Our own Sam Anglin finds ministry opportunity to snowboarders!

Snowboarders? Really? Absolutely! Sam Anglin has found a unique outreach opportunity with a ministry that reaches out specifically to the snowboarding community. Is it hard for you to picture that community or what that ministry looks like? No problem! Nations Foundation, the ministry Sam is working for, produced an amazing film that you can view right here. Check it out. Then read Sam’s letter below and condsider supporting him through prayer and a donation.

ONEYEAR from Nations Foundation on Vimeo.

My name is Sam Anglin, my family and I have been attending LifePoint since we moved to MD in 1998.  I spent a lot of time in the church, from Ventureland to Uprising even though the traditional youth group model wasn’t really my style.  I much more identified with people in the subcultures of snowboarding and skateboarding, looking up to professional athletes in these sports and the ‘skate all day, party all night’ mentality really appealed to me.   Around my freshman year of high school, I walked away from God, Church, and all that went with it, and through a series of hard experiences, God called me home and I returned.  The best way to explain it is like the prodigal son being welcomed back in to the family, for those of you who know me and my family well, you have been loving, forgiving, and accepting above and beyond what I could have ever imagined.

Fast forward a few years and I just finished my second year at Multnomah University working on a degree in Biblical Studies and Theology with a minor in Youth Ministry.  Since moving to Portland, Oregon for school I have had many opportunities to share my life, my story, and God’s love with kids from Skate Church in Portland, all the way to kids living on a military base in Germany. I have gotten to see God work in the lives of kids that you might never expect to be open to the Gospel, and it has been a humbling experience to say the least.

I also met my lovely fiancée, Carlee, who just graduated from Multnomah with a degree in Biblical Studies and Theology with a major in Youth Ministry, and I have been blessed to have her in my life.  We recently committed to spending a year working for Nations Foundation, which is currently the only outreach oriented snowboard ministry.  It is a non-profit organization that makes snowboard documentaries featuring some of today’s most recognized athletes that are also followers of Jesus.  It is our passion to reach out to people who might never come into churches and youth groups, and so are not hearing the saving message of Jesus Christ.

Nations second film, titled ‘Anthropology’ will come out this fall and focus on Nick Visconti, one of the best and most recognized snowboarders today.  Sharing about his recent rededication to Christ, and showing a picture of what it really looks like to be a Christian and professional snowboarder. Nick is a prominent athlete in the snowboard community, and it is such a blessing that he is willing and able to use this platform to reach people for Christ

The first Nations video (titled ‘One Year’) was shown in 22 countries, to over 115,000 people in live attendance, and even more than that through online streaming.   For this next video, we want to go even bigger, but planning these video events is a big job, and this year, that job is on Carlee and I.  Our travel expenses will be taken care of by Nations Foundation, but we have to raise support for living expenses in Carlsbad, California where we will be moving in September to be near the Nations office.  We will be in the office planning and coordinating events during the week, as well as developing follow-up/discipleship materials.  And on the weekends we will be traveling all over the world putting these events on.

Our basic budget will be about $2,500/month for this year, which adds up to $30,000 for the year.  However if we are able to get part time work, that yearly total comes down to $20,000 that we would need to raise in support.  Furthermore, if through a local church or other avenue, we are able to get our housing covered, our living expenses go down to $12,000 for the year.  Please be praying that the Lord opens up these doors for us so that we can minimize the monetary support we need.

Carlee and I are confident that God has called us into this ministry for the next season of our lives together as we step out in faith, year one of our marriage, full time ministry, and living as missionaries to the snowboard culture that includes over 20 million people worldwide.

What we need are people who are willing to partner with us on this mission, whether it be through monthly donations, one time donations, or commitments to support us through prayer.  Whatever God puts on your heart, and whatever you can do to help us through this next year, we appreciate so much.  We will keep you all updated via our blog (http://samandcarlee.tumblr.com/) so you can see what we’re up to, I’m sure its going to be an exciting year for us, and we thank you for your support. Also feel free to connect with us on Facebook, and ask us any questions you may have.

You may support Sam by making your check out to LifePoint Church with Sam Anglin’s name in the memo line.

Get to know Sam more:

https://www.facebook.com/sam.anglin.3

https://vimeo.com/38299010

Check out Nations Foundation:

http://www.nationsfilms.com/

https://vimeo.com/nationsfdn

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