by Francois van Heerden
For the past six years CS South Africa have organised annual mission trips to our neighbouring country of Namibia, to reach out to the small, tight surfing community and to establish a local chapter in the small town of Swakopmunt.
To date we haven’t found traction for an ongoing local chapter, however we are always well received by the local crew and good friendships have been built over the years. More recently we have joined efforts with Christian Skaters & Skimboarders for these trips and every time it turns out to be such a great combination for this outreach.
We work alongside a local adventure sports brand, Element Riders, in running surf clinics for the groms, surf and skimboarding contests as well as a national skate comp. All of this takes place during the August school holidays. These are the only contests run in Namibia and the locals are always very appreciative of our efforts in organising these events. We were amped to find the local skateboarders taking the initiative this year to organise the skate event themselves and for us just to serve in the background.
This year’s trip was again a time of seeing God doing amazing things using our small team of three in the surfing and skating community. From His provision for our accommodation and local transport (even on the flight there we still didn’t have it sorted!), to seeing dramatic restoration in broken family relationships, kids surrendering their lives to Jesus and others being strengthened and encouraged in their faith and even just to continue to build friendships in this awesome community – these are all reasons why we are passionate to continue to return every year.
Praise be to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
Praise God for the work HE continues to do in the lives of these surfers, skimmers and skaters and allowing CSSA to be part of it
Pray for the people whose lives have been impacted during the trip
Pray for a local chapter to be established to ensure continuation and follow-through of the work we do once a year