On the 21 January 2010 I got a call from a man named Mendy Groner. He was from a film company called Memetic films. They had an office in Cape Town and also in Los Angeles. They wanted to make an international film on my life.
My first reaction was “NO”. I am a new person now. That dancer you want to tell about does not exist any more. That life was boring. If I had anything to tell it would be about now and about the excitement of having Jesus in my life.
He asked me to think about it.
Christians don’t think about things, they pray about things.
My reading at this time: “Come follow me and I will show you how to fish for people.”
A few days later I was in the little printer shop down the road. The lady who owns the shop and I often talk. She knows my need for printers ink in spreading the word.
That day there was another lady purchasing ink. We started chatting. Her name was Brenda. She said people often called her Glenda Kemp because she works with snakes and goes around to schools to do demonstrations. I smiled and said that sometimes they call me Brenda. She told about her son who has trouble at school and I told her the only answer for out children is to pray for them. There is so much power in our prayers. God is so powerful and loves our children more than we do. I did not feel as if anyone was hearing me. I can’t remember what she said but in order to make a point I told how God had protected me in my dancing days even when I was unfaithful to Him. Both ladies went quiet and looked at me. “What dancing days?”
I always assumed the shop owner knew that I was Glenda Kemp. The reaction I got from these two ladies amazed me. Suddenly they listened to every word I had to say. They were totally with me. I managed to explain my favorite explanation with two rulers about how we were cut off from God and How Jesus’ death on the cross brought us back to God. I could tell all about Jesus and they listened. I explained to them how to give their lives to Jesus and to make Him King of their lives.
This was what God used to tell me that I had to say yes to the movie on my life. The film would give me a new platform to witness for Him.
I find that when I witness to Christians they don’t listen because of who I was. When I witness to the world they listen because of who I was.
I discussed it with my husband and told him why I would do it and he agreed.
Eliza, my soul mate and I prayed together. When I sit and pray with Eliza, I feel as if all the giants are so small and I am so strong in Jesus that nothing scares me.
Deuteronomy 1: 21
“Look! He has placed the land in front of you. Go and occupy it as the Lord, the God of your ancestors has promised you. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be discouraged.
:30 The Lord your God is going ahead of you.”
I had long discussions with God. What if the movie turned out to be a porno movie? God told me that I was not to be concerned about what people thought of me. If anyone had a problem with believing who I am now, then they had a problem with Jesus. Jesus died for my sins and everyone else’s sins, He was in the renewing business and I was living proof of what He could do with a life. Whoever did not believe what he did to me would have to look at their relationship with Jesus and work on more intimacy with Him. I was to hand everything over to Him and to trust and obey.
I also discussed it with my ministers at Bluff Methodist church. They know who I am in Christ and gave me their blessing on the project. We prayed that God will be glorified and His will be done.
Mendy called again and I agreed to give them permission to make the movie. We set a date for 9 February 2010 for them to come from Cape Town with his ‘crew’ to come and interview me.
The film crew had done their homework. They had dug up things I knew about and things I had forgotten about. It was traumatic having to go back in to a past which Jesus had removed as far from me as the East is from the West. With the knowledge of Him having a plan for my life I obediently exposed the truth as it was for me and as I see it now. I know now why it is so important for me to constantly fill myself with the word.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6: 6-9)
Why, this is what I did with the worldly things. For 44 years I filled myself with all the world has to offer. The results were “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me.”(Hosea 4:6)…