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Meet the Popular Host of 100 Huntley Street; Moira Brown
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By Lisa Hall-Wilson

For more than ten years, Moira Brown has been a host on the popular 100 Huntley Street program on CTS. Her warmth, sincerity, and compassion have encouraged viewers across Canada. Moira is a popular women's event speaker, and shows no signs of slowing down.

You were an adult before becoming a Christian. What was the crisis of faith that saw you commit your life to Christ?

In 1976, I hosted The Moira Hunt Show on Barrie's CKVR TV, had a fabulous clothing allowance and ratings success, but I was desperately seeking. The nuclear threat was looming. Women Alive made news with their weekend conference in Waterloo, so I invited the Founder and President Nell Maxwell on the show, and off camera probed her about prophecy. Two years later we met for lunch and she told me about Hal Lindsey's book The Late Great Planet Earth. I knew He [points up] was the answer to all my questions, and I made the decision to follow Christ in August 1978. That was beginning a new life. I embraced Philippians 3:8 as my life verse: "Everything else is worthless, compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."

You have interviewed A LOT of people. Is there one interview that stands out in your memory?

The most famous missionary story of our time is The Auca Story. Five cream of the crop young American missionaries were speared to death on January 8, 1956 by a primitive tribe in Ecuador, leaving 4 widows and 9 fatherless children. I had heard Elisabeth Elliott speak about her husband Jim and the other men. She and Rachel Saint, sister of missionary pilot Nate Saint, went to live with the Waudoni People.

When Steve Saint, son of Nate Saint, walked into our Green Room with Menceye, the man who killed his father—the two of them glowing with the love of Christ and love for each other, I was undone.

God had given me irrefutable evidence that He is working on a canvas far too big for us to appreciate this side of heaven. I determined never to dwell on the why's of life's painful realities.

What is it you hope to provide to viewers and event attendees?

I'm an encourager. My desire is to bring comfort, hope, and refreshment. To "feed the sheep" by pointing them to the Good Shepherd. "Pray that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I may fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel." Eph. 5:19

I want to encourage viewers to possess NOW all the Lord has made possible in Christ.

Two years ago you stepped down from your regular role on Full Circle in order to restore some priorities in your own life. What's changed for you since then?

When I was doing regular tapings of Full Circle and daily live 100 Huntley Street, my head was spinning, my nights were spent cramming, and dinner for my family was rare! If the fruit of the Spirit is slim pickings—Gal. 5:22—the result is "all leaves and no eternal fruit." Life is about seasons. I couldn't squander the waning months with my children under my roof, and diminish my potential on 100 Huntley Street, my priority and first calling. I wasn't able to give my best with too much on my plate. Now we have an empty nest and I can have a life to enrich my ministry!

If you weren't doing television, what ministry work would you get involved in more?

Don't everyone come knocking, but I would get people to my meal table. I decorate my home for all the seasons, but don't have time for the hospitality that can be so life impacting. My living room seems to be beckoning. Personal, handwritten correspondence has always been a joy, a hobby I guess, and I need to get back to it, possibly using some of my very amateur photographs to make my own cards!

In your opinion, what are the biggest obstacles to a growing faith for Christian women in Canada right now?

Image management is a deceitful counterfeit, and robs us of authentic living. Our hyper-connected culture and device-centric lives don't encourage vulnerability. We have to get back to doing "living room time" as a friend says. A tweet won't get to the heart! Our culture of the individual robs us of community and the joy of shared life. I believe the rampant depression and loneliness is tied to our disconnection vertically and horizontally!

What's next for Moira Brown?

My husband says I would go mad if I wasn't visiting with people daily on 100 Huntley Street. The viewer has always had my heart. I continue to travel and speak to women's groups mostly. I know Richard would love for me to join him when he goes to Africa, working with widows and orphans impacted by HIV/AIDS. Home Based Care visits with workers in South Africa and Zambia in 2005 captured my heart. Vacations are more appealing than ever for both of us. My prayer is that I will know God's timing. If I have to leave, I'd like to go on the crest of the wave, not in the trough!

Pray, "...that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given to me so that I may fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel." Ephesians 5:19

Lisa Hall-Wilson is a London freelance writer. She is described as a fantasy author, a truth-teller, a seeker of justice, a Jesus Girl who hates coffee and tea and a Dog-owning cat lover.
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