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By Nicole F. Ashman
We were given a wonderful opportunity and a night of information and enjoyment when Word of Life Evangelical Church opened its doors to over two hundred people in Bedford Sunday night.
The general public was invited to view the movie Finding Faith. Finding Faith is a full-length narrative motion picture. This film is a faith-based production that included Erik Estrada starring as the Sheriff of the Bedford County Police Department.
Sheriff Mike Brown said that he wanted to dispel any rumors that this film is based on any particular story or person but that it is inspired by actual events. The Sheriff wrote the story based on the work he has witnessed through the department’s efforts to crack down on Internet predators .
In 1998 the Bedford County Sheriff’s department pioneered as the first Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force in the United States. When asked how he first found out about the sheriff’s efforts and Bedford County, Erik Estrada said “I was serving on the police department in Indiana at the time. I asked a friend in California if he knew of any way’s I could use my celebrity for a good cause. He told me about Sheriff Mike Brown and all he was doing.”
The Safe Surfin’ Foundation (SSF) was formed in 2000 to help educate children in schools about Internet safety as well as to lobby for mandatory Internet Safety Education in public schools throughout the nation. Some of the celebrities that have joined the SSF team include: Kathy Ireland, Shaquille O’Neal, Lou Ferrigno, Armond Assante, The Oak Ridge Boys and Estrada.
Finding Faith was filmed here in Bedford County and Lynchburg. Local teachers, deputies, children and adults in the area also played a huge part by supporting the movie as well as either starring in a role or playing an extra. Liberty Christian Academy and Thomas Road Baptist Church also supported the project and were featured in the film. Among the local talent includes Stephanie Bettcher, a student at Liberty University who stars as Faith Garrett in the movie and recorded the song “Safe in Your Arms.”
Faith Garrett is a 14-year-old student at Liberty Christian Academy that gets lured into a sex trafficking ring when a relationship with a teenage boy on a social media site goes south. The boy actually turns out to be an adult male predator.
Anyone that has children with cell phones or computers with Internet access would certainly benefit greatly from watching this film. The story is based on actual events of a young girl that was abducted through the use of both her cell phone and the internet. This movie was released this January and is available for purchase at www.findingfaithfilm.com for $20.
You can also follow the cast and crew on Facebook by liking the page Finding Faith The Movie. All proceeds will go to support SSF as the foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and receives no state or federal funding.