Amy Compston, a 28-year-old mother of four, happily married wife and fulltime nurse in Ashland, Kentucky, has been running most of her life.
She runs for fun, for exercise, for fulfillment.
Some of that time, she admits, Amy was running away from God – she has had trials like every Christian. But her heart and life have changed and in a big way. She is now running for God, using the gift that He provided her to bring light to the world in any way she can.
Amy recently was among the top 15 percent of female finishers at the 2013 Boston Marathon, where her she and her family passed out more than 1,200 Bible tracts during the tragedy-marred event.
Some have asked where was God during this tragedy? But Amy knows where He was at because she saw Him at work during those dark days after the race.
Amy is asking her friends and anyone else who comes across this website to pray about what God may want them to give in her quest to assist the Penne Paris Nursery Schools in Moyo, Uganda. You can be involved by pledging something for every mile that Amy completes in the Ultra Marathon. For example, a pledge of 50 cents a mile would mean a $25 donation to UCE – and every penny will go to the schools.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Amy Compston, the Amy behind the Amy For Africa mission project, finished second among female runners and sixth overall in the Nashville Ultra Marathon 80K (50 mile) race on Nov. 2.
She completed the 50-mile course in a time of 7:36.14, only 1:46 behind the first-place woman finisher. It was the first ultra marathon for Compston, who has completed three previous marathons, including the 2013 Boston Marathon.
“When I was out there I really wanted first but I’ll take second,” she said. “I can’t tell you how many times out there I said ‘Praise the Lord!’’’
She has been training for the Nashville Ultra-Marathon since May and traveled more than 1,266 miles.
“To God be the glory!” Compston said after the race. “This has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him.”
Compston, 29, has been a busy woman since the Amy For Africa mission project was launched on May 29. She and mission partner Mark Maynard, the editor of the newspaper in Ashland, Kentucky, raised $40,973 during the five-month period while speaking at civic groups, colleges, churches, detention centers and recovery centers.
Compston talked about the mission she is supporting in Moyo, Uganda, through United Christian Expeditions with Dr. Floyd Paris, a missionary on the field there. But she also speaks about how she overcame 14 years of drug and alcohol addiction and was only healed through the grace of God.
The Amy For Africa mission will be ongoing into 2014. Compston has already been accepted to run in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
The mother of four and fulltime nurse at King’s Daughters Medical Center got a boost from her husband, Chris, during the ultra marathon. He ran with her for 12 of the last 14 miles. Together they cried out to God for strength and power to finish the race.
“It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever been part of,” she said. “I’m so glad Chris was there to see God’s amazing power. We quoted scripture, sang hymns and cried out to God. His power kept the pain away and allowed me to finish.”
Compston ran at a 9:07 pace over the 50-mile race. The most she had run in preparation for the ultra marathon was 31 miles.
ASHLAND, Ky. — The Amy for Africa mission surpassed its $40,000 fundraising goal one week before Amy Compston – the Amy behind the mission effort – runs in a 50-mile race in Nashville for the organization.
Compston has taken the lead role in a fundraising effort that started in late May with an initial goal of $10,000. “God blew that out of the water after only about four weeks,” she remembered. “It has been so amazing watching him work. Such a blessing.”
The 29-year-old mother of four, who is also a fulltime nurse at King’s Daughters Medical Center, was honored on the floor of the House of Representatives by Rep. Rocky Adkins and Kevin Sinnette back in August for her efforts. It’s been a whirwind of activity since launching the AmyforAfrica.com website on May 29.
“We never dreamed where this was going to go,” she said.
She partnered with Mark Maynard, newspaper editor of The Independent, back in May. He organized her speaking and event schedule. Together they have shared the Amy for Africa mission story, which includes Compston’s testimony of overcoming 14 years of drug and alcohol addiction. They have spoken at numerous churches throughout Kentucky, civic groups, recovery groups and schools. The fundraising total stood at $40,012 on Oct. 25.
“We are so thrilled with how the community has embraced this mission,” Compston said. “It has been such a blessing. We never imagined it would go where it’s gone. But one thing Mark and I have learned through all of this: Don’t ever doubt God’s power.”
The money raised goes to support two schools in the impoverished area of Moyo, Uganda. The schools were originally planted by Unity Baptist Church four years ago by former pastor Floyd Paris, who is currently on the mission field there through United Christian Expeditions.
Because of the money raised through Amy for Africa, two more schools are being built in the area. The funds also go toward medical needs of the children in the Moyo area. The remote village doesn’t have running water or electricity. There is also no public schooling. The cost for a child to go to one of the Penne Paris Schools is only $45 a year and that includes a meal each day. … READ MORE
ASHLAND – It turned into a Home Run Derby during the Amy For Africa Wiffle Ball Tournament on Aug. 17 at Unity Baptist Church.
Nineteen teams competed and the numbers were mind-boggling:
• 79 home runs hit
• 38 total games played
• $2,000 raised
With the help from sponsor Big Sandy Superstore and Chick fil-A, the AmyforAfrica.com mission fund was the big winner.
L-Train, which included brothers Ryan and Rob Lynch and professional softball player Adam LaLonde, clawed their way out of the loser’s bracket to win the tournament. L-Train defeated Orange Slush (Greg Jackson, Roger Doss, Mark Maynard, Aaron Snyder and Kyle Hobstetter) 1-0 in back-to-back games to win the championship.
L-Train bashed at least 40 home runs on the makeshift wiffle ball field that included an 8 1-2 foot Green Monster.
Those who attended had a blast and supported a great cause.
FRANKFORT – Amy Compston and AmyForAfrica.com were recognized on Aug. 22 on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Rep. Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, and Rep. Kevin Sinnette, D-Ashland, co-sponsored a resolution recognizing Compston’s amazing experience in the Boston Marathon and also her efforts through amyforafrica.com to raise money for mission work in Moyo, Uganda.
The resolution was read before the full House and put for a vote. It received 100 percent support. She also was given a standing ovation as many of her friends and family looked on from the gallery. Several lawmakers joined in the celebration and made their way to Amy to shake her hand.
“It was another amazing blessing from God to have been recognized by the House of Representatives for this effort,” Compston said. “I’m so glad God chose Mark (Maynard) and I for this mission. We receive a blessing every day from it.”
Compston and the amyforafrica.com team has a busy upcoming schedule on Sundays in September and October, including a Sept. 14-15 trip to Charlotte, N.C.
The mission fund has grown to more than $23,000 with two months remaining to raise money before she runs the 50-mile ultra-marathon in Nashville on Nov. 2.
The Bear may have ruled the streets but AmyforAfrica.com was the real winner on Friday night.
Bear Jackson, the 7-year-old son of marathoner Amy Compston, defeated his 45-year-old rival Bob Hammond in the Main Street Night Moves 5K.
Bear, paced by his stepfather Chris Compston, ran a time of 26:50 – a personal best – in holding off Hammond.
The race provided a nice fundraiser for the mission cause with friends of Brad and Bear providing $1 per vote. Bear finished with an incredible $1,011 raised and Bob raised $128. They combined for another 74.91 after the AmyforAfrica.com team members did a bucket collection before the race.
That brought the final total to $1,213.91 for the AmyforAfrica.com mission cause.
We thank Bob and Bear for their sportsmanship and for using their feet and friends to give the mission cause a boost. A special thanks also goes out to Main Street and the Cross Section radio team on WLGC for promoting our event.
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We would love to see you in one of them today!
Amyforafrica.com has been watching God open doors since the site was launched in May. The marathoner runner has been able to speak to civic groups and at churches, telling the story of how God spared her life through some turbulent teenage and early adult years and is now using her gift of running to help others.
She watched God open doors throughout the Tri-State area where she lives. Others are noticing the genuine impact she is making. Amy was presented with a Key to the City of Ashland after speaking to the Ashland Rotary Club on July 15. City commissioners also presented her with a proclamation declaring the day as “Amy Compston Day” in Ashland, Kentucky.
Amy’s testimony of hope has been unlocking hearts in Ashland since amyforafrica.com started. She hopes getting God’s Word out will benefit her mission effort in Uganda.
Amy blushes at her new-found local celebrity and simply points to the reason for it. “It’s all God,” she said. “I am nothing without Him. All praise and glory to Jesus Christ.”