I have been in Australia now for about a month now and it has been all I ever imagined of coming down here and more! I have been able to compete in two surf contests, one at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, and the other in Newcastle in New South Wales. I did not do great in the two contests but learned a lot from both of them. In between surf contests I have been training and surfing with new and old friends, it has been an incredible time to focus on improving my surfing, traveling, and meeting new people!
I have had the pleasure to team up with two different Christian Surfers groups, one on the Gold Coast and the other in Manly Beach, to share my testimony and a bible study. It has been awesome sharing my heart for Christ with other surfers on the opposite side of the world. I have also gotten to share at Beachside Christian Church on the Gold Coast, St. Matts Anglican Church in Manly, and Calvary Chapel Newcastle. People both at the churches and at Christian Surfers have been so encouraging to me in my walk with the Lord, sharing scripture with me, and praying for me. I know I have made friends that will last a lifetime on this trip!
Colossians 3:17 has been a huge encouragement to me lately. It says, “And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Go do what you do for the Lord, loving people as Christ does! Blessings from the land down unda!