The month of February for me was a pretty busy month, but a very exciting one at that. We started the month off by hosting our 5th Annual Christian Surfers DR surf contest, I then cancelled my trip to Nicaragua in order to attend my grandfather’s funeral in Florida, and then jumped on a plane to participate in Christian Surfers Costa Rica’s Annual Camp-Out and our first Regional Spanish Leadership Training and just finished out the month last week by going on our church’s annual youth group retreat. So yea… busy..
From February 1-10, I was blessed to be able to help host a team from Christian Surfers United States here in the Dominican Republic. The main purpose of their trip was to help us put on our annual christian surf contest. We were also able to volunteer at a local boys home and connect at a deeper level with some of the local surfers by surfing with them most mornings. We were blessed to have seventy competitors this year from all different parts of the Dominican Republic. Rafael, the Director of our ministry here in the DR, was able to share the gospel to everyone present on Sunday morning before the finals.
Our local Dominican leaders have been tracking with a few of the guys that were touched by God during the event and I’ve personally been tracking with a good friend of mine named Roberto who recently decided to become a Christian after years of being present with us during our bible studies on the beach. God really moved through this weekend.
On February, 15th however, my grandpa, Daryel Townsend passed to be with the Lord. After feeling God push me to be more involved in family things at the beginning of the year, I knew that this was an opportunity to be obedient and I cancelled my trip to Nicaragua to be there with my family during this time. My grandfather was 76 when he passed from Cancer. He lived a great life dedicated to the Lord and his family and has left a great legacy for those of us still around. My being there really helped me deal with the loss as well.
The day after the funeral I jumped on a plane to Costa Rica. I went straight to a beach called Marbella in Guanacaste where Christian Surfers Costa Rica was to hold their annual camp out. They had 100 surfers in attendance this year (they purposely downgraded from 200 they had the year before in order to spend more time with less people), At the end a handful of people accepted Christ and we had 8 baptisms. The ministry in Costa Rica has seen a lot of fruit the past couple years and we give glory to God for the work he is doing among them.
The second part of my trip was the real reason that I went to Costa Rica at this time. The month of February in Costa Rica hosted our first Regional Spanish Speaking Leadership Training for Christian Surfers. The idea is that a small group of upcoming leaders in the region would live and learn over the course of a few weeks how to be a Christ like leader in Christian Surfers. We had one participant named Rodo from Panama join us this year and he has already been at work back home applying all that he learned in Costa Rica. We already have a handful of others signed up for next year and we’re pretty excited at all the discipleship and leadership growth that could happen in the region with the future of this training.
And last, but not least.. A day and a half after I returned home from Costa Rica I joined the youth group from our church to a weekend retreat in the Samaná peninsula of the Dominican Republic. We had a weekend full of hiking, swimming, and learning on the different teachings from Jesus’ sermon on the mount. There were 9 of us total that went and we had a great time.
I’m currently home for the month of March and catching up with my local community. As you could imagine, it’s been great being with my wife, Emily. She was a trooper in supporting me in all that I did in the month of February. I’m pretty positive that I’m in love with her and am stoked to spend the rest of my life with that woman.
Until next time..