Report on CS International Board Meeting - Chiba, Japan
26th October 2007
I have just returned from Christian Surfers International Board meeting, which this year was held in the area 2 hours south of Tokyo, near Chiba, Japan.
The twelve days I spent were not only very culturally challenging, but also challenging from a spiritual point of view, with regards to the ministry of Christian Surfers UK and Europe.
This is the only opportunity that the Continent Leaders get to meet up with the Board to discuss where CS has come from in the last year, and look to the future, with a particular focus on the core strategies running through CS International.
We always try to visit an area that is involved in ministry on the ground, and it was great to be hosted by Dave and Shinko Levey, who have been missionaries in Japan for the last 5-6 years. It was amazing to see some of the young, and not so young people, who’ve made commitments to Christ as a result of the work of Christian Surfers Japan, where less than 0.01% of the population are Evangelical Christians.
You can see from the picture gallery that we had a great opportunity to see some of the countryside and to experience something of the culture of this amazing island, something that won’t be forgotten for a long time to come. Particular highlight was the traditional baths evening, including meal, to bid farewell to Andy Caruthers who, after many years serving on the Board, is stepping down as the International Director for Asia Pacific.
As far as the surf was concerned, the water was a very pleasant 210 and air temperature during the day was between 18-250, which made my return to the UK feel a bit chilly! The surf continued throughout our trip, although there were a number of days of 2-3ft onshore. The highlight for me was arriving on our last day to be greeted by a 5ft clean typhoon swell hitting the shores. The real challenge was that I was wearing Dave Levey’s bright red quicksilver sponsored suit, which made me look like a pro, and I also forgot my leash, so paddling out through 5ft heavy surf was not easy. After 2-3 board swims and a couple of waves, I decided to retire and take a few photos.
I return with very fond memories of my experience in Japan.
There’ll be lots more about this in the next edition of Second Day Magazine, to which hopefully most of you will have submitted your contributions - if not, could these be forwarded asap as Dave and Huw need to put the copy together if it is to be published and distributed well before Christmas.
Please continue to pray for two events coming up - the inaugural UK Skate Ministry Conference in Dundee (9th -11th Nov), and also the first ever CS Northern Regional Conference to be held over the weekend of 23-25 November in a youth hostel just south of Whitby. This will unite people from Scotland, the North East and North West. If you want to join us, contact me for the relevant application form ASAP. philchristiansurfers.co.uk