The first people we met in Nepal were Amit Nepali and his father, the Reverend Shyam Nepali. The introduction was through the Anglican Church in Singapore and we have been blessed since to have Amit – and the rest of his family, friends, and brothers and sisters in the church – in our corner.
That was in the fall of 2015 shortly after the monsoons and the mega-quakes that the country experienced that spring.
We quickly learned about Amit’s musical talent as a singer, composer, guitarist, drummer, keyboardist, and more, as well as about the Jubal Music Ministry. We are still flabbergasted at the sheer fruitfulness. At the time he already had recorded more than 200 songs and was well on his way to completing the entire Nepali hymnal. Talk about prolific!
Turned out that Amit was much more than a tremendous musician and devoted Christian, however.
Amit quickly became our guide, interpreter, and a producer on our first documentary about the earthquake recovery efforts: Piles of Bricks, as well as the Nepal mini-documentaries taken from the film. In addition to editing the film(s) he also composed the music, prepared the subtitles, the translations, arranged production teams and location shoots, even appears sometimes, and works the camera. We met his family and they took us in like one of theirs from the very beginning – and they are also in the film.
Since then Amit has helped produce - and edit - TheoEco’s documentaries, including our latest film So Flo Floods, a film about flooding in South Florida. We do all of this, and all of the music, from his studio in Lalitpur, a district of Kathmandu.
Lastly, Amit is also a director of the TheoEco Institute, being our only director outside of the U.S.
In short, Amit is indispensable to us – and to most all that know him I suppose. He has a beautiful family, who you can also see in the mini-documentary Sunday School on Saturday. As a native born, indigenous Nepali Christian, he is also an example of the highest traditions of discipleship that one is likely to meet. Unaffected, unassuming, overflowing with goodwill and talent, he is also a loving neighbor to all in his Hindu homeland, and a proud Nepali.
We are very honored and blessed to have him in our midst and on our team.
It is time for those outside Nepal to come to know him as well.
This coming Sunday, July 21st, Jubal will launch new recordings and video on Patreon – a wonderful way for supporters to become patrons. So please be on the lookout and check back with the Jubal Music Ministry page on our website. In the meantime, please check out this new video from Amit to take you more in depth about the Jubal Music Ministry!