Our Daily Bread Ministries To Debut Six-Episode YouTube Series Documenting the Emotional Lives of Christian Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines of Covid-19 on Monday, April 19…

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As I’ve read Our Daily Bread Ministries devotionals for many years and I’ve recently written for Our Daily Bread Ministries, I’m truly excited about this new offering from  Our Daily Bread Films. Please see below.

Our Daily Bread Ministries announced the launch of Instruments of Peace: Faith on the Frontlines, a six-episode YouTube series that follows six Christian healthcare workers—three doctors, two nurses, and a chaplain—who have chosen to take up the fight against Covid-19 and care for patients in some of the hardest impacted regions of the world, including—Detroit, New York City, Olympia, Johannesburg, Manilla, and the United Kingdom.

Through retrospective interviews and in-the-moment video diaries, the series explores the range of emotions these frontline workers experience as people die around them and funding for health services fluctuate. Each Monday from April 19th through May 24th, Instruments of Peace delves into what faith looks like when committed to caring for the sick during a global pandemic. Below is the trailer followed by the episode guide and a few photographs from the series.

Episode Guide:

April 19th Ep 1: Idara Joy Inokon: Fighting for Life

ICU nurse, Idara Inokon rides an eerily empty subway to and from a New York City hospital during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Photo Credit: Our Daily Bread Ministries

Trauma. Death. Pressure. Brooklyn, New York, ICU nurse Idara Joy Inokon lived this every day as the Covid-19 pandemic ramped up in the spring of 2020. Her patients kept crashing and her hospital unit became a revolving door of death as she faced the stress and anxiety of the unknown. Yet every day, she continued to show up. And she continued to trust God for peace and strength in the middle of the storm. Now a travel nurse in El Paso, TX, she’s wondering how much trauma she can take, and asking God to give her strength every day.

New York City ICU nurse Idara Inokon suits up in protective gear for her shift during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. When a patient asked for a fan to cool her fever, Idara stood by her side and fanned her. A fellow nurse recorded her act of kindness and the video went viral.
Photo Credit: Our Daily Bread Ministries

April 26th Ep 2: Aaron Beck: Learning to Trust God

Dr. Aaron Beck records a video diary entry in 2020 that captures his struggles to determine how to provide the best care for his patients when—at the time—so little was known about COVID-19.
Photo Credit: Our Daily Bread Ministries

A worldwide pandemic lets us know that we are not in control. Just a few months after moving his family across the country to the Pacific Northwest to join a medical practice, Aaron Beck found himself treating patients in a hotspot. He faced uncertainty for his own health, fear of what that meant for his young family, and doubts about how to provide the best care for his patients. But through it all, he forged a deeper dependence on God, because he had no choice but to trust.

May 3rd Ep 3: Marcia Fairrow: Prayer and Grief

Marcia is a chaplain in Detroit, MI who loves to pray with and comfort patients and their families. When Covid-19 hit, ventilators and health and safety restrictions took that human connection away from her. As she battles her own grief and anger, she struggles to learn how to be a chaplain for people she can’t physically be with.

May 10th Ep 4: Hannah and Zuriel Bernardino: Acts of Kindness and Love

Hannah is a Doctor at a Wellness Center in Manila, Philippines. Her husband Zuriel is a pastor and her emotional rock. When Covid-19 hit Manila, Hannah was transferred to a Covid ICU, where she battled her own anxiety and depression. But, Zuriel was there to support her while she cared for others, and together they are living out their faith.

May 17th Ep 5: Nellie Balfour: A Young Hero and a Mother’s Legacy of Prayer

When Nellie was a child, her family fled Apartheid in South Africa to Australia, where she developed severe asthma. The doctors who took care of her became her heroes and motivated her to become a doctor. Now a pediatric doctor in a poor district of Johannesburg, SA, she struggles to save children in a place ravaged by Covid-19 and to trust that her best efforts are good enough. But, inspired by a mother who prays ceaselessly, she is learning to give her fears and anxiety to God.

May 26th Ep 6: Bex Lawton: Faith and Fear for Those We Love

Bex is a mother of three young children and a pediatric nurse in England. In 2019, her husband nearly died from a liver condition and Covid-19 made her terrified that if he were to catch it he would die. While some other Christians shamed her for her fear, she felt like fearing for her husband’s life and taking every precaution was the most loving thing she could do. This conflict put her on a path of struggling with, and ultimately being sustained by, her faith.

Our Daily Bread Films produces documentaries and short videos that inspire and encourage people to draw closer to God and help them grow in their faith. They are a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries, a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that distributes more than 60 million resources in 150 countries.

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RHOA’s Kandi Burruss & Serayah Star in Lifetime’s ENVY: A Seven Deadly Sins Story on Sat. April 17th 8/7c

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Watch Lifetime’s ENVY: A Seven Deadly Sins Story starring Serayah, Kandi Burruss from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Da Brat, Rose Collins and more on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. EST/7  p.m. CST. Bishop T. D. Jakes along with Derrick Williams and Shaun Robinson are executive producers!
Below is the official synopsis followed by a few snippets from the movie.
Gabrielle Flores (Rose Rollins) has it all – a devoted husband, a beautiful daughter, and one of the best PR firms in the country. When Gabrielle’s father suddenly reveals she has a half-sister, Keisha (Serayah), as a result of a brief affair, only-child Gabrielle is delighted to welcome her into her life. But Keisha, who grew up with nothing, wants more than a sisterly bond from Gabrielle—she wants her life, and is willing to do whatever it takes to get it. Envy: A Deadly Sins Story also stars Kandi Burruss, Donovan Christie Jr., Gregory Alan Williams, Da Brat, DC Young Fly, Clifton Powell and Hosea Chanchez and is produced by Bishop T.D. Jakes Enterprises and Big Dreams Entertainment. Bishop T.D. Jakes, Derrick Williams, Leslie Greif and Shaun Robinson serve as executive producers, and Damon Lee directs from a script written by Nneka Gerstle.  Envy is based on the novel of the same name, a part of the Seven Deadly Sins anthology written by Victoria Christopher Murray, my sorority sister of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated!!!

I’ll be watching! How about you?

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Kierra Sheard-Kelly Releases Deluxe Edition of Album KIERRA & Memoir ‘Big, Bold, and Beautiful’

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GRAMMY and Stellar Award-winning artist, actress, and multi-faceted entrepreneur Kierra Sheard-Kelly, released the deluxe edition of her chart-topping album KIERRA (Karew Entertainment / RCA Inspiration). The new album is an accompaniment to her memoir, “Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be” (Zonderkidz). Both are available now!

An artistic hybrid of Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Gospel sounds, Kierra continues to boldly step out as a creative powerhouse on the 20-track deluxe edition, introducing five new songs: “Out of My Mind” (feat. Camper), “Grace,” “Live 4 God,” “A Good Man,” and “Something Has to Break” (feat. Karen Clark Sheard), the duet with her mother, which is currently playing on radio and was recorded from their enthralling appearance together on the 2020 BET Awards.

The album features the original 15-tracks including the #1 Billboard hit Gospel single “It Keeps Happening” and “Don’t Judge Me” (feat. Missy Elliott), and production from frequent collaborators Harmony “H-Money” Samuels and her brother J. Drew Sheard, songwriters Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith, Varren Wade, Edgar “JV” Etienne, Justin Brooks, Sir the Baptist, and vocals from Gospel artists Todd Dulaney, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Le’Andria Johnson and Kierra’s nephew Jacob Sheard. In addition to releasing her new album, Kierra recently connected with Nick Cannon for a special rendition of Gospel legend Fred Hammond’s “No Weapon,” which debuted on Good Friday.

KIERRA (Deluxe) Track listing

1.  Don’t Judge Me (Feat. Missy Elliott) 2. Always Win (Live) 3. Better 4. Follow (Live) (Feat. Todd Dulaney) 5. It Keeps Happening (Live) 6.        Human 7. Something Has to Break (Live) (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) 8. Grateful  9.   Beautiful  10. I Choose You (Live)  11. Things You Do  12.       My Redeemer (Live) (Feat. Le’Andria Johnson) 13.   Sunday Flow (Feat. Sir The Baptist) 14.  BIG BIG BIG (Live) 15.    So Into You (Live) (Feat. Jacob Sheard)  16. Something Has to Break (feat. Karen Clark Sheard) 17.  A Good Man 18. Live 4 God 19.  Grace 20.       Out of My Mind (feat. Camper)

Click HERE to listen to a few snippets from the album!

Going forward in forging fearless new paths, Kierra is making her debut as a published author on April with her memoir, “Big, Bold, and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be” (Zonderkidz). In her immersive and inspirational book for teens, Kierra shares her hard-won advice on body positivity, spiritual self-care, goal setting, finding your joy, and living boldly in faith, empowering you to grab the life you’re meant to lead.

For additional information, visit:

Website:                    https://www.iamkierrasheard.com/

Facebook:                 https://www.facebook.com/kierrasheard/

Instagram/Twitter:    @kierrasheard

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