Aloha! My name is Heather Faustin and I really wanted to fill you in on an awesome opportunity that has come to a bunch of us local surfers.
Through my church, New Hope Pearl Community, we have started a surf ministry called Believe, Receive, and Live (B.R.L.).
Our mission is to use our passion for surfing to reach and impact others not only in Hawaii, but all over the world.
Our goal is not to push religion or beliefs on any one. Our goal is simply to give hope and help where we can. As a small ministry we have developed a strong bond with the people of Bali, Indonesia. We have already taken 3 mission trips there and each trip we learn, impact, and reach more and more. Over the past couple of years we have added a little more to our mission statement. You guys know firsthand that the surfing community has become very influential, and being involved in surf contests, naturally everyone gets to know each other. The surfing community is not always a positive influence, but it totally can be restored to its former glory one step at a time. Kaito Kino, Matty Costa, Davin Jaime, Kylen and Cole Yamakawa, Chatson Barrett, Elliot Leong, and EJ Mitsui to name a few, have or are coming on this Bali trip. I think this is such an awesome opportunity to take these boys outside of their comfort zones of North Shore and Kewalos, and show them the world, not only through surfers’ eyes, but through eyes of compassion. Each surf session seems like a contest with Hawaii surfers dominating the line-up. Three weeks in Bali definitely improves our surfing as well as our minds. What’s awesome about having such great surfers coming along this trip is having the ability to allow our sponsors to come along for the effort to spread our love for surfing and be a positive light in the dark.
The trip dates are from July 10 to August 2, and there are about 10 of us setting out on this journey. So many amazing things are falling together that I can’t help but try and get everyone involved. This is the biggest group we have had yet, and it only means that we will have more donations, more hands-on help, and most importantly more opportunities to change and be changed by the experiences we encounter. My main focus of this mission trip is to use the gifts and passions God has given me to inspire other people to do the same. I love surfing and I am not going to lie and tell you that it’s not on my mind when thinking about this trip. Surfing in Bali is epic! On top of that the food is delicious, the people are amazing, and the culture is so intriguing. Seeing beyond the surf, food, and culture, I see a country screaming for someone to pay attention. Bali is a third world country with a highly corrupt government and poverty stricken areas at almost every corner. We are only one group and may not be able to change much, but we can offer hope, encouragement, and love to people who desperately need it. We don’t have a lot of money, but we have a lot of heart.
Being able to extract ourselves from the tourist scene and really connect with the people is what’s important. Some ideas that we have been brainstorming on are weekly surf lessons for the kids, cooking spam musubis for the workers on Poppies, visiting villages and bringing clothes, water, water filters, rice, building chicken coops, and connecting with local churches we can sponsor throughout the year.
This trip provides an opportunity to meet the physical and spiritual needs of a community that is desperately in need. I invite you along this journey to help us spread the word and reach out to get help any way people are willing to give. We will have to be creative to raise the money, so any financial help is greatly appreciated, but are blessed with any level of support you can offer. All financial support can be tax deductible. We are collecting clothing donations of all sizes. We are also taking in thin coloring books, crayons, markers, bibles, and journals.
If you are at all lead to be a part of this effort of community, compassion, and change, please feel free to contact me by phone or email. I am willing to talk to or set up a meeting with anyone interested in offering support.
Thank you so much,