christ (JFC), the organization for Christian Journalists and allied professionals in Nigeria , has been resuscitated. To this end, JFC Osun state chapter, recently organized a Christian journalists meeting at the Osun state NUJ Secretariat, Oshogbo . In his opening charge to journalists at the meeting, Pastor Sam Segun-Progress, the Protem Coordinator of the state chapter, urged Christian journalist to be of good example as ambassadors of Christ. Quoting from 2 Corinthian 3, verse 2, he charged Christian journalists to present themselves as worthy ambassadors in their conduct to reflect what a genuine and true journalist should be. “In whatever we write, people should see us as journalists with a conscience, journalists with a social responsibility and journalists with a difference”, he emphasized. According to him, “if every Christian journalist showcase the light of Christ, we will positively influence the unbelievers”. In his own remarks, Mr.. Seun Adeoye, the NUJ chairman of the state, said that the challenge for him is to affect the lives of journalists for good, and that Journalists for Christ is one channel through which the lives of journalist could be positively affected. According to him, “We should get to a stage where our colleagues will not gather to be drinking beer, but to praise God”. Recalling a recent incidence when he was saved from a thunder storm attack on his person while in his office, he said he was saved from the attack by the grace and mercies of God. “The lightning came through to me and entered my body, and shook me, but miraculously did no harm to me. The impact of the thunder blew off the television set in the office and other gadgets, yet it came to me and did not harm me. At the end of the storm, I told my secretary to go and look out. The thunder storm had fell a tree in front of the office. It could have struck me dead, but, did no harm to me, by the grace of God!”, declared Adeoye to the journalists at the meeting. He however charged the Christian journalists present to do their best, not only in their profession, but also in the service of God, while they still have life. According to him, “beyond the tenure of being the Osun state NUJ chapter Chairman at present, I will always be a Journalist for Christ and seek to promote the Gospel” The meeting which featured prayer sessions for journalists and the journalism profession also served as a re-union for old members of the organization as well as a platform for new members to mingle with one another. Scheduled to hold fortnightly, the next meeting of the organization in Osun state was fixed for Thursday 22nd August 2008 by 5.00pm at the NUJ Secretariat, Oshogbo . Journalists for Christ (JFC) established in 1998, is an association of Christian journalists and allied professionals in Nigeria . The organization, which has Lekan Otufodunrin, Sunday Editor, Nation Newspaper, as National Coordinator, seeks to promote the gospel among journalists and other media practitioners and encourage Christian journalists to showcase exemplary Christian conduct in the various media organizations.