Monday, May 11, 2015

Mkulunqanda: The Great Beginner

Pastor Randy Solomon revisits the first commandment, "You shall have no other gods before me," exploring the stories of Jeroboam and Elijah. Opening, District Assembly report and prayer by Pastor Joyce Swingle. Prayer by Sandy R. Pastor Linda Warren brings the announcements, prayer for the Swingles and over the sermon.



Pastor Randy references the book George Mueller: He Dared to Trust God for the Needs of Countless Orphans by Faith Coxe Bailey.

The following video is put together from Rich Swingle's performance of this piece at the Metro New York District Assembly and at Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene:

More photos of the District Assembly
performance starting here.
Swazi translations by Rev. Sir Nkhosi.

Based on The Missionary Prospector by Harmon's wife, Lula Schmelzenbach (no copyright), and other research.

Copyright © 2015 by Rich Swingle. All Rights Reserved.
Available for live performances: www.RichDrama.com.

Here's the trailer for The Messenger's Box in which Rich will be portraying Jesus:


The flash of Jesus in the trailer is an insert. I'll perform my scenes May 16.

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Photos from Alistair Begg's Church

About a month ago I got to perform at Alistair Begg's church. This performance was the answer to a five-year prayer, which started when friends dropped by my office in NYC before a performance at Carnegie Hall. They said their pastor, Alistair Begg, may be interested in hosting Beyond the Chariots, so I sent them home with a DVD for him. When another friend contacted me about performing at her church near Cleveland she asked which play I'd like to do. I told her Beyond the Chariots, since I thought there was a chance Alistair may attend. The next thing I knew I was booked into Parkside Church! Here are some photos from my performance there:
I got a chance to share about Beyond the Mask after the show.





Here are the rest: Beyond the Chariots at Parkside Church.

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Monday, May 04, 2015

So glad we met!!!

Eighteen years ago today Joyce and I met in this precise spot at Camp Taconic. We'd been told by friends that we'd meet our soul mates at the retreat, and we certainly did!!!

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Sunday, May 03, 2015

Living Free!

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches on Exodus 20:1-6, also addressing Judges 6:25-32. Opening and prayer by Pastor Jim Warren.



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Intro to God's Choices for His Beloved

Pastor Joyce Swingle launches a new series, God's Choices. She preaches on Psalm 119:169-176. Opening by Tim B. Testimony by Liz J. Prayer and announcements by Pastor Randy and Melanie Solomon.



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The Sticky Note

Our students from the Rocky Mountain Christian Filmmakers Camp produced "The Sticky Note," a short film that was selected to be screened at the Christian Worldview Film Festival. They were unable to attend because of a performance, so I answered questions as I could, though they produced the film before I worked with them. I believe they had already been to a previous camp before the production.



We still have a few more slots left on the acting and filmmaking side of the camp...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Njeri "Miller" Gitonga

With Njeri in 2007.
As soon as I could understand English I was hearing stories about my mom growing up in Kenya when my grandparents were missionaries there from 1948-1953. So I grew up grateful for Njeri Gitonga, who watched over Mom and my Aunt Jeri when Grandma and Grandpa Miller were away ministering in the bush.

Our families had lost touch, but sometime in the mid-90's my Aunt Jeri was visiting Kenya and asked someone how she might go about finding Njeri. The local asked her what her maiden name was, and when he heard, he exclaimed, "There's an Njeri Miller living up on that hill." Aunt Jeri knocked on the door, and Njeri invited her into her home, where Aunt Jeri saw photos of herself, Mom, and my grandparents. We've stayed in touch over the years, and though I haven't made it to Kenya yet, I have had two miraculous connections with Njeri!

Njeri in 1999.
In 1999 I did a 16 city tour of England with my play A Clear Leading. I happened to be there the first time Njeri visited England to visit her children who were staying there. Though Njeri wasn't there when I was performing the play, her daughter, Alice, made it to a performance in Muswell Hill, a suburb of London. When I performed the dream of my character Dolly swimming to Africa I had tears streaming down my face. I'll never forget that performance.

With Mom and Alice in 1999.
When Njeri did arrive we spent time at a mall, where Alice interpreted for Mom and me. One memory of that visit was when Njeri got on an escalator for the first time. What a frightening contraption that must have looked like in her eyes.

Then, in 2007 I was back in England, where I got to perform "Lazarus" with some Swahili translations for Alice's church. I learned the start of a Swahili praise song, and opened the piece with that. They all joined in and went way past what I had memorized! I can still sing some of it: "Sifu bwana, sifu bwana, dayama. Moyuwangu, sifu bwana, dayama."

Later I was at Eltham College, where Eric Liddell had attended school. I was interviewing the headmaster and had an idea for a shot of their choir singing a song which was written about Liddell for the documentary Olympic Hero in China: The Eric Liddell Story. In the midst of scouting for the documentary I got a text from Mom saying she couldn't get to Heathrow in time to greet Njeri. So I hopped on the next train... the wrong way! I turned around, got off at Piccadilly and transferred to the metro bound for Heathrow. As soon as the door opened I sprinted for Arrivals. Just as I came bounding up, someone was pushing Njeri out in a wheelchair. I calmed my breathing, walked up like I'd been there for a good long while, gave her a Kenyan handshake (flying down from up above), and said, "Jambo!" That's a Swahili greeting. I also know a few phrases of her tribal language, Kikuyu, so I was also able to say, "Wimwega." That was about it until Mom was able to arrive with Alice who was able to take over the translations.

In my post from December 14, 2007 I wrote:
What are the chances my trips corresponded with hers without either of us knowing of the others' schedule either time? Only the One who set up both visits knows.
Njeri "Miller" Gitonga went to be with the Lord earlier this month. My heart is filled to the brim with gratitude for how she cared for my mom and how the Lord allowed our schedules to connect in England twice!!

Our prayers are with her whole family!

With Njeri, her son, Kamau, and Mom.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Providence



I'm playing the lead role of Mitchell Little in the silent film Providence.

It's a charming film from the makers of award-winning silent film, The Good Book. I play the adult version of a character who has known a girl most of his life. Circumstances and shyness have kept them apart, but the Lord brings them together in His timing.

Director, Sharon Wilharm, wrote about how the film came into existence: You're Invited on Our Filmmaking Journey.

I'll be in Nashville over three weekends, and the dailies are looking great! Here's a rough cut of my character's proposal scene:



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Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Victory of the Resurrection!

Pastor Joyce Swingle preached our Easter sermon on I Corinthians 15. Prayer and comments by Tim B. Opening, prayer and announcements by Pastor Linda Warren. For information on Beyond the Mask visit www.RichDrama.com/BeyondTheMask.



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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Seeing Jesus

Pastor Joyce Swingle preaches the Palm Sunday message on Matthew 21. Opening prayer by Pastor Linda Warren. Scripture reading by Tim B., Liz J., and Tamara W.



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Christian Post covers Beyond the Mask

New Faith Based Film 'Beyond the Mask' Uses More Green Screen and CG Effects Than Any Other Christian Movie

And they pull it off well! I got to see Beyond the Mask with over 700 people in San Antonio at the Christian Worldview Film Festival. They all leapt to their feet as the credits rolled. After the show John Fornof, who directed Sean Astin of The Lord of the Rings and Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey in The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty, told me, "Tonight everything changes."

Then he sent me this: "I remember when Star Wars came out--it revolutionized how movies were made. I got that same feeling watching Beyond the Mask. Rich and I were stunned. We both agreed. This is truly a breakthrough movie in Christian filmmaking. It fires on all cylinders--an intriguing and exciting story of God's redemption with plenty of surprising twists and turns, solid acting, captivating cinematography, blow-your-mind special effects and sets, and a powerful music score. Beyond the Mask sets a whole new standard for what a faith-based film can be--and should be.”

I was thrilled that The Christian Post included me with the featured stars and also highlighted the NYC screening! If you know anyone near the NYC area please send them to www.RichDrama.com/BeyondTheMask. We still need to fill 84 seats before the event happens.

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Beyond the Mask Featured in BreatheCast

Jeannie Ortega, who used to open for Rihanna, covered Beyond the Mask in BreatheCast:

Action Film 'Beyond the Mask' Set to Hit Theaters April 6 in NYC For Special Screening

I was grateful she highlighted my performance in the film and our NYC screening!

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