Author: Taylor Brant

SFC AUSTRALIA in Thredbo

Written by Taylor Brant
on July 28, 2017 in News

Twenty years ago at Thredbo, many lives were lost in a mudslide disaster. It left the town a dark place spiritually, and they made it very clear since the tragedy that they did not want anything to do with local churches or any type of Christian outreach organizations.  For years, SFC has been praying for this community. We have been praying that doors would open and that SFC could be a light and share God’s love with them.

Each season, the only church activity that happens in Thredbo is the blessing of the snow. As God seems to do frequently, He placed me in the right place at the right time.  At this seasonal event, there were very few in attendance.  I clearly stood out as the only young snowboarder there. Also at this event was the general manager of Thredbo. He approached me at the end of the service to ask, “What do you have to do with all of this?” I explained my reason and purpose for being there as well as ask if we could chat over coffee to explain more about SFC’s mission. Needless to say, I was elated when he accepted my invitation. Being the GM of a popular snow resort, he would normally be busy wining and dining resort guests, so I was very appreciative that he was willing to talk with me. Over this friendly conversation, he opened up to me about his life, background, his beliefs, and his journey to become the GM of Thredbo. He started to ask me more personal questions about why I am a snowboarder for Christ. Through this meeting, I was able to share SFC’s prayers for the community of Thredbo and express our desire to be a light in this secluded, darkened community. Praise be to God for answering our prayers!  I am happy to report that since our coffee meeting, the GM accepted our proposal for SFC to serve at Thredbo.

As for God opening more doors, I had met Torah Bright,  Australian Olympic snowboarder, at the X-Games almost fifteen years ago, and we have been friends since we meet. It was a no brainer to partner alongside her to teach mini shredders.  We helped the grommets learn how to snowboard on boxes and jumps in addition to doing a sausage sizzle for over 200 kids. God truly does create opportunities!  Please keep SFC Australia in your prayers that God will continue to open more opportunities to serve and be a light on the hill in Thredbo.

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XGAMES OUTREACH WITH YWAM DENVER BDTS

Written by Taylor Brant
on February 13, 2017 in News

We had the pleasure of partnering with YWAM Denver Boarders Discipleship Training School (or BDTS) to do an outreach at the Winter X Games in Aspen. YWAM BDTS has been doing outreach in Aspen since 2002 through serving in the local community, giving away coffee/hot cocoa, cleaning up trash in town, and evangelizing on the bus and at the X Games venue. Josh Koster, YWAM BDTS leader, felt that SFC should work alongside them this year. We were thrilled to participate in this opportunity to go to X Games in Aspen.

X Games brings a culture full of partying, drinking, drugs, and hooking up. Though many were rude with us for being Christians, lots appreciated the hot drinks and clean-up service. Some people were even open to talking about Christ and letting us pray with them. It was exactly why we were there: to be a light in the shred culture. Next time we also hope to do an SFC Wax & Dinner night demo.

In addition to serving at the X Games, we also got to share our mission and vision with the local church. Aspen has been in our prayers that their locals would start a SFC chapter to be the light of Jesus to their shred community. One of our favorite parts was when we got to share about SFC to a middle and high school group at the local church. We talked about how we could be a light by passing out PB&Js to others on the mountain. After that, a group of three middle schoolers went out and passed out sandwiches to people with notes that read, “Jesus loves you.” I loved spreading the vision and letting peeps know what we do and what they can do to partner with us to building the Kingdom.

Partnering with YWAM BDTS is a mutually beneficial relationship to build ministries together and ultimately the kingdom. We look forward to invite each other to events such as Loveland pass days, the Early Bird Rail Jam, wax nights to serve.

Praying for SFC Aspen!

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