For Release 7:00 AM
March 17, 2020

Online Every Day During Pandemic
Coronavirus Pandemic Worldwide Leads to More Online Opportunities for Worship

Washington, DC — March 17, 2020 — Starting March 15, 2020, one local minister has decided to offer short sermons online during the coronavirus pandemic as more and more people are secluded in their homes. Pastor Weyimi Ayu of the Universal Life Church announced that he will be broadcasting from his home throughout the local area and the world through his YouTube Channel. He says he will deliver sermons of less than 10 minutes each day so that, according to him, “worshippers can get a quick hearing of the Word while going about their new lifestyles under this new environment caused by the virus”. Interested viewers can search for his channel by inputting “Pastor Ayu” in a YouTube search or going to this website directly:

Pastor Ayu is a former lawyer and convicted felon who received the call to ministry while incarcerated in DC Jail last year. He is also a “Gospel Trap Music Artist”, who recently released a mixtape called “Pray It To Existence”, where he features Christian-based lyrics over hardcore, modern-day “trap music” beats. Since releasing the mixtape just 2 weeks ago, it has been streamed thousands of times across the Internet and he has been hailed as one of the most creative rappers, not just Christian, by music blogs.

With this worship service online, Pastor Ayu hopes to reach the younger generation that is stuck home from school such as middle, high school and even college and university students. In addition to ministering, he works as the Program Coordinator for the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, a Southeast DC nonprofit that assists formerly incarcerated people obtain employment and housing upon their return from prison. Pastor Ayu also works with the Phoenix Ministry at New Bethel Baptist Church in Northwest Washington DC to conduct Bible study and ministry at DC Jail twice a month.

Founded in January 2020, 53 CELL Productions LLC offers services in book publishing, music and film production and clothing manufacturing/distribution. The company is named in remembrance of the cell in which Pastor Ayu spent the majority of his prison term (Cell 53). Pastor Ayu released his first mixtape “Pray It To Existence” through 53 CELL Productions LLC on Sunday, March 1, 2020.


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Pastor Weyimi Ayu
(202) 230-3820
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