by Dustin Miller
This is Cristian Machete Ruíz Mendez. Cristian grew up in Sipacate, Guatemala. He grew up in a home with a single mother and in intense poverty. A typical meal for them was tortillas and salt. Living right on the beach he found a way to get a surfboard and began to surf.
Cristian gave his life to Christ when he was given a Bible by a surfer who was visiting his beach. He became the national surf champion multiple times in Guatemala and, with the money he had made, set up a business for his mother, which she still runs and lives off of to this day.
Cristian is currently married with two children and has over 20 kids come to his place every day to do surf training and share with them about the gospel. Please pray for Cristian and the rest of the team at CS Guatemala as they continue to serve their surf community.