Hey, my name is Abby Garbark and I am from Pembroke Pines, FL. I originally applied for Youth With a Mission back in the end of April but never heard back from them. So this caused me to be pretty bummed out. Although God had another plan in store for me. Ever since 11th grade God has been calling me to South Africa but of course I didn’t know when, why, or how I would get here. Shortly, after giving up I stumbled upon a picture on Instagram which had the organization Aleph Surf International tagged in it. I had no intention of clicking on it because I knew it wouldn’t be a Christian organization or in South Africa. Well I couldn’t have been more wrong it was both and much more. Their website led me to the Christian Surfers Africa Leadership Training program. I sent my application in and sure enough less than two weeks later I got the acceptance email. Now I am here in Jeffrey’s Bay, South Africa, excited for what God is going to do in the next 10 months.
My goals for this year would be to go deeper with my walk with God. With doing that I hope to discover the calling God has for me. Build relationships/ friendships that will last a lifetime. Of course share the gospel wherever God leads me to do so. I also can’t wait to work with the kids in the community.
My name is Julia Hausmann and I’m from Zurich in Switzerland. I’m in the CSALT program for the next five month. It has always been one of my biggest desires to get in contact with Christian Surfers. Now I get to say it finally came true. I’m so happy and thankful to be in South Africa partnering with Christian Surfers for the next five months. I’m really excited what God will do with me during my time here. I know it’s gonna be challenging for me! I know it’s HIS perfect plan that I’m here in Jeffrey’s Bay. I don’t know where God will lead me but I’m trusting in Him through it all. I have known about the Christian Surfers organization for along time and I said to God “I would love to get in contact with them, and to do apart of what they are doing to the surf culture. So God leaded me last summer to the homepage of the CSALT program. When I read this, I knew, this is exactly what I wanted to do.
My goal for this time is to grow up in my relationship with Jesus, to get a vision for my future, to help Christian Surfers in different areas, to stay in community with other surfers, sharing the gospel, to improve my English, and of course to get better in surfing. 🙂
When I heard about CSALT I was so stoked, I couldn’t imagine a program existed where I would live with men and women on fire for Jesus and spending ten months learning, soaking in the word!! While surfing one of the greatest waves in the world.
I hope that this year will prove really fruitful and God can keep challenging me, growing me and start to reveal His plan for my life.
Hi, my name is Nicholas Todd and I’m from Anaheim, California. I learned about CSALT through my cousin Jordan Youmans who happened to be in the last CSALT intake. After hearing about it I was instantly obsessed and did everything I could to make it a reality.
I’m really excited about helping out with Aleph because I really enjoy hanging out with kids and building a relationship/mentoring them. The whole program just sounds awesome to me. I also am hoping to build an even stronger relationship with God. Overall I’m really excited to see what’s in store for this year.
Matt Dubber from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I discovered CSALT in a bizarre twist of fate that could only have been from God. In November last year I had been praying about my future with friends from church, and the very same night I came home and discovered that Snoek had told my parents about the CSALT program. I had no idea what the program involved and had never heard of CSALT or Christian Surfers (despite the fact that I have lived in Port Elizabeth, which is just around the corner from J-Bay, my whole life) but I applied anyway and after a week at the CSALT house I can say with confidence that I know this year is going to change my life in radical ways.
I have been certain, even from a very young age, that life should be so much more than than the stereotypical procedure of school -> university -> work -> retirement. If I could dedicate a year of my life (and I have, woo hoo!) to cultivate my spiritual gifts and leadership potential, I feel like I could make a difference. And who knows – maybe I’ll end up serving the community in some way or another on a more permanent basis.
I have Huge expectations for the year ahead and am thoroughly looking forward to finding out what God has in store for me – I will be approaching the next couple weeks with an open heart and an open mind.
My name is Kyle, I am from the east coast of the United States of America. A place with a severe lack of waves, but an abundance of surfers along with a very large surf culture. This is my first time out of the country and away from the American way of life and culture. This year is going to really open my eyes to how the rest of the world lives outside of the US. I am excited to see how God can move in my life as I am taken out of my comfort zone and immersed in this foreign culture. CSALT is an amazing opportunity that I am still unable to believe I am a part of and I am hoping that it will radically change my life and allow me to identify my gifts and talents to use to further God’s Kingdom. Plus I am excited to see can how God’s Spirit is going to move in power in this town and in our home among all of us present and past students.