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Jo Hayes on the set of Overcomer (The Catholic Leader)

Brisbane broadcaster and journalist Jo Hayes is brimming with excitement as she describes her new series on the global Catholic TV channel Shalom World. Source: The Catholic Leader.

It’s called Overcomer – 30 episodes in which the 36-year-old Catholic turns to her growing skills as an evangelist, preaching the Word of God and drawing on personal experience with the aim of helping each of us face the challenges of everyday life.

“You cannot live a day on planet Earth without facing some kind of challenge,” she said.

“In order to not only survive but to thrive, we need to utilise the weapons of warfare that God has given us – and those weapons largely are the Word of God, a practical go-to guidebook to live in victory.”

Ms Hayes recently returned from a trip to the United States promoting the new series and preaching and speaking at churches, universities, seminaries and ministries, “and so basically to be used by the Holy Spirit at the service of the Church”.

Overcomer took shape last July and August, when Ms Hayes temporarily put aside her other freelance journalistic pursuits, including her work as a reporter for Brisbane’s Channel 7 News.

Working with a small crew in a tiny studio in Brisbane’s Holland Park, she dived into production and, incredibly, shot 30 episodes in eight days.

“I’m telling you that it is all the Holy Spirit, because the messages just kept flowing out of me,” Ms Hayes said.

“It’s literally me preaching to the audience how to apply the Word of God to practical life situations and challenges to see them transformed into victory.”

Overcomer can be viewed on Shalom World TV at 9pm on Tuesdays ET/GMT/AEDT. Latest episodes are available here.


Brisbane Catholic Jo Hayes taking ministry of the Word to global audience (By Mark Bowling, The Catholic Leader

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