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Reflections from the Road - Number III

Anthony Elswick

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When you are a support raising missionary you spend a lot of time in your car thinking and driving and sometimes, to be honest, the driving takes longer than the back log of thoughts that I have stored up in my head and this is especially true when I am driving alone.  Its in this state that you can notice things you normally wouldn’t – like rip in the space time continuum just south of a small town called South Bay.  After South Bay you have about a 45 minute drive through everglades and sugar cane fields.  Now when I say, 45 minutes, I mean it is 45 minutes by the clock but it certainly feels closer to 2 hours.  Which is why we need to put our best minds on that – figuring out how to harness this time warp to travel through time and what not.

But it’s all worth it because at the end of the road is family and friends.  I grew up in Fort Lauderdale and we lived there for about five years after we got married so we know a lot of people there and have a lot of contacts there.  It’s also where my family lives, which makes the trips extra special.  On our last trip down, we got to celebrate Bethany’s birthday with the whole family at a Children’s Museum on a Saturday and on Sunday my parents took the girls to Butterfly World so Amber and I could focus on support raising.  Support raising in an area where you have family is a real blessing.

 

Reflections from the Road - Number II

Anthony Elswick

You know that you have been driving from Fort Lauderdale to Winter Haven a lot when you start to consider Clewiston to be a big town.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking Clewiston, I am sure it is a fine place to live and to farm sugar and what not, but it’s a really small town.  But now with its Walmart, several fast food choices and traffic lights, it feels like an Oasis of civilization amid the endless road that is US27.  

A couple of weeks ago I was driving down to Ft Lauderdale to meet with people and visit a couple of churches.  One of those church was Christ City Church in Miami.  It was planted a few years ago by my good friend Jose Prado.  We used to attend the same church together in Miami Lakes we were disciple together and started having our first two kids around the same time.  But the main reason why I love going back to Christ City is to hear Jose’s preaching which is always inspiring.  Seeing God use Jose is definitely worth the drive. 

Reflections from the Road - Number I

Anthony Elswick

Steve Tamayo is a communication Ninja!  You may not know Steve, but I do, and I have benefited greatly from our friendship.  We got to stay with him, his wife Amy, and their two sons on our recent trip to North Carolina.  We had previously known them from when they lived in South Florida working with Intervarsity but it was great to see that they were settling in at Pittsborro.

We stayed with them for two nights, the week before I was going to speak at a Presbytery in South Carolina.  For those of you who don’t know, Presbyterians get their name from their form of government where local churches are grouped together and their elders meet quarterly to have a worship service, discuss joint business, and exam and ordain new pastors.  During these meetings, missionaries are allowed a five minute presentation.  Heading into the week, I was feeling like my presbytery presentation needed a bit of a tune up.

Steve stayed up until midnight with us crafting the presentation, trimming the fat and pretty much reshaping the entire message.  We changed it to center on the benefits of having a focused missions strategy in which you connect your short term trips to a long term goal working with a career missionary.

I went to presbytery later that week and thanks to Steve’s help I felt much more confident with my new improved presentation.