Haiti

Since the start of Christian Surfers Dominican Republic, Christian Surfers United States has played an important part in the growth of the ministry. The US has been sending mission teams and support to help us reach local Dominican Surfers for Jesus over the past seven years. The DR ministry has been growing strong and it has become time for the DR to help its’ neighbors.

I first went to Haiti in November of 2014. There, I visited Surf Haiti, the first organized surf school in the country. It was a short visit to the team there, but we were able to make a plan in order to grow the sport of surfing in the poorest nation of the Americas.

Junior Category getting ready to go!
Junior Category getting ready to go!
Sharing the gospel during the award ceremony.
Sharing the gospel during the award ceremony.

 The dream was that we were going to have a team from Christian Surfers DR go to Haiti to help put on the first surf contest in the history of Haiti. The contest would achieve numerous things:

1 - It would be the first contest in Haiti 2 - It would be a public show of the DR and Haiti working together despite a long history of conflict between the two nations 3 - It would allow CSDR to share the gospel of Christ to the growing surf community in Haiti 4 - The Dominicans could inspire young Haitian surfers to improve their own skills 5 - The Dominicans that work full time at surf schools in the DR could give advice to the young Haitian surf school

Morning bible study for the DR team.
Morning bible study for the DR team.

On April 29, four surfers from Christian Surfers DR arrived in Jacmel, Haiti, to help make this dream a reality. We had 5 categories of surf competition with over 35 competitors in total. There was also a large crowd on the beach that erupted in applause on each wave caught. We were able to give medals to the top three competitors in each category and share the gospel of Jesus Christ during the award ceremony. We’ve established a great friendship with Surf Haiti and pray that God allows us to continue in this successful partnership. We’re hoping to have a couple of the surfers from Surf Haiti come over to the DR for our annual surf contest in February.

Please pray that the gospel is able to impact this young surf community in Haiti and that we are able to support them as their neighbors. We would love to see Christian Surfers started someday in Jacmel, Haiti.

18 hr drive from Cabarete, DR to Jacmel, Haiti. ugh...
18 hr drive from Cabarete, DR to Jacmel, Haiti. ugh...

And We're Off!

After a few weeks home in the DR, we're packing our bags again! It's time for the 2014 edition of Dustin's summer bus trip through Central America, and this year Emily gets to go too! In the interest of being high-tech, we've created a Google Map to help you to follow our travels (see above map). If you click on the red location markers, you can see which dates we will be in which city - they are approximations accurate within a day or so! But here's an overview: Dustin left for Guatemala on June 23rd; Emily joins him in Mexico on June 30th, and from there we go to El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, where we will end our trip with the CSI International Conference July 27-31! The purpose of our trip is to visit each of the Christian Surfers national directors and leaders throughout Central America to encourage them, support their ministries, and get to know them better. We are excited to do this trip as a couple and to see how God will use Emily to minister to the leaders' wives and families.

Please pray for us as we travel. Pray for safety and smooth travels via bus. Pray for wisdom as we interact with CS leaders and that we would speak love and truth to them. Pray for the CS ministries in each country we will be visiting. And pray for the International Conference, of which Dustin is the main organizer. Conference is the bi-annual gathering of CS leaders from all over the world, and will be a great time of fellowship, learning, and encouragement!

Check back here once a week or so to read about our adventures in each country!