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THE VISION GAP (Support Your Tribe 2019)

Last week I climbed a ladder at my mum's house with the aim of cleaning out her gutters. Her house is on a slope so, at one end, it was easy going but the further along I went, the harder it was to postion the ladder so I could reach the roof. The last section of guttering proved impossible because, no matter how I positioned the ladder, I could not bridge the gap. I needed help.  

Sometimes in the offices of CSA we feel a bit like I did that day. We have so much we want to achieve and we can see the task at hand but, because of funding or circumstance, we just can't bridge the gap between our vision 'to share the good news of Jesus with surfers across Australia' and our capabilities. 

But we're optimistic because we know that, for God, anything and everything is possible.

Dawn service & paddle out - Easter 2019 National Gathering

Dawn service & paddle out - Easter 2019 National Gathering

Our annual Support Your Tribe fundraiser kicks off this week with excitement and hope. We already have so much to be thankful for.

  • CSA currently has 22 mission hubs covering multiple surf communities and reaching hundreds of surfers every week.

  • CSA has 121 active mission leaders, trained and supported by 8 regional coordinators and a National Director.

  • 277 tribe members have joined this year alone.

But the mission field is large.

  • Along 36,000 km of coastline, on 12,000 beaches, there are 218 boardriders clubs that have more than 20,000 local members.

  • Approx 420,000 people surf in Australia at least once a year.

So, while our existing hubs are doing an amazing work serving their local communities and seeing lives transformed, there are obvious gaps. 

  • For every 1 CS leader, there's 163 surfers that are members of a boardriders club.

  • For every 1 CS mission hub, there's 10 boardriders clubs.

  • For every 1 CS leader, there's 3,442 regular surfers and 20,491 recreational surfers.

So, it goes without saying, we need your help to bridge the gaps. 

  • Please pray for Support Your Tribe as we aim to raise vital funds for the work and future of CSA.

  • Please prayerfully consider what you can donate this month.

Help us see the gaps closed with thriving mission hubs in more locations. Help us to train and support developing leaders, and support our existing staff to ensure longevity and effectiveness. 

This is God's work. Let's fund it properly. Let this be the month you decide to partner with CSA and, together, let's let the world know who Jesus is and what a difference he can make.

Let's support this mighty tribe. Let's let the surfing community know that Jesus has come FOR THEM.

From all the CSA family, thank you so much to all who give generously.

May God bless you richly.

JUNE19: DAVE AND NAOMI O'BRIEN Q+A (SA)

Q. Where do you live & what's your local surf break / community?

We live in beautiful Port Elliot, South Australia. It’s about an hour south of Adelaide. We have a few surf breaks around our community just depends on conditions as to which ones we surf. Our most consistent surf break is Middleton.

Q. Any recent significant relationship / family news?

We have been married for 16 years and have 3 beautiful children and a well-loved dog called Lockie!

Q. What do you love about being a Regional Coordinator in CS?

We love the people! When we come together as a collective group it is just awesome! There is always good times, good laughs and good fellowship.

Q. How have you grown as a leader in your time within CS?

Every day presents opportunities to grow. We have definitely had our fair share of challenges and obstacles to overcome, but continuing to trust in God and believe He loves us so much and know that He has never let us go without anything. 

Q. What importance do you place on leadership within CS in your region?

We place a high level of importance on the leadership within CS. We really value our leaders and what they bring to our region.

Q. What challenges do you face in your role?

Winter!! And time! Running our own business and having a busy family creates its challenges as sometime there isn’t enough hours in the day. But we believe in this mission and are very passionate about serving our local surfing community and beyond. 

Q. What are your current hopes and dreams for 2019 and beyond? 

Everyone who knows Dave knows he loves his coffee! We would love to put a fridge and coffee machine in the back of our Ute to help us make new friends and build relationships within the surfing communities in our area. We would love to see new missions in South Australia opening up like, Yorke and Eyre Peninsular, Robe, Ceduna and Kangaroo Island and new growth in the South Coast and Mid Coast missions.

Q. For those that would like to support you and your role - what do you need and how would their support make a difference? 

We would encourage you to pray and seek the Lord. If God tells you to give, give with a cheerful heart (2 Cor 9:6-8). God has always been faithful to us. God feeds and clothes the birds of the air and we are far more valuable to Him than they (Matt 6:25-34).

God bless you all and thanks for reading a bit about us! 

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If you’d like to connect more with Dave & Naomi about supporting CS SA pls contact:

Email: davo@christiansurfers.org.au

Phone: 0422 965 176

NG19: JOHNO - TEACHING SESSIONS SUMMARY

When I was first told the theme of conference (Own it) I took some time to think about how this looks. The three topics that came out of my pondering on “Own it” were

Beginnings: both CS and personal

Simple Gospel

I will go

I wanted to focus intentionally on the beginnings of our personal faith as Easter is a great time to reflect on this. The beginnings of CS in Australia is a great testimony of God stirring a small group of late teens to embark out to form CS. The desire is wonderful and truly inspiring. Today CS is an international movement. ‘Every surfer in every surfing community has the opportunity to know and follow Jesus.’

My second session was about the simple gospel, about being aware of a changing environment here in Australia, where society might be preaching a message of the irrelevance of Christianity but individually people are seeking, many knowing that there must be ‘more than this’. I challenged us to not be intimidated by culture but to come back sharing the simplicity of the gospel and stripping away the superficial.

My last session, ‘I will go’ really looked at not allowing our circumstances to prevent us sharing the gospel but rather seeing the importance of our daily lives in providing opportunities to share the love of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

For me the Sunday dawn service and baptisms were a highlight and such a powerful proclamation.

Bless ya. Mark J.

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NG19 SA: DAVE & NAOMI

We love Gathering!!! This year’s gathering at Phillip Island only saw a small group of SA frothers attend but what an amazing time we had. Coming together as a collective group to hear what God is saying to us and to hearing the amazing stories from around the world inspires you to go back to your surfing community and make a difference! And what a difference we make. The weekend following the National Gathering was the Southern Surf Festival held at Middleton Point. We had the privilege of serving at this event which is run by Surfing SA and the community. The festival incorporating all aspects of our unique and inclusive surf culture, from board swaps to surf art to food vendors and stall vendors. One of our leaders in the South Coast had a stall as he and his wife make jewellery out of old skateboards. (Check it out, it’s awesome… it’s called Once Board https://www.facebook.com/OnceBoard/). And of course there was surfing, lots of surfing!! (Juniors state titles, long board, short board, knee board, twin fin, single fin and club event).

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We had the honour of winning the Surfing SA Christine Cox Memorial Award for 2018. This award for the contribution for the work we have done for Surfing SA and the surfing community

We had the honour of winning the Surfing SA Christine Cox Memorial Award for 2018. This award for the contribution for the work we have done for Surfing SA and the surfing community

We had an amazing team of people Saturday and Sunday from 7:30am to 5:30pm helping set up, being a presence and supporting the festival throughout the day and then helping pack down at the end of each day. On the Saturday night we were invited to the presentations where we had the honour of winning the Surfing SA Christine Cox Memorial Award for 2018. This award for the contribution for the work we have done for Surfing SA and the surfing community. Well done everyone on the great work you are doing in serving our surfing community.

1 Corinthians 15:58; Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.

Here’s a snap shot of the Southern Surf Festival…enjoy watching…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43yXHTZD7NU

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