I2B and CSA updates
What we've been doing to inspire the youth....
Alternative action sports by Chris
-New skates for I2B- Thanks to Markus Heusi from www.inlineskating.co.za for the soulplates.
Kwanele jumping 5 bricks with the new club skates. Great coaching Cliff!
-Words from Clifford Viljoen's facebook- I have to share what happened here this day. My best mate Chris and I were at one of the skateparks in South Africa (Chris's ministry is to make Jesus known through action sports), and all these little guys and girls were there because the council had just erected some jungle-gyms and exercise facilities that the kids now use as a playground, hehe. We were picking them up and skating them down the banks and across the park...man, they loved it! But there was a gap to share about Jesus that was so well received. We also felt the prompt of the Holy Spirit to pray with all these little bundles of amazingness that so easily creep into your heart. It was incredible to hear the chorus of these little guys you see in the pic's voices pray the sinner's prayer together, asking Jesus to come into their hearts for the rest of their lives. It was an amazing move of God and such, such a privilege to have been a part of it! Thank You, Jesus! God's Love is like no other!! #LivingForJesus
This little guy really made my day. When I asked him what just happened, he whispered in my ear, "I asked Jesus to come into my heart". I almost cried.
1 Timothy 4:12 "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young".
-The new roof for the I2B Bowl, completed.
Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie
-Bridging Abilities and Adapt to move- Paralympians supporting the Paralympic awareness day.
-Bellville High School- Guest speaker at their Inter schools breakfast.
-Stellenbosch Primary School- Guest speaker at their Big Brag.
-Exercise Teachers Academy- I didd a presentation on athletics and coaching for people with disabilities at ETA.
-Level 3 Ministry Training- I did the introduction training to the All-Ability-Sports Track that forms part of the International Sport Coalition (ISC).
CSA - Christian Skaters Africa
-The Christian Skaters and Surfers Namibia Missions Trip 2015- by Francois
“But I do not consider my life worth anything to myself, so that I may finish my task and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the good news of God's grace.” Acts 20:24
On 21 August 2015, four of our National Leadership Team left Cape Town International Airport with anticipation for how God was planning to use us to reach the surfer and skaters of Namibia during our 10 day short-term missions outreach. Christian Surfers South Africa has been visiting Namibia for the past 5 or 6 years, building relationships, running surf camps, clinics and comps. The Namibian surf and skate community is very friendly and welcomes CS each year with open arms. Our base for the outreach was Swakopmund with one of the local families opening their home to us.
First on the agenda was taking surfers on a surf camp to Cape Cross, a remote desert surf destination with plenty sand, seals and waves. Although conditions were quite big for some of the groms, the opportunity presented itself to make friends and build relationships. This place just so happened to have a consistently good skimboarding wave which attracted a lot of the younger generation. Evenings were of course spent around the camp fire under the desert skies with testimonies being shared of Gods goodness.
Back in Swakopmund, with new friendships formed, we ran surf lessons in the mornings, skimboard lessons in the afternoons and having the odd skate session. We never missed an opportunity to share our faith and even made a few alter calls on the beach!
We held a beginners surf comp the Friday morning and due to the popularity of the skimboard lessons of the week, we decided to run a skimboarding comp – the first ever skim comp in Namibia's history!!
One of the highlights of the trip was the Friday movie night at Shofar church where we screened the movie, "The Perfect Wave". A testimony was shared afterwards followed by an alter call. The response was overwhelming with many of our friends committing their lives to Jesus for the first time or recommitting. It was amazing to see how the Holy Spirit worked in their lives and how they could experience His Joy.
On Saturday the annual Swakopmund Shootout Surf Comp was held at Guns. This popular event is the only annual surf comp in Namibia, and it is held by CS! We arrived early in the morning to find perfect clean pealing A-frames. The stage was set for a great day of comp surfing with divisions for U16, u20, Open Men, Open Woman and Bodyboarding.
After attending church and sharing the vision of our trip on Sunday, a skateboard comp was held in the Indoor Sport Center with some sick tricks being landed by the small skating crew from all over Nam. Seeing a response after yet another testimony just reminded us that we need to be bold in testifying to the Truth and allowing the Holy Spirit to touch people.
Our time in Nam drew to a close with a special surprise from God, a rare Donkey Bay session with both a surf and skimboard wave breaking!
This trip was truly a humbling experience, to stand back and see how Jesus Christ reveals Himself to surfers and how He wants us just to be available to seek His Kingdom first and share the hope that is within us with friends.
Special thanks to Element Riders for all the arrangements and effort, the Kutz family for hosting us and making their kombi available for our use the whole trip, the Swakopmund Indoor Sports Center for offering free space to run the skate comp, Yambeke for all the free lunches, Toulmin's for contributing towards travel expenses and giving meal vouchers, and last but not least, the surf and skate community of Namibia, for sharing the lineup, making friends and just being a cool bunch of dudes.
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