In June, Mike and I (Cecil) took 10 boys from Surrey for an experience most of them had never done before. We went to Tofino on Vancouver Island, for a surf trip.
We have known these boys for quite some time already, especially Mike who runs a skate boarding club for them every week. These boys mostly come from pretty dysfunctional homes, although there were two brothers new to the club, who are wonderful young Christian men, but financially things are very tight for them. They are living on their own right now, and doing their best to get by. These two brothers were so natural and open with their faith, as they intermingled, talking about Jesus with skateboarding and everyday life as they bantered with the other kids. Over the 4 days that we camped, skated and surfed, they definitely had a large impact on the rest of the group.
As we were setting up camp, most of the boys had no idea how to put up a tent. This was all new for them. Surfing was only one of a lot of firsts for these young guys. I loved seeing the huge smiles on their faces as they came up out of the waves after falling off the surfboard. They were having the time of their lives. And in the evening, there were excited conversations around the campfire as they traded stories of who rode a wave and how far. There were opportunities to speak with them of God’s love, and endless opportunities to show them the same. And this was how they responded afterwards on the skate club facebook site.
“Most definitely an amazing weekend for sure! Thanks”
“Thanks everyone for putting up with all of us”
“sick weekend, felt under the weather a lot and missed out a bit but everything else just make it over the top”
“super fun trip!! Hope there’s more stuff like it in the future!”
“Yeh, thanks a lot, makes me stoked for Roadrage!”
(Written by: Cecil Rast | Surrey Area)