CS European Leaders Conference Report
18th June 2007
The weekend of 8th-10th June saw Christian Surfers representing countries across Europe meet up for the annual European leaders conference at Seignosse, Hossegor.
Christian Surfers countries represented included: France, Spain, Madeira, Canary Islands, Holland, Portugal, Ireland, England and Wales!
The conference was aimed at equipping the leaders of each country with leadership training, and also discussing strategies in how we can support our European neighbours in terms of short-term missions and encouragement.
With the conference being in the European Surfing capital of Hossegor, France the CS guys (especially UK and Holland guys) were expecting and hoping for some sick waves which have become famed around the Hossegor area, but unfortunately God wanted the team to be extra focused on the conference rather than the waves; with the sea being unusually flat for the whole of the conference.
The guys did get the chance to surf small 2ft conditions on the evening of arrival with Dan Evans grabbing and claiming the one and only cover up (ask B.D) of the weekend.
From UK and Ireland represented were Phil Williams and Francesca Bingley (England), Dan Evans (Wales), Steve and Lesley Boal and John McCarthy (Ireland). Also the European delegates enjoyed the company and teaching of Christian Surfers International Director Brett Davis (Australia.)
The weekend was a real encouragement for everyone involved, and it is really amazing to see how God is beginning to work across mainland Europe; only 2 years ago there were only 2 contacts across France and Spain - now we see 3 or 4 families in both S.W France and N.Spain, with the exciting prospect of a Christian Surfers café being set up in Anglet, that will be used as the hub of Christian Surfers Europe.
Before jumping back on the plane to head back to the UK, in an exciting meeting outside a Bayonne coffee shop, Brett Davis, Phil Williams, Thomas and Doerte Feder, and Christophe Parenty were able to birth the official beginnings of Christian Surfers France! Be excited and pray for Christian Surfers all over Europe!
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