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"Son of God" Americana - 168 Dinner and Movie for Low Income Families

"Son of God" Americana Event

Sunday, March 16th, 250 folks from low income families from Northwest Pasadena were picked up in their community and taken to a private screening of “Son of God” in Glendale, CA.


Crowd at Pacific Theater for "Son of God" Americana


Popcorn Lineup at "Son of God" Americana


L-R Sebastian Knapp (John the Beloved), Joe Osborn, John David Ware, Darwin Shaw (Peter)

They arrived on six buses and were thrilled to a hero's welcome, complete with sandwiches, popcorn and beverage and a special surprise appearance by members of the film's cast.  In attendance were Darwin Shaw, who played Peter and Sebastian Knapp, who played John the Beloved/Narrator.


L-R Sebastian Knapp, Stephen Tavani, Linda Tavani, John David Ware, Darwin Shaw and Guest

Roma Downey was unable to attend, but she recorded a

special welcome announcement for the guests.

The event is the brainchild of 168 Film founder, John David Ware, who said, “I have always been fascinated by the Matthew 22 parable in the Bible.  The poor were invited to a wedding banquet in place of the wealthy, who were too busy to come."

"When I heard ‘Son of God’ producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, along with Pastor Rick Warren, talking about the film being for everyone, something just clicked. This event at Saddleback Church was in mid-February, so this whole event came about very quickly. I knew this was something that the Lord was behind." 

(L-R) Roma Downey, Mark Burnett, Miles McPherson, Ray Johnston, Rick Warren at Saddleback Church Febuary 11, 2014

168 Guests were very appreciative of the break in their routine and the trip to the spectacular Americana Mall and Pacific Theater.  According to 168 partner, Harlan Redmond, Director of Harambee Ministries, "This is something many would not be able to afford.  Many folks also came to see the film as families, something that they might not normally do together."



A Family Affair

168 Film partnered with Stephen and Linda Tavani of WOW International, which ministers to the inner city; giving gifts of food and groceries, bicycle repair, entertainment and the Gospel. According to Stephen, “Many live in poverty in Pasadena. Transformed lives transform communities.  That is the reason Jesus came and why we are here.”

Harambee Center was also an integral part of the success of the event.  They are a communty-based school and communty center that develops local leaders.  The name comes from a Swahili word meaning "Let's get together and push." 

We also thank the Community Clergy Coalition (CCC), Pasadena Church and Lake Avenue Church for helping to get the word out.  Along with Harambee Ministries, these partners also provided leaders to help with the event and to minister on the ride home. All will provide follow up to this population, at least fourth-five of whom met Jesus for the first time.  One hundred bibles were given away.

Ware said “Our team has an uncommon goal: to build bridges that everyone can walk upon.”

A documentary is planned to memorialize the event.

168 Film is a worldwide incubator for faith-filled media that includes writing and filmmaking competitions.  Filmmakers are challenged to communicate the message of a randomly-selected scripture.  The May 2014 competition is open to filmmakers anywhere in the world.  This year’s theme is “The Gift.”

 To enter the competition, Click Here



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