Witnesses’ raise thousands for missions
Ashli O’Connell (7/18/04)
and Brandon Davis don’t look much like athletes.
As full-time students, husbands and fathers, neither
has much time to devote to working out. Yet the duo
has teamed up to perform physical feats that have
raised almost $20,000 for missions during the past
of the youth group at Jack Assembly of God in rural
southeast Alabama in 1999, Arnold and Davis sought
a creative way to raise funds for Speed the Light.
They came up with Crawl for Christ — the young
men crawled five miles on their hands and knees after
the youth group met its fund-raising goal. The feat
proved so successful they repeated it the following
year. “We’re not athletes,” Davis
says, “just regular guys trying to make a difference.”
years the pair has led their youth group on a 25-mile
walk across the county and pushed a truck for five
miles. Last year they held Stand Up for Jesus, an
event where Arnold and Davis stood up for three days
and nights continuously and asked members of their
church and community to stand with them for one hour.
a certain amount of shock value with these odd types
of fund-raisers,” Arnold says. “People
wonder why we would do it. When they ask, it opens
the doors for us to tell them about the ministries
and to witness to them.”
27, and Davis, 30, concede they’re well past
the age limit to be considered Assemblies of God “youth.”
But they wanted to do one last physical challenge.
On May 10, they set off on their most difficult benefit
yet: In six days they walked north from Jack to Talladega,
a distance of 150 miles. The “Walking Witnesses”
carried a 4-foot cross and spoke with spectators along
the way about their mission: to share the gospel and
to raise funds for Teen Challenge of Alabama.
collected money by selling advertising space on the
T-shirts they wore. They also sold yard signs listing
the Ten Commandments. Hotels and restaurants donated
food and lodging. TV and radio stations and newspapers
covered the walk along the way.
ended on May 16 at Harvest Assembly of God in Talladega,
where they presented a check for $5,100 to Pastor
Lee Frost, who also directs the Alabama Teen Challenge
Eastern Induction Center.
congregation was awestruck and humbled,” Frost
says. “To have these guys take a week away from
their families and walk for a week, especially this
time of year in Alabama when it’s hot and muggy
and rainy, was an amazing sacrifice.”
and Davis pleased their pastor, Ashley Faulk. “There
were people who didn’t think it would be possible
to walk 150 miles in six days, and I was one of them,”
Faulk says. “But these guys pushed themselves
beyond their limits.”