New Partnerships for SFC in Canada

Written by Various Authors
on April 21, 2018 in News

Chapters all across the country have been busy throughout this winter season praying, sharing community with each other and with those they meet on the ski hills as well as praying into the future of SFC Canada as a whole. We are ever thankful for the prayers and support you give our chapters all across this nation!!!!

As Canada continues to have a few huge snowfalls here and there but many people are longing for spring, we’d like to share a missions story from our friend Chris Harder who is currently in Vancouver with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) who recently had great new opportunity!!! The YWAM school in Vancouver is aiming to start a new Snowboard Discipleship School (DTS) next winter (2019) where folk can go and learn the heart of God for themselves, and God’s heart towards others for a few months on the school; then go on a mission trip to share the skills and heart of God with others.

We at SFC Canada are so happy to have partner ministries such as YWAM that raise up Godly leaders and help us with Chapter recruits thereafter, we hope to do more of this in the future across Canada, go, learn, experience, then send people back to our Nation as missionaries to their local ski hills.

Here is a little of Chris’ story from the recent trip to Japan as a scouting mission to see where the school in Vancouver can send their students for outreach opportunities:

Exploring the Land of the Rising Sun

For most of my life I have heard stories about this faraway land. My mom was a short term missionary in Japan in 1977 and I have been trying to visit, snowboard and see what Jesus wants to do there since 2010.

In December last year I joined the team at YWAM Vancouver to help pioneer a brand new Snowboarders’ & Skiers DTS with the intent to take a team to Japan on outreach when the school starts next year. So after eight years of trying, I finally made it to Japan to scout out the land to see what God wants to do there when we bring a team there next year.

What did our team of two do while we were there? We made connections with YWAM Tokyo, taught snowboarding and served at Northstar and encouraged long-term missionaries in Myoko-kogen. More than that, we declared the goodness of the Lord and interceded for Japan from the highest ski resort in the country and worshipped with joy of the Lord at the oldest ski resort in Japan. Going into the trip I didn’t have too many concrete plans but was ready for any adventures that Jesus had for us. He did not disappoint!

At this point, less than 1% of Japan is Christian but we couldn’t help but feeling that the balloon that has been filling with prayers from around the world is getting ready to burst spilling the Presence of God over the nation.

It was an honor to serve alongside the missionaries that are currently in Japan, a pleasure to ride the fabled Japanese Alps and a joy to finally visit this amazing country I’ve heard so much about for so long!

Our new Snowboarders & Skiers DTS will be launching January 3, 2019 and if you’d like some more info head to

SFC Canada would like to ask you to join us in prayer towards this partnership that YWAM Vancouver is making with a long-term SFC partner Northstar in Japan as well as YWAM Japan. Please pray for continued connection, for students for the new school and for the leaders who are trying to get the school up and running.

Also please continue to pray for the current Chapter leaders across Canada who are wrapping up their winter seasons and living it for Jesus on the ski hills. We are so proud of all they have done and can’t wait to share more stories with you in the months to come of what they have been up to as well as where SFC Canada is headed.

We love you guys, thanks for reading.

(Mission Story by Chris Harder. Photos by Chris Harder and Phil Yarborough. All copyrights are theirs and theirs alone).

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T.I.M.E. Travelin’ the Mid Atlantic

Written by randy
on February 26, 2018 in News

SFC has been working on rolling out a concept that we’re hoping will bring encouragement to many in the shred community and empower every shredder for Jesus with a new tool to make disciples. This is the concept of the T.I.M.E. travel team. It’s an acronym that stands for Talk, Invest, Mentor, and Engage. These are practices that can bring intentionality to a ski/snowboard trip and leave a meaningful impact in its wake.

This January we (International Director, Josh Stock, and me, Randy Schroeder) decided to embark on a trip around the mid-atlantic region of the United States to put the idea into practice. We’ve been traveling together and encouraging local shred missionaries for years, but this was our first trip with the T.I.M.E. travel handbook (a resource that lets us follow up on the relationships we build along the way) in hand.

Day 1 – We flew into Washington, DC and headed to Benny’s pizza shop in Virginia. Benny would be a fellow T.I.M.E. traveler for this trip, and we’ve been hearing  about his family pizza shop since the day we met him. Needless to say, the food lived up to the hype. We also grabbed Isaac before heading to Josh’s parents in southwest Pennsylvania for the night.

Day 2 – Today we spent the day riding Blue Knob, Josh’s first home ski hill. Isaac is a photographer and snapped plenty of photos of our crew getting rad with some of the locals that heard we might be coming. Josh’s nostalgia was thick today. We met with the local SFC chapter for dinner and got to learn about the ministry happening in town and hear about some of their challenges.

Day 3 – We got up pretty early, gave hugs to Sue and Pops Stock, and plugged Mountain Creek, New Jersey into the GPS. We stopped for Benny and Isaac’s first perogies before rolling pretty late into the parking lot of Mountain Creek ski resort. It was fun to meet old friends and make new ones while we rode some really fast park laps in the dark as the park crew prepared for the impending rain the next day. The day ended with a chili feast at our hosts, the Rolandos.

Day 4 – Local legend, Sabine, invited us out for a Taylor ham and cheese sandwich for breakfast and later to her women’s bible study for prayer before we took off. Tears were shed as a group of ladies prayed over us for our trip and our ministry. We hit the road again towards Delaware but definitely made time for cheese-steaks near Philly with our good friend, Andrew. This day wrapped up at Meg’s house where we swapped stories, repaired some drywall, and enjoyed a beautiful home-cooked dinner.

Day 5 – Today consisted of nine hours of driving from Delaware to North Carolina with a pit stop for more pizza from Benny’s pizza shop in Virginia. I can’t tell you how much we liked Benny’s pizza. The day wrapped up with yet another amazing home cooked meal and some games with the Cameron family in Boone, NC.

Day 6 – We were able to spend the whole day today in Boone, hanging with the local crew going to church, eating the local grub (Come Back Shack has a solid burger), and –of course– riding with the gang at Appalachian Ski Mountain. There isn’t a warmer bunch of snowboarders/skiers around than those you’ll find in Boone.

Day 7 – We hit the YMCA for some batting cage action and a game of soccer before we said our goodbyes and headed to stay our final night of the trip with the Leeds family in Lynchburg, VA. Our friend, Kevin, came over. His baby girl had been sick, and we were able to spend some time in prayer for them.

Day 8 – Our final day of the trip, we made a last minute decision to snowboard Wintergreen ski resort. The park crew guys were able to get us a deal on tickets and we had a great time encouraging and getting to the know the park crew for a few hours before we had to drop Benny off and head to the airport.

We drove, rode, and ate a lot over the course of the trip, but some of the most valuable times for me was the time in the margins when I got to know the heart of fellow shredders and dig deeper in the heart of God together. These are times that we get to pray for one another, read scripture together, and play silly songs from our childhood for each other. These are what build friendships and lasting ministry relationships. It’s my prayer that every skier and snowboarder can take the time to invite a buddy, go visit someone near or far, and build relationships like these.

Josh gets wild at his hometown ski resort, Blue Knob.

Baby Theo steals the show over dinner in Johnstown, PA.

A time for sharing and prayer with a women’s bible study in New Jersey.

Benny discusses the finer points of a cheese steak just outside of Philadelphia.

The team does some drywall patching for Meg while we stayed in Delaware.

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Feeding of the Five Thousand

Written by Various Authors
on February 21, 2018 in Devotionals

Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat? He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?” Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost. So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

John 6:5-15 (ESV)

Here’s a little fun fact: the most popular fish in the Sea of Galilee, which was where they caught most of their fish, was tilapia. What do you get when you put bread, or breading, and tilapia together? Fish sticks!

I think this is a rad example God’s power.  While Jesus was coming back from the wilderness, he wanted to spend some time with his disciples to catch up. He hadn’t seen them for 40 days and 40 nights. Before they could slip away, word got out that he was near, so people flocked to him to hear him preach. Being a nice guy, he accepted the opportunity and spoke about the kingdom of god.

After he finished preaching, the disciples were worried about all the people eating: food was not easily accessible, and all they had was five loaves and two fish. That for sure can’t feed 5000 people. Being the funny guy, Jesus told Philip to just go buy the food. Philip was like, “I’m broke dude! I ain’t got that much money!”

Jesus then instructed to sit the crowd down and start passing out the food they had. The disciples probably looked at each other thinking, “This dude’s crazy! No way do we have enough.” Yet after it all, they picked up 12 baskets full of food! These people had never seen Jesus perform something like this. Their minds were blown.

We don’t have as much faith and trust in God as we should.  We try to rely on ourselves to fix our problems. That’s the thing about humans, we can’t. God calls us to give it all to Him: different sins we’ve committed to stuff we struggle on a daily basis. Nothing is too much for God to handle. There’s this thing inside of us that thinks our crap is too ugly or bad for God. It’s almost like saying if God knew what we’ve been doing, he wouldn’t love us anymore. That’s nonsense! God takes us where we are and loves the poop out of us! Even more, God provides for us. Thinking there wasn’t going to be enough food, the disciples were freaking out. When we submit it all to Him, God takes our worries and makes them vanish.

Bangers and for good times’ sake, Ante ups:

There’s so much in my life that I could worry about like college, my career, and having a family.

When I was younger, I had way more problems doing basic stuff that y’all do without even thinking. I had to relearn everything. Doctors said I wouldn’t be able to walk nor talk. My mom and I were not down with his prognosis. Those times were hard, I tell you what. There were so many times I’d think, “I’m never going to do this, I’m never going to do that.”

But I’m always going to put my faith and trust in the hands of God so he can kick those “I will nevers” to kingdom come, man.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

If you have anything wearing you down, or you just can’t seem to shake it off, I want to challenge you to hand it to God and trust in Him to give you strength.


• What’s a challenge that you have?
• Have you tried to fix it yourself?
• Have you invited Jesus to help overcome that challenge?


By Michael Anwar | Spokane, WA

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The New New

Written by Various Authors
on February 14, 2018 in Devotionals

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

Revelation 21:3-5 (NIV)

I once walked into a Thrift Store for a new lamp. As I walked to the back of the store to the lamp section, I looked on the ground and what did my eyes behold? A gently used 1991 Burton Craig Kelly Air complete with ORIGINAL bindings! I looked around This had to be some kind of joke. “Are my buddies here with this thing tied to a string? If I reach for it, will they pull it away and make me chase it all over the store?” I reached down and grabbed it to view the price, $9.99. DUH! I went directly to the register. I could buy a lamp any day, but this was a ’91 Craig Kelly Air!

God is working to make ALL THINGS NEW, not to make ALL NEW THINGS. His work has been started in you, and will be finished and renewed! You are worth the work.

Thinking back on that board, it would take some work to get that board back to its prime fighting shape. (Like Rocky training to beat Ivan Drago!) It had rusty edges, some serious gouges in the base, and a slightly cracked toe strap. It really would be easier to leave this board for some other sucker and just get a new board, one that is perfect, ready to ride, and waxed up.

When John, the author of the last book in the Bible, wrote these words, he knew that some things are worth the work. The renewing of all things is the work that God did to become human. He “moved into the neighborhood” (as the Message Bible puts it) and got to work, making all things new. That work would be to make ALL THINGS NEW, not to make ALL NEW THINGS. God’s work is being done in you, and you are worth it. It’s all part of the renewing of all things.


• Do you feel like you are being made new?
• In what ways do you see yourself being renewed?
• How can you help show others that they are worth the work, and being renewed?


By Sean G| Denver, CO

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Gifts to God

Written by Various Authors
on February 7, 2018 in Devotionals

“Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness.  For a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were the lamp stand and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties,  but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people.  By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation.”                   

Hebrews 9:1-10 (ESV)

Reading verses 1-5, the items spoken of in this paragraph are from stories in the old testament. The manna is bread God provided for the Jews as Moses lead them out of Egypt through the desolate desert. The things in the ark of the covenant represented God’s glory, which man cannot near or touch unless they are perfect like God. Well nobody’s perfect. God gave rules so man could be righteous in his eyes, but no man could keep the rules. That is what makes this new covenant so beautiful; we can now come before God as righteous in His eyes. It’s not because of anything we did, but because of the work of Jesus.

In verses 6-10, we see more examples of the old covenant and rituals that man had to do to enter the Holy back room of the temple. God had a beautiful reason for the rules. Two very apparent reasons were to point us to the future at what Jesus would do, such as spilt blood as a sacrifice for our sin and offerings which show the condition of our heart towards God. Faith and belief in Jesus takes care of the spilt blood, but we still have offerings unto God to show our heart. We can still tithe, take care of the needy, share with others our possessions God has blessed us with, and much more as offerings unto God. These expose the condition of our heart towards God.


• What have you offered to God lately?
• Does the blood of Christ cover your sins?


By Andy Finch | Truckee, CA

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The Driver Seat

Written by Various Authors
on January 31, 2018 in Devotionals

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

Most of my life, I have been in the driver seat, doing my best to control my path and destination. I hold on tightly to control every aspect of my life from my self image to whatever I want to have and do. My life was all about me. Deep down, I didn’t care about anyone else. I didn’t see a need or want to have a relationship with God. I thought He just had a bunch of inapplicable and unrealistic rules. I thought I could do it better on my own and my way rather than God’s. My assurance wasn’t strong enough to believe that God had better and more purposeful plans for my life. However, my faith and reliance on my identity in snowboarding landed me flat on my face. I blamed God for taking away my dream of becoming a professional snowboarder. I searched in dark places to try to find my happiness from things of this world. These things only brought temporary happiness but led to more pain and hurt. It hardened my heart, and made my life feel even more dull. I was so stubborn that I had to hit rock bottom twice before I decided to let Jesus be in control of the driver seat. Jesus came to me in a dream the night after a heartbreaking end to a relationship and said, “Quit trying to do it on your own and come follow me.” So I did; I followed after Jesus and got to know Him more and more everyday. My impression was that I messed up too badly that Jesus would never accept me for my shortcomings. Yet despite my past and mistakes, He loves me so much that He sent His one and only son, Jesus, to pay the price for my sins and give me life to the fullest and heaven forever. Now that’s grace: nothing can separate us from from His love no matter what.

Even when I began a relationship with Jesus and put him in the driver seat, I honestly was a back seat driver. It was so hard for me to let go of control of every aspect of my life. The very first SFC event I put on, I tried to control how I wanted to run the event instead of how the hosting church preferred. I had to allow Jesus to take control to rebuild that relationship over the course of several years.

How amazing is Jesus that He is our example, and we don’t have to always be perfect? We serve a God that loves us for us and not the work we do. Putting my identity in Jesus instead of in snowboard culture has given me a life of passion and purpose. We are his precious children that He loves so dearly. We have a God that works on redemption for our good to bring Him glory and honor. My story is nothing short of God’s full redemption and love. Once I put Jesus into the driver seat, my Heavenly Father has given me so much passion and purpose to reach lost shredders like old lost self. His plans will always be greater than my own. He promises, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’” (Jeremiah 29:11-13).


If you don’t know Jesus, will you accept him in your heart and reach out to a fellow Christian to help you with this decision to know more about his love and grace? Are you willing to let Jesus be in control of your driver seat? Whenever a challenge you face comes up, will you put in God’s hands instead of your own? What areas in life are you trying to control (relationships, finances, circumstances, work, life in general, etc.)? How can you let go of these things and give them over to God?


By Taylor Brant | Jindabyne, Australia

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That is Future [insert your name here]’s Problem

Written by Various Authors
on January 24, 2018 in Devotionals

“The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden.” 1 Timothy 5:24-25 ESV

“The sins of some people are blatant and march them right into court. The sins of others don’t show up until much later. The same with good deeds. Some you see right off, but none are hidden forever. The sins of some people are blatant and march them right into court. The sins of others don’t show up until much later. The same with good deeds. Some you see right off, but none are hidden forever.
1 Timothy 5:24-25 MSG

I used to work in a pretty fast-paced environment at a detail shop at a used car dealership. My department inspected cars and corrected cosmetic defects in the body and paint. Individuals were required to work on one car at a time, and we had a daily quota for the whole team. You could often cut corners to get more cars inspected, but that was often at the expense of the quality of the car. We had a guy on the team–  let’s call him John– who would get a lot of cars inspected but would have to rework many of those cars. I would often say, “Hey, John, you missed something.” To this, he would reply, “That’s future John’s problem.” We always got a little laugh out of it.

How many of us are guilty of this in our lives, relationships with others, or our relationship with God? We should be people of integrity, even when we don’t feel like it’s worth the effort or don’t get recognized for our effort.

Have you cut corners somewhere in your life, job, or relationships? Don’t let that be your future self’s problem.

Jesus is really good at reminding us of our mission and checking our attitudes. It’s super easy to let things go when no one will see or we don’t get recognized. When we arrive in the future, sometimes those things from the past have a way of surfacing, and we get to deal with our less-caring self’s faults all over again.

When it comes to our riding, we can talk a big game. When it comes to delivery, we need to be able to back it up. Our faith is the same. We need to be people of integrity. Don’t what needs to be dealt with now become your future self’s issues. Ask Jesus to expose those and deal with them.


• Where are some areas of your life you realize you’re cutting corners?
• Have you asked Jesus for wisdom on how to resolve those issues?
• Do you have a mentor (or someone similar) that you’ve shared these and discussed them?
• If not, who can guide you in your spiritual walk and confront where you’re not living with complete integrity?


By Sam Torres | Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)

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

Written by Josh Stock
on January 23, 2018 in Uncategorized


“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.

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The Shreddable Nations Prayer Guide is fully operational!

Written by Josh Stock
on January 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

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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Written by Josh Stock
on January 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

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.


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