|Tracking a New Wave of Missionaries
20 March 2006
There are young guys and girls who spend their days at the beach. But they're not just soaking up sun. They've combined their love for riding the waves with a love for the lost – and they call it Surfing The Nations.
Surfing the Nations is all about mobilizing Christian surfers to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. The leader of it, said, “We believe we can go into places that no other missionary has gone before, because we go to some of the most remote places where surfers will go.”
He explained, “More than 10 years ago, I felt God speak to me to make a 10 year commitment to come to Bali every year to challenge young surfers and older surfers to come, and I believe the tropics are one of the most radical places on this planet.”
A young man surfer said, “We all have a place with Jesus and we bring that home [to the people].”
A young woman surfer said, “The purpose of this trip is to get surfers and people to go on a mission for Christ.”
Another young man surfer said, “We use surfing to speak into their lives and try to change this country for the better, show them God’s love and reach these people with the Gospel.”
As the informal prayer group sings the contemporary version of “Holy, Holy, Holy” on the beach, children play in the waves, and surfers witness to people nearby who are interested.
Soon the prayer group is praying for the needs of people on the beach, for all who are willing to be prayed for.
One surfer missionary said to us, “There’s been a lot of people changed, just by us ‘being there’, and just by us presenting an example of Christ—in just the way we are, and the way we treat other people.”
And the way they pray for other people and listen to them and talk to them. The surfer missionary says, “You can see people just change.”
As the surfer witness group go aboard a small ship, they head for nearby islands. Another surfer witness explains, “No one ever goes to these islands we’re going to, unless they’re a surfer. And by going on this boat trip, and being a surfer, we’re going to the villages, little islands that only surfers go to. So we bring Bibles and we go to places that your typical missionaries wouldn’t get to.”
Another surfer missionary said, “We used to go to one island, a few years ago, but locals came out and kind of chased us out of the water with, like, machetes and clubs, and stuff like that. But it was really cool this year, when we got there, the locals invited us into their village.”
Yet another surfer missionary held a bright-colored shirt up to a child, and told us, “It’s great to just come to this island and just be with the people. And we found that the local people are so happy that we are coming!”
And a young man surfer missionary noted that, “And the whole thing is, this is a Moslem village, but they let us drop off a bunch of Bibles and talk to a bunch of their people, so it was really a good opportunity.” Do we want to say Moslem here? Muslim media monitors CWN, too, maybe we don’t want to alert them?
He continued, “ We take our little boat and we go around the corner to this fishing village we’ve been visiting for years. We take clothing and toys for the children.” One local boy smiled happily as he cradled his new toy ball.
Our surfer missionary guide went on, “And we also brought a bunch of Bibles in their language. We’ve been going there, for over 10 years, now. It’s an awesome opportunity. We’ve been bringing Bibles in and witnessing to the Hindus there, and just loving on the people.” Same caution re: Hindus, since some are so radical.
The surfer missionary added, “We’ve built relationships and they’re like family to us. And we’re believing that we’re going to see conversions and one day we’ll see a church planted there, and start in that little village, just due to the faithfulness of surfer missionaries.”
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