Gathering Scholarships

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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.


Americas - North, Central & South America

Carlos & Jung Ferrer

Venezuela

Carlos met Jesus through Christian Surfers Venezuela 16 years ago when he was just a teenager. Today he is married to Jung and together they have three children. They are serving in the CS Venezuela Surf School and leading a local chapter. Jung is leading the kids surf ministry and also heading up a women's inititative. With the current situation in Venezuela it is unimaginable that they could make it to France without a scholarship, yet it would be so incredible for them to be able to be there to learn and share with their brothers and sisters from around the world.

Amount needed: €2,500 / AUD$4,000


Carlos & Jung Ferrer

Venezuela
Sponsor Carlos & Jung

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
Sponsor Daniel & Kelly

Jair Perez

Costa Rica

Jair was raised in a humble family in Playa Jaco, Costa Rica. Since he was a grommet he had incredible surfing skills, that led him to success as the Costa Rica National Junior Champion and in 2015 he became the Costa Rica Open Champion. When he was younger he attended a local CS chapter, but his life didn't completely reflect that of a follower of Jesus. But he had an encounter with Jesus in the Playa Jaco CS chapter, which started a life changing journey, ending up with him serving his local chapter as a leader since 2016. Jair has a great testimony among the surfing and Christian communities. Our prayer is that Jair would be able to attend the CS International Gathering in France, this would be his first International Gathering.

Amount needed: €650 / AUD$1,000


Jair Perez

Costa Rica
Sponsor Jair

Luis Guiterrez

Venezuela

Luis is 45 years old, married with 3 childrens and the Founder & National Director of Christian Surfers Venezuela. After many years of ups and downs with surf ministry in Venezuela, in the midst of the worst economic crisis in the history of the country, Luis is taking up the challenge to obey God and keep making disciples in his surf comunnity. Luis has recently taken a massive step of faith to go into full-time ministry. This gathering is very important for him to recharge his spiritual energy and also further his connections with the CS family as we serve together in this new season.

Amount needed: €1,200 / AUD$2,000


Luis Guiterrez

Venezuela
Sponsor Luis

 

APAC - Australia / Asia / Pacific

Jessi Muir

Australia

Jessi has been involved with Christian Surfers for 7 years, beginning her faith journey through the mission in her hometown of Bonny Hills, NSW. In 2014, she completed a CS internship in the Northern NSW region of Australia, alongside a year of Bible College. In 2016 she moved to Victoria, following God's call and began a two year internship with CS Victoria, working alongside the Regional Coordinator. For the last 3 years, Jessi has been involved in organising and running New Swell, a junior leadership training week for the younger leaders of CS Australia. She has recently stepped into the National Women's Coordinator role within CS Australia. "Jessi has a strong heart for encouraging CS girls not only in Australia but worldwide. She is keen to connect with and build relationships with other CS girls globally and this conference would provide the perfect platform to be able to do that. We feel that Jessi's attendance to this conference would have ongoing ripple effects across the surfing community." Steve Bailey, CS Australia National Director

Amount needed: €300 / AUD$500


Jessi Muir

Australia
Sponsor Jessi

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
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
Sponsor Nancy
 

 

EMEA - Europe / Middle East / Africa

Freddy Roux

Côte d'Ivoire

Freddy is the epitome of surf stoke and a can't hold me down attitude. He is one of the pioneers of surfing in West Africa, forging a way for a new generation of surfers. Born of an Ivorian father and a mother from Reunion, he has the nations running through his blood. He has had to overcome personal challenges, as well as the instability that often plagues his region. "West African surfers can be isolated from the outside world. Socio-economic challenges don't allow them to travel and be exposed to the outside world. They also live in a mix of religions. I know that Freddy will be inspired, informed and have a deeper understanding of his role through attending this Gathering!" Rehgert van Zyl, Africa RC

Amount needed: €1,200 / AUD$1,900


Freddy Roux

Côte d'Ivoire
Sponsor Freddy

Eric & Coco Fichel

France

Eric and Coco are married with four children. Eric has been a witness in the water in Normandy for a long time and has a passion for CS. CS France are looking forward to having him join the national leadership team. He is hungry for more resources that will help him be more effective in reaching the surfers of his local break. "Eric is one of the men God used to start the movement Surf Together in France. He's shared with me a much larger vision. I believe the Gathering would be a huge encouragement for him; he would be able to see how the CS network functions toward fulfilling its vision and then seize the call God has on him." Hans Meyer, Sport et Foi (Athletes in Action) and part of CS France.

Amount needed: €720 / AUD$1,100


Lindsey Petrignani

France
Sponsor Lindsey

Mickaël & Melissa Jund

France

We believe Mickaël (or Miky) could be the regional leader of Northern Brittany in France and help develop local chapters there. He is 34 years old, married to Melissa and together they have two children. He has a great testimony and was healed of an illness attacking his bones and joints. He has a heart for the youth and would like to set up itinerant surf camps. "I've known Miky all his life and I love his gentle heart and faithfulness. We believe he and his wife would be greatly encouraged by the International Gathering and the relationships they could start there. We would love to see him and his wife there." Loïc Roué, Assistant Pastor in the Saint-Malo Baptist Church and part of CS France

Amount needed: €720 / AUD$1,100


Mickaël & Melissa Jund

France
Sponsor Mickaël & Melissa

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


Eric & Coco Fichel

France
Sponsor Eric & Coco
 

Andre & Yvette Holl

Mauritius

Based on the small Indian Ocean island of Mauritius for the past 10 years, Andre & Yvette Holl started Hope House, a ministry to the disadvantaged communities of the island. Affiliated with Christian Surfers for the past 8 years, one of the main initiatives of Hope House is reaching the surfing community, utilising surfing as a way of reaching out to the youth with the love of Christ. Living on an island Andre & Yvette are reasonably isolated. To be able to attend an International Gathering where they can receive input, deepen relationships, be encouraged and share their lives with others who are involved in similar ministry is invaluable. They are extremely grateful to be a part of the CS tribe and can't wait to be together for times of teaching, prayer and worship!

Amount needed: €2,550 / AUD$4,000


Andre & Yvette Holl

Mauritius
Sponsor Andre & Yvette

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
Sponsor Francois & Marieta