Recently I attended the International Christian Retail Show (ICRS) in Orlando, Florida. As an author, I was there on book business as well as scouting for other authors who have interesting stories. There were many wonderful new books this year written by exceptionally colorful authors, however, I have chosen three to bring to your attention, with a Donna Douglas bonus.
My first find was Steve Cha — a bold yet humble personality. A few years ago, when Cha set out for Hollywood with dreams of stardom, he ended up trading those dreams for a higher calling. After a God encounter and a 180-degree turn of his heart, he was transformed into “a missionary disguised as an actor.” [When anyone of us has an experience that changes our life, we naturally want to share it.]
During his three-year stint in Hollywood Cha was involved in numerous film and TV projects. He evangelized and shared his faith with crew members as well as the famous. In Hollywood Mission: Possible, published by WinePress Publishing, you can read for yourself his encounters with Steven Spielberg, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Dan Aykroyd, Tori Spelling, and others. This true-life story reveals the obstacles and threats that Cha experienced along the way. His confidential file is now open for all to see.
Now before any of you get uptight with “politically correct” thoughts like: “This is the 21st century and it’s not cool for Christians to hit people over the head with Jesus,” or “Bible thumpers have no place in public” – get over it! Listen, for two hundred years in America most everyone was a Christian. When I was growing up we had Bible reading and prayer in the public schools every morning. People looked to the church for helping the poor, and for solace and comfort. Today there is a major movement against the Creator of the universe – and the chaotic state of the country reflects it!
There are thousands of Bible-believing actors in Hollywood; however, many of them (understandably) stay in the closet. Cha’s desire is for Christians to come out of the closet and share their faith. Towards the end of our visit he said, “I know time is short. What time I have left I want to get God’s Word out.” I knew what he meant; however, I’ll let you interpret as you will. Cha’s Hollywood ministry is a sample script for Christians willing to answer God’s casting call to bring spiritual truth to the entertainment industry, and to the world at large.
Presently, Steve Cha is attending Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and working towards a Master of Arts in Theology.
Donna Douglas Bonus:
It was great fun running into Donna at the Bridge Logos Foundation booth where she was signing her new book Miss Donna and Mulberry Acres Farm. Any child would be delighted to have one of Donna’s books that include all her special critters. How appropriate – as she is well known for her role as Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies where her critters were her best friends.
It has been years since I last visited with her. We chatted briefly concerning our California time, and about our mutual friend Tom Lester (Eb on Green Acres).
Donna has an extensive theatrical resume; however, these days she prefers to focus on the spiritual part of her life. She has been speaking and teaching about faith for many years. She also has a desire to help young people stay on track, and spreads her words of wisdom to the youth of this country every chance she gets. Donna now lives near the area she was raised in Louisiana. Donna Douglas is the real-deal – a precious woman with a pure heart!
[Coming: Part II – Billy Jack & A’Leta McDaniel/Dead Man Breathing; and Joan Hunter/Freedom Beyond Comprehension]