Dr. Anthony Petrillo was a missionary to Nigeria with S.I.M. (formerly Sudan Interior Mission, now Serving in Mission). While with them, he started coupling discipleship with computer literacy training. That grew into a school that now has over 1,000 students.
In 2007, he founded the transformational education network. Their aim is bring hope to the next generation of Africans. They develop knowledgable leaders who have a thorough Christian world view, and show the love of Jesus Christ.
Life in Ministry
Depending on the time of year, Dr. Petrillo works as many as four jobs. His biggest job is President of TEN3 and he also works in their curriculum department. In addition to that, he does I.T. work for a Christian school and is a snowboard instructor.
During our chat Anthony shared an interesting story of what led to his taking a position doing I.T. work and what has happened since.
1 John 2:6
the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong,
Because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.
2 Timothy [1:12]
For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
How Scripture Shaped His Life
As we talked about how these Scriptures have shaped Anthony's life, he shared how love brought him to Christ. He also shared a place where he'd become proud and how God used Leukemia to slow him down and bring significant clarity.
Significance in the Marketplace
Anthony refers to himself as an “oddball” missionary in that he's a missionary who functions as a computer teacher. In his experience, it was when he came as a teacher that he had status and was able to have a role in society.
He recognizes that we're not all missionaries. Being a missionary is a specific calling. But we are all Christians and all have the same purpose of glorifying God and sharing the Good News.
As we go throughout our days, we can as, “How do I glorify God? How do I share the Gospel?”
He also pointed out that we often overlook the key things because they just seem too simple.
What Anthony Saw that Led to TEN3
As with many of our journeys with The Lord, Anthony’s had many twists and turns. God often showed him just enough to keep him going but not enough to overwhelm him.
As he unfolded the story of God's grace and leading, he touched on
- Training church administrators on computers
- Teaching a short course in computers
- Writing a small book
- Taking the book to Liberia
- Going back to school for his doctorate
- Doctoral research in Nigeria
- A book on how to teach computers without computers
- Starting a computer school, hundreds of applicants, and an initial class of 12
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