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Ruth O'Reilly-Smith

Ruth O'Reilly-Smith

Ruth is a qualified secondary school teacher, with very little teaching experience and more than twenty two years of radio broadcasting experience. Her brief stint on university radio got her hooked to what has become her vocation. Ruth has worked in community radio in South Africa and on FM and Shortwave radio across Central and Southern Africa from the UK. She lived and worked in Malaysia and the UAE and currently hosts a week day radio show, broadcasting across the UK on UCB2 from 09:00-13:00. Growing up in a Christian home, Ruth made a decision to follow Jesus at the age of five, she renewed her commitment to God as a teenager and is growing in her walk with the Lord. Ruth is married to an Englishman, and is blessed with twins. She enjoys reading, films, walking and catching up with friends over a coffee (black with no sugar thank you). Ruth learns best about God through stories - stories of the faithfulness of God in her life and in the lives of others.

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Transformed & Transforming

Tani and Modupe grew up in Nigeria and went to the UK to study in the 1970s. Having been personally transformed by God’s grace, they never imagined that they would be used to transform one of the most deprived and segregated communities in England—Anfield in Liverpool. As Drs. Tani and Modupe Omideyi faithfully sought God and served their community, He restored hope to many. They lead a vibrant church and continue to run numerous community projects that have led to the transformation of countless lives.

Manasseh changed his community, first for evil and then for good. Crowned king of Judah at the age of twelve, he led his people astray and they did great evil for many years (2 Chronicles 33:1–9). They paid no attention to God’s warnings and so He allowed Manasseh to be taken prisoner to Babylon (vv. 10–11).

In his distress, the king humbly cried out to God who heard his plea and restored him to his kingdom (vv. 12–13). The now reformed king rebuilt the city walls and got rid of the foreign gods (vv. 14–15). “He restored the altar of the Lord and . . . told Judah to serve the Lord, the God of Israel” (v. 16). As the people observed the radical transformation of Manasseh, so too were they transformed (v. 17).

 As we seek God, may He transform us and so impact our communities through us.

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