This year, the conference is taking place in Estoril, Portugal. This is a chance for us to see for ourselves the great progress of Christian Surfers Portugal: Surf Church Porto is celebrating its first year since being planted; new contacts in the South of Portugal are going to pave the way for a new chapter; and the Lisbon gang has found some new members.
An inspiring young lady by the name of Lydia made her appearance. She’s just acquired a bed and breakfast on the island of Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, that she’s named “Oasis Surf House”. What a spot for a surf trip! We’ve also met three couples for the first time who are planting a church in Porto, Portugal. Last but not least, our friends Mike and Trish from the land down under graced us with their presence for a few days.
A few months from now, Christophe, Melissa and their kids will be heading back to Australia. After eight years of going hard for the kingdom of God in France, the family will be returning to live on the Sunshine Coast to be closer to the rest of their family. Christophe has carried the Christian Surfers France project for these eight years; now is time for us to pick up the vision and run with it. We’ll miss you all!
A brave band of surfers from Norway contacted our European director Phil Williams and showed up for the first time in May 2013. We love their enthusiasm and their crazy vibe. Their surf photos in freezing conditions are off the hook! And so it was that Christian Surfers Norway was born.