GATHERING SCHOLARSHIPS

Many leaders seeking to attend our International Gathering are in positions where they need support to be able to cover costs. We’ve created Gathering Scholarships to help these leaders cross the line. You can sponsor a leader when you register for the Gathering or directly below. Help us spread the love amongst our global family!

Click an image to learn more about the recipient. Any amount you can give will help these leaders from diverse parts of the world be able to grow in their leadership through their time at the Gathering. We've listed them below based on their area.

You can donate to a particular individual below or to the general fund here...

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Americas - North, Central & South America

Taylor Brant

USA

Taylor has a heart for surf culture and has been involved with CS Australia/New Zealand/Indo/USA partnering/cross pollination network together with Christian Surfers and Snowboarders + Skiers for Christ ministry and seeks to use his cinematography/photography skills to serve at the Gathering. "Taylor Brant brings invaluable skills as a videographer as well as a key snow sport ministry leader. His interaction at the Gathering will be invaluable in helping us produce vital resources. In addition the cross pollination for SFC ministry will also be so helpful." Brett Davis, Christian Surfers International Founder/Advisor

Amount needed: €600 / AUD$950


Taylor Brant

USA

Needed: €300
Remaining: €300

Sponsor Taylor

Daniel & Kelly Mansell

Canada

Daniel & Kelly Mansell live in Nova Scotia, Canada with their three children. Daniel has been instrumental in the development of CS Canada, both as part of the founding team and as a structural visionary for the future. Being a CS Canada ambassador he has had the privilege of both hosting and visiting people from many other CS groups. As a family they have both a local and global love for people and their heart for Christian Surfers is for the love of Jesus and his power to be as real as the waves they're in. As a family they don't just go where they want, they go where they feel God is telling them to go. It has been a desire of Daniel's heart for a long time to attend a CS International Gathering and he and Kelly feel God leading them to attend this one, as a family, in France.

Amount needed: €900 / AUD$1,400


Daniel & Kelly Mansell

Canada

Needed: €900
Remaining: €390

Sponsor Daniel & Kelly

Erika Foster

Brazil

My name is Erika Foster, I am 31 years old and I've been a member of my local CS in Maceio Alagoas, Brazil for 7 years now. I work with my leader, who is supporting me to go to this Gatherin, organizing our weekly meetings and also with the finances. To me it's always a blessing to gather with brothers and sisters with the same purpose I have: to learn more about how to reach the surfing communities for Christ and motivate those who are part of my local CS. I have been raising funds to go on this journey by selling sweets, handmade pillow covers, and handing support letters to people I know. I still need more to complete my funds - and I know God will continually provide. I have to walk by faith!

Amount needed: €1,700 / AUD$2,700


Erika Foster

Brazil

Needed: €1,700
Remaining: €1,350

Sponsor Erika
 
 

APAC - Asia / Pacific

EMEA - Europe / Middle East / Africa

Kirby Whitlock

Taiwan

Kirby is from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and was called to go to Taiwan in 2015, where he met Chris Chon and started learning about surf ministry. Since that time, he have been living in Taiwan and getting involved in the local surf community. This time has included church planting training with YWAM and language study. Moving from Taipei (the capital) out to Yilan (Taiwan's largest surf community) in June of 2017, they have been surfing and building relationships ever since. "Kirby is new to Christian Surfers and super keen to learn more and grow the CS ministry here in Taiwan. I think it would really benefit Kirby to attend the Gathering so that he could meet others in surf ministry, hear their experiences and learn from them." Chris Chon, CS Taiwan National Leader

Amount needed: €850 / AUD$1,300


Kirby Whitlock

Taiwan

Needed: €850
Remaining: €575

Sponsor Kirby

Nancy Chang

Taiwan

Nancy is a 22-year-old Taiwanese girl who received Christ when she was 17 years old after missionaries opened up a coffee shop near her house. For her being a Christian meant being a missionary. Although she comes from a Buddhist family and experienced a lot of persecution her heart for Jesus kept growing. Then she realized because she could surf and all her friends wanted to learn how to surf, it was a perfect avenue to spread the message of Jesus! Thus her heart for surf ministry began. After going through a DTS and School of Biblical Studies with YWAM, she is currently working among the largest surfing community in Taiwan. She wants to attend this conference to be better equipped and to be surrounded by wise counsel that has already walked the road she is on.

Amount needed: €1,000 / AUD$1,500


Nancy Chang

Taiwan

Needed: €1,000
Remaining: €100

Sponsor Nancy

Francois & Marieta van Heerden

South Africa

Francois van Heerden is married to Marieta, the father of three children and the National Director for CS South Africa. He has a deep passion to see surfers far from God being restored to their Maker as part of Jesus' Great Commission to reach all nations. He is eager to learn from the wealth of experience from the international CS community and to network with leaders from other nations. "We believe that this conference will empower Francois & Marieta as a 'new' couple to full time ministry in Christian Surfers. Personally I have been to four International Gatherings and know that the encouragement and fellowship that the van Heerden's will receive, will go a long way to strengthening the ministry in South Africa." Rees Lewis-Thomas, CS South Africa Charman

Amount needed: €1,000 / AUD$1,500


Francois & Marieta van Heerden

South Africa

Needed: €1,000
Remaining: €360

Sponsor Francois & Marieta

Lindsey Petrignani

France

Lindsey is 37 years old and married with two children. The France team met Lindsey two years ago, and she's been the most faithful prayer partner for CS France ever since. Her husband is in the process of taking over the pastor role of Calvary Chapel Nice from his father. This is a key family for developing CS along the Mediterranean. "Lindsey has a gift of encouragement that is precious to me. She has a passion for the Lord and a passion for reaching surfers. I pray she will be able to come to the Gathering and that this time will be a springboard for our work together for the kingdom along the beaches of France." Audrey Harrison, CS France National Director

Amount needed: €510 / AUD$800


Lindsey Petrignani

France

Needed: €510
Remaining: €235

Sponsor Lindsey