‘Sinners Wanted’ Provides A Necessary Break on Palm Sunday

Abesi Manyando
3 min readApr 4, 2020

The biblical story of Hosea and Gomer is transformed in TV One film.

Who would have ever thought that Palm Sunday would come and instead of being at church, the world would be confined at home due to social distancing and Covid 19. In life we often think we are in control of our future and perhaps God is there to remind us otherwise. During these last few weeks of social confinement and world anxiety many people are turning to God and prayers. More people are still and finding time to read scriptures as a way of understanding life as we know it. No matter who you are, you are never too far away to get closer to God. TV One’s Sinners Wanted explores the multi-dimensional aspect of what it means to believe and follow God’s word in a world where its difficult to let love just pass you by.

SINNERS WANTED follows the journey of Leo Shepherd (Wayn), a young vibrant minister from Macon, Georgia, who relocates to Washington, D.C., for an opportunity to pastor Grace Community Church. On his first day, Leo meets a prostitute named Ginger “Gigi” Clementine (Rios). Ironically, Leo is immediately drawn to her as she reminds him of his mother. They begin to grow closer and their feelings become stronger. The church finds out about the budding relationship and immediately voice concerns about the impact of the woman’s past on the church’s image. Despite the congregation’s outcry, Leo continues to pursue Gigi and falls deeply in love, eventually asking for her hand in marriage. Their holy union, however, turns out to be catastrophic and reveals both Leo and Gigi’s past.

“We wanted to let people understand that even though a church hurt you, or a church was bad doesn’t mean that God isn’t Good,” remarked Jimmy Jenkins, Co-Writer and Director of SINNERS WANTED. “We have to find the right churches and connect with the right people.”

“When we were creating this film forgiveness and love was the main focus and goal,” said Joshua Jenkins, Co-Writer and Director of SINNERS WANTED. “We didn’t just write it that

Abesi Manyando