Spending Time in the Presence of Jesus

This past weekend Phil, BJ, myself (Jonny) and ten students piled into the JSAW van and trailer for a 4 day snowboard trip to Granite Peak in Wausau, WI. After three and a half hour […]

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MLK & Obedience

I’ve taken time out of my day to reflect on the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and I can’t help but be inspired by his persistent obedience. He once said, “there comes a time […]

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Minute to Kill It

Minute to Kill It
Video Contest
If you think you have what it takes, submit 60 seconds of your best snowboarding footage. The submission deadline is February 19. All submissions will be premiered live at Help BoardShop […]

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Jesus + ?

It’s 2015. The beginning of a new year. Every December I try to remind myself that a new year is merely a new year and that mind-blowing resolutions aren’t necessary. However, somehow January 1st comes […]

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Follow Up Letter from Jonny – Looking Back and Forward

On December 18th I wrote an article about how God has been moving through JSAW. In that letter I also shared that JSAW needed $21,000 by December 31st to hit our annual fundraising goal of […]

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A Letter from Jonny

A Letter from Jonny
I want to share a story with you. Several months ago a young man named Tim walked through our doors with his grandparents. He came to skate the park. Tim said he […]

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Different Christmas Perspective

Action sports people see the world differently. As riders we see a handrail and think about what tricks we can do on it. We want to explore and create a different use for that handrail. […]

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Granite Peak Trip

Granite Peak Trip
Date: January 16-19, 2015
Snowboarders and Skiers for Christ (SFC) along with JSAW and Help Board Shop will be hosting a three day snowboard session at Granite Peak in Wausau, WI. Granite Peak has […]

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International Pray for Skaters Day!

We would like to invite you to join us this year on 12/13/14 for an international day of prayer for the skateboard community worldwide. Pray for skaters, skate ministries, park builders, photographers, videographers, team-managers, entrepreneurs, […]

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Ian’s Last Day

Over the last 8 years I have had good times, hard times, laughed, been sad, and done some pretty epic stuff with JSAW and its partners. All sessions come to an end and December 1st […]

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Kick’n It Off

On November 20th we held a kickoff party for SFC Hyland, (our snowboard ministry). The turn out was great. We were able to serve about 30 kids with hot cocoa and pizza, and the pizza […]

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Help Build a SkatePark in South Africa

Help Build a SkatePark in South Africa
Christian Skaters Paarl has been reaching out to skate kids in Paarl, South Africa since 2011. During that time they have introduced many riders to Jesus and helped them […]

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10 Year Donor Dinner Report

On November 8th JSAW held its 10th anniversary donor dinner to celebrate all that God has done over the last 10 years. We had so much fun with over 90 people in attendance. Tom Coverly […]

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I See Dead People

I really do see dead people and they are everywhere. At the gas station, at church, at the skatepark, in the mall, on the chairlift, in my neighborhood; they are everywhere. I know that most […]

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The Tongue and A Fresh Water Spring

The tongue, your mouth, the things you say, your speech make for a good gauge of your heart. Think about this: What is the meanest thing someone has said to you?

You remember it, maybe you […]

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The Simple Great Awakening: Inspiring Life of George Whitefield

George Whitefield has been known as one of the greatest preachers and evangelists since the Apostle Paul. He was born in England in 1714. The church booted him out of the pulpit because of his […]

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2 Lessons from the Cockpit of an Acrobatic Stunt Plane

2 Lessons from the Cockpit of an Acrobatic Stunt Plane
We pushed the plane out of the hanger, strapped on a parachute and then a five point harness over that. Within minutes we were 3000 feet […]

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God’s Movement

Have you ever hit a rough patch? I have! Looking back it is mostly because of my own blunders, but sometimes it seems like things just are not working, even when I am doing everything […]

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JSAW’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration

JSAW’s 10 Year Anniversary Celebration
Since 2004 JSAW has been transforming action sports culture in the SW Twin Cities area and around the world. To celebrate what God has done over the last 10 years, we […]

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Skate/Surf Interns Wanted in Dubai

Skate/Surf Interns Wanted in Dubai
NoPlanB is a surf and skate ministry in the heart of Dubai in the United Arab Emeritus. NoPlanB is made up of a group of individuals who want to give back to […]

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The Culture of Action Sports

The Culture of Action Sports
At JSAW we talk about the culture of action sports quite a bit. We have defined the people that make up this culture as ‘riders’. Yet we have realized that many […]

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JSAW’s 10 Year Save the Date

JSAW’s 10 Year Save the Date!
This November JSAW celebrates 10 years of action sports ministry! JSAW is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works with at-risk youth in action sports. Headquartered at Help Board Shop in […]

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Teaching the Bible to Teenagers

Recently Josh, one of our staff members stepped up into a new role to fully lead the skate program which includes quite a bit of teaching the Bible to teenagers. After a couple weeks of […]

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SFC Snowboard Program

SFC Snowboard Program
About
SFC is JSAW’s snowboard program that operates November – March out of Help Board Shop in Edina, MN. Every Thursday we have groups that go from Help BoardShop in Edina to ride […]

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Rebuiding Skatechurch in Portland, Oregon

JSAW just awarded an action sports ministry grant to help with rebuilding Skatechurch in Portland, Oregon! Since 1987, Skatechurch has been sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with skaters. The skate park provides a safe, […]

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Brett Davis on the State of Action Sports Ministry

Brett Davis on the State of Action Sports Ministry
What is the state of action sports ministry?

I’m speaking as an insider. In 1972 I decided to become a surfer and for surfing to come, God had […]

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Skate Park Director Needed in Michigan!

Skate Park Director Needed!

Battleground Skate House in Battle Creek, Michigan is a start up Indoor Skateboard/BMX/Scooter park. With only one other indoor park within 90 miles and over 9 months of operation we have served […]

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Starting Fires in South Africa

Christian Surfers and Christian Skaters are starting fires in South Africa. JSAW is lending a hand by giving an action sports ministry grant to help fund the effort. Each year CS puts on a roadshow […]

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Skate Trip to Denver

August 11-15 the boys of JSAW, alongside our friends at Foundation Skate Ministry from Illinois, successfully had ourselves a time of skateboarding in Denver CO, experiences and fellowship. With the 19 of us total we […]

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The Greatest Fundraising Strategy

We have found the greatest fundraising strategy in the world and want to share it with you. Fundraising is often a very loathed activity. We all hate asking for money because we fear rejection and […]

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Suicide: A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Problem

“For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death,” according to the CDC. I remember when I received the call that a student had committed suicide. He […]

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Twin Cities Action Sports Fest

Twin Cities Action Sports Fest
Date of Event: Sunday, September 7th, 2014 from 10:30am-4pm

Location: Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Rd., Eden Prairie, MN 55347

Cost to Ride: A waiver from jsaw.org/waiver and $10 to ride all day […]

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Help Board Shop’s 1st Birthday

Help Board Shop’s 1st Birthday
On August 23rd Help Board Shop will be turning 1 year old, so we are throwing a party and you do not want to miss it! The birthday party will take […]

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God and the Desires of Your Heart

August 28th, 2009 God met me where I was and I said yes to Him for the first time. In Mark 7:20-23 Jesus said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For […]

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Want to Serve with an Action Sports Ministry in China?

Have you ever wanted to serve with an action sports ministry in southern China? Here is your chance!  You will have the opportunity to be a part of Ardent Skatepark’s outreaches, an English corner, professional […]

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What Does Your Faith Rest On?

Last night at our WakeWell Bible study I asked the group a question: What does your faith rest on?
“A comprehensive demographic study of more than 200 countries finds that there are 2.18 billion Christians of […]

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Sweet Corn Days

Saturday, August 2nd Ian and I with the help of our friend David Terro brought our mobile skatepark to Estherville, Iowa’s annual Sweet Corn Days. Pastor Joel of Estherville Lutheran Church brought us out to […]

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Climbing Mountains, Chasing Freedom

I love climbing mountains and chasing freedom. Several years ago I made a goal to climb the top 5 US state high points in the 48 states, doing one each year. So far I have […]

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Serving at Gnarbeque

Wednesday July 30th was our Gnarbecue event at the Eden Prairie Skate Plaza. About 35 riders came out for some competition, good times and food provided by our friends at Grace Church (who also did […]

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What’s Keeping You from Following Jesus?

Dude, life is so busy these days. There are a million distractions to pick from. I’ve got to go to work, pay the bills, hang out with friends, skate, do the dishes, skate more, answer […]

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My First Season Leading a Wakeboard Ministry

I walked into this summer fresh out of my sophomore year at a private Christian school, where I was studying to become a youth minister. This educational experience set me up for a prideful mindset. […]

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My Last Day

Based on the title alone I’m sure you have figured out what the end goal of this post is about. I want to assure you that it’s about more than that. The past six months […]

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This is it!

This past week Jonny Nelson, four riders and I embarked on a road trip down to Kansas City for some wakeboarding and get in touch with our primitive nature by camping out at Hillsdale state […]

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River City Days

This was our 4th year bringing our mobile skatepark to Chaska River City Days. Valley Free church has been sponsoring JSAW to do this event for a few years now as a way to reach […]

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SonShine Fest: Serving in the Midst of Chaos

This weekend JSAW’s crew was out at SonShine Festival in Willmar, MN hanging out with thousands of people jamming to bands like Need to Breathe, August Burns Red, Switchfoot, Sleeping Giant and many more! There […]

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Summer Snowboarding and Sharing Jesus

Summer Snowboarding and Sharing Jesus
90-degree weather, sunshine and Virginia are three things that you would not associate with snowboarding, however this is exactly what is happening at Next Level summer camps. Next Level summer camp […]

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Skatuary is Now Open in Denver, CO

Skatuary is Now Open in Denver, CO
About a year ago, Uriel Luebcke, the pastor of a skate ministry, found out that after 5 years at the same location, he was going to have to find […]

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Rock the Boat

WakeWell Minnesota is a newer ministry to the Midwest. This summer we have been just trying to raise up a group to take out on the boat each week. This has been a struggle with […]

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Denver Road Trip

Denver Road Trip
August 11th-15th

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Christian Skaters Minneapolis and Help Boardshop will be hosting a road trip to colorful Denver, CO. We are going to skate some gnarly street spots and phenomenal outdoor plazas! During lunch […]

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Zach’s Story

Zach’s Story
Zach has been skating at Help Board Shop since before the park even opened about a year ago and is learning new tricks every day. Its crazy! He also has been coming to Bible […]

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Former Drug and Porn Addict Finds God in a Hotel Room

Ryan Ries, co-founder of The Whosoevers, a cause-based movement set out to build and strengthen at-risk youth, tells his story of overcoming a life filled with pain, sorrow, emptiness from drug, alcohol and porn addiction […]

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Notes on Collaboration

Today I am taking a short flight to Chicago to be a part of the Louis Palau Associations NGA ReFuel Conference. They asked me to share a bit about collaboration between organizations and ministries so […]

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A Week of Teaching in Battle Creek, MI

Just 10 months ago Jonny Nelson and I (Ian Wheat) went and built an indoor skatepark in Battle Creek, MI. This past week Josh Franco and I went back to help Andrew Wichterman and the […]

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Why I love Help Board Shop: A Mother’s Perspective

Why I love Help Board Shop: A Mother’s Perspective
What do I like about Help Board Shop? Why do I support it? Easy. The purpose, the staff, the programming, and it doesn’t involve a screen.

The purpose […]

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The Perfect Wave and Christian Surfers

Just arriving in North American theaters this weekend is The Perfect Wave, the true story of Ian McCormack.  Ian was a diehard surfer who while on a 2 year trip around the world, survived a near-death […]

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The ESPN Body Issue… Where do you stand?

 

Lately all the big action sports magazines and every other news outlet has been posting about ESPN Magazine’s latest: the Body Issue featuring 30 top professional athletes posing in their element naked. Action sports athletes Jamie […]

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Is ZION a Christian Snowboard Brand?

I recently came across an article floating around Facebook by Jon Foreman, the singer for the band Switchfoot talking about Why Switchfoot won’t sign Christian songs. It seems everyone wants to know if Switchfoot is […]

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Do you feel dead?

Do you feel dead? I always loved that line from Pirates of the Caribbean. Not just because it is morbid, but because of the reality of that feeling.

Do you ever feel like you’re burnt out? […]

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Leadership in an Action Sports Ministry

Leadership in an Action Sports Ministry
Action sport enthusiasts don’t typically have leaders; they have idols.  In sports like skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding everyone is an individual and there is very little “team” attitude.  In […]

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Pray for Brad Smeele

New Zealand wakeboarder Brad Smeele was seriously injured while practicing on the Mega Ramp at Lake Ronix in Orlando, Florida on Sunday. He was attempting a triple flip and came up short. Brad was rushed […]

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Discipline in Difficulty

“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (Hebrews 12:11 ESV)

Today we are going to look […]

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A Challenge for your Freedom

The 4th of July celebrates the United States independence from Great Britain remembering the day our country gained freedom! As a skater and as an American I love my freedom and my independence. I enjoy […]

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HELP Board Shop Skate Camp

This past week we had a skate camp in our park. We had five skaters come for the whole week, our numbers were a bit lower than we had hoped for, but we made the […]

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CSALT Leadership Program in Africa

CSALT Leadership Program in Africa
At some point in your life I’m sure you’ve probably dreamed about taking an extended surf trip, about searching for perfect waves, and getting lost along the way. Maybe for a […]

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5 Reasons Opening an Indoor Skate Park is a Bad Way to Start a Skate Ministry

Anyone who wants to start a skate ministry dreams of opening a big beautiful Street League style skate park in a massive facility. We usually try to convince them not to. When JSAW started out we had big dreams, so […]

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BeeTankFul Tour in Europe

Philip Goldney lives in Italy and runs an action sports ministry there. JSAW’s Executive Director, Jonny, recently caught up with Philip to learn more about the trip they have coming up throughout Europe, and how […]

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Blown Away By His Majesty

I am blown away that I get to see God’s majesty in creation every day. In my backyard we have a garden. Our pea plants have been growing like crazy and are now producing peas. […]

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G.O.S.P.E.L. by Propaganda

G.O.S.P.E.L. by Propaganda is a fantastic resource from Dare2Share that you can use share and explain the gospel. The gospel is not difficult, yet we don’t share it enough.
Will you share the gospel with someone […]

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Christian Skaters Heads to Peru

In just  a few days, pro skater Jud Heald & CS skater Zion Frallicciardi are heading to Cajabama, Peru with a team from Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale’s Eikon Ministry to build a skate park and […]

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Josh Stock SFC Europe Interview

Recently Josh Stock, International Director at Skiers and Snowboarders for Christ (SFC), took a trip to Europe to visit the SFC chapters there. Jonny caught up with Josh via skype to learn more about how […]

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Serving Others

Jesus is teaching at the Mount of Olives just before being betrayed by Judas. He is talking about when he returns as King to judge the world separating the righteous from the unrighteous on his […]

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3 Simple Ways to Start An Action Sports Ministry

With over 22 million riders and an industry producing 12.2 billion dollars a year, action sports is definitely here to stay. Skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, and other action sports have become trend setting definitions of youth […]

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Why do Ministry on the Water?

Why wakeboard ministry? Growing up I lived all my summers in and around the great 10,000 lakes of Minnesota. The lake not only cools you down on a extremely humid day, but also provides a place […]

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Marshfield FCA Skate Camp

JSAW is known for putting on hired events such as demo’s, skateboard contests and speaking engagements or a combination of these. For this particular event we had an open skate session with some youth who […]

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TNT Fireworks Fundraiser

We are blowing JSAW up this 4th of July! For the past eight years JSAW has managed two TNT Fireworks tents in Shakopee, MN selling fireworks. This has always been one of the best fundraisers […]

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Chasing Satisfaction

Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (ESV).

What are some things a lot of people seek to feel satisfied? Or just depend […]

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A Culture Without Fathers

For many today is a reminder of brokenness. My father left my mom before I was born. I met my dad when I was 18 and was lucky to spend five years getting to know […]

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Foundation Skate Ministry Gets A New MiniRamp

I just took a trip to the north Chicago suburbs to help Foundation Skate Ministry add a new mini ramp to their facility. Our friend Zac Whitfield runs the skate ministry there. Being right in […]

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4 Ways to Make Summer Camp Next Level

Summer is here which means it is time for summer camp! Action sports ministries all over the world are hosting camps this summer teaching groms new tricks, diving into Gods word and building relationships and […]

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Christian Surfers Prep School

Christian Surfers Prep School
Christian Surfers is hosting Prep School at Camp Emmanuel in Kill Devil Hills, NC August 15-16th. Prep school is an intensive evangelism and disciple making training designed to help young surfers win their […]

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The Zoo Skate Park in Dubai is Looking for Staff

The Zoo Skate Park in Dubai is Looking for Staff
You heard right! Earlier this year JSAW helped build an indoor skate park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. They are currently looking for staff for The […]

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Skateboarding at an Orphanage in Burkina Faso, Africa

We love to see how God moves in the lives of others inspiring them to make a difference, especially when it involves skateboarding and Jesus. Here is an awesome story of just that from Danielle! 
In […]

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SFC Slovenia Grant Report

Grant Report for SFC Slovenia
This past winter JSAW provided SFC Slovenia with a grant to empower their leaders in two different regions. They were able to get ski and snowboard wax kits and go on a […]

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Skate Camp at Help BoardShop

SkateCamp at Help BoardShop
June 16-20

About
Help Boardshop is putting on a skateboard camp for all ages this June from the 16th-20th. We will have multiple professional coaches so no matter what your skill level, you will […]

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Getting Seriously Busted

A few years ago I was temporarily renting out an old house from a friend before he gutted and remodeled it. The house was on the lake, right next to the golf course in a […]

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WakeWellMN

WakeWell MN

 

About
WakeWellMN is JSAW’s wakeboard program that operates June through August. Every Thursday we have groups that go from Help BoardShop in Edina to ride and study God’s word on either Christmas or Lotus Lake. […]

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A Donation Match for JSAW

JSAW Promo Video from JSAW on Vimeo.

A donation match has been made for JSAW! A generous donor has offered to match all donations, of any amount up to $3000, that are made by 9pm Wednesday […]

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Christian Skaters in the Phillipines

Christian Skaters is working toward launching a new chapter in the Philippines! Toni, one of the International Directors of Christian Skaters said, “We have a large church over there with a large group of skaters. […]

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Serving Skiers & Snowboarders in Montana

Skiers and Snowboarders for Christ (SFC) is all about being the light of Jesus to the snowriding culture. SFC Bozeman recently received a grant from JSAW to host two events serving the shred culture around […]

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The Key to Natural Spiritual Growth

Growth happens naturally in the right environment. Grass grows, flowers bloom, and fruits blossom and ripen. Sunlight, healthy soil, clean air, and water all work together to help a seed become a strong, healthy plant. It’s […]

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People Love Printing Forward

Printing Forward is an online print store that JSAW operates to produce funds for action sports ministries. We sell printing services and the profits are turned into grants. We get to support incredible ministries, and […]

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Christian Surfers US Internship

The Christian Surfers summer Internship starts in just one month! If you’re interested in being a part of either the Summer 2014 or Winter/Spring 2015 Internship you can apply HERE or contact us at 904-471-4308 […]

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Christian Surfers International Conference in Costa Rica

Surfing is a passion that has created a large family of Christian Surfers around the world, but more importantly we learned after our 2012 conference that Jesus is the reason for our existence. He unites […]

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SFC Denver Grant Report

Earlier this year JSAW gave a grant to SFC Denver to support their ministry to the shred community in Denver. Check out what they did! Awesome work SFC Denver!

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Action Sports Ministry Conference

Designed to equip and encourage those who want to share the love ands truth of Jesus Christ with the action sports culture.

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Sharing Jesus through Futbol in Panama

In Panama we met some kids and played futbol with them and lost 4-2. Their ball was old, small and had a hole in it. One of the guys had an idea to buy a […]

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Skate Camp Coaches needed in Egypt

This summer in June and August Wellspring, a sports camp in Egypt, is looking for coaches for its skateboard camp. If you’re interested email us!

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Missed Opportunity at a Skatepark in Texas

All the kids gathered around to watch as a boy named Mario, who looked about 14 years old, began rolling up to the 11 stair handrail at a random skatepark in Texas. I was hyped […]

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