sábado, 31 de março de 2012

Hawaiian Season

A short-term missions team from Brazil, Peru, the Canary Islands, Australia and Japan joined with North Shore churches for a low key mission to the visiting surfers.

Andy Carruthers from Australia worked with Eric Arakawa and says, "The mission team worked together well, praying each weekday morning at Waimea Bay, then heading out to the surf spots, contests and hangouts to connect with people of their own cultures. We were stoked to see many from the local churches connect with us as well and say how they were inspired to rediscover the world mission opportunity that comes to their shores each winter."

Pecas and Muelas report that they gave out many Spanish and French Surfers Bibles and led a couple of surfers to Christ.

Ken and Satoshi similarly befriended many Japanese exchanging details and passing on gospel material.

Brazilian Sergio and his wife Carly were also inspired, making connections with Brazilians and launching their surf school project to impact the local North Shore area.

We hope to offer a longer term outreach in conjunction with the 2012 International Conference from November 9 to Christmas.

If you have a heart for befriending travelling surfers and sharing the gospel with them and could do it for up to 6 weeks next year please contact us.


Vanuatu Beginnings

Pacific Regional Coordinator Gordy Webb has just returned from his second visit to Vanuatu. He was delighted to discover that his first visit, which introduced him to many surfers and sowed the notion of a surf ministry, has continued to grow and an indigenous leadership team is emerging. While there he and his wife Jean engaged in a beach clean up and held some surfing lessons, while also instructing the locals on how to give surfing lessons. Gordy was also able to teach the CS Foundations Training course at the local church.


Philippines Mission Trip

Queensland CS leader Jordan Merry took four 16 year olds on a surf trip combined with a visit to Compassion ministries in the Philippines. "We saw 8-10 people in a family, living in a little shack," Jordan said. "It felt hopeless, but they were happy and appreciated what they had. It really lifted our spirits to see them happy." Jordan said the home visits had had a life-changing impact on the young surfers. "The boys learnt to really appreciate what they have," he said. A great example of a holiday with purpose. More details and a blog from the trip can be found at http://destinationcloudnine.tumblr.com/.


Africa Developments

Roy Harley reports, "The Surfers Bibles finally made it to Liberia and have been used by a missionary there with the small surf community. Super stoked about the church plant in Mauritius by a missionary family who all surf! Reunion will need prayer as Sean Regan feels his time has come to an end there. Morocco continues to face many challenges, keep praying for Mark and family. We are stoked to have 6 new interns starting tomorrow for our new look 5-month internship program!" Check out the new look Christian Surfers South Africa website and make sure to keep up with the "When a Surfer Gets Saved" series!


CSI Prayer Calendar and Groundswell Magazine

Our annual Prayer Calendar has been distributed globally to all our missions. Contact your national leader or CSI if you would like a copy. Similarly, the Groundswell Magazine is out and is available for the first time in Spanish as well!


International CSI Partners Events 2012

You can hear from CS International Director Brett Davis and others at upcoming partner events in Cape Town, South Africa April 20th, in the UK May 24th, and in Sydney October 13th with others potentially in the works! Contact us for more information.