This is in-your-face modern day evangelism that gets down in the dirt with people to help them wrestle through their issues.
Indian Land, SC (Vocus) October 14, 2008
Steelroots, one of the leading producers of television programs targeting Christian youth and one of the few media-based ministries focusing on action sports, today announced that it will debut a new reality TV series called “The Uprising” on Thursday, October 16th at 5:00pm EST on INSP – The Inspiration Network. The series also can be viewed 24/7 online at http://www.steelroots.com.
“The Uprising” follows pro skaters Jay Haizlip, Christian Hosoi, and Brian Sumner as they comb skate parks, backyard pools, and other hangouts in an effort to spread the Gospel. The series was birthed out of Haizlip’s The Sanctuary Church in Huntington Beach, California where he serves as Senior Pastor and his “The Uprising is Here” events, which brings pro skateboarders, live music, and the faith message to young people across the country. The events feature Hosoi and Sumner, as well as other pro skateboarders.
(Watch a clip, view host bios, and download “The Uprising” banners, wallpapers, and MySpace layouts at: http://www.steelroots.com/theuprising/)
According to Haizlip, every episode will be filled with light, energy, excitement, and most of all, purpose.
“We’re excited to partner with Steelroots for ‘The Uprising,’” said Haizlip. “Christian, Brian, and I have traveled across the world ministering to the needs of people and we know that there is a desperate need for this series. People are struggling with real issues like alcohol and drug addiction, stints in jail, abuse, and problems with parents. We’re going to offer them hope through this show and let them know that God is on their side.”
The first episode of the series runs the gamut from skate sessions with family and friends in a backyard pool, an encounter with a hitch hiker, and a not-so-typical “run-in” with the law at the Santa Ana Skate Park.
“This isn’t your grandmother’s Christian TV,” said Hosoi. “This is in-your-face modern day evangelism that gets down in the dirt with people to help them wrestle through their issues.”
Sumner agrees, and also sees the series as an opportunity for the trio to use their skateboarding gifts for a greater good.
“We’ve all been blessed to use our skateboarding talents to reach a lot of people, and now we’re using our talents as an outlet to spread the Gospel,” said Sumner. “The three of us have faced difficult challenges, and we know that a relationship with God is what makes us all overcomers.”
In addition to a faith message, “The Uprising” also will showcase skate tricks and events and feature appearances by other pro skaters like Paul Rodriguez, Chad Tim Tim, Ray Barbee, Jereme Rogers, Josh Harmony, and more.
“The Uprising” joins other original programs from Steelroots that include the Christian Hip Hop show “Mixx Master’s Lounge,” the Christian music video show “Steelroots Top 10 Countdown,” “The Steelroots Show,” and specials featuring popular athletes and music artists. For more information visit http://www.steelroots.com.
INSP is available in more than 55 million U.S. households via more than 2,400 cable systems and on DIRECTV channel 364 and DISH Network channel 259. “The Uprising” also will air on i-Lifetv – Inspirational Life Television. Internationally, the program will air on Inspiration Network International reaching over 70 million homes worldwide in more than 103 countries. Viewers can check their program guides for channel line-up information.
Steelroots was launched in 2002 as one of the expanding outreaches of the Inspiration Ministries. Since its launch, Steelroots has become a leading provider of Christian content for youth and young adults. Steelroots uses television, Internet, print media, products, and special events to accomplish its vision of “revealing the Truth to today’s generation.” Steelroots’ original television programs include “Steelroots – The Show,” “SRtv’s Top Ten Countdown,” “Mixx Master’s Lounge,” and special programs that address timely topics. Steelroots TV is broadcast to more than 125 million homes worldwide through INSP – The Inspiration Network, i-Lifetv – Inspirational Life Television, and INI – Inspiration Network International. For more information visit http://www.steelroots.com.