Last week, tragic news—fit for the silver screen—hit the entertainment industry.
On December 23, Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame, suffered a severe heart attack.
She was rushed to the hospital and appeared stable on Christmas Day. Then suddenly, two days later, Carrie passed away.
In another sudden shock, Carrie Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds had a stroke, and entered the hospital.
She would die the day after her daughter.
In the midst of this overwhelming heartache, Todd Fisher, Debbie’s son and Carrie’s brother, has found a way to make sense of the tragedy.
He is a pastor!
About his mother, Pastor Todd shared: “She was under a lot of stress.” The death of her daughter pushed her over the edge.
As for Todd, his path toward faith in Christ and ministry was a long one, influenced indirectly by the movie industry.
Fisher’s father was Jewish, and his mother was a Presbyterian (she used to attend the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church). He learned about both religions, but found them very boring.
But when her sister starred as Princess Leia in Star Wars, he started reading the Bible, and came to believe in Jesus. Fisher told a People’s Magazine reporter: “I was satisfied knowing that God is in control. I felt a security and a peace I had never known before.”
He would later hear the call to become a minister.
His first church was in his mother Debbie Reynolds’ studio. He then led a church called “The Hiding Place” with a congregation that grew to 1,000 members. In the early 1980’s, he performed did comedic skits on the Trinity Broadcasting Network to share the Good News.
Even in the midst of Hollywood glitz, God can use the most unlikely of people to share the Gospel and preach the Word!
Obviously, Carrie and Debbie heard the Gospel. There is only one way to heaven … through belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Please keep the Fisher family in your prayers.
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