Good News - May 2022

LOCAL 43 May 2022 Good News • South Florida Edition What do you get when you put together a down and out addict, a Florida county with numerous hurting homeless individuals and families, a jaded, cynical reporter, an “angel unawares,” and a pastor and his church with a passion to love others? You get a powerful story of miracles and lives transformed by God’s love. That is what the movie “No Vacancy” is all about! During the last recession, Lake County, Fla., had one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. Homelessness for individuals and families was growing and Pastor Cliff Lea, of First Baptist Leesburg, had a growing burden to help by purchasing and renovating a run-down motel, but he had no idea how they would ever raise the purchase price and convince city officials to approve the sale. “No Vacancy” tells the amazing true story of how these things came about, starting with the transforming of the life of Cecil Johnson, a drug addict just out of jail for attemptedmurder and the impact of that changed life on a cynical reporter. In one scene where the pastor is pleading his case for the purchase of the motel with the county, he is told that it can’t be zoned as part of the church since it doesn’t fit in with typical church activities. The Pastor rightly responds that helping the poor and homeless is indeed part of what is normal church activity. And indeed, this film challenges believers to do our part to help the poor and broken - not just with natural needs, but with spiritual as well. “Faith working through love” (Galatians 5:6b) is what changes lives! The cast Seasoned actors play the leads in “No Vacancy.” Pastor Cliff is played convincingly by Dean Cain (“Lois and Clark: The NewAdventures of Superman” and faith-based films such as “God’s Not Dead”). The reporter, Brandi Michaels, is played by Sean Young (“Dune” and “Blade Runner”). The recovered addict Cecil Johnson is played masterfully by T.C. Stallings (“Courageous” and “War Room”) who prepared for this challenging role with help from Cecil’s wife and the film’s Writer/Producer Art Ayris. He so immersed himself in this role that he is hard to recognize. Stallings has been a believer since he was a child but had his “Damascus Road” experience in college. He shared what a positive experience it was to work with a highly skilled cast that had devotions each day, working together for the glory of God to put the message of this amazing story on film. Aside from some minor tweaks to move the movie along, Stalling said the story presented in the film accurately portrays what happened. The lesson that he personally took away from his experience with the film was that “sometimes all it takes is for people to take a moment to love somebody and then listen to the Lord for Him to tell you how to serve that person.” He said that’s what his character represents. “It’s about someone who took time to love Cecil, listen to him and then ask God what they should do about what they heard.” That led to Cecil’s life being changed, followed by many other changed lives. A relevant message Although “No Vacancy” is not as polished as bigger budget films, it is a muchneeded film that tells a powerful story that will touch and change many lives and hopefully motivate people and their churches to do what Stallings has shared: “One small act of obedience to the Lord, loving somebody, and listening to their needs can lead to amazing things happening!” “No Vacancy” will be in select theaters nationwide for one night only, May 9th. However, from May 10th to June 10th, churches and other organizations can register to host showings. I hope that many will help this film touch and change lives by praying, helping to spread the word, and by bringing groups to see it in the theaters and by hosting other showings. To see a list of theaters and purchase tickets go to: For other information about the film and to register as a host location, go to: For email notices about upcoming faith-based releases, advanced screenings and more, fill in your information at For up-to-date information, LIKE Stan’s movie Facebook page ( Stanley Goldenberg has been involved in grassroots promotion of Christian films for 16 years. He hosts a regular “Movie Connection” program on LIFE-FM (90.9 FM) in Miami. He is also a federal hurricane research meteorologist who has published scientific articles and appeared in numerous TV hurricane specials. A number of faith films are coming to theaters in May and June. We can help these films touch and change lives by praying, spreading the word and bringing others to the theater. Check each film’s website for additional information. For a list of films showing later this year, see the movie article in the April issue of Good News. “Father Stu” (started 4/13) Uplifting drama based on the true story about a lost soul who finds purpose in a most unexpected place. Rated R for language and subject matter. With Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson “2000 Mules” (5/2,4) Documentary (by Dinesh D’Souza) presenting extensive research about what really happened during the 2020 elections. “Alive: Who Is There” (5/?) Catholic film about four real stories of people that came face to face with someone that many cannot see. (Spanish with English Subtitles) “No Vacancy” (5/9) Based on the true story of a cynical reporter, a recovering addict, and a church struggling to purchase a motel for homeless families. With Dean Cain (“God’s Not Dead,” “Lois & Clark”) and T.C. Stallings (“War Room”). “The Harbingers Of Things To Come” (5/12) Best-selling author Jonathan Cahn shows how ancient harbingers have now appeared onAmerican soil and how they help us understand the future. “Family Camp” (starts 5/13) Inspirational comedy from the Skit guys – about family and what is really important. With Robert Amaya (“Courageous”). “The Matter Of Life” (5/16,17) Documentary helping to better understand the pro-life cause and the history, philosophy and impact of abortion. “Kirk Cameron Presents: The Homeschool Awakening” (6/13,14) Many families are wanting to take back control of their children’s education. This film explores honest answers to homeschooling’s most frequently asked questions and shows how to put fun and faith back into learning. See you at the movies! “No Vacancy” - An Amazing True Story of Faith That Works Through Love Stanley Goldenberg Christian Movies: A Light In A Dark Place Faith Films Coming to Theaters This Spring Stanley Goldenberg Christian Movies: A Light In A Dark Place An angel brings Cecil to the rehab center Pastor Cliff