The Dramatic Work of Rich and Joyce Swingle

CITA to the Nations

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Joyce performed this piece that she wrote in the Shepherds' Cave of Bethlehem during our trip to Jordan and Israel through CITA to the Nations.

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12.21.11 12:13 AM - Comment(s)
This artwork (and many other works like it in a variety of media) was created through a joint effort of Arab and Jewish students on the shore of The Sea of Galilee.
05.29.11 11:21 PM - Comment(s)
Peter restored on the shore of
The Sea of Galilee
I performed Peter's breakfast with Jesus on the shore of The Sea of Galilee, quite near where it is believed that Jesus restored Peter to ministry. Henrietta, one of the members of our CITA to the Nations team read from John 21, and when she read tha...
05.28.11 02:11 PM - Comment(s)

This Druse temple overlooks Caesaria Philippi, where there are shines to Pan (the cave, known as the "gates of hell") and numerous other gods. Here I performed an except from my play, The Acts (you can watch below), in which Peter tells how Jesus brought the disciples there, in the p...
05.27.11 11:37 PM - Comment(s)

In the distance is Mt. Tabor, one of two places it is believed Jesus was transfigured with Moses and Elijah (Matthew 17:1-13). We're driving into Nazareth, over the mountain from which people tried to throw Jesus after he implied that He was fulfilling a Messianic prophesy from Isaiah (Luke 4:16,24...
05.27.11 11:20 PM - Comment(s)
I had this idea in 2005, but when we arrived there were three boats and none of them looked like they would work for this sketch. But then our guide told us we were on the third boat, which turned out to be the very boat that inspired the idea six years ago.
05.27.11 12:18 AM - Comment(s)
This is one of the last photos I took in Jordan. 
05.26.11 07:28 PM - Comment(s)
Jennifer G. reads Scripture as Tom M.
plays Moses in Rich's Bibliodrama.
We were doing a  bibliodrama atop Mt. Nebo. Our friend Tom was playing Moses, who was looking down Mt. Nebo to the rock that he struck, the act which was keeping him out of the Promised Land, which he could ...
05.26.11 07:28 PM - Comment(s)
The larger door stays closed to keep out horse-riding invaders. It's opened for parties.
05.26.11 07:23 PM - Comment(s)

Archeologists believe this is where Jesus was baptized, based on a first century Byzantine church that was discovered in 1998. We performed the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, not far from here. I played John the Baptist and then stayed in the river to help Kim, our other tour leader, and my b...
05.25.11 03:21 PM - Comment(s)
It's near the scaffolding, and we're 25m from the Baptismal site of Jesus.
05.25.11 03:17 PM - Comment(s)
We had an amazing final meal in Amman, but we're already talking about a return.
05.25.11 03:16 PM - Comment(s)
These are the very stones of Pilate's fortress, where he offered Jesus to the people, and they chose to execute Him.

I (very quietly) performed that section from my play Journey to the Garden ( Instead of chanting, our group whispered, "Crucify him!...
05.25.11 03:15 PM - Comment(s)
We were astonished and delighted by how our group bonded with our students in Amman, Jordan. This cake was a physical symbol of what we were sensing: that we were making an impact on their hearts as well as their minds.
05.20.11 04:05 AM - Comment(s)
We're standing in the only school music complex in the Kingdom of Jordan.
Our host just had a teaching moment with a disrespectful student. This is apparently quite rare, but our host said that youth exposure to media and internet has been eroding their respect.
05.20.11 03:25 AM - Comment(s)
We've had an AMAZING time working with students here in Amman, Jordan. Today is our last day with them (sniffles). We're going to coach them on some scenes. Then we're off to do a bibliodrama of Moses entering the Promised Land atop Mt. Nebo (pray the air has totally cleared from the dust storm), ...
05.20.11 01:42 AM - Comment(s)
Jordan has remained quite peaceful in the face of their neighbors' squabbles, and this campaign, which indicates that Jordanians, Palestinians and Iraqis are all one here, has been a part of keeping the peace.
05.19.11 12:47 PM - Comment(s)
The remaining members of our team are working their way through customs. Our classes and performances start tomorrow.

On the way to the airport I was going over how much I can share about Jesus with the Muslim students. Our host said, "More than you can in a public school in America."

I ...
05.17.11 11:55 AM - Comment(s)
I'd never been interested in Petra because it's not a biblical site, but when this trip came up it seemed to make sense to add it to our itinerary. I'm so glad we did! The work of man here, while impressive, pales in comparison to the Lord's handiwork.

05.17.11 11:34 AM - Comment(s)
We hiked by moon and candle light through Petra. I'll be posting more of both soon.

05.17.11 11:32 AM - Comment(s)