CS Holland Visit - Report
12th February 2010
CS Holland visit (Jan28th – Feb 1st 2010)
As part of my role overseeing the Christian Surfers missions in mainland Europe, I had the privilege of going to stay with our brothers and sisters in CS Holland for 5 days at the end of January.
For some strange reason, I can never get additional volunteers for this trip !, although personally for me it is one of my favourites. It might be connected with the fact that whenever I go, its normally freezing cold with an air temperature of 2 or 3 degrees and a sea temperature of 3 degrees but I have always got waves,!
This year was no different, but the addition of 2 inches of snow on the beach was also something that was quite novel, and a big thanks to Dirk in particular for lending me all the gear to enable me to enjoy the waves with some of the Katwijk locals.
Once again I had a great time and was able to be involved in two leadership meetings (In Katwijk, and with Martijn and Lianne in Scheveningen) and also speak at the main CS Katwijk meeting, which takes place every two weeks in “The Bunker”. I was amazed with over 35 people turning up who all have a passion for Christ and for surfing in the relatively wave-starved country of Holland. It was a real encouragement to see the core leadership team continue to work through and develop with a real passion and vision for the future.
It was also great to see and hear how people’s lives have been changed as a result of this group and they are looking to go and undertake additional mission, not just in Holland, but also further afield. I want to thank, again the leadership, in particular for Kock and Rianne for making this happen, and for all the support that I received whilst I was there. It was an inspirational visit, and one in which I hope next year I can take one or two others with me.
The surf industry is alive and well in Holland, and Christian Surfers are in a great place to continue to develop links with the Dutch Surf association, as well as being ‘A Christian presence and witness to the entire surfing community of Holland’
See gallery for some shots of a really enjoyable trip.
Many thanks to you all.