Kathie Lee Gifford has never been one to be shy about her faith.
At the same time, from the time she was a young girl she has always known that she wanted to be an entertainer, and she even knew for which company she wanted to work.
“I knew all I wanted back then … was to work for Walt Disney. I wanted to do Disney movies. … So I wrote [Walt Disney] a letter as a young girl that said, ‘You need to meet me. I’m known for my expressions,'” she told CBN news in an interview. (9:56)
She smiled as she recalled, “And I actually got a form letter back from Walt Disney!”
She added that she didn’t know it was a form letter back then, she just saw that it was from Walt Disney.
Since that time, she has had the opportunity to participate in many Disney projects, pointing out that even her show with Regis was a Disney production.
In what some might say is a fitting location, she said she even got saved in a movie theater.
“I found myself in a movie theater in Annapolis, Maryland, watching a movie that the Billy Graham Organization had just put out. It was called ‘The Restless Ones’,” she recalled. (10:45)
The question the movie posed was whether the viewer would choose to live in a worldly culture and embrace values counter to God’s Word, or choose to trust that God has a plan for their life that’s very different.
“And at the end of that movie I heard, literally, maybe not audibly, but very, very powerfully, I heard Jesus say to my little heart, ‘Kathie, I love you. And if you’ll trust me I’ll make something beautiful out of your life,'” Gifford said.
“And I got up as fast as I could and went forward when they gave an altar call,” she said.
Gifford feels it’s telling that she met God in a theater. “I met Him where I already lived, where my dreams already lived and breathed — at a movie theater,” Gifford said.
She encouraged Christians to be who they are and let God work through them to reach people in a way that’s authentic and not forced and reflective of who He has made them to be with their own unique gifts and talents.
Her new project, “The Way“, is presently streaming on Pure Flix, and is expected to be world-wide in about 6 months.
“I am so excited to bring these extraordinary, epic stories to life on the big screen,” she told PR Newswire shortly after it got released into the movie theater back in September. “Today’s culture tends to view the Bible as an ancient text that is no longer relevant, but my hope is that this film, with modern music and visual storytelling, will reignite the passion for truth in today’s culture and in a younger generation.”