Dianna Sandora has come up with a terrific way of connecting with people to encourage them to pray for the entertainment industry. She has begun a new video series, based on Karen Covell’s devotional, Hollywood, Jesus, and You. She posts the videos on her personal Facebook profile. Check it out! She also keeps close tabs on the news for relevant issues that need prayer and encourages others to pray.
Rev. Rosemary Curto is a self-proclaimed “born-again zealot” who survived terminal inoperable pancreatic cancer by the grace of God, experiencing an angelic visitation and the healing power of Doctor Jesus of Nazareth. (She has been in remission for the past 14 years.) HPN is proud to have a hip 81-year-old representing HPN as a seasoned LCD. She also represents Western Evangelical Association as their representative in Northern California. She is a very serious front line warrior intercessor in the battle between good and evil. Rosemary is also an international speaker, a blog writer and author under the pen-name Rosaday Ryan (check out The Forecast: The Broom of Destruction on Amazon).
Her chapter is always seeking new prayer warriors for Hollywood. Rosemary also sends out email bulletins every month to her contacts and her fellow chapter directors (via HPN’s chapter director update emails). Her chapter’s goal is to save souls through fervent prayers and to impact the “Heart of Hollywood” by praying that love, and not the influence of the Enemy, would reign.
“PRAYER IS MORE POWERFUL IN THE WHOLE WORLD,” states Gulzar Masih. Hailing from Sailkot, Pakistan, Gulzar has been a diligent pray-er and member of Hollywood Prayer Network for many years, because he loves to partner with the work of Jesus Christ. He says that Jesus is helping us in this world and we are living as a blessing in His hands; He who is merciful to all.
In addition to his work with HPN, he helps Christian children in orphanages and assists widows. He strives to show love through good works and by remaining diligent, humble and faithful to the Lord’s commands. He prays for Hollywood Prayer Network and asks God to richly bless all members.
Peggy Roger is a movie producer, author and co-founder of Hope 4 Kids adoption agency in Dana Point, CA. She serves other filmmakers by praying for their needs and supporting them in their movie productions. Peggy also loves to model prayer for the next generation: She enjoys when young people join their parents at her chapter’s prayer meetings. Peggy loves to avail herself to people to connect them with our HPN groups around the world, raise awareness of HPN, and support filmmakers and the overall HPN community.
Annette started the Eugene chapter with the aim of drawing people together in support of the film industry and bringing awareness to HPN by having info tables at events. Presently, the prayer has become the chapter’s mainstay, as they pray for their contacts in the media and entertainment industry. Annette is also working to increase the chapter’s social media presence by posting and creating discussions around devotionals from Hollywood, Jesus, and You by Karen Covell and Kimberly Roberts.
She says that the most impactful event was the Local Chapter Directors Summit that HPN hosted a few years back in Hollywood. Out of it came many new friends, a heart for the ministry of prayer for those in the entertainment and media industry, and a new focus on the arts, thanks to the talk by Brian Chan. Her experience at this event went forth with and from her in so many ways–and the ripples are still moving.
Jamie Kassler is a filmmaker-missionary serving in Kyoto, Japan. His focus is to pray for, meet, and encourage filmmakers in Japan and internationally, as well as to create inspirational media in Japan (Japan Hope). Jamie is currently making narrative short films in Japan as an outreach ministry, which allows him to share God’s love both in the film content and throughout the filmmaking process. This ministry began as an “interest-based” outreach model, that allows for ministry engagement through a practical activity, such as filmmaking.
First Jamie and his team reach out to friends and contacts who want to be involved in filmmaking or ministry, as well as post online on various forums seeking volunteer actors and crew. They have had many unbelievers who want to join and help on multiple films, including aspiring actors and professionals in the Tokyo film industry, and performers from Universal Studios Japan. Once filming is underway, the team starts each day by praying and sharing one of Jesus’ teachings related to the film’s theme. Throughout the day, they pray that the volunteer crew and actors would be impacted by the morning prayer and scripture reading, and that the scriptural themes in the film itself would cause the crew and actors to reflect. Jamie and his team also pray that each person would experience the Lord through the love, respect and pursuit of excellence on set – which they believe can be even more powerful than words. These short films have also opened doors for Jamie and his team to share God’s love at secular film festivals and arts communities.
One on one, Jamie is always blessed to engage and pray for those he meets on the mission field, or who have reached out to him online – including filmmakers, artists, missionaries, those with a heart for Japan, and more. He loves to pray for others, and encourage people however he can.
Jaime’s Missionary Page: “Jesus in Japan“
Jennie Fournier is a missionary, local chaplain, and director of a ministry called Global Prayer Advocacy Nexus (formerly Greater Boston Prayer and Action Network). The ministry and most of her work have been related to advocating for those vulnerable to and affected by abuse and exploitation.
Her hope as an HPN chapter director is to connect with others who have the desire to pray together for those in the entertainment industry who are affected by abuse and exploitation, including those who are involved in the pornography industry. Jennie is always interested in having discussions with other prayer intercessors as to how to raise awareness and pray strategically for this part of the industry. Her desire is to understand the issues more so she can better pray, and ultimately empower others to do the same.
Terri and Barry first took steps to follow a call to ministry in the Hollywood entertainment industry in about 1998. Barry sensed a light go on during his university’s chapel service when the speaker rabbit-trailed into a reference about how God was at work in Hollywood. His wife, Terri, however, took some convincing. Barry chose to let God do that convincing, knowing if it was truly a call from God, she’d need to be on board too. That convincing from God soon became a strong conviction for both of them. A deep love grew for a people group many in the church still overlook. Barry and Terri have developed many industry relationships over the years and have had the privilege of interceding on the behalf of industry professionals.
Barry and Terri have ministered bi-vocationally for decades. Barry is a building contractor who has served as a pastor in various church and home church ministries. Terri has pastored alongside Barry, and currently she works in Natural Health and has a naturopathic ministry degree. Terri creates HPN’s monthly Kids & Teens Prayer Calendar each month, highlighting various actors and industry people to pray for.
Carlos Ortiz is one of our newer Chapter Directors, having lived in Lancaster for one year–a year impacted dramatically by the coronavirus. In light of this, Carlos has focused his efforts on prayer, calling on churches and prayer groups to pray in unity together. His hope in the near future is to raise awareness of the great ministry of HPN as it continues to impact the people and overall culture of Hollywood.
Throughout her career, multi-Emmy-nominated Abby Lynn Kang Davis has focused on breaking underrepresented voices into the commercial television and film marketplace. Her skills in identifying viable talent in up-and-coming storytellers, advocating on their behalf, and mentoring them through the filmmaking process, have garnered top-tier film festival invitations and award nominations, as well as millions in sales revenue. Abby is currently responsible for bringing multiple projects to market. Most recently, she executive-produced Emmy-nominated Long Shot (Telluride 2017/Netflix Originals), Emmy winning-306 Hollywood (Sundance 2018/PBS POV), the New York Times’ Emmy-nominated series Almost Famous (Telluride 2020/Op Docs) and the television docuseries The Devil You Know (Viceland). Abby is also the founder of character., a producing and consulting company. As a chapter director, Abby is a fervent supporter of Hollywood Prayer Network and she has participated on the weekly Friday Prayer Calls.