While dozens of churches will use a vacation Bible school program called “Everest,” which features the famous mountain in Nepal, Resurrection Lutheran Church will take a unique approach to putting human faces on the devastating earthquakes in the region by leveraging the theme to raise funds for relief efforts there.
The April 25 quake registered 7.8 on the Richter scale, and aftershocks have rocked the area since. The death toll is more than 8,200 – including Everest climbers from many nations – with many more thousands injured. The quake has disrupted lives and destroyed shrines and monuments while bringing hardship to millions. Shelter and food remain a critical concern with approaching monsoon rains.
Through a friendship that developed during last year’s Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Resurrection Lutheran Pastor Dave Schreiber has arranged a free benefit screening of “Highway to Dhampus,” which was shot almost entirely in Nepal.
The film, which will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, at the Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin, is an inspiring story that follows the headmistress of a small orphanage who is visited by a rich British socialite attempting to fix her public image through charitable acts. A providential chain of events is set in motion and affects everyone involved; ultimately, each character discovers his reasons to change for the better.
The film won last year’s Best Premiere Award, narrative feature at the festival and was recently voted Best Feature World Showcase at the SoHo Film Festival in New York.
The screening will be attended by Rick McFarland, who wrote and directed the movie, and Raj Ballav-Koirala, who starred in it. McFarland and Ballav-Koirala will answer questions from the audience following the film.
In lieu of ticket sales, donations will be accepted for the ravaged area.
The church’s Bible school runs from 9 a.m.-noon June 8-12, at 445 E. Stop 11 Road. Info: 881-7854.