“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” Hebrews 13:2 (KJV)
Angels, those wonderful spiritual beings who perform God’s will, appear everywhere in the Bible. Sometimes these angels have taken human form. So if it was possible for angels to walk among us then wouldn’t it seem fair to assume that they can still walk among us today?
This month I had the honor of attending the East Coast Premiere of Heavenly Deposit starring George Vincent and Kristina Denton. The film tells the heartwarming story of a struggling, jobless actor named Peter Ranos who loses all faith until a divine encounter turns his life around. The film is based on real events involving Vincent and his wife Christina Svoronos.
An actor for more than 20 years, he started out working in theater before landing a recurring role on the popular Soap Opera, One Life to Live. I was first introduced to him by a mutual friend who called and told me that I had to meet him because we had something in common. I never realized then how true that statement would be or just how much I would be able to relate to him and his spiritual experience.
As a young boy, he had denied the existence of God after his father’s untimely death. And as an adult, he lived with the belief that everything was up to him, never wanting to ask for help. But everything changes when he and his wife Ellie (Kristina Denton) are about to lose their home. On the verge of complete despair, he finally cries out to God for the first time since his father’s death.
I’m going to out on a limb here and say he probably didn’t think anyone was listening. But, as they say, God works in mysterious ways.
Speaking of his spiritual beliefs prior to his experience, he admits, “I was lukewarm about my faith. I knew God was there, but I just felt like he was too busy for me. But as the film shows, accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior turned my life around. I went from being hopeless to being hopeful.”
His joblessness and stubborn pride also created many marital problems yet his wife Christina said she never let go of her faith. “I never gave up hope,” she explained. “I was always hopeful that things would work out. I have always believed in God but I feel my walk with him has gotten stronger and more pronounced. These days, I find myself praying daily and being more grateful for his guidance.”
Reflecting on her past struggles, Christina said she believes everything happens for a reason and we are meant to hopefully learn and grow from them. “Our issues are so relatable yet many think they are the only ones struggling. I believe God uses people to help others. We went through this experience to be able to make a film and help others who may be experiencing similar things.”
Soon after his spiritual awakening, Vincent began to share his story with anyone who would listen and was humbled by the overwhelming support he received. One day while talking to a man who happened to be a minister Vincent was encouraged to make a film and share his story with the world. Needless to say, making a movie is not an easy task and he had never before even written a screenplay.
Yet time and again the universe seemed to be pulling him toward making this film a reality. In fact, he noted, many coincidences or what I prefer to call “Godincidences” occurred throughout the whole process. When he shared his story with fellow actor and producer Rick Irvin he found the encouragement he needed. The two met in 2013 while working on another film project in which Vincent was the lead actor and Irvin was the producer. Irvin recalled, “We met for coffee one day and I told him that I only wanted to produce faith based content from that point on. That’s when George decided to share his amazing story with me.” Irvin was immediately drawn to the story and told his friend, “Time to write the script.”
From then on, Vincent went to work on writing the screenplay and the pair joined forces producing and directing. Both will tell you that securing the funds to make the movie was by far the most challenging part. However, with a little trust in the divine, things started to fall into place and they found some investors who wanted to help bring the story to film.
When meeting Irvin, I was struck by his genuine and kind demeanor. I felt a connection to him that I could not immediately explain but perhaps it’s because we both share a kindred desire to help others and make a difference. “George’s story is very relatable and I knew the audience would be able to go on this emotional journey with him while watching the film. I wanted to be involved because I wanted to make a film that uplifts the Lord. Sharing a personal testimony has much more power behind it than anything I could make up.”
As the author of several books highlighting personal spiritual accounts, I certainly couldn’t agree more. Heavenly Deposit is truly a heartfelt film that shows just how far our faith can take us. We need only trust.
Kristina Denton gives a brilliant performance as Peter’s wife, Ellie Ranos. “The story really captivated me,” she said. “It’s so universal and relatable. I loved the writing, too. It’s refreshing to have material so well written to work with. When I learned that this was based on George and Christina’s real experience, I was so moved that they were courageous enough to share it.
“I connected with their story so much. I felt like I really understood where they were coming from, having been through my own financial struggles. I was so honored to be selected to portray Christina and share her journey through this film.”
Fortunately for Denton, her life has given her many reasons to believe in a higher power. She has been blessed, she explained, with many signs and her role serves as a validation of her own spiritual beliefs.
In one pivotal scene, Peter (George Vincent) hears a voice telling him to go to the bank. Once there, he is greeted by a man who gives him a life-changing message. Who was this man? Although this was my favorite scene and I would love to share more details, I won’t give it away. Vincent, however, did share that this stranger knew things about him he couldn’t possibly have known. “I had never seen him before and haven’t since. It was so surreal. One moment he was there and then the next moment he was gone.”
Having known Vincent before he began to make this movie a reality, I watched the film not only with pride in his impressive accomplishment but also with a certainty I know all too well. For more than 15 years I have explored a variety of metaphysical phenomena including afterlife communication, near-death experiences, divine interventions and deathbed phenomena. For me, watching the film was a knowing beyond knowing and a heavenly reminder that I am on the right path. Like Vincent, I too listened to my inner voice.
Denton explained this well when she said God sends us lessons in many forms but we need to be open to receiving them. “Once Peter surrendered, he was finally able to receive the help he so desperately needed. The moments when we are most vulnerable in life seem to be when we’re the most open to receiving the messages we need to hear.”
Vincent was born and raised in New York and comes from a loving, Greek household. His parents, he said, instilled in him the core values of family, working hard and living a life of integrity. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that the word angel is derived from the word angelos which means messenger in Greek. For George Vincent is truly a messenger and his message is called Heavenly Deposit.
Soon to be released on May 28, Heavenly Deposit will be available on digital download on platforms like FandangoNow, Red Box, On Demand, VUDU, Christian Cinema.com and others. It’s also available on DVD for pre-order at Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy. For more information or to see the official trailer, please visit www.heavenlydeposit.com.