The surf shop is doing exactly what we were hoping it to do: connecting us with the community. When we walk on the school premises to teach RE, so many of the kids say "HEY JEREMY!" It was quite comical for me, as the groms treat Jeremy like some sort of celebrity. I don't say that to boast about my husband but rather in awe of how God is using a surf shop to bridge two generations.
Tomorrow night we are getting together with some of the YWAM crew around that have a heart for surf ministry. The base currently runs a Surfers DTS(Discipleship Training School) each year. They are finding that there are always people wanting to come and staff Surf Ministry but we haven't had the structure to support staff. It will be a night of brainstorming, sharing vision, our hearts & evaluating opportunities.
One thing that I am most excited about it is the new community center in the same area that the school and surf shop are. I think this is a GEM! We hope to go check out the facilities later in the week. It's just a cool thing to dream about--- what we could do there, after school, during school holidays, etc. There's no plan of using it anytime soon just an opportunity for months down the road.
Below are a couple maps to help you place things:
We live in COOLUM BEACH
The surf shop is in MUDJIMBA BEACH
The YWAM base is in MAROOCHYDORE
Ashlee's work & the warehouse for the surf/skate shop is in KAWANA WATERS
It's about a 25 minute drive from Coolum to Kawana!
This is a map of Mudjimba. The distance between the school and the surf shop is about a mile!