terça-feira, 29 de novembro de 2011

Changed Life: Andres Rosas

Five years ago a surfer from Lima, Peru named Andres Rosas regularly attended Tablistas Para Cristo (CS) meetings. Andres had given his life to Jesus but was struggling with things of the world and did not have a solid relationship with the Lord. All was seemingly well until he almost lost his life in a car accident coming back from a CS surf trip south of Lima.

Thankfully the Lord was watching over him and he survived, but the accident changed his life. Andres was near death and God spoke to his heart, showing him he had to make a radical commitment to to the Lord. Soon after that Andres was able to open a local restaurant along with some friends, and together they began to speak of Jesus to the poor kids in the area. Thus the Alto Peru chapter of Christian Surfers was born.

During the last few years CS Alto Peru has experienced many challenges, including one of the leaders, Mico's, death as a result of cancer, young people walking away from the Lord, problems, personal conflicts, etc. But God has been good, and has sent people to continue His work. From Friday to Sunday Andres opens his restaurant to prepare delicious Peruvian dishes to his customers, but on Tuesday and Saturday nights the local grommets come together to study and talk about Jesus. Who would have thought, a Christian Surfers restaurant!


Surfing in Morocco

There is a great organisation ready to set you up with the best waves and help you connect with local people in Morocco. Mark at Kai Shapes has set up www.surfinginmorocco.com for surf tours, coaching and boards. They are a long established company, employing local people and sharing their lives with them. CSI sent Roy Harley and Phil Williams there last year and Mark attended the European Leaders Conference this year. Support them any way you can.


Christian Surfers Canada

Christian Surfers Canada is now an official association in Halifax, Nova Scotia and registered and approved with the Canadian government. They have a great leadership team with seven people including Bridget Turner as Director and National Contact. Bridget says, "I've got a great crew that has some great ideas and loves to reach out to the surf community." The team is well supported by Stoneridge Fellowship Baptist Church and meet regularly for food, fellowship and Bible study. The summer schedule was full of outreach events and surfing on the local beaches. We look forward to Canada becoming an official emerging nation in 2012.