Two extaordinary nights

On August 17, 1945, the internment camp in Weihsien, China, where Eric Liddell had been held, was liberated. On Thursday night, August 17, 61 years later, I got to perform my play about Eric Liddell for the family of David Michell. His book, A Boy's War, about his time in the internment camp with Eric, was the basis for the last quarter of my play. He died a few years ago, but his entire family was able to attend. Pictured here, from left to right, are Joan Michell with their three children: Ken Michell, Robin Serez, and Judith MacLeod.

1972719: A Boys War A Boys War
By David Michell / Overseas Missionary Fellowship

A Boy's War is a true story of a boy in China in a Japanese concentration camp during World War II. Yet it is an account more about children and their adventures than the atrocites of a deathcamp. And it includes glimpses of Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Liddell not included in Chariots of Fire.


Anonymous said...

hey rich! i don't know if you remember me from territorials, but i was the one with the brother who came home and was set free in the Spirit last year who you enacted a prayer for. i signed up for your emails about your journey to China, but haven't gotten any. is there a problem with the system or my email adrress? also, i really want to know how to donate to that trip, could you tell me how?

you can reach me at

look forward to hearing from you!

Rich Swingle said...

Sign up for emailings at To donate to our trip to China for the '08 Olympics send a check to:

Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene
214 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Make checks payable to Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene and in the memo line write, "Emmaus Arts--Beijing Olympics."