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Faith Lutheran to screen film with Erik Estrada

— A new faith-based movie with Erik Estrada and former POW Pfc. Jessica Lynch will be shown Aug. 22 at Faith Lutheran Church in Sebring.

The family-friendly film called “Virtuous” will be shown in a free screening for all who attend.

Depending on availability, Faith Lutheran Church will also be hosting several stars of the film including Estrada, Brandy Allison, Holly Spears and/or Lynch.

Estrada is best known for his leading role in the television series, “ChiPs.” Since that program, he has appeared in a long list of movies, television shows and reality programs.

This is the fourth in a series of faith-based family-friendly films Estrada has made in his partnership with JC Films.

The producers of “Virtuous” casted an “impressive” listed of Christian entertainers in hopes that the film will be that inspiring and challenging experience for women, as the faith-based blockbuster film “Courageous” was for men, a news release states.

“Virtuous” is a multi-plot feature-length motion picture that highlights 10 unique women of different ages, backgrounds and life experiences. “As today’s generation of women are vastly diverse, so are the various stories in this film.”

One such story loosely depicts that of Lynch. Lynch, who makes her acting debut in the film, at age 19 became the first ever rescued female POW/MIA.

Allison, who will be attending the screening, is a Christian recording artist and the lead actress in the film.

Allison said she agreed to the project because she felt women of all ages and races experience tremendous pressure from an “increasingly unavoidable secular culture.”

The film is part of a nationwide “Virtuous Women’s Conference” designed to make the film come to life as audiences personally hear from the actresses of the film. “You actually hear our personal testimonies and stories as depicted in the film. It’s a powerful combination of film and reality,” explained Allison.

The ‘Virtuous Women’s Conference’ will be held at Faith Lutheran on Aug. 23. The conference is a free event along with the movie the night before.