Friday, July 6, 2012

“… And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…” (Hebrews 12:1c)

We sit just 21 days away from the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic games in London as I look today back on the events of the past year in our lives, I came across an article on the Olympic torch relay.

After a short relay around Greece, the Flame is handed over to the new Host City at another ceremony in the Panathenaiko stadium in Athens. 

The Flame is then delivered to the Host Country, where it is transferred from one Torchbearer to another, spreading the message of peace, unity and friendship. It ends its journey as the last Torchbearer lights the cauldron at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium, marking the official start of the Games.” (

What Jesika and I are doing is participating in a relay race. Our relay race started with the birth of Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago in ancient Jewish times. Many greats have stood before us, such as Paul and the Appostles, Martin Luther when he started the protestant revolution. John Wesley with the start of the Holiness movement, and Phineas F Bresee with the start of the Church of the Nazarene.  It also includes the work of Dr David Livingstone, the first missionary in Malawi, and includes Jon and Margaret Scott, retired missionaries to NTCCA in Malawi and the couple that paved our way towards heading to Malawi with their presentation at the NMI convention 2011.

As we bring the torch forward into the lives of our students at NTCCA, who knows where they will go. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us as we take the torch back to Africa… A race that we cannot run without you. For Jesika and I to be successful in the race, we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses as we read about in Hebrews 11 and 12 as well as you, the reader of this blog. We need your support in prayer and fasting during our time there and as we lead up to this. We also need your support financially… Bringing education to the people of Africa is not free and is sincerely deserved. Jesika and I have our education that is enabling us to go, but in order for us to teach there, we still have to travel, have insurance, and meet everyday expenses that we will incurr on the field. So far we have been blessed with amazing partners who come up beside us, challenge us, some whom even have gone there before us. We feel all of this as we plan our trip and work with the leadership to grow our goals, expectations, and preparatory skills. 

We are looking for our Olympic champions to run the race with us. Would you be able to join us, champions? Maybe you could be a “bronze” champion and support us at just $10/month? Maybe you could be a “silver” champion, and support us at $20/month? Maybe you could be a “gold” champion, and support us at $30 (or more) a month? Our goal is to now collect support in the form of monthly pledges that could meet the necessary cost of our insurance and needs while on the field. We have raised enough to support the plane tickets for Leyana and Jesika, but ultimately there is a greater need...that need is the need of prayer support. The goal we set was for a prayer partner for each of us, for each day, for each month. That may seem like a high number but it is only 120 people. We currently have 25 people. That is a huge goal to achieve (like setting a world record at the Olympics when the stakes are high and you are competing against the toughest competitors). Please seek to search your heart, as God to grow your mission in order to grow the mission. If you feel so lead to compete with us in the race, send an email our way or for prayer support. For financial support you can sign up directly with the missions organization at:

On the same note, a huge blessing today came via a plane ticket change for Jesika and Leyana (as you know they will travel apart from me due to our different schedules). Originally they had five landings on the flight to Malawi and five on the way home. Both flights had four layovers and crossed a few days and hours. Due to the airlines final confirmation of ticketed passengers the flights have been changed to reflect two stops each way and only two layovers. What an amazing God we serve!!!

Thank you for your prayers, they are working to bring all things to good for us, those who are called to this place and in His service.
We love you!
God's blessings and joy!
Anthony and Jesika

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