Day four was an extra-ordinary day with our family on a mission. We began with breakfast, bundled into cars and converged on Headlands Beach for our first ever international paddle out. We stood on the beach, sang together, then Old Salt, Michael Croft, encouraged us from Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us."
Then the cheers were loud and the stoke was high as Australia National Director, Steve and YWAM Surfers DTS leader, Terry, led three young members of the CS family into the water to be baptised. It was beautiful to witness them demonstrate their faith in Jesus.
CS Australia then led the way for “one of the most memorable, incredible and remarkable things I’ve ever witnessed,” as almost 200 surfers from 26 nations paddled out to form a cross, pray for their local beach and pray for Australia. The cheers could be heard from the beach as the prayers ended and a wave swept through the cross, sending a few on their first wave of the day. Many stayed on to catch a few waves, forming potentially the biggest instant-crowd a lineup has ever seen. Thankfully no one else was out for the invasion!
In the afternoon, guest speaker, David Wraight, shared a Biblical perspective on another CS Big Idea – Serving. He asked the question, “What does it mean to be a servant to others?” and challenged us to consider what prevents us from serving others. Is it wrong motivation, or fear of rejection, not loving ourselves or lack of intentionality? He left us with this prayer: “Lord, I know there is someone you want me to bless today. Please help me to be sensitive enough to your Spirit to know who that is, courageous enough to action on Your direction and willing enough to sacrifice what is necessary to bless them.” Amen!