Film Update

Abducted to Kill_Poster_APR2013_DHi there, Y’all,

I’ve decided to keep y’all updated on our progress in securing the production of Abducted to Kill and the business end of Higher Ground Films. So far to date, seven of us have been meeting every month, praying, discussing, and arranging the production.

We have polished and finalized the writing of the first script of Higher Ground Films. Once we had finished writing the script we sent it to Ted Baehr at MOVIEGUIDE®. He and his team evaluated it for viability with a bottom line of, “Will it make money?”

What kind of role models, positive and negative, are the main characters?  Who is the hero and who is the villain? Do the moral statements and themes agree with a biblical worldview? Are real consequences to sin exposed and rebuked? How are relationships and love portrayed? How are Christians, religion, the church, the Bible, and God portrayed? Does the language honor God and people? If violence is included, how is it presented? How much nudity or sexual activity is included?  How appropriate is this material for my family and me? With a rap up of a Bible ve4-26-2012rse to help us understand and discern. “Give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.” – 1 Kings 3:9

We were pleasantly surprised with the answer. Our film received one “A” but it was rated “R” and that was not acceptable. We were also given suggestions for changes, which we made.

Then we sent it back for a second evaluation. In this evaluation, we received a “PG-13″ rating and “As” across the board with more suggestions for changes. There was a lot of work that still needed to be done in characterizations, actions, resolutions, and so forth. So I shut everyone out and read, reread, and analyzed what to do and how and set about working on the corrections. When I finished I sent it to Gene for his input and to Lena for her recommendations and to polish it up.

We all agreed that we now have a great script and in a few days, I’ll let you know what we are doing next to assure the production.

Until then may God bless you and bring us all into a right relationship with Him.

Love in Christ,



Beginning Again – Story Testimony

Story Testimony, Pola’s POV

250_ForMike_copyThe original story, Escape the Hezbollah, published by Rev. Samuel Stone, won the Small Publisher Christian Book of the Year 2010 Award and was a best seller when it changed to Abducted to Kill for Kindle – you may still purchase it there today in two volumes or purchase the original book at: Escape the Hezbollah and on Kindle at: Escape the Hezbollah for Kindle. But the story almost stayed on the top of Pola’s don’t-want-to-do list.

“The serious intensity of what happened to Christians in other lands did not appeal to my sensitive nature. In other words, I was upset that these things were actually happening and didn’t want anything to do with it. Open Doors and The Persecuted Church’s emails kept going in the trash bin on my computer. I was not about to open what felt was a can-of-worms to me. But God forced my hand.

First, at dinner after a long day’s shoot–while producing a video series in California–my DP and dear friend, Porter Versfelt, talked about his personal ordeal in Iran. His father worked on a pipeline there when he was a young teen. I felt we should be talking about the production we were working on and not about the problems in Iran, and so I tried to change the subject. The gentleman who hired me put a hand on my arm and said, “We should listen to this.” So I listened.

Next, I had a speaking/teaching engagement in India and could not afford the ticket/shots/and visa, which would amount to over 3,000 dollars.  Read more »