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Bring the Gospel to Scandinavia

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Raised by 24 people in 2 months
Since I was in high school I've longed to visit Scandinavia. One of my best friends back then was a foreign exchange student from Sweden. We connected through social media, and he invited me to visit. It seemed the perfect catalyst to put together a tour of some of my 1-man plays!

I was telling a friend about my passion for this trip, and she put me in touch with a friend of hers in Oslo, Norway. He put us in touch with  the Nordic Black Theatre in Oslo, Norway, which has accepted my play I Dreamed I Was Free (formerly A Clear Leading) for their fall lineup!

The theatre focuses on stories about people of color, and I Dreamed I Was Free tells the true story of how John Woolman spoke out against slavery a full century before the Civil War in America. Tim Craig of InterVarsity and a coordinator for the Price of Life  movement said it was the "Most moving artistic display against slavery I have ever seen."

In addition to renting the theatre in Oslo, I'm hoping to offer workshops which will help local Christian actors develop and perform their own dramas. You can see how we did that in Cuba here.

We've raised enough to secure the Nordic Black Theatre for a performance on September 1. Now we're in touch with a network of house churches in the Church of the Nazarene (our denomination), and we'll need to raise the rest of our goal to get to them.  See our latest Update for more info. The tab is right above this text. There you'll also find details about how I'm giving my favorite witnessing tool to contributors.

Please pray about partnering in ministry to the most secular nation in Western Europe. It is estimated that 45% of Norwegians are atheists, as compared with 5% in the US. We have seen drama unlock an openness to the Lord unlike anything else. After performing one of my plays in Romania an atheist walked up to me the moment I stepped off the stage and said, "Can you tell me more about Jesus?"

Please pray about helping us make this trip a reality.

Funds will go toward 
*Theatre rental
*Travel, board and lodging for Rich and Joyce Swingle. Joyce will serve as stage manager and production manager.
*Travel, board and lodging beyond Oslo. Our goal is to perform in every Scandinavian country as opportunities unfold. 

We are not a non-profit organization, so donations are not tax deductible.
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We're so grateful to everyone who has helped us cross the half- way point to raising funds for our upcoming performance missions trip to Scandinavia! We appreciate your prayers and support as we raise the second half!
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We're so grateful to all who have helped us get to the point where we have secured the Nordic Black Theatre in Oslo, Norway, for my performance of I Dreamed I Was Free! One contact told us "Scandis" are some of the "toughest people on the planet," so he is pleased that we're using drama to get past their intellectual arguments against God.

We were just connected with a leader of numerous house churches throughout Scandinavia. The great news is that my plays are simple enough I can perform them in a home, and I have done just that on many occasions. They tend to have an even deeper impact because of the intimacy of bringing characters out of the pages of Scripture and into their living rooms! The bad news is that they're not able to cover our traveling expenses throughout Scandinavia in order to get to them! If you feel moved to help us get closer to our goal we'd be so very grateful for another donation or send a friend or your whole congregation to www.RichDrama.com/Scandinavia.

As a thank you gift, I'd like to share with you something I've been handing out for years. It's a private link to watch my performance of Beyond the Chariots at the Singapore Expo for free. I've given it to wait staff, hotel staff, cab drivers and others. It's basically a tract in the form of a play. If you haven't seen it already, it has the Gospel embedded in it. The main character falls to his knees and cries out to Jesus, and then later invites people to give their own lives to the Lord. After the play a Singaporean pastor presents the Gospel in a deep and compelling way, drawing upon the truths of the play. He offers prayer, and out of the 5,600 Singaporeans, you see dozens who go down front.

I want to put this witnessing tool in your hands to thank you for helping us get the Gospel creatively to Scandinavia. If you contribute at least $20 we'll send you a link you can share with those who help you.

Takk! That's Norwegian for, "Thanks!"

In Christ alone,
Rich and Joyce

P.S. In the video I tell the story that inspired the idea to share Beyond the Chariots along with your tip!
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