Last month a team of 5 CSUS volunteers accepted the call for workers from Surfistas Christianos República Dominicana to serve at the 6th annual Christian Surfers Cup surf contest that attracts surfers from all over the island. Along with the great privilege of continuing to build relationships with local Dominican Surfers and the CS team in the D.R. the team was tasked with the responsibility of being the judging panel for the event as well as continuing to invest in our partnership with a local ministry that we’ve also been serving for the past 6 years.
The contest itself was a success, with over 90 entries and it took place right in the middle a great run of clean, head high/overhead swell. The local CS crew took full advantage of the opportunity to share good news with everyone there and many new intentional relationships were formed.
There’s not enough room here to tell you about all of the cool stuff out team got to be part of, definitely don’t have time to mention the uncrowded point breaks, crystal clear, warm water, etc.. If we could only share one story from this trip to the D.R. it would have to be the story of how God changed the life of our friend Allan:
Christian Surfers United States (CSUS) has been sending teams every year for the past 6 years to the Dominican Republic to partner with Surfistas Cristianos República Dominicana to put on an annual evangelical surf contest. This year wasn’t any different, but I would like to share the story of a surfer whose life has been changed by what God has done through these trips… His name is Allan.
Allan is a Californian surfer who arrived in the DR 8 years ago in order to start a Surf Tours Company. Allan quickly became assimilated to the local surf community. He started dating a local Dominican girl named Sobi and began moving forward with his business. At this point, Allan was pretty far from the Lord. He was drinking so much that he considered himself an alcoholic and saw his life being slowly destroyed because of it.
Allan found an opportunity to change when his stateside business partner contacted Christian Surfers about hosting mission trips for CS in the DR. We agreed to the proposal and thought it a great way to encourage Allan in his life change. From that moment on, Allan quit drinking. It was a decision and change that started Allan on a voyage to a personal relationship with God. Over the next 4 years, an annual mission team from CSUS came down and loved on Allan as they helped put on the surf contest. The local CS chapter also loved on and tracked with Allan as he considered God.
It wasn’t until last year, however, that God really grabbed hold of Allan. Sobi, now his wife, had a tumor in her head. After a few treatments it became obvious that brain surgery was necessary. The surgery, though successful, left Sobi in a state where Allan needed to attend to all her needs and take care of their 2 year old daughter. The only hope that Sobi found at the time was in Jesus Christ and her congregation at a local Dominican church. Allan, realizing he had no control over what happened, gave himself to Christ completely. Sobi continues to recover and is now back working around the house. Allan has become a local leader in the CS chapter and everything has come full circle as he shared his testimony at this year’s surf contest. We praise God for the life of Allan, what God has done in his life, and what God has yet to do.