So Why Co-Host this World Premiere Screening on the 28th?
We are looking forward to a delightful holiday event featuring our brothers and sisters in Kathmandu to help fund our Nepal 2020 projects - and provide a fundraising opportunity for our co-hosts.
Feeling adventurous? Got some time in January when the weather in Kathmandu features highs in the 70’s and not a cloud in the sky? Then consider meeting TheoEco in Kathmandu on our New Year Trek in support of Nepal Project 2020!
Beginning January 14, 2020 TheoEco’s Steve and Bobbie Richards are heading back for the five-year anniversary of the 2015 mega-quakes. Trek with us to Kathmandu, the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, the Himalayas, and more.
We will be working closely with the Christians in Nepal and the National Theological College and can provide opportunities for volunteers to offer their much-needed skills and experience. To see some of those we will meet and work with while there see our 4 minute condensed version of The Flourishing Kathmandu Church at: https://vimeo.com/299315179.
TheoEco’s Steve Richards and daughter Bobbie went to Kathmandu in the fall of 2015 to assist with the earthquake relief efforts and document/video those efforts. We are going back on January 14, 2020 (5th expedition) to revisit the places and people we met in 2015 and see how things are developing with the earthquake recovery - five years later.
Homes, monuments, temples and the like are still being rebuilt by homeowners and independent organizations like the Kathmandu Preservation Trust out of New York City. Our director Amit Nepali’s family rebuilt a temporary version of their home with no insurance and virtually no government assistance. Not sure the building code is exactly up to spec but when you have 12 family members close to living in the streets during monsoons, you obviously get moving. This is the story we hear everywhere – people doing for themselves as we illustrate in our films: Piles of Bricks, The Flourishing Kathmandu Church, and our Nepal mini-docs.
For more see the VILLAGES mini-doc from our first visit in 2015 for a firsthand look at the conditions in the villages of Gorkha, Lele and others.
So FLo FLoods and the Bahamian Relief Screenings taking place throughout South Florida have many Anglican connections as mentioned in our last blog: About the Episcopal Church, the Anglican Communion, and the Bahamas. Since then we’ve had Bahamians who have asked if they could show the film to their family in the Bahamas. We've said, "Yes, of course!" and provided a link to the film, which we are very happy to do for any that want to see it in the Bahamas.
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.
The Nepali Christian community loves to sing. Music is fundamental to traditional Nepali society and the Christians infuse lots of music into all their services. It is not unusual for a Saturday service (Sundays are work days in Nepal) to go three hours with the first hour dedicated to worship music. To experience this for yourself see our mini-documentary Sunday School on Saturday where you’ll meet Amit Nepali and the rest of the Golgotha Church musicians.
It is the two-year anniversary of the 2015 mega-earthquake(s) in Nepal. The April 25 quake registered 7.8 on the Richter scale as did the May 12 mega-aftershock. Many thousands died and untold numbers of homes destroyed. Over four billion dollars in aid and rebuilding funds were pledged as the world cane to Nepal’s relief.
TheoEco is currently producing a secular sister guerilla documentary feature film to our recently released The Flourishing Kathmandu Church, about the earthquake rebuilding efforts. In it we document the current state of residential housing and other projects, go to the villages, interview citizens, business people, and politicians, in the Kathmandu valley and Gorkha, all to try to answer the question.
On this Mother's Day we are forwarding, unedited, the latest newsletter from Devi and Kishan Nepali regarding their human trafficking-awareness and related ministry in Nepal. It is a window on the ongoing story of untold thousands of mothers struggling against poverty, lack of education, and cultural inertia - to keep their girls safe. So we thought it an appropriate point of view for this special day. It is also a story of hope as this ministry takes root in the villages of Nepal, supported by the outreach of Golgotha Church in Kathmandu, and TheoEco Institute's Garden of Nepal initiative. Both Devi and Golgotha Church are featured in TheoEco's documentary The Flourishing Kathmandu Church.
Premier Screening at All Souls – Miami Beach on April 29th from 4:00-6:30PM
Our upcoming film The Flourishing Kathmandu Church is the culmination of two years of effort, starting with Nepal’s mega-earthquake(s) in April 2015. The community there is thriving as we see from the baptisms, services, Christmas in Kathmandu, and various denominations we feature in the film. To many it is surprising there are Christians in Nepal at all, let alone a growing flock. Why is the community growing in Nepal, a place where Christianity faces so many seeming obstacles including the cultural and political? We want to know. And after all the time we’ve spent there, we are still wondering.
A word from Bobbie Richards of TheoEco…
Human trafficking is an issue that most are aware of but have no idea how to assist. This was me up until quite recently, when my father and I decided we’d like to produce a documentary about the epidemic in Nepal and met Devi Nepali and her husband Kishan through the Anglican Church in Kathmandu. She told us about her past management experience in businesses that she very much wants to revive to employ human trafficking victims. Hearing about these girls, even younger than I at the age of 17, I was moved to assist Devi in this endeavor as marketer, photographer and coordinator of our online store that can distribute across the world.