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Welcome, Alie!

Written by Josh Stock
on August 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

It gives us immense pleasure to finally announce the arrival of Alie Heenan to the SFC Support Office. Alie has been clearly called by the Lord to come and serve our global community of snowboarders and skiers being the light of Jesus across the globe…seriously, why else would she come and work with a bunch of dirty, Jesus-loving snowboard dudes unless she was called by God to do so?! Haha.

Alie’s background is in Operations, and her skillset will bring a welcome level of organization to our work. Alie brings a new, diverse voice (and a really chipper attitude) to our now 6-person support office team. In her first week on the job, we enjoyed digging deep into our office structure, some of our systems that need work and also welcoming her with a steady stream of puns and practical jokes. Naturally.

You will be hearing about Alie and hearing from Alie in the coming days. She’s an amazing human with a passion to build up more people to share Jesus in our dark culture, so she’s ONE OF US at her core. Please welcome Alie to the team with us!

To welcome Alie personally, send her an email at [email protected].

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Perfect Peace by Michael Anwar

Written by Various Authors
on March 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

These past few weeks have been absolutely bonkers for me and probably for you reading this as well. The reasoning for all this craziness in my life is not just because of COVID-19, but also because of what God has been teaching me and what He has been doing in my heart. What I’m learning and what’s happening in this world with COVID-19 goes hand in hand and I felt called to write about it.

A few weeks ago, I went on a surf trip on the Oregon Coast. On the way there I decided to stop in Portland to see my friend. Mike’s always been a mentor to me, by encouraging and challenging me to grow in my faith. As per usual, we started reflecting on our lives and what God has been teaching us.

I just finished my college career and haven’t really figured out what’s next. Mike is in the same boat. He starts talking about “perfect peace” and what the bible says about it. I defined it as a condition of freedom from disturbance within the soul; perfect harmony reigning within. Isaiah 26:3 nails it on the head. “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” It’s the whole idea of being a son/daughter of God and having complete trust and confidence in His word and will for our lives. 

This is a heavy thing to do that is yet so practical. Since I am still learning what this means, I’ve just been asking God each day “what is your will for me today?” By doing this I have noticed two major things that are changing in my heart: an absence of fear and the presence of the spirit. Philippians 2:13 says “For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” My fear is gone. I am no longer having anxiety and being worried about my future. Whatever happens, whatever I do, whatever I go through, it is going to be good. Listening to the Spirit is new for me as well. Once I started understanding “perfect peace”, I’ve noticed that I have more room for the Spirit to move in me. I have been able to receive words from the Lord for myself and others

As I enter into this new chapter of my life, I decided to just give it all to God and take it day by day–listening to His spirit and asking Him to show me His will for my life. With this step of faith, I have found both hope and love. I will never fully understand what God’s “perfect peace” is but I am committing myself to unpack its outgrowth in my life and I encourage you to do the same. It all starts with a little ask and God will answer in a big way. 

While I’ve been contemplating the concept of “perfect peace”, COVID-19 slams into us like a crashing wave. While there is a lot to be said, it is important to note that nothing is too big or too gnarly for God. This pandemic has brought on a lot of fear and uncertainty to our world. I’m reminded of one of my favorite stories in the Bible where Jesus calms the storm.

Read Mark 4:35-41

This story is such a good example of what is going on today. Instead of putting all our energy into being scared of this virus, as Christians, we are called to put our energy into trusting Him. Romans 8:18-28 says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us… and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” I believe that he is working through this virus and wants to change people’s hearts. A lot of people’s hearts are empty and hopeless. This opens up so much opportunity for His glory to be revealed His peace to conquer all. He wants to infect people with His freely given love. I’m praying heavily for it.

So, what can we do? Pray! Pray for the hearts of the hopeless to be impacted by Jesus. Pray for leaders that they make good decisions. Pray for churches to keep impacting their communities. Pray for health. Our God is a healing God. Pray for people that have lost their jobs during this time. Pray for God’s provision in financial situations. We are also missing out on our normal spring activities, so be praying for our mental health as well.

A lot of us weren’t expecting to end our season so soon. How can we still be involved in reaching people? Here are some ideas that you guys can be doing. If you are sick, PLEASE stay home and rest! Dive into the word. Call your friends and family. Check-in on them and pray with them. If you’re healthy, go ski touring with one or two friends an maintain social distancing (6ft space and washing hands). Spend time in God’s creation while getting a good workout. Dust off the bike and start pedaling with a couple of friends, that’s what I’ve been doing. Support your local businesses. Be kind to the people working to be open even though their businesses are being unconventionally limited. It’s a bummer that the end of the season didn’t go as planned but there are still plenty of opportunities to love on people. Jesus works in quick interactions too. Ministry never stops. We can all be seeking out alternative ways to build the kingdom. 

I painted this lighthouse about to be taken over by a wave. Lighthouses are built to withstand gnarly swells and storms. No matter how crazy the storms are, it’s always going to be guiding ships home. Yet, even the wind and the seas obey Him.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John‬ 14:27‬

God’s working through this. God’s got this! We got this!

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What SFC can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Written by randy
on March 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

Dear SFC team,

In light of the spread of COVID-19 and statements from many of the institutions around, it seems like the right time for the SFC Support Office to comment on the issue. While the community that we serve and interact with tends to fit into the healthier and less vulnerable categories of the health spectrum, it is important to consider the implications of SFC activities to the community as a whole. Some of the attendees of SFC activities could be interacting with those in their community with compromised immune systems, or the elderly. These have been found to be of the most vulnerable to the disease. Our goal is always to love and serve those around us well, both in the shred community and beyond.

Our team is working to follow the best advice from sound minds in crafting suggestions for the SFC Community moving forward. Here is a guide for Christian leaders we found particularly helpful from thought leader and journalist, Andy Crouch. Love in the Time of Coronavirus – Andy Crouch

As our winter ministry season wraps up, and in the spirit of loving the vulnerable people around us well, we have these suggestions for SFC activities for the remainder of the season:

– Consider limiting remaining activities to smaller-scale meetings of 50 people or less.
– When possible, show up early to clean your location, shared surfaces, doorknobs, etc.
– Wash your hands before and after activities, and strongly suggest participants do the same.
– Limit any food service to individually wrapped items when possible, and have your team serve them while wearing gloves instead of offering self-service options.
– Consider social distancing options when possible in the way rooms are arranged. Give people more space to sit and even consider limiting or stopping handshakes or high fives.
– On-hill shred activities remain a great way to connect. Gloves, goggles, etc. should assist in limiting the potential spread of the virus.
– Limit non-essential travel for the coming weeks.
– Show love, grace, and compassion to those that choose to not attend an activity because of precautionary measures.

We are not encouraging anyone to put a halt on their “relationship-building”, but we are encouraging that it happens in a different way than we might have planned. We understand that these precautions may feel over-the-top to some, but we feel that making small sacrifices like these for a short time in order to love our neighbors well is worth the inconvenience. What we choose to do (or not do) in order to protect our community at this moment will greatly impact our witness, testimony, and reach both now and into the future.

We are also presented with a great opportunity. 

It is thought that one of the greatest advancements in the early Church came during the plagues when Christians chose not to flee city centers to protect themselves, as many in the day did. Instead, they made the sacrificial decision to stay and care for the sick and vulnerable. This meant a greater risk of harm, but it also modeled Christ-like sacrifice. We have such great hope in Jesus that we don’t have to be afraid. We have the opportunity at this moment in time to serve and protect our communities (especially the vulnerable) and share the great hope that we have, even in an age of uncertainty and fear. 

Please, go boldly and wisely into the remainder of this season.

If you have questions or concerns feel free to reach out to Randy at [email protected] or 612-850-1816. 

Love,
The SFC Support Office Team.

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T.I.M.E. Travel Teams launching globally!

Written by Josh Stock
on January 23, 2018 in News

THE LONG-AWAITED T.I.M.E. TRAVEL LAUNCH IS OFFICIAL! THE RE-EVOLUTION HAS BEGUN!

“What is T.I.M.E. Travel,” you ask?

“What does a T.I.M.E. Travel Team look like?”

Woah, easy there. Slow down with all the questions.

Where to start? Hmm, oh, I see. In the beginning… Wait! That’s been done before…

Years ago, God moved in the hearts of some snowboarders and skiers to BE THE LIGHT OF JESUS WITHIN THEIR SKI TOWN. They immediately saw positive effects from living selfless lifestyles within a selfish culture. They realized how monumental this sort of behavior could be when applied across the ski/snowboard culture in different towns just like theirs around the world. Before they even knew what happened, a beautifully extraordinary thing began to occur. As they prayed, there began to surface a number of people in different locations around the world who were also hearing this calling from the Creator of everything— God had begun to move, and these snowboarders and skiers began to visit one another to hear the stories of others and share their own stories. The process did two things: a) it VALIDATED GOD’S CALLING for each individual to BE THE LIGHT OF JESUS WITHIN THE SKI and SNOWBOARD CULTURE, and b) it gave an opportunity for God to ENCOURAGE everyone involved (those people traveling, those people being, visited and/or anyone within earshot of the post-travel stories of God’s handiwork).

Some of the people who had been traveling around, hearing and sharing these stories, thought, “We need to do more of this.” They did more traveling and listening and sharing until eventually they thought, “This can’t just be US doing this MORE OFTEN. It has to become MORE of us DOING this together.” The idea for the T.I.M.E. Travel Team was birthed out of necessity to:

TALK with other shred folk and church folk who share the calling to BE THE LIGHT OF JESUS WITHIN THE SKI and SNOWBOARD CULTURE,

INVEST into individuals and communities who have heard the calling and are acting upon it,

MENTOR those individuals in other communities as well as
fellow travelers on-the-go, and

ENCOURAGE people by listening to their stories and sharing personal stories of God’s goodness.

 

To train as a T.I.M.E. Traveler, follow this link for the CLASSIFIED document…but do so with great caution! This mission to Talk, Invest, Mentor & Encourage in shred towns across the world is NOT for the faint of heart.

*[This message will biodegrade in the next 4 decades]

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The Shreddable Nations Prayer Guide is fully operational!

Written by Josh Stock
on January 17, 2018 in News

During the 2015 SFC International Conference on the Dachstein glacier in Austria, it was so rainy and foggy that they closed the glacier for the duration of our conference. Our scheduled plans for spring-glacier-shredding were a bust. However, God’s plans to begin a prayer revolution were a GO!

We used our newly acquired time together to start praying. We gathered statistics from ski industry researchers for every skiable nation in the world. We then combined some of those SKI statistics with RELIGIOUS statistics we had gathered from world missions organizations focused on “missional prayer”.

These were the humble (and seemingly accidental) beginnings of The Shreddable Nations Prayer Guide: a combination of statistics on the SKI CLIMATE and SPIRITUAL CLIMATE of the world’s 70 “shreddable nations”.

Starting in 2018, we will launch a prayer effort for one country each week, because we believe in the power of prayer and in God’s heart for Jesus to be known in every nation of the world. We are praying to see God raise up HIS CHILDREN OF LIGHT at every ski area in every country with a ski/snowboard culture present.

Follow our weekly prayer postings on Instagram or Facebook.

Will YOU join us in praying that God would raise up His people to BE THE LIGHT OF JESUS IN THE SHRED CULTURE in every shreddable nation of the world? 

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THE LEGENDS OF SFC Documentary is HERE!

Written by Josh Stock
on January 8, 2018 in News

This past August, we traveled to Christchurch, New Zealand. We gathered many of the founders and key leaders of the SFC movement to 1) Recognize them for their efforts, to facilitate them in 2) Remembering and 3) Retelling their stories together. We documented it all in order to 4) Relate their successes and failures to the current leaders of the worldwide SFC movement today (as well as for the leaders of future generations).

We are very proud of this monumental effort to preserve the past, solidify our history up to the present and maintain our course for the future of SFC! This film (the capturing, documenting and retelling of our founders’ stories) will serve as a Missional Anchor for SFC, so that future efforts won’t drift too far from those of the original founders. This is the retelling of the early development of the movement…according to the memories of the founders. These are their memories of twentyish years ago…in twenty-ish minutes.

These are:   THE LEGENDS OF SFC

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Meat Hondo

Written by Josh Stock
on December 30, 2016 in News

I’m Josh, but I want you to meet my good friend, Hondo Wynn, and let me quickly get to the POINT.

If you haven’t met Hondo yet, boy howdy, you’re missing out! He’s unique. Twisted even, but not real twisted, just kind of a friendly goofball… “twisted” more like a PRETZEL than a twizzler. You know?

Anyway, to keep a long story short, Hondo and I were first introduced via email and the intro went something to the tune of: “Hondo is some dude I know from Big Bear who is a full-time missionary in a place called Slovenia…it’s a country somewhere in EUROPE, I think.”

I finally got to MEAT with Hondo face-to-face when we landed with a crew of 6 snowboarding/skiing missionaries (who were in for quite the surprising whirlwind-four-day-tour of the ski resorts of Slovenia).

And when I say “tour” I don’t mean luxury stroll. I mean more like expedited-chain-gang-work-week! Haha, we pulled a non-stop “shovel-shred-teach-preach” schedule for four exhausting days. Haha, time with Hondo will (almost guaranteed) put you in a pickle of an uncomfortable spot or two. And of course I mean the “good for you” kind of UNCOMFORTABLE spots – like your grandfather’s endless chores that “help you build character.”

Hondo has “tenacity” and “drive” like I’ve seen in few individuals I’ve ever met. He’s also got a keen ability to relate and communicate to people from a myriad of BACKGROUNDS.

If one thing can be said for Hondo Wynn, it’s that he has a voracious appetite…for Balkan MEAT plates, yes of course…

But more so, Hondo has a voracious appetite for Kingdom Building, disciple-making and BRIDGE-building with shred kids. He’s particularly passionate in pushing into regions untrodden to bring the light of Jesus.

I have been one of the lucky ones to have witnessed Hondo’s enthusiasm, intentionality and PRAYERFUL passion and to have been inspired by it first hand.

I introduce you to Hondo for this reason, Hondo has just become the new:

Interim SFC Europe Coordinator” and that’s our fancy little title that means he’ll be the go-to-guy on the ground in Europe for current SFC leaders and potential new SFC communities. He’ll also be coordinating trips to VISIT chapters and fellow-shred missionaries around Europe.

He’ll essentially be wearing one or two of the HATS I have been trying to wear (and he’ll be doing it from within Europe instead of me doing it from across the pond) in visiting/encouraging/seeking to unite leaders across the Alps.

Despite being an American, Hondo has gained amazing credibility with the Euros over his last half dozen or so years of investing time, energy, prayer and other resources. We are calling him the “interim” because the plan is to find and train a future full-time European SFC Director over the next few years, and Hondo has the HEART and capacity to help lead this endeavor.

So, congratulate Hondo. Thank him for his commitment and dedication to BEING THE LIGHT OF JESUS IN THE SHRED CULTURE! Give him a virtual pat on the back. Take your photo with him. Follow him into a sketchy-looking TREELINE. He’s a Legend!

And if you have ideas, feel free to contact Hondo at his new email address: [email protected] and brainstorm together. The shred culture in Europe is the largest in the world. The need is great. We want to honor and appreciate all those pushing forward there with the Vision!

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The little SFC Van that couldn’t…

Written by Nick Sackman
on February 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

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In 2014, SFC purchased a 15-passenger van from a Colorado-based shuttle company to help transport our leaders and staff to events, conferences, and gatherings all around the country. Since then, the van has hauled over 200 people nearly 40,000 miles. Those are story-filled miles of triumph, tears, frustration, bonding, and joy. In some ways, it’s only a van, but we can’t seem to explain how nothing brings people together and builds life-long friends like a good old fashioned road trip. “Abednego the White Stallion*” has been an invaluable ministry tool over the last couple of years.

This winter, on the journey home from the SFC North America Conference, our trusty van blew out its engine and left a crew of leaders stranded at a truck stop for hours. We were able to string some AAA tows together and get the newly immobile metal box home, but fiasco left us without wheels.

We’ve consulted the board, shopped around, considered all of our options and decided that the best way forward is to put a brand new engine in the van and get him back on the road for the rest of the season. The total cost will be $5,888.29.

Will you help get Abednego galloping again?

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Sharing the Love of Jesus through pasta!

Written by Nick Sackman
on September 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s great to see God bringing unity to communities and through that unity brings a powerful message of Jesus Christ where he can be introduced to many! Check out this personal story from our SFC Leader Amanda Raccah in Revelstoke, BC:

 

Last year I had the opportunity to serve in NZ in Queenstown helping start up a new YWAM (youth with a mission) base. I was also involved with the SFC QT crew while I was there. Little did I know that I would bring an idea back to Revelstoke (B.C. Canada) from that trip that would change and impact this mountain town I live in.

While I had been in QT I was able to participate and serve at a local outreach that has been going on in QT for about 15 years called the Pasta Cafe, they basically serve a free hot meal of pasta/salad/bun/drink and dessert to anyone and everyone for 6 Friday nights of the winter.

Back in Canada I was asked to share about my trip and suddenly somehow found myself running a city wide pasta outreach, where we put on a free meal-no strings attached, weekly free plate of pasta/salad/desert for about 120ppl/week for 10 weeks this past winter. It was insane, I have never dreamed of being the boss of so many volunteers, let alone the contact person to run it!!!! BUT…it was such a God thing, the whole community came together to put this on, donations from our local grocery story and other cafes in town, all of the churches working together (seriously WHEN do you see different denominations work together for one cause all for the glory of God?!)

I’m sharing this because, not only did it impact my church community, but it impacted so many shred kids. Getting a free no strings attached meal once a week in the winter when money is tight, and food is lacking is a great thing, what’s also great is it was a HUGE platform for people in the churches to share their faith while sharing a meal at a table. It not only brought the churches in town together but it also brought different people to a table to break bread, it tore down walls between “locals” who hate on shred kids that come to town and it was SUCH a GOD THING to see people from all walks of life eating together and it was AWESOME to be able to share our faith and our simple reason of God’s LOVE through a meal.

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