Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hollywood Prayer Network Wants CHRIST Center Stage!

Have you ever thought of Hollywood, CA, as a mission field? It is! In fact, the U.S. entertainment industry is influencing  the entire world. Don't believe me? Please read on. Yes, the scripts, the people and lifestyles portrayed in film, TV and stage are projecting a very powerful message! We can become catalysts in God's hands by praying for God to change the hearts of the unsaved producers, directors, writers, make-up artists, camera operators, set builders, publicists, stage managers, talent agents -- you get the picture. Think of it. Instead of Christians trying to just produce one family-oriented show, what if God's people all over the nation also united and prayed for HEARTS to be changed within the U.S. Entertainment Industry so that producing only God-honoring, family-friendly programs and projects will be the new desireof their hearts?
Karen Covell was given that vision and was inspired to birth The Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN). Karen is a television producer, Director of the Hollywood Prayer Network, Head of Development of a TV production company, Executive Producer for a CBS-TV movie and co-founder and producer for JC Productions, an independent television and music production company. She's on a powerful mission.
When our daughter Grace told us she believed God was calling her to Hollywood, CA, as her mission field, our prayer life increased dramatically. Yes, God has given her amazing gifts that are inspiring and several of them include the performing arts: piano, dance, singing, improv, theater, comedy, and even television and film performances as a background actor. Fine. It's true and we know it. She's also a faithful child of God so it wasn't far-fetched that God would send her there almost seven years ago.
Grace Balint, HPN Headquarters Volunteer; Karen Covell, Founding Director of HPN.

But since our family lives in Metro Atlanta all we knew was that Hollywood's entertainment industry was dishing out so much sex, violence, perversions, blasphemy, profanity, and the ever-popular denying the existence of God, it was like an all-you-can-stomach buffet! We knew the entertainment industry had a delusional grip on a younger generation, enticing them into the false promises that fame and fortune would satisfy those empty holes in their hearts.
But God had a connection for Grace already prepared before she arrived in sunny California: The Hollywood Prayer Network (HPN).  Grace, through one of our family member's connection, was introduced to Karen. Grace soon became involved in several facets of serving and one way was participating in the HPN Prayer Vigils at a church in Hollywood area. The HPN members sign up to come in at designated times so they would be praying around the clock. The walls in their prayer room were covered with photos of well-known actors and actressess and they were prayed for by name. HPN has a newsletter and keeps up with the popular performers so they can effectively pray for them!

We had no idea there was a well-established, organized group of Christians in Hollywood who were members of every area of the entertainment industry; filmmakers, actors, directors, producers, photographers, writers, -- you get the idea -- and these believers are passionately praying for God to send a revival and save souls in the entertainment industry there. They are going for the heart! They know if hearts are changed the industry will change what it's selling.

To date, HPN has 40 Chapters all over the U.S.! There are 11 International Local HPN Chapters (including Asia, Australia, and Canada). Something very interesting -- these international chapters from 11 countries are well-organized HPN chapters PRAYING FOR THE U.S. ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY because they are fully aware of the influence it is having on the whole world!
Will you visit the HPN website  and check out what they are doing? Will you visit the Hollywood Prayer Network on Facebook and read and pray through the list of compassionate requests for Hollywood's stars and their struggles in stardom?
Here's the Atlanta Chapter Link. Will you pray alongside God's people who are taking a stand against the darkness? They ARE making a difference. They need our prayers to keep going. We are the Body of Christ. We are the light of the world. We all want to see the name of Jesus Christ honored and spotlighted Center Stage in the U.S. Entertainment Industry and the whole world.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Snake Whisperer to the Rescue!

It's May and the weather has turned into summer! That means I'm all decked out on our new and improved deck in our back yard. While I was enjoying the bird's eye view of our plush back yard -- we've had tons of rain and everything looks beautiful -- I noticed something long and black in the grass below. Hmmmm. We live in a country club neighborhood that was built in a country setting of cow pastures, hog farms and chicken coops. There are still a few remnants of old buildings behind our neighborhood where all kinds of critters still dwell. I knew the warm weather would bring out snakes. And yes, it was a snake in the grass and it was alive! It had to go. We have a curious little dog, Lexie, who I call my Personal Assistant because she is. (More about Lexie later in another post.) Also our neighborhood has lots of children who freely run about and I didn't want to see one of them step on the snake.
I went out to the front yard to warn my neighbor who I knew was in her front yard working while the neighborhood children were playing. I told her that there was a live snake that may be heading for her yard. She called to one of her children to get Hunter, a boy on our street who we all know loves snakes. Hunter the Snake Whisperer quickly showed up carrying a large empty cooler and he had several other children trailing behind him.  The first neighborhood adventure of the summer was on! It was especially adventurous because while I was in my front yard recruiting help, the snake had left the center of my backyard and slithered into hiding. When the children gushed onto the scene I suggested the ones not hunting the snake get on the steps of our deck. There was so much excitement! It was hilarious.
They were squealing things like, "Get it, get it! Where is it?" And, "Oh, I see it! Where did it go?" And then, "There it is, get it, get it! Oh, it's gone again!" That's when I went inside to get a couple of my golf clubs --- a couple of irons so the boys could poke the monkey grass under the deck and force the snake to come out of hiding.
I think this young guy had my 4-iron. Hey, don't laugh, it worked!
The girls loved the show! The snake wriggled through that grass under the deck so quickly the boys had to work fast to corral it. The Snake Whisperer ran home to get gloves because he realized it was a Razor Black Snake and knew it would try to bite him when he grabbed it. Wh-a-a-at? Grab it? Well, he IS the Snake Whisperer.
Whew. They finally had the snake cornered next to the house and The Snake Whisperer grabbed it. Victory! He's a neighborhood hero to his helpers and cheerleaders.
The funny thing is, The Snake Whisperer said, "This is a baby snake." Oh great. That's just great. The mama snake and the rest of the family are probably close by. There may be another adventure coming soon.
Oh yes, MORE adventures. Well, Jesus came to earth that we might have abundant life (John 10:10) and that we can have it in all fullness. Are you living your life in the abundance He is offering? All I know is we were created  to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Are you having joyful adventures, too?