The Orange Leader
Lions, tigers and bears.
Add to that kangaroos, pythons, wolves and a host of other wild creatures and you begin to get a glimpse of what New Outdoors Editor Chester Moore is dealing with on a daily basis.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, “God’s Outdoors with Chester Moore” debuts on GETV, a network founded by Pastor John Hagee’s Cornerstone Church in San Antonio.
“The most important things in my life are my relationship with Christ, my family and wildlife. And the wild adventures I have had filming these episodes have been the most incredible of my life,” he said.
One example was working with a mountain lion that decided to chew on his shoe while filming.
“The cat was just playing but when you are on camera trying to explain the habits of these cats and you look down and see one chewing on your shoe it gets a little interesting,” he said.
Moore said the goal of the program it to teach about the Creator through His Creation and this is accomplished by taking the viewer on not only a journey through the wild side but the pages of the Bible.
“Many people do not realize how deeply embedded wildlife references are in Scripture and we have worked hard to bring to light things in the wild that make His word come alive,” he said.
A prime example is an upcoming episode that features a segment on unicorns in the Bible. Yes, unicorns.
“Unicorns are in scripture and although they are most likely not the horned horses of mythology, we dig into history and nature to show an animal alive today that is very likely the source of this reference,” Moore said.
Another deals with fear, a subject near and dear to Moore who is a children’s minister at Community Church in Orange.
“I deal with kids on a weekly basis who are gripped by fear in powerful ways. One of the episodes has me searching out a giant specimen of one of the country’s most dangerous snakes and along the way we confront fear in a way that not only kids but adults will understand as well.”
Fans of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and the late Steve Irwin’s “The Crocodile Hunter” will enjoy the program.
Moore was offered the opportunity to be on GETV after spending time with Pastor Matthew Hagee at a men’s meeting where he was the keynote speaker.
GETV.org is excited to partner with the one and only Chester Moore to bring his exciting, informative, and inspirational program to the viewers of our network,” said Pastor Matthew Hagee.
"If you love the outdoors, learning more about the glory of Almighty God in creation and having fun, you'll love ‘Gods Outdoors with Chester Moore.’”
Moore has won more than 100 awards for his writing, broadcasting and photography of nature and has traveled the world in pursuit of the most beautiful and mysterious creatures but he has never forgotten where he comes from.
“It was the wild encounters here in Southeast Texas that got me started on this journey and it was writing my first article for the Opportunity Valley News in 1992 and having the late Ed Holder honor me by choosing me to be take his position upon retirement that helped position me to do things like this. I am a super hard worker and put in the hours but I realize a lot of people helped me along the way,” he said.
When asked if he had a particular favorite episode Moore said an upcoming trek could prove to be the biggest adventure yet.
“I’m going to film ligers, yes ligers which is a hybrid of a lion and tiger and they are amazing cats. We have lots left to film and some exciting stuff already done. I like to think the best is yet to come, especially as we honor God in the process.”
For information on where you can watch GETV, go to ww.getv.org and to see samples of forthcoming programs to go www.Godsoutdoors.com