ORLANDO, Fla. (NRB) – Nearly 200 ministries participated in the February 28-March 2 Exposition at Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando.
Among them were 41 first-time exhibitors, including the Milwaukie, Oregon-based Restored Hope Network.
Restored Hope is an interdenominational membership-governed network dedicated to restoring hope to those broken by sexual and relational sin, especially those impacted by homosexuality. It proclaims that Jesus Christ has life-changing power for all who submit to Him as Lord and seeks to equip His church to impart that transformation.
Restored Hope decided to exhibit at Proclaim 17 to connect with national Christian leaders and media professionals. The discounted first-time exhibitor fee also provided a financially feasible way to participate in the Convention.
Before the Convention, Restored Hope Executive Director Anne Paulk prayed for the opportunity to share on major national Christian radio and TV outlets about transforming the lives of those dealing with same-sex attraction and the care that her coalition of ministries offers. She also was hoping for divine appointments to make connections that the Lord had in His heart to bring about.
All of her hopes were exceeded.
“Several of my colleagues and I were given opportunity to share the work [we] do and the hope in Christ for those who deal with unwanted same-sex attraction through numerous TV and radio interviews,” Paulk said. “And then there were the ‘chance’ conversations with those who head up major radio networks, renewed connections with show hosts, and new connections with syndicated hosts as well as many local radio producers.”
Paulk said getting to present in the Learning Arena, new to the Exhibit Floor this year, was another highlight of her week.
“When I gave my presentation I was greeted afterward by the woman I sat next to on the plane to Orlando,” she said. “Neither of us had mentioned where we were going or why, so it was a real surprise for her to be at my talk, ‘Is Transformation Possible for the Same-Sex Attracted Struggler?’”
Paulk and Restored Hope are planning to return to the Convention as an exhibitor.
“I would very much like to exhibit again at NRB in the future,” she said. “I found it to be a wonderful blessing!”
Joy (ChuYoung) Chon, Team Leader in the Planning Department for C Channel broadcasting in Seoul, Korea, attended the Convention for the first time this year.
“One of the many things I liked about the [Exposition was] the interactive aspects such as Cru’s ‘Jesus Film’ project’s audience participation where you can be part of the crowd,” she said. “Now I can brag about having attended the NRB [Convention] to my friends, while at the same time introducing their ministry to my Facebook friends.”
Another Exposition highlight for Chon was the frequent and multiple prize drawings.
She said the 20,000-square-foot exhibit from Museum of the Bible “was definitively one of the most attractive components of Proclaim 2017, and it made me want to return to the NRB [Convention] in the future!”
The Learning Arena featured speakers from Convention exhibitors, showcasing relevant education and training on new technologies, products and services, and ministries, among others.
More than 30 topics were presented in the Arena during the three-day Exposition, including “Book Publishing in the 21st Century,” “New Digital Ministry Trends for 2017,” “Using a Custom Branded iOS + Android App for Your Organization’s Communication,” “Leveraging the Power of Streaming Technology to Attract a Broader Audience,” and “Sales and Marketing in the Christian World.”
By Michael Smith
Published: March 9, 2017