Four years ago today, December 5, 2008, the first ever television program of the Pentecostal Missionary CHURCH of CHRIST (4th Watch) abroad was shown in the United States of America in California. At exactly 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time), the “Surer Word” television program begun broadcasting all over Southern California on KSCI Channel 18 – California’s largest Asian-language television.
Armed with an apostolic message and anointing, Pastor Jonathan S. Ferriol, came on television and preached a stirring message in English called, “What is the Surer Word?” His text was 2 Peter 1:19, “So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
It was Apostle Arsenio T. Ferriol, the Goodman of the House, who conceptualized and envisioned to launch a television program in the United States in 2007. “He was really the brain child behind this ministry,” Pastor Jonathan revealed.
As soon as the vision was imparted, Pastor Jonathan wasted no time forming a team, composed of dedicated co-workers and church members of South Bay. He also rallied the entire district to prayerfully and financially support this new endeavor. The ministry took off successfully, albeit, with countless sacrifices, hardships and challenges. The production staff, headed by Bro. Joseph Concepcion and Bro. Archie Princesa had to learn almost overnight television production like, camera operations and digital editing. Bro. Erwin dela Cruz had to fly to South Bay from North California almost on a weekly basis for months on end, to help and guide the crew during the “live taping” of Pastor Jonathan’s sermons.
After 2 years of its successful Southern California debut, Surer Word TV started showing in April 2010 in Northern California on KTSF Channel 26 that greatly expanded the preaching of the message of salvation in that part of the state.
In October 2010, SW TV also reached its first 100 episode milestone, which cemented the program as a religious institution in California.
Then in January 2011, SW TV broke new grounds by partnering with Hosanna Broadcasting Network (HBN) to show the program via satellite on channel 20 throughout the greater Los Angeles county. Seeing the great potential to reach more audience in the Philippines, Apostle Arsenio T. Ferriol decided to also include the SW TV in our weekly television programming in the Philippines on IBC Channel 13.
And just before 2011 ended, God opened a door for SW TV to be broadcasted throughout Canada in partnership with another Christian broadcasting channel, Miracle Channel as well as in partnership with our Canadian churches under the leadership of Pastor Belle Obsanga.
“It is not about me. But it is all about the message of the 4th watch thru our apostle that makes SW TV a ministry for our times”, Pastor Jonathan remarked, as look back at these four years of spreading the “the truth that cares!”
As the evangelization campaign of the the true church intensifies globally, and other church leaders capture the vision of the Goodman of the House, it should not come as a surprise that SW TV will one day cover the entire continental U.S, Europe and the rest of the world!