60 Seconds: What’s Wrong with this Picture?



When I was a teenager I was building a bookshelf in our basement. I couldn’t hold the shelf so I leaned it against a pole. When I got finished building the bookshelf, I discovered I had built it around the pole. So we ended up with a bookshelf in the basement! Not really. I had to take it apart and build it again.


Well, I did it again! But this time I built my ladder into the shed I’m making. The shed will be to hold wood we use to heat our house. It’s a fun project. In the spring, Mr. Dover and students from Houghton Academy helped me tear apart and move an old collapsed barn which is now getting a second life as our shed.

I did get the ladder out 😉

60 Seconds: Out of the Mouths of Babes

Angeline shared with me a conversation with her four year old son:

Silas asked if I had to work tomorrow. I said yes. He asked why I have to work all the time. I told him that’s what you do when you grow up, you have to work to provide for your family. He asked if I ever wouldn’t have to work. I said without thinking, “when Jesus comes back”. His response was “I hope Jesus comes back tomorrow.” AngelSilas


Top: Madelyn (3), Sophia(5), Sophia, Madelyn, Anthony II, Nancy, Shane, Angeline
Bottom: Anthony III, Elizabeth, Jean Denis, Silas (4), Angeline, Levi (1 year 8 months)

I am preparing, not quite frantically, but almost for the summer craft fairs. Last year after we had spent two hours unloading and setting up, a mini cooper pulled up, a couple proceeded to unload and setup next to us.  I was wondering why I too did not make jewelry which fits in 1 bin. I have 11 bins, weighing 75 pounds each. On the drive home Anthony noticed our van steering was not right. He pulled over to find that 4 of 5 wheel lugs had broken off. After a very long winter and more rust we couldn’t trust our van to transport even jewelry let alone pottery or people, so we have been able to replace it with something more reliable to get to the shows this year. It is a concrete reminder of how the things of this earth do not last or answer.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21. 19

New Grad Anthony III


Anthony graduated from Houghton College this May. He is still considering what comes next. His senior art exhibit combined his love for design and skills in woodworking and ceramics. We now have a contemporary walnut coffee table in the living-room and a very large unique lamp in the garage temporarily.
Praise God for:
Anthony graduating in 3 years.
Additional jobs that provide for our needs.
Very nice replacement vehicles.
Please pray for:
Anthony III’s future plans.
Continuing growth in our multiple ministries.
Nancy’s pottery sales this year.
Guidance for our children and grandchildren

Thanking God in All Things
I was on the phone with SIM headquarters one day when something came out of my mouth that surprised me. I said, “I’m so thankful we are short on support.” And I meant it. My heart was so full of thankfulness because “all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28.

Now don’t get discouraged as you read how the goods things came about … I think one of the big things that helped me was that I considered the position of the church in America more. About a dozen years ago, my friend and colleague, Dr. Jim Szymanski shared with me that out of every 100 churches in America, 75 of them were dying, closing their doors. Of the remaining 25, 24 of them were growing by those in the closing churches going to them. Only one was reaching people for Christ. Well, it only seemed like statistics then but now we are seeing the reality and one of those realities is that budgets are tight and funds are not available for missions. Dr. Szymanski also shared with me that we need to think of the Bride of Christ in a way that we do not hurt her as we seek funds for our ministries. Yes, our ministries are part of that same Bride, but we need to think of her members and their given situation.

As we struggle with funding, so does the once strong church in America. God, through His gentle leading through different thoughts and attempts to minister, eventually led our TEN3 team to a way we could help the churches in America to evangelize. For those of you who do not get our emails, we have developed a program called a Mini-Mission Trip that uses technology to reach out in your community through preparing donated laptop computers for service overseas. I’d love to tell you about it. Give me a call at 585-567-8902 and I’ll tell you how it works.
In addition to evangelism, I’ve worked with some others to start a partnership known as InTentsIfI that helps churches, fire department and other non-profit organizations to raise funds. You can learn about this organization at intentsifi.com.
I mentioned in our last letter that my team predicted if I took the IT part-time job, a book would result. Well, they were right. A networking course is developing. It will be quite a few months before it is finished. However, we’ve also been able to produce a programming course for Africa that should be rolled out the door by the fall.

Nancy and I enjoy all the jobs were doing and finding ourselves echoing the author of Ecclesiastes who points out that a key part of life is to enjoy our work and for that we are so grateful.

Funding News
I can praise God that the shortage of support has led to new things. At the same time I praise God for each of you that keep us at 70% support. If we didn’t have you, we wouldn’t be able to survive to do the work given to us. Thank you so much for your faithfulness! The balance of what we need is provided by our other jobs.
Another Way to Help
In addition to the helping corner, you can help us and at the same time save money on your gas or electricity. We have waited a year before telling you about it. We wanted to be confident that we could serve you well. It really is a simple, no gimmick way to help us and at the same time save money on your utilities Please give me a call at 585-567-8902 or check out the Ambit link above.

60 Second, Catch-up

Our site was giving us problems, so we’ve not posted since March. I’ve added what was missed in this one posting.

60 Seconds: A message from Christie, 29 May 2014
Tuesday, May 20th, two bombs went off in a marketplace in Jos, Nigeria, staggered by half an hour. Our Nigerian TEN3 colleague, Christie, had driven through that very marketplace in a taxi earlier that very day unharmed. Many others were not so fortunate. An SIM employee was killed, along with her six-month-old baby and her sister. Her husband works at Kent Academy, the school where two of our staff attended while growing up. Many of you know of the abduction of more than 200 girls over a month ago from the school they were attending. But these are just a few incidents in an ongoing, almost daily, onslaught of violence by a terrorist group committed to wipe out Christianity in Nigeria. There have been at least two more bombings in the week since the twin blast in the Jos market. There have been other abductions and wholesale slaughter in numerous villages. Will you pray with us for our Nigerian Christian brothers and sisters in these turbulent, insecure times?
Hear what Christie says in her own words . . .

I want to sincerely express my profound gratitude to all who have prayed and are still praying for us in Nigeria, the Lord has kept us safe. The journey is becoming tougher, but our Lord Jesus is alive and He holds the keys of death and hades, so He is toughest. We were in class doing (TEN3 computer and Bible training) with teachers when the bomb blasted on May 20, 2014, less than a kilometer from the scene. Some of us would have been there if we were not doing the training, but we give thanks to God for sparing our lives. Even though our colleague . . . lost three cousins and some of us our friends and neighbors.

One fact was ascertained on Monday, May 19, 2014 in the training that some of us shed tears. We all saw how the Bible has freed us from bondage of different kinds in Africa and has transformed us to be what and where we are today. We were wondering what would have become of Africa if there was no Bible. (Comments by those taking the training): “During this training I was able to see the impact the Bible has made in the heart of man and in our society especially in our culture and traditions.” “I really love the Bible training a lot. I like the illustrations used for each story; the questions in every Bible passage stimulate the students to really think deep….” “I learnt from the story of Joseph that God prepares His people for greater tasks ahead, although the training might be difficult and painful, but the end is always worth the pain. I also learnt that in unity we can overcome any obstacle.”

And another note from Christie just yesterday, May 28th, at 3:20 PM Nigeria time: “Thank you all for praying for us; the Lord has been protecting us. This afternoon my husband and our children were almost at the scene of another bomb blast, but the culprit was caught and the bomb detonated immediately.

Praise the Lord! Please, pray for us more.”

Thank you for joining us in praising God for His power and sovereignty and for doing battle with us for those who are suffering in Nigeria and other countries.

“Remember . . . those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Heb. 13:3).

60 Seconds: Busy Week, 7 May 2014
Last week was a busy week:

Ken, our Chief Technology Officer and Gilbert, our Zambia Director presented at a conference in Kenya.

Christie, our Nigeria Director traveled to a city hours from her home to do teacher training.

We are grateful for the safe travel each had. We ask that you pray for fruit from these efforts and strength as each travel.

Please pray for Nigeria where the Boko Haram is so active and, in particular, for the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by this group.

Bonnie will be buried on Thursday. Jim asked for focused prayer for Karen as Sunday is Mother’s Day.

Thank you for holding our team up.

60 Seconds: Art Show and Answers, 24 April 2014

Houghton College’s senior art exhibition begins this Friday and runs through mid-May.

We are excited and grateful that our son Anthony’s work is in the exhibition. He’ll be graduating this May.

Anthony made both the table he is setting up in this picture and the ceramic chandelier above the table.

Anthony would appreciate your prayer for his future endeavors.

Thank you for praying for Christie, our Nigeria Director, as she presented to the general church council. The ministry of TEN3 was well received, and there is interest in getting involved with us. You also prayed for the presentation to the youth. Christie reported that good contacts came from this meeting.

60 Seconds: An Answer and An Requests, 9 April 2014
Thank you for praying that one of our staff’s daughter would get the nursing internship. She was accepted this week.

Our TEN3 Nigeria director will be presenting to the church council of a denomination of several million April 10th. This will help the churches know how TEN3 can serve them in educating their people. Please pray that God will open doors, and we can be a benefit to them as we all strive to glorify our Lord.  She will also be offering a Mothers & Media workshop on April 19th. Pray that people will learn how to have GUTs (Godly Use of Technology) at this workshop.

Please pray for one of our board members who is having health issues and heavy responsibilities at work

60 Seconds: Great Reflections, 3 March 2014

With all that was happening, I forgot to post this. I apologize.

Bonnie went to be with our Lord yesterday. The hospital staff wept as they shared how she was more concerned about them than she was herself. One said, “That is how a life should be lived!” Bonnie certainly reflected the One she loved so much.

Bonnie lived Philippians 1:21, “For me to, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Throughout her life people clearly saw the love of Jesus in this young lady. Our world will be much poorer without her. And yet, we can rejoice for she is with our Savior. Philippians 4:-7:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Jim and Karen experienced that peace that the world just can’t understand as they ministered to and encouraged us that were with them. They know serious grieving is on its way and are asking the Lord to carry them through that so that they may glorify Him. Please join them in this prayer and help them walk through this valley.

Also, please pray along with a  family  who serves  in TEN3. His daughter has been selected for a nursing internship. They ask that she’ll pass the physical to get the position.  The father  also requests that he keep his walk with the Lord a priority given that his workload in Haiti is very heavy right now.) “May the Lord give me wisdom and strength in order to be able to face the challenges and reflect the light and the love of Jesus around me.” Please also pray for his wife and the rest of his family.

Prayer availeth much (James 5:16). Thank you for helping us with your prayers.

Anthony & Nancy


60 Seconds: TEN3’s Christmas Gift

February promises to be a productive month for which I’m thankful. In particular, I’ll be presenting:

  • February 5th to a pastors’ meeting
  • February 18th to a ministry in Buffalo
  • February 20th to another group of 60 pastors
  • February 23rd to a church

Please pray I’ll glorify Christ and build up his church.

There is potential for a couple other meetings in February for which I’d appreciate prayer on those too.

Anthony is in his last semester of college. Nancy is gearing up for summer sales of pottery.

Thank you for holding our ministry and family up in prayer.

60 Seconds: TEN3’s Christmas Gift

Since 2010 you have been praying that TEN3 would get its tax exempt status, 501(c)3. Well, we can all praise the Lord for we received that status just before Christmas!

Thank you for helping us with your prayers.

60 Seconds: 20th Annivesary Celebration and Graduation

EICSI Celebration

A picture is worth 1000 words. That’s me up on the stage. The song we sang before I got up to speak was “Count Your Blessings.” As I stood up there, I stared out over the hundreds and counted my blessings. There have been over 9,000 students who have gone through the institution. Many have come to the Lord. How could it be that God allowed me to be part of such a wonderful thing He would do!

Thank you so much for praying for the trip and the celebration. It was a three day event that ran smoothly and blessed many. We were also very grateful for the safety, given the potential for reprisal by those who hate Western education.

My heart’s cry is that we could help many more through a godly education. Please continue to pray along with us.

God bless you all,

Anthony & Nancy


60 Seconds: Humbling

“Humble thyself in the site of the Lord and He will lift you up.” James 4:1

I feel like I’ve been experiencing that verse quite a bit the last few months. I shared last time that I took the networking job, which is my area of weakness in computers. What I didn’t share was the way it happened.

I was pretty desperate for work so when I called the academy I was looking for anything to do. I didn’t care what it was, I needed to pay my bills. The networking job was more to my liking than sweeping floors, though despite what Nancy says, I think I could improve at that too. But there was more to the story for the Lord made us make a choice. The last hour before I had to decide on the Houghton job, I was offered a professorship in my area of strength. Nancy and I had been praying about the job and even though it was 14 time-zones away and we’d have to be separated for months at a time, we were planning to take it. But during that hour that we had to pray to make that decision we were given a peace about the part-time job in my area of weakness.

The result has been amazing. I absolutely love my part-time job and it dovetails wonderfully with my full-time ministry. In fact, the Lord is using it in many ways including opening up doors for TEN3 in East Africa. We’ll be taking part in the first Africa conference of the ICCM (International Conference on Computing and Mission) in a way that will benefit both our organizations.

But the lifting-up does not stop there. The first school we started is having its 20th anniversary this month. They wanted me to attend but I just don’t have the funds to go. I shared this with them, but they told me I didn’t need any funds. My students, the Alumni, are paying my way. You can imagine how this made me feel. The other day I was telling someone I’m one of the richest men in the world. I said, “I may not have money in the bank, but my children, both physical and spiritual, love me and you can’t ever buy that!”

Financial Picture

Thank you for keeping us in ministry.

Thank you for the big financial push in September. We didn’t quite get the full amount for last year and the mission is still deciding what to do.

What we do know is that we are so grateful for your support. Thank you for making it possible for us to minister.

We’re excited to see what God will do next.

Praise God for:

  • His lifting us up.
  • The chance to go to the 20th anniversary celebration of our first school.
  • A part-time job.
  • Chances to share the Gospel through our mini-mission trips in the USA.
  • 25 who gave their lives to Christ recently in Nigeria.The continued growth and opportunities in the ministry.

Please pray for:

  • More opportunities to share the Gospel both in the USA and Africa.
  • Anthony to keep up with his three jobs.
  • Communication improvements with our offices in Africa.
  • Peace, perseverance and protection for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.

Thank you for your love, prayers and help.

Dr. Anthony Petrillo, TEN3 President
Mrs. Nancy Petrillo, A Stone’s Throw Pottery, Owner

If you want to help out:
Mail with check payable to SIM USA, P.O. Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241
Include a note that it is for Anthony & Nancy Petrillo’s support #070090
OR give online at: www.SIM.org/giveUSA

60 Seconds: 26+29

This Saturday, the 26th, Emily, Mike and I will be offering a Mini-Mission-Trip where we share the Gospel as we fix computers for Africa. Please pray that if there are people there that do not know the Lord, that they will seek Him.

On Tuesday, the 29th, Christie will be delivering a Mothers and Media workshop in Nigeria. Mothers have been crying out for help in knowing how to handle the impact of technology on their families. This seminar begins them on a journey that has GUTs (Godly Use of Technology). Please pray for Christie’s safety and for the impact God desires from this workshop.

Thank you for your prayers. Dr. Anthony Petrillo, TEN3 President
Mrs. Nancy Petrillo, A Stone’s Throw Pottery, Owner