The Dramatic Work of Rich and Joyce Swingle


Blog tagged as Israel

A Time to Reflect
Joyce continues Westchester Chapel's "Times of Cementing" series, with a message on taking time to reflect upon the major lesson learned from our series "What Happens When a Created People Walk Away From Their Creator?" The message to Fear -- Reverence -- God is found in Ecclesiastes 5:1-7.
05.28.23 11:43 PM - Comment(s)
Go Through the Gates
Starting on May 17 I’ve felt led to go through Isaiah 62, with more than a million, who are praying for Jerusalem right now. Last night verse 9 placed us in the courts...
05.25.23 02:40 AM - Comment(s)

Interpreting the Times

On the Eve of Resurrection Day I woke up and sensed the Lord was directing me to look at the time. I knew He was directing me to a chapter and verse, and I knew what book they were in. That’s happened every night since. I haven’t always posted them in the night or at all, ...
04.30.23 03:42 AM - Comment(s)
Performing "The Prophet
of Fear" atop Mt. Carmel
in Israel.
I'll be performing my one-man, one-act play " Prophet of Fear" this Sunday at The Crowne Plaza in White Plains, NY. It tells the story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal on top of Mt. Carmel and the fear that struck his ...
04.23.18 06:54 PM - Comment(s)
The crumbled walls of Jericho and
Mount of Temptation from
our trip in 1999.
I got to open this morning's service at Westchester ChapelPastor Randy Solomon preaches on the fall of the walls of Jericho from  Joshua 6Here is an article which discusses the archeological evidenc...
03.11.18 11:28 PM - Comment(s)
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)
The larger door stays closed to keep out horse-riding invaders. It's opened for parties.
05.26.11 07:23 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)

09.22.10 02:55 PM - Comment(s)
Though Beth lost her sight at birth, her presence on the trip brought a greater awareness of the details of Israel to the rest of us. Here she is "seeing" a replica of a first century cross.

Other pictures from our trip are here.

There were a few from our trip to the Dead Sea that were t...
06.10.05 02:33 PM - Comment(s)

In 1999 I made my first trip to Israel with our church, Westchester Chapel.

This photo is of Joyce and me in Bethlehem.

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11.30.99 11:09 AM - Comment(s)