Author: Nick Sackman

Rebuilding the Shred Scene after the War

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 29, 2017 in News

It is the intention of SFC to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values – Believing, Relationships, Identity, Doing, Gospel, Engaging. This story from our interim European Director, Hondo Wynn, epitomizes the Value of Engaging, by meeting all people right where they are.

Sarajevo 84 Olympic Village

Seven years after Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Olympics, Yugoslavia began to break up. Without going into the long and complicated situation, by 1992 Bosnia was at war. The war was ethnically and religiously tied, and there were many casualties of this war that lasted several years. Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, was under siege for a couple of years. The city that once hosted the Olympics was being bombed. The slopes that once held the ski races were now the scenes of intense mountain warfare. They continue to find landmines in those areas to this day.

I met some Bosnians when I was in Czech at a conference. After some chatting, I found that they run snowboard camps for Bosnian youth. I asked if there was anything SFC could do to help them with their camps. They said it would help tremendously if we could bring some people to teach snowboarding. I recruited a couple of Swiss SFCers, and we made it happen in January.

When we rolled into Sarajevo late at night, it was -23 celsius and snow was piled everywhere. We jumped right into a camp full of Bosnian teenagers who were stoked to learn to snowboard. We were able to teach them at two of the Olympic resorts. On the last day, we built a mini terrain park with some tubes and shovels. Good times were had by all. We shared stories of how God found us, and we had lots of great conversations riding (scary, old) chairlifts and hiking the mini park. It was a unique experience that blended engaging students in a war-torn country and teaching them to ride and enjoy the big local mountains God put on the outskirts of their capital city.

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ONLY ONE DAY LEFT! We’ve shared six amazing stories with you that express each of SFC’s values. This is how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $30,000 left to raise and ONLY ONE DAY LEFT TO DO IT.

Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Effectively Sharing the Gospel in Big Bear

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 23, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our SFC Big Bear leaders in Big Bear, CA, Adam and Julie Stromwall, demonstrates the Value of Gospel.

Effectively Sharing the Gospel in Big Bear

If you’ve ever been to Bear Mountain, you would notice the park is full of filmers, and even more so than other resorts.  A couple of our chapter leaders thought it would be a great idea to put together a video contest to attract park riders to come to our free dinner nights! We worked very hard to put together our contest called “60 Seconds to ShrEDIT.”  The inspiration came from HELP Boardshop in Minnesota. The contest rules were simple: create a [roughly] 60 second video edit filmed at one of our two local mountains, Bear Mountain or Snow Summit.  The video edit was then submitted online, and the contestant needed to be at the video premiere held on March 12th.

Everyone worked hard at handing out business card size flyers on the hill and telling anyone and everyone about the contest.  We received some amazing prizes from local sponsors.  Community Church blessed us with our 1st place cash prize of $500! Never having done this before, we were nervous how many submissions we would receive. We were pumped to receive 13!

The night of the video premiere was amazing. SO many new faces came to Community Church’s Historic Chapel to watch the edits!  We served free dinner and got to meet 75+ new “locals” who we were unable to attract earlier in the season.

Everyone loved the videos. It was a loud, exciting event. Immediately after the video edits played, we had each person vote on paper their favorite edit.  After voting, we played short video with SFC International Director, Josh Stock, and Pro Snowboarder, Andy Finch, where they talked about what in the shred culture is important to them.  Those who were watching were given a brief, yet powerful, message on a relationship with Christ.  Next we had SFC Big Bear leader, Hannah Keller, give a short message on biblical truth.  Her words were well received! We know seeds were planted on that night, and we’re so thankful to be able to minister at such a fun event.

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You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next three weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $32,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Love the Pass

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 19, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our SFC Summit leaders in Dillon, CO, Cory and Tina Holton, demonstrates the Value of Doing.

Love the Pass

On April 1, 2017, SFC Summit partnered with SFC Vail and SFC Denver to put on a “Love The Pass Day” at Loveland Pass in Summit County, Colorado. Loveland Pass is a popular backcountry area for snowboarding and skiing. At the pass, skiers and riders start near the top of the pass and then hitch a ride back up once they get to the bottom. We met at the bottom of the most popular run and set up a grill, fire pit, and seating. We had donuts and coffee in the morning and grilled hot dogs and passed out water bottles in the afternoon for anyone who was at the pass that day. We also used the SFC van to shuttle people and their gear back to the top of the pass. All of this was provided for free to those on the mountain. A lot of people asked how much the food or shuttle cost. When they found out it was free, they would ask why we were doing this. Their questions opened the door to talk to them about SFC, Jesus, and why we want to serve others. We ended the day handing out over 100 hot dogs, going through 2 cases of bottled water, and being able to talk to a lot of people about Jesus.

Our “Love The Pass Day” on Loveland Pass is an example of the SFC core value of “doing.” We define this value as,  “We selflessly demonstrate our love for Jesus by putting others ahead of ourselves through serving one another, the local communities we live in, and the entire snow riding culture.” Through giving away free food and drink and providing shuttle rides to those who ride the backcountry in our community, we were able to serve them and show them the love of Jesus through our actions. It is through events like this that we are able to serve others, tell them about Jesus, and be the light of Jesus in the snow riding culture.

Help SFC BRIDGE

You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next three weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $35,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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We Are The Church

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 9, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our SFC UK Director in Leeds, United Kingdom, Andy Brumby, demonstrates the Value of Identity.

We Are The Church

So, there’s this pretty reserved guy named Danny. We had been riding with Danny at our weekly SFC shred events for about six months. He was a regular. He was quiet at first, but began to open up to us about his faith after a few months. Danny told us that he was struggling in his walk with Jesus and had stopped attending church. Eventually, Danny joined us on one of our winter trips where we take a crew of guys and girls (of all different levels of faith and/or non-faith). Even though Danny did NOT want to attend church, he was happy to come along on a shred trip with some snowboarders and skiers who may or may not be Christians. SFC was Danny’s last connection to Christ after leaving the local church, and after spending quality time with Danny for that week away, our SFC leaders were able to come alongside him and help nurture his faith. They also managed to reconnect him with a local church.

Over the next 12 months, we saw a very real outward display of God’s transforming power in Danny as he became more confident and outgoing in living out his faith. The part of the story that rings true with our SFC leaders all over the world is that Danny was not interested in “church attendance.” He was interested in “shred attendance,” and specifically in shred attendance alongside people who were genuine and who cared for him. What he didn’t realize was that WE ARE THE CHURCH. He was coming to snowboard with us, but he was hanging with US – THE CHURCH ITSELF! Our shared IDENTITY is in the family of God, NOT in skiing and snowboarding. And by investing into people like Danny, we use our passion for the snow as a tool to keep making disciples and building the Kingdom of God.

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You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next four weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $37,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Sun Valley Pool Party

Written by Nick Sackman
on June 2, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. This story from our chapter leaders in Sun Valley, Idaho, Phil and Adrianna, demonstrates the Value of Relationships.

Pool Party!

One of our main prayers this season at SFC Sun Valley was to build relationships with young riders and, specifically, with the Sun Valley snowboard team. Phil already had the idea at our SFC North America conference to plan events that he would want to attend. So, we decided on a pool party. Yes, a pool party. My husband is a big child and LOVES waterslides. We decided to gear the pool party towards the SV snowboard team. We showed up at their practice, handed out flyers, and spread the word to the best of our ability. We had absolutely no idea if anyone would show up. Not to mention, the morning of the event, there was an accident in the YMCA pool that caused us to scramble for another pool to accommodate us at the last minute. Where did we end up? Only the swankiest pool in town!

The day of, we drove a bus over to Dollar Mountain. Low and behold, 15 riders were ready to splash around in the pool with us, eat pizza, and win some sweet SFC swag. The timing was obviously God’s timing. We found out about their only local snowboard competition the following weekend and connected with their parents, which led to us to volunteer our time that weekend.

It was so rad to see some of the kids already wearing their swag and representing Jesus at their competition. Some even asked if they could be sponsored by SFC Sun Valley.

All this to say, we planned a number of simple events this year. Some were successful, some not so much, but I’m certain all were beneficial in the Kingdom. Our mindset since the start has been that it really doesn’t matter what we do, as long as we’re doing it for the glory of God and to show HIS love!

Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. Colossians‬ ‭3:15-17‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next five weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $38,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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At Risk Youth Learning to Shred

Written by Nick Sackman
on May 26, 2017 in News

At SFC, we’re working to build a global culture of our six B.R.I.D.G.E. Values. Over the next 6 weeks, we’d like to share a story that highlights one of these values. This story from our chapter leader in Spokane, Washington, Philip Schulz, demonstrates the Value of Believing.

City Ride Camp

This winter, SFC Spokane had it’s second annual City Ride Camp. At CRC, we partner with Youth For Christ to provide an opportunity for kids from at risk and low income neighborhoods to have a chance to get on the mountain and learn to snowboard and ski, while also seeking opportunities to love these kids and encourage them towards BELIEVING IN Jesus.

It was awesome to see God’s power and provision as we planned for this camp. From gear to food to lift tickets, everything was provided by volunteers and the Mt. Spokane resort. The camp went for three days and two nights, and 25 kids showed up from all walks of life and snowboard/ski ability levels. The forecast for the weekend was looking wet and rainy, and we were worried about the weather ruining these kids’ times on the mountain. Naturally, we prayed about it, and God dropped the temps a bit so that what was suppose to be rain turned into light, soft snow that was great for the kids to learn.

One of the great things about City Ride Camp is that it provides an opportunity for people in our snow community to serve others. From park rats to ski instructors and everyone in between, we had people who might not normally associate with each other come together to serve these kids.

We are excited to continue these camps in the future, and we BELIEVE that God is going to keep doing radical things in people’s lives through them. We hope that we can grow the camp, bring more people in our community to be involved and demonstrate our BELIEF in a personal, generous God by our examples.

Help SFC BRIDGE

You’ll receive one story about how God is working in the ski and snowboard culture each week for the next six weeks. We’re also going to update you on our financial journey. We want to ensure that more stories like this keep happening, but we need your help. Right now we only have $45,000 left to raise to meet our needs for the year (ending June 30th). Would you pray about joining us to keep THE LIGHT ON THE HILL?

 

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Check your Email every week for the WWW

Written by Nick Sackman
on February 5, 2017 in News

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SFC receives 2017 Best Outdoor Programs award by Outdoorleaders.com

Written by Nick Sackman
on January 13, 2017 in News

SFC is currently listed on the Recommended Outdoor Program (ROP) list featured on the blog, OUTDOORLEADERS.COM. The ROP List is a growing list of like-minded ministries and camps that use multi-day outdoor adventures to introduce people to Jesus and help them grow in their faith through guided outdoor adventures.

We are super excited to receive this award as we hope it helps grow the network of Christ-like skiers and snowboarders who want to make an impact in their communities. If you would like to learn how to do this and how to get connected then reach out to us here.

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SRS Teamextreme & SFC Season Opening

Written by Nick Sackman
on December 3, 2016 in News

Poorly translated from German:

“It’s finally on!” More than 30 snowboarders and skiers from all over the world, a cozy chalet and the first fresh powder of the season – our 2016/17 season begins in Ramsau am Dachstein.

Tired legs, happy faces are the result of our first ShredExperience and the joyous prelude for the winter.

Three days we let the boards glow, fresh lines drawn into the glacier snow and finally also checked the superpark at the Dachstein. And, of course, also enjoyed the international exchange: Who, what, when and where – how does the season look for the different teams of SRS and SFC, how do we want to shape the season together and what actions start. And so much can be said now: There goes a lot. A variety of camps and events all over Europe, trips, events – we keep you up to date.

Now, however, we simply let a few pictures speak, which are known to say more than a thousand words.

Props as always our friendly supporters: Zion Snowboards , Picture Organic Clothing , Toko wax and Snow in Love – we look forward to the season with well waxed boards and stylish garment.

Your snowboarders from SRS TeamExtreme

View the original post here: http://www.srsteamextreme.de/intl-season-opening-1617-review/

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Season End

Written by Nick Sackman
on April 29, 2016 in News

Wow. What a season! Across the northern hemisphere the ski areas are closing and the SFC groups are wrapping up their events and gatherings. Our leaders are looking to the summer to spend time discipling those they’ve made relationships with or just to get away and rest. They’ve worked hard through the last 6 months and they all deserve good break!

Each year SFC across the world continues to grow. More and more people are responding to the calling God has given them to step up and lead others to Christ in their local communities. From camps to ride days to feeding riders quesadillas on the hill, our leaders have done it all this season. Next year will only add more to the international network!

Will you join us in praying for our local leaders across the world? We know God has been doing awesome work in their communities and sometimes this works isn’t easy. We pray that they can find rest and relaxation this spring and that they can turn to their local church and community to get filled up.

Season End

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