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Lord, we thank You for the godly influence George Washington brought to our nascent nation. As we must with all of Adam's race, let us rejoice in the good and renounce the ungodly.

On February 8, IFA originally posted this article.  We always love the comments intercessors leave on our articles, and there were a couple in particular we wanted to address here. Read through to the end to find them.

Washington’s Armor, a trilogy of films, will debut Part One, The Journey, on Presidents’ Day, February 21.

Before George Washington was our nation’s first president, he was a soldier. Before he raised a musket, he dropped to his knees as an intercessor. When he was calling the nation to our first federal day of prayer he said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.” It was Washington’s sailors who initiated our first national flag, which urged our forefathers to “Appeal to Heaven.”

Willie Mellina, who plays the Father of our Nation in Washington’s Armor, discovered Washington’s prayer life was robust long before he served our nation as a soldier. As a teen he would write out his prayers. In an interview with Mellina and producer/director Tammy Lane you can see here, Mellina explained that as a surveyor, Washington “would be disciplined…. The word ‘disciple’ breaks down to teach, share and love, and God was preparing him to teach, share and love and serve.” While getting in character Mellina wrote out some of his own prayers, and he reflected, “That was powerful to me to see that he made a point of doing that at such a young age.”


A Foundation of Intercession

This whole film project was birthed in prayer. Lane and her best friend Theresa Hayes, now a producer on Washington’s Armor, met at each other’s house once a week while their kids were at school, to pray and fast. Lane said:

We both prayed that God would use us however He wanted. You know: Whatever He wants to do with us… we just want to serve the Lord…. We didn’t really know what we were saying…. God started putting in me the desire to do films…. I never… aspired to be a filmmaker…. All I did was seek the Lord…. Then the Lord really started opening doors for us and dropping ideas in…. some kind of a video that He would want me do, or some live production thing, and so then I would be … compelled to do it.

While Lane and Hayes were growing in their craft, Lane discovered The Bulletproof George Washington by David Barton. She realized there is much that public schools are hiding from our children about Washington’s faith. She had an epiphany:

I thought, well, somebody needs to make a movie about this, and then the Lord’s like, ‘Well, you’re going to make a movie about this.’ … He would just confirm it. You know how He confirms things through your pastor or the Word or other people. He confirmed it, and then I thought it was going to be done right then.

That was 17 years ago. Lane said, “I thought, ‘Alright, let’s get an attorney, and let’s get going on this.’ So we did! We went and found a highfalutin attorney, and I went in there, and I was like, ‘So, we want to make this movie,’ and told him all about it.” The lawyer asked them, “Do you have any money?” Lane responded to him, “Well, no.” The lawyer pressed, “Have you ever made a movie? Do you have any experience?” Lane cheerfully told him, “No.” Up until that point all of their projects had been either on stage or short form videos. The lawyer said, “Well, you’ll never make a movie.”

Praise the Lord that curse was broken, even in that moment!

Lane told him, “Au contraire. The Lord said I would, and… all things are possible with God.”

They did put the project on hold, but the Lord kept giving them assignments. In 2005 Lane founded Capernaum Studios, where — among many other projects — The Chosen was filmed, and when the time was ripe, they went into production for Washington’s Armor.

Many of us get inspiration from the Lord and think we’re to act on that immediately, but looking back Lane is glad she waited. She said, “I wasn’t ready back then…. I had to go through a lot of training and character building to get to this point.”


Solid Set Life

Playing Washington has been part of the way the Lord has been building character in Mellina. He has found himself spending more time in stillness. Though his default is to “make everybody laugh,” he went on:

I’ve tried to be intentional…. I literally got away and I got quiet. A couple of times I went to my car. Sometimes I would go get ready and then go into one of the rooms and just be quiet, spend time in the Word… just trying to be still and be quiet. Because I know that there were lots of moments where (Washington)… was still, was quiet, was losing, was in the cold, was without, was without food or what they needed…. I just try to find those moments, and that’s huge to me…. Whenever I do that … (God is) so faithful. He uses those moments…. He always shows me how good He is.

The Washington’s Armor set was bathed in prayer. Every morning there was a devotion either by set chaplain Tim Shields, who runs the Content Film Festivals and Media Summits, or one of the cast or crew.

I played a small role and served as dialect coach, and one morning I was blessed to perform “The Potter,” a short monologue about Jeremiah. Afterward I talked about how the Lord could use the pressures that naturally come on a film set to mold us the way Jeremiah talked about being shaped by the Lord.

Lane went after the best artists in the industry for her cast and crew. Not all of them are Christians, so I was blessed that Salvation was offered during many of those morning devotions. Mellina also has a heart for evangelism. According to Lane, “If he can go to every person on set and tell them about Jesus Christ he will…. I really respect that and love that.”

Prayer didn’t end with the close of devotions. Mellina said he and Lane have prayed together a lot: “On the phone, in person, on set, over in the corner, in between takes. I’ve included her; she’s included me. It’s been great.”

Lane said Mellina is “always willing to pray and bring everybody into that…. He’s been a huge blessing. I am very glad that we cast him, and I know that he is the one that God chose for that role.”


Standing Against Communism

Washington faced tyranny head on, so it seems appropriate that Lane is releasing Part One of Washington’s Armor through NTD (which stands for New Tang Dynasty, referring to a Chinese era marked by freedom and openness) and Epoch TV, organizations that have stood against the tyranny of communism for decades in China.

As Lane pointed out in the Washington’s Armor release announcement, “It’s no surprise the Lord would choose now for its release. There hasn’t been a more important time to tell about our history in our lifetime.” Of the 45 goals of the communist party USA, as stated in The Naked Communist (1958), goal #31 is “… discourage the teaching of American history…”

Praise the Lord that Washington’s Armor is setting the record straight by painting the true picture of the father of our nation, as a man of prayer, preserved from death at many turns (the inspiration for the title) to inaugurate the presidency with these words Dutch Sheets posted the day I first arrived on set:

…It would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official Act, my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the Councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that his benediction may consecrate to liberties and happiness of the people of the United States…. No People can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand, which conducts the Affairs of men more than the People of the United States. Every step, by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation, seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency…”


The Journey will air on NTD at 7 p.m. Central Time on February 21. Watch online for free.

Washington’s Armor: The Journey will begin streaming on Epoch TV on demand, starting at 11 p.m. Central on February 21. You can watch a behind-the-scenes documentary there now for free.

Lane would like to have Part Two ready by this time next year, but she wrote in an email, “We have to get the funding first.” You can help with that at www.WashingtonsArmor.com.

Here are the comments from the original post I wanted to address:

A. Henning wrote, “Washington was also an unapologetic Freemason.” Because of this comment, we spent some time on Pray with Others Live that day renouncing the ways Washington reinforced masonry in our new nation. Michelle pointed out that Washington “performed a Masonic ritual while laying the cornerstone to the US Capitol building.” My wife and I got as close as we could get to that cornerstone, and you can join our prayers in renouncing that ritual by clicking here.

As with Solomon, who was charged with building the first Temple for the people of Israel but later followed the foreign gods of his many wives, let us point our secular nation back to our godly roots, while renouncing the sins of our forefathers.


Post your prayer for Washington’s Armor to help reveal our godly roots and draw our nation back to the Lord…

Rich Swingle has taught and performed in 39 nations on six continents, mostly with his own one-man plays. Hes also performed in more than forty film projects. He and his bride, Joyce Swingle, another contributing writer for IFA, now have 37 screen children. The Swingles live in New York City. www.RichDrama.com

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Gary Bauchman
February 23, 2022

A George Washington movie is a great idea! We need to stop mischaracterizations of him. He made a Covenant with God for the U.S. Just two nations I know of made a Covenant with God: Israel and the United States. His mom, Mary Ball Washington, a descendant of the Huguenots-persecuted French Protestants-raised him on the Bible and prayed constantly for him. I hope they mentioned his dedicated mother and her godly heritage. I’m from New Rochelle, a city founded on the Word Of God by the Huguenots, named after their home in France, La Rochelle their city from which they were driven out by the ungodly government.

Maynard Beck
February 23, 2022

I haven’t been able to watch this film yet, but wanted to tell you about several books that contain pertinent info about Washington and 1740’s history that would help those who are making this documentary.
The 1st is “City in the Dawn” by Hervy Allen which has a really good flavor of the mixture/interaction of cultures in Pennsylvania and the Ohio Territory during that period.
The 2nd is “The Spirit of the Border” by Zane Grey. This book is a parallel to The City in the Dawn.  (last 2 chapters of this e-book are the most dramatic).http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1239
Clears up a lot about the Masons, the Missionaries (Moravian Village), etc.
Appreciate your work for the Kingdom

    Rich Swingle
    November 24, 2022

    Thanks! I think the script is pretty final, but I’ve sent these along.

February 21, 2022

I spent a frustrating 20 minutes trying, but never found this free movie.

Darlene Estlow
February 21, 2022

Father, as they pray and put this movie together, may you bless their efforts and keep them on track in their giving glory to you. May it reveal our godly roots and bring glory to you!

February 10, 2022

Thank you, Rich!
I always appreciate you and Joyce being on IFA Prayer live.
Your talking about this article led me to it with much anticipation. I took time to click on the links,
too. I feel I am getting to know you as brethren. I look forward to the film. I subscribe to Epoch Times and Epoch TV. Good stuff…and I pray for them, as well!

    Rich Swingle
    February 10, 2022

    Bless you, Maggie! Thank you for your note and for praying with us! Lifting you up now to our Lord who knows every concern of your heart!

February 9, 2022

It is true we do have a rich Christian heritage but some of our founding fathers have dirty laundry or “aprons” if you will. I am grieved to say our first President was a Free Mason. “You can not serve two masters.”
In most of his correspondence Washington refers to Supreme Architect of the Universe. This is NOT Jesus Christ! He went from first level at age 20 to third level in 3 years! September 18, 1793 he performed a Masonic ritual while laying the corner stone to the US Capitol building. You can look on line and find it out for yourselves. Here are some links.. Go to pages 6-8 to see about the ceremony to Baal performed at the cornerstone laying of the US Capitol. Yes it’s TRUE!


And I have prayed with National Day of Repentance Jeffrey Daly and others about this a couple years ago. Please do your research and seek the Lord. I know we want to teach our posterity who the founding fathers and mothers of faith in the US were, but make sure we point out the right ones! We need to repent to God the Holy One of Israel for our country’s idolatry. May Yeshua have mercy on us.

February 8, 2022


Pastors #Rabbis #Priests #Imans

You only have a short window of time to get your followers ready for the Day of Wrath.


February 8, 2022

I watched the trailer and it was fabulous. History will be taught and with excellence. Fort Necessity is just an hours drive from my home and my ancestor, Daniel Leet, was a surveyor for George Washington. I grew up on land given to the Leet and Dye families for their service in the Revolutionary War. Rebecca Leet married Enoch Dye whose land abutted and to this day the Dye family (my ancestors) still live in this place. God determines our boundaries as Acts 17:26 states and I stake my claim that “America WILL BE SAVED”. Thank you Rich Swingle for this wonderful heads up to a remarkable film.

Barbara Janicki
February 8, 2022

We are seeing attempts to erase or rewrite our nation’s history by those who want to destroy our beloved country. The truth is the antidote to this false narrative that we were founded on slavery rather than on the desire to be free to worship the One true God. We are continually told now that our founders were not God fearing – this film will help reveal the truth about Washington and that he was a man of prayer was something we were not taught in history in school. Prayers for the success of this film as it shows truth which has for too long been suppressed because it doesn’t fit a current narrative. http://www.mtothe5th.wordpress.com

Ronald Bangert
February 8, 2022

Lord, thank you that the Body of Christ has many parts, yet one head, Jesus the Christ. As you continue to remove every spot and Wrinkle in Your Brides Wedding gown, may she join the Dance to untwist every distortion of Father, from Sea to Shining Sea!

May research be so thorough on these efforts, that generations of lies against Your Providence be so completely overturned, it will aright Truth in our His-story!

Let every diary of the early settlers hidden in attics and heirlooms in library be unearthed to give further Light to the activity of the Holy Spirit among the Saints during are pre-revolutionary period, so script can be influenced from first hand accounts and not here say or those who feared he Light or operated under the spirit of antichrist. Amen.

mikki costner
February 8, 2022

This is truly an answer to prayer!!! As a former teacher and knowing the truth as to His guidance and great favor toward our First US President, I am thrilled that at last the truth will be made known!! – and especially to our youth. A lack of truthful knowledge has long been one of our enemy’s most effective and used weapons, It’s the TRUTH that sets us FREE!!!!!!!

February 8, 2022

Really? NTD? A Falun Gong affiliate? I don’t care how good the film is.
2Co 6:14  Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 
2Co 6:15  And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 

    Timothy Joseph
    February 8, 2022

    The Falun Gong, like MANY religious minorities in China, including of course the underground Christians, are violently persecuted and suffer for righteousness sake. Precisely because they worship God and do not live according to the demands of the Communist tyrants. They are among the holy innocents. I pray for them daily and encourage all Christians to do likewise.

    A. Henning
    February 8, 2022

    Washington was also an unapologetic Freemason.
    Everyone should research “The Apotheosis of George Washington” and understand what he was really all about.
    Don’t be deceived.

    IFA really needs to step up the level of discernment.
    Very disappointing.
    Infiltrators are everywhere.

      Rich Swingle
      February 8, 2022

      A. Henning, thanks for bringing up Washington’s Freemason connection. We’re going to renounce and repent of America’s connections to Masonry on today’s show at 12:15 p.m. Eastern (www.IFAPray.org/watch).

    Rich Swingle
    February 8, 2022

    Patrick, thanks so much for bringing up the Falong Gong connection to NTD and EpochTV! My prayer is that the witness goes toward them, but that is wise to caution people about blindly ingesting everything they have to offer. There’s a group of Falung Gong practitioners that gathers at the Chinese Embassy a couple of blocks from our apartment in NYC to protest human rights abuses, and every time I ride past them I say in Mandarin, “Jesus loves you.” That’s the message I hope reaches those at NTD and EpochTV.

Sharon Kay
February 8, 2022

Will it be available for purchase in dvd form?

February 8, 2022

Praise the Lord!
I’m so thankful He is still using our fellow Americans to stand up for God and the freedom He has given our Nation.
He’s still working and His will for our Nation will come to pass. No weapon formed against us shall prosper!
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord , And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.”
Isaiah 54:17 NKJV


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