MAKING DISCIPLES OF A TRACK & FIELD NATION
Athletics may be an individual sport but as followers of Jesus Christ, we are ONE Body. We were never created to walk alone; iron sharpens iron. We need accountability, we need community, we need fellowship. Believers on Track is the church of Jesus Christ in the athletics world, where we encourage each other to individually and collectively live #ForAnEternalPrize.
(1 Corinthians 12:27, Romans 12:5, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Proverbs 27:17, 1 Corinthians 1:10, 1 Corinthians 9:25)
Athletics is full of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, but none of these things are of the Father. As Believers on Track, we are called to live a set apart life of purity (uncompromising obedience to God); where we let our light shine so that men may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.
(1 John 2:16, John 14:15, Matthew 5:16, Matthew 28:19-20)
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Our Founder, Torema Thompson
In 2006, 16 years old and newly saved, Torema was given a vision from the Lord where she saw athletes coming together in some sort of organised small groups, growing as disciples in Christ and being accountable to one another in love. That vision never left her heart and in 2008 the Lord told her that He would use her athletics as a platform of influence.
Armed now with a vision and a promise, Torema quickly threw herself into Track & Field, tasting success as a junior & u23 both nationally and at European level. However, despite her regular appearance for GB, she never quite attained to the level she felt capable of and the Lord used a consistent run of injuries to bring her focus back to Him and remind her of His bigger purpose.
In 2013, having been disobedient to the Lord's instruction for her to "wait" on Him the year before, Torema repented and decided to do exactly as the Lord asked. In her waiting He told her to take a year out of the sport, this turned into 2 years and Torema honestly thought she would never step foot on a track again. It was only when the Father sent her back to athletics in 2015, that she realised He had only been testing her love for Him (obedience). Which one did she love more: the gift or the Giver? Whose will did she really desire to fulfil: His or her own?
Returning to athletics in October 2015, the God-given passion of her heart was rekindled, and in January 2016 Believers on Track was birthed. Nevertheless, the Lord's appointed time had still not arrived and Torema had to continue to "wait" but this time in a public place of what looked like "failure" (yet in reality, it was the Lord's predestined place of apprenticeship for her).
In August 2018, the script flipped once more and Torema found herself in what looked like a hopeless situation: injured and without a coach. Yet, the Lord knew, and in September 2018 Torema began her self-coaching journey.
Now in 2019, the burden of Believers on Track weighs heavier on her heart than ever. Nevertheless, Torema continues to look to the Lord, placing one foot in front of the other as He leads; for it is only by the power of God that this vision will be fulfilled.