Arnita D. Cirksey launched her New Beginnings show on Praise 103.9, “Philadelphia’s Inspiration Station,” this past summer. It is not her first for foray into the airwaves, but her passion hasn’t waned by any measure.
New Beginnings, which runs on Sunday mornings from 6:30 to 7 a.m., derived its name from 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The format consists of weather, Message of Inspiration, News You Can Use and Prayer Line Connection. Although it is only a 30-minute program, Cirksey utilizes every minute to reach souls.
“For me, it’s an opportunity to meet a lot of people. More than I can meet even in the walls of a church. And I really love it because my goal is to encourage and support and uplift and empower individuals in every area of their life. That’s the mission of New Beginnings,” Cirksey said.
“It’s basically to communicate God’s word and to offer the plan of salvation and empower and equip people in every area of their lives.
“So, I get joy out of fulfilling that mission on the airwaves because a lot of times people will not even come into church for various different reasons but they will listen to radio. Radio is free. It’s sometimes in the convenience of their home, on the computer. We also stream and I’m able to accomplish the mission.”
Cirskey has adopted themes for each month she has been broadcasting. June delved into living one’s dreams. July was focused on overcoming a crisis and Augusts’ concentration has been the power of prayer. Her formula thus far has resonated with callers.
“The callers, they responded immediately. They are up and ready to get the encouragement that I’m offering and even when the program is over, I stay and take the calls. As many as I can,” she said.
“I think it’s always good to share the word of God but what I try to do differently is to help them apply it to their every day life and give them the tools to do that.”
The University of Penn alumnus further emphasized fusing everyday experiences into scripture.
“I try to pull them in by talking about every day conversations about what people may be experiencing and then I go to the word of God and I’ll actually share with them the story itself that we can relate to it and at the end, I ask what lessons can we learn,” she said.
“They enjoy the message. It’s inspirational. Some say that my voice is very soothing and comforting and they also talk about how what they got out of the message and they call for different prayer requests.”
Project Helping Hands is another initiative Cirskey has spearheaded that is geared toward collecting gift cards to help feed hungry children in the tri-state area. Callers have been helping her achieve these goals as well as the sponsors who sign on for 13-week commitments.
For more information on Cirksey’s ministry and how to help, contact (610) 276-1081.