Actor Scott Reeves, actor Daniel Roebuck and minister Andrew Palau spoke with The Christian Post about the upcoming film “Palau the Movie,” and the influence that discipleship and mentors had on the life of one of the greatest evangelists of our time, Luis Palau.
The film began production before the shocking announcement that beloved world-renowned evangelist Luis Palau was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer earlier this year. It’s the autobiographical film of Palau’s life, which began in Argentina when he was discovered as a young street preacher who would go on to impact the world for Jesus.
In “Palau the Movie,” Reeves (“Nashville”) plays Palau’s mentor, Ray Stedman. The late evangelical Christian pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California, found Palau on that street corner in Argentina. He saw something special in Palau and offered him a pathway to the United States where he would later attend Dallas Theological Seminary.
“Luis has fire and that was apparent from a young age and Stedman knew that if that was channeled in the right way then he could do great things and become who he is today and reach the amount of people he reached,” Reeves told CP of Stedman’s influence on Palau’s life.
Andrew Palau, one of Palau’s two sons and an evangelist in his own right, added, “Pastor Ray Stedman mentored hundreds of men that same way, he was a real man’s, man and he was such a kind, loving guy.”
Reeves, Andrew and Roebuck described Palau’s mentor as someone who really lived up to his name because he was in fact very “steady.”
Roebuck (“Lost,” “The Fugitive”) plays the character of another strong male figure in Palau’s life, Fred Roddick.
“Like Ray Steadman, the character I play to Luis is someone to help guide his temper,” Roebuck said. “Everybody’s really a person. We’re doing this movie about this guy, who’s really a guy!”
They admitted that it’s not often men come together to help other men out because of pride and ego.
According to statistics by WACMM, “90 million men are not involved in any kind of discipleship. Only 6 million men are involved in discipleship — 1 out of every 18 men. More than 90 percent of American men believe in God, and five out of six call themselves Christians. But only two out of six attend church on a given Sunday.”
In addition, “Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. churches are able to establish or maintain a vibrant men’s ministry and fewer than 1 percent of churchgoing men participate in any sort of ongoing men’s ministry program.”
However, Palau’s influence shows what can happen when men come together to build each other up as they share the Gospel with the world. Another popular evangelist who was influential in Palau’s life after others poured into him was the late Billy Graham.
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Source: Christian Post