Go Tell It on the Mountain: Vail Valley

Written by Various Authors
on November 7, 2019 in News

LISTEN TO HEAR, NOT TO RESPOND, YA HEARD?

This season we made friends with this dude named Rich. He’s a snowboard instructor, a studied intellectual, a devil’s advocate, an anarchist. He’s a guy who proudly takes a stance against religion due to the harm his Mormon upbringing caused him and his family. Despite being so against “the man” politically and religiously, he kept coming back to our dinners with a posse—  none of whom skated or hardly ever waxed their gear.

Rich would often bring up spicy topics of conversation, strongly stating his opinion, and wind up getting backlash from someone within earshot, thus leading to the weekly debate. The temptation was to jump in and depolarize the situation, but instead, we decided to watch and listen — and it was good. I soon realized that this was a NEED for many in our community: a place to voice thoughts and opinions and not be judged, but be welcomed to share, discuss, and even disagree! 

This realization taught us so much, mainly that even those who do not identify as “for Christ” can still feel at home within our community. That’s the kind of community I think Jesus built: one where all were truly welcome, felt at home, and were authentically heard. We are really excited to continue the conversations with our new friends next season, so we can all keep growing and learning together.

Dylan Kobriger – SFC Vail Valley – Vail, CO

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Go Tell It on the Mountain: Cannonsburg

Written by Various Authors
on October 22, 2019 in News

CHANGING THE CULTURE AT CANNONSBURG

Over the past few seasons, I have been actively reaching out to the girls in my local community. Through hearing their stories, I’ve learned how alone many girl riders feel. I’ve noticed girls who use hooking up with other riders at our resort as a way to be accepted or noticed by the “top riders,” and I’ve noticed girls hanging out on the outskirts of the park wanting to progress but too insecure to fail in front of others. Girl snowboarders and skiers often find their identity completely in riding. When it is taken away from them through injury, bad weather, etc, they find themselves alone and wondering who they are without action sports. Through constant flirting, showing off, one-upping, being derisive or exclusive, or trying to be “one of the guys,” many girls in the community are seeking attention however they can. 

This is the culture I am working to change.

I want these girls to understand that they are worth so much more than the opinion of others and the acceptance of their peers. The love and belonging they deeply crave can only be found through Jesus.

This year, through building relationships, making riding edits, gathering groups of girls to ride street, and helping each other progress, girls in the park community at Cannonsburg are starting to grow. This season, I created the goal to be humble and encourage instead of trying to outdo them and make them feel noticed and accepted. The response has been extremely positive. Through building deeper relationships, I have been able to learn their stories, listen to their insecurities, and share my faith. 

There is a hunger for community and belonging, and I hope that Jesus will use our interactions to show that there is One who cares about them and knows them more intimately than any human ever could.

Hannah Mennega – SFC Cannonsburg – Grand Rapids, MI

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Go Tell It on the Mountain: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Written by Nick Sackman
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SHRED CAMP IN BOSNIA

In a country affected by war just over 20 years ago, the hope of Christ is shown by a few snowboarders. A team from SFC Switzerland made the trip up to Sarajevo to help with a snowboard camp. They partnered with an organization in the area called Novi Most. The camp taught dozens of kids how to snowboard and that they can conquer darkness with Jesus. Check out their story in the latest Go Tell It on the Mountain video.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain: Michael Anwar

Written by Nick Sackman
on October 10, 2019 in News

Michael Anwar

This is a story of someone who isn’t defined by their actions or abilities. Michael is defined by his faith. He is a snowboarder for Christ even though it’s hard. Following Christ IS HARD! Michael’s joy in the Lord makes it hard to ignore his presence on the hill and the community has responded positively to that. Lots of doors have opened up for SFC ministry on the hill and in the Spokane area.

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The First Ever Unified Prayer Effort for the Shred World

Written by Josh Stock
on August 21, 2019 in News

Within our small but global network of snowboarders and skiers for Christ, there is a heart of grace and love for our dark and broken culture. We can each only do so much, BUT the good news is that we know someone who has the power and the plan to bring restoration.

We believe prayer is extremely significant in this effort to be the light of Jesus within our culture. One of our core values is Believing: “together we pursue a lifestyle of PRAYER and worship…”

When our small staff and Board was handed the honor and privilege of serving the global SFC network in 2013, we knew we had a responsibility to PRAYERFULLY handle this global vision. We set a goal. We decided to pray and pray strategically. So, we began collecting data. We rallied our leaders at conferences and retreats to help us prayerfully compile the data, and when the dust settled, we had compiled and created the world’s first-ever “SHREDDABLE NATIONS PRAYER GUIDE” (Click to download the PDF).

There are 70 nations around the globe that we’ve researched and considered “shreddable” (meaning they can be skied in and are able to contain some sort of ski and snowboard culture). The Shreddable Nations Prayer Guide contains information on both the current spiritual climate as well as the ski culture in each of these 70 nations. Since completing the guide in 2017, we have begun and completed our first round of the Shreddable Nations Prayer Guide Global Prayer Initiative. Each week for 70 weeks, we focused on one nation per week and encouraged our global community to pray for those skiers and snowboarders through the included prayer points.

We are grateful and blessed to have completed the first 70-week Shreddable Nations Prayer Guide Global Prayer Initiative in May 2019! (If you missed it here’s a LINK)

WHAT NOW? We continue to compile contacts and more specific prayer requests for each country as the effort increases. We plan to restart the 70-week initiative again in September 2019, because we deeply believe in the power of prayer and will remain committed to praying for God’s continued harvest amongst every shreddable nation.

If you want to join us in prayer, please remember that every major, historical movement of the Spirit of God BEGAN IN PRAYER. Sign up below to join us in this effort to see the light of Jesus shining in every one of the 70 shreddable nations of the world!

Shine bright!

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Join us in year 2 of the Leadership Development Program

Written by Ryan Leeds
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Do you have a desire to grow in your relationship with God?

And to learn what it means to be a LIGHT in your shred community? Well, then, the SFC Leadership Development Program is for you! SFC’s Leadership Development Program is a 6-month residential program, based in Summit County, CO, that seeks to equip students with the tools they need to carry out their God-given calling to the shred culture.

Yes, 6 months is a long time (it’s a BIG commitment), BUT here are five reasons why we think YOU should sign up!

1. You’ll get plugged into an intentional Christ-centered community

We NEED other believers in our life – brothers/sisters who will walk alongside us, who will speak truth into our life, and who will challenge us to be more like Christ. In this program, you will be given several opportunities to plug into Christian community (intentional discipleship/mentorship relationships) – because nothing promotes growth quite like community.

2. You’ll get to know God and His Word better

God wrote a book. The most important book in the world. In it, God reveals to us who He is, who we are, and how we can have a relationship with Him. If we’re honest, though, the Bible is a book that many of us have a difficult time navigating. We know that it’s important and that it deserves our attention, but we’re not completely sure how to read it and/or how to apply it. In this program, we dedicate several months to an in-depth study of God’s Word and explore topics such as discipleship, evangelism, spiritual formation, leadership/mentorship, apologetics, and inductive Bible study. As we devote time to studying God’s Word, we will get to know God – and ourselves – better. Knowing God better will enhance our ministry and our impact on the world around us.

3. You’ll receive hands-on ministry experience

One of the greatest joys in the Christian life is our participation in the Great Commission – making Jesus known to the world around us! But if we’re honest, this is something that most of us have a hard time with. We struggle with our proclamation/declaration of the gospel because we’re scared of how people will react. One of our primary goals in this program is to help move you past this fear to a place of joyful proclamation. So we give you plenty of opportunities to do just that – to joyfully proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the skiers/snowboarders around you.

4. You’ll get to experience what God is doing through ski/snowboard ministry

God is doing amazing work in the shred community, and for almost 25 years, SFC has been blessed to be apart of it. In this program, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from veteran SFC leaders, and to experience firsthand the way that they are building relationships and impacting people on the hill.

5. You will grow in your understanding and practice of leadership

True leadership is about sacrifice. It’s about dying to self (selfish interests/motives) so that others can flourish. Like Jesus, Christian leaders are men/women who lead by serving, not by being served. As we grow in our understanding of what it means to be a disciple (through our studies), we will quickly see that spiritual leadership is simply the outpouring of a heart/life surrendered to God and His mission. Our aim, through this program, is to help students become gospel-driven leaders by giving them opportunities to serve the ski/snowboard community well.

Would you consider joining us this winter season – October 14th to April 17th? Our (SFC’s) desire/prayer is that God would continue to raise up leaders who have a heart for this culture – who will be the BRIDGE that connects the ski/snowboard culture to Jesus. We are praying that you would come and see how God can use your gifts to build up His body within this culture.

APPLY using the link below. Questions? Need more information? Email Ryan Leeds at ryan@sfcusa.org for additional information.

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Go Tell it on the Mountain: Jindabyne

Written by Nick Sackman
on August 9, 2019 in Uncategorized

SERVING THE COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA

The second video in our series showcases ski and snowboard ministry in Australia. Jindabyne is a huge destination for shred in the Australian winter and a lot of Northern Hemisphere skiers and snowboarders make the journey down there as well. The season is going off right now and we ask you to take a minute to pray for safety on the hill, the loving proclamation of God’s truth and the genuine support of Christ-centered community for all of those involved.

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Go Tell it on the Mountain: Loon

Written by Nick Sackman
on August 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

WORKING WITH THE CHURCH AT LOON

I am grateful for yet another winter season and how the Lord worked through our SFC Chapter and our local church. Every week, our youth group met at the local rope tow and rode together after the Bible lesson. It wasn’t long before two kids, who I didn’t know that well at the beginning of the winter, wanted to ride with me each week. It led to us challenging each other to try new tricks, but more importantly, it led to opportunities to have spiritual conversations with them. It was rad talking with them about how the Spirit God gives us is not one of fear, but of power and love and self discipline. It was extremely practical truth to remember as we tried new tricks, jumps, and rails. In addition, ski breaks on the hill led to some awesome conversations and I saw a TON of growth in them, and other kids too, in their understanding of the Gospel and spiritual concepts.

Secondly, camp was rad. We could not have done it without the help of the local church. To me, this served as a good example of why SFC’s values include being connected with the local church. We aren’t called to be on mission alone, but as a family. Jesus never sent His disciples alone, but rather He sent them in at least pairs. It is so essential that we share our mission with our church family and get them involved. The chairlift and on hill chats are always super encouraging as well at camp. But, there was one thing that encouraged me the most. Our camp theme this year was “Identity.” One parent shared with me the last day how when her kids came home from camp the previous night, she had expected them to come home and talk about the trails they went on or tricks they learned. Instead, she shared with me, they talked about that night’s lesson, discussing with each other about what it means to put their identity in Christ. That makes all the work of planning a camp worth it for me, to know that kids are walking away challenged in their relationship with Christ. God is faithful.

Eunice Bartlett – SFC Loon – Lincoln, NH

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Leadership Development Program was LIT 🔥 in the First Year

Written by Ryan Leeds
on July 15, 2019 in Uncategorized

Ryan with Jon and Daniel. The 2018-19 LDP graduates.
Ryan with Jon and Daniel. The 2018-19 LDP graduates.

Well, it’s over. The first year of SFC’s Leadership Development Program has officially come to an end. It almost doesn’t seem real. A year ago, Lauren and I were still living in VA, and there was a ton of work that needed to be done. It almost seemed like an impossible task (move across the country, write 6-months worth of curriculum, get students to apply, organize monthly service opportunities, launch a brand new program, etc.). But it happened. God has been so incredibly faithful. In fact, this entire year has been a testament to his grace/provision. He made it work. He provided the students, the lessons, the service opportunities, and everything else we needed. I couldn’t be more thankful.

It was such a blessing to be able to work with Jon and Daniel this year. Both of these guys came into the program eager to learn/grow – and they definitely put in a ton of work. They grew so much during the program, and it has been such a blessing to watch them apply what they have learned (since the end of the program). God has some big things in store for these guys!

Testimonies from Jon and Daniel about the program.

Register now for the 19-20 season!

Why apply?

  • To get plugged into an awesome Christ-centered community with people who carry similar passions
  • To know God and His Word better
  • To get hands-on ministry experience
  • To experience what God is doing in ski/snowboard ministry
  • You’ll get to live and ride in Summit County, CO for an entire winter season!

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Go Tell it on the Mountain: Snowflex

Written by Various Authors
on July 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

Taking Our Storytelling to New Heights

The SFC Support Office (the SFC Mothership) spends all of its resources (time, energy, finances, etc.) on supporting the groups and individual snowboarders and skiers around the world who are striving to BE THE LIGHT OF JESUS in the ski/snowboard culture. Our staff’s goal is to: Encourage, Equip and Exemplify Christ-centered ministry throughout the global SFC network.

And our latest initiative of encouragement within our network is TO BE BETTER STORYTELLERS TOGETHER. We have been working harder than ever on specifically 1. Collecting and 2. Sharing stories of what God has been doing in and through individuals and chapters across the SFC network.

Our prayer for YOU, personally, is that God Himself would be encouraging, challenging and inspiring you to BE THE LIGHT OF JESUS as you see these stories coming across your desk on a regular basis. May His Kingdom come!

This first story highlights the Next Level Camp at the Snowflex facility in Lynchburg, Virginia. The summer camp is happening as we speak, and we ask you to take a minute to pray for safety on the hill, the loving proclamation of God’s truth and the genuine support of Christ-centered community for all of those involved over the course of the two weeks of camp.

Watch how God is using fake snow to further His Kingdom

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