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Several inches of snow dumped out of the sky last night… the power is out, many roads are closed off, and the integrity of many roofs here in Laramie, Wyoming are being tested under the weight of sticky snowflakes. Something about being in a brand-new place is like medicine to kill complacency, but I can still be forgetful, and I appreciate solid community that helps me make life-giving decisions.
Yesterday, one of the first #OneLoveSkate Reps, Auburn, and I had a great time snowboarding, but on the way home as I reached for my phone passing a 70mph speed limit sign, I had a wake up call. On a long, country road in Wyoming, Auburn encouraged me to focus only on driving. He said, "Josh, if you swerve off the road on a day like today, you're not going to get back on... Cell phones don't work out here, and this is the type of weather that people freeze to death in." Wow. Sobering thought. This insight helped me leave my cell phone alone so I could be fully committed to driving.
Auburn's blunt comment was refreshing. He was looking out for me, but as a passenger in the car, his desire for me to be fully committed to the one task of driving was also beneficial to him. The day before in Colorado, Auburn and I went to a skatepark with another original 1L rep, Mark. The time with Mark led to a nugget of wisdom not only for skaters but for all who desire to acquire any new skill. During the skate session with Mark and Auburn, a thought formed that has already become a mantra: "Commit to One." This mantra can help each of us see life-changing progression that benefits not only us as individuals but the entire communities where we are living.
Because "Commit to One," is so helpful in every aspect of life, we want to share three ways each of us can execute this memorable mantra. Try one, and let us know how it goes by connecting with us through oneloveskate.org
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
1.) Try A Blunt Slide (For Skaters & More)
Mark & Auburn are the two 1L reps we talk about in the 1L Discipleship Curriculum who worked at Keo skatepark in Maui for a year. They were a positive presence in the skate community at Keo skatepark by leading a life group, giving away 1L products, and building relationships. Their work is still seen today on Maui even though Auburn is now married and living in Wyoming while Mark is engaged and living in Colorado. Though both men are busy, we made time to get together Tuesday for a fun bro session at a small skatepark in Fort Collins, Colorado. Mark learned how to do a blunt on a steep little quarter pipe, and his advice might help you land a blunt slide as well.
Mark said that what helped him learn was committing to one and being willing to slam. He said it took being all-in to learn what he was trying to accomplish. Once he completely went for it he learned to do what needed to be done, and he started landing blunts with different variations.
Whether in marriage, careers, or skateboarding, backup plans can mess us up. Often, making a backup plan means we start investing time, money, and energy for a "plan b" because we think the grass might be greener somewhere else. Unfortunately, that wasted time and energy strips us of the ability to water the grass of our current situation, and we can fail to accomplish our desires.
Mark is not just a leader when he is skateboarding... From students watching his life at the pizza place where we hung out after skating, to the positive influence he is on his his peers, Mark's commitment creates a ripple effect way bigger than he realizes. Like Mark, each of us influence the atmosphere of our communities with every deed we do. Whether on a skateboard or in other aspects of life, may others be encouraged when they witness our commitment levels.
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Ways You Can "Commit To One"
2.) Have a 1L Convo
Last Saturday, we had another great #OneLoveSkate event in Paia, Maui. During that event we had a team of young adults from Surfing the Nations who met us on the beach in Paia to do One Love interviews. In addition, last weekend we gave away 7 One Love Skate decks, shirts, and some stickers to help skaters experience God's One Love discovered in 1 John 4:9. As we prepped our team of about 20 young adults from all around the world we said:
"It's easy to remember... since we're called "one love," today let's remember to "love one." Let's each meet one person in the next hour and learn their names and learn what they honestly believe about the two 1L questions. Let God lead you... maybe you'll get to pray with people today, but the win is getting honest answers from one person about 1) What is one love to you? and 2) Who is Jesus to you? Please log your answers on our website after your conversation so we can discover what more people believe. "
Will you commit to one 1L conversation? Maybe having a 1L conversation is what it will take to get you out of your comfort zone and see a relational breakthrough in other aspects of your life. Walking up to someone you don't know can be intimidating, but you might make their day by helping him or her share something he or she has been wanting to share.
Be creative. Maybe buy a coffee for the person behind you in line, and ask them if you can interview them with these two 1L questions. We sincerely believe these questions can radically transform someone's life and eternity, and we would love to hear how your conversations are going.
Think of how much different our world could be if we all lived in the light of our beliefs about "one love." Don't feel pressure to change anyone's opinion. Simply listen and learn, and share with us what was said so we can gather more research about the spiritual beliefs of those around us.
Ways You Can "Commit To One"
3.) Do Something That Will Snowball
Last night as the snow started falling outside of Auburn's apartment, I could not resist the urge to start packing a snow man. I knew something would be extremely satisfying for me if I could make snowman eyes out of our "arrow-up" "arrow-down" 1L logo. At first I tried huge shovels of snow to make the base... Unfortunately the huge clumps broke apart when I stacked them on top of each other.
I was amazed to realize that big shovels full of snow were not as effective as starting with a tightly packed ball of snow and rolling it to make it bigger. The counterintuitive task of starting with a small snowball led to a snowman much bigger than us. When Auburn's neighbor, Bob, walked outside with no shirt and accepted our invitation to jump in a picture, my child-like joy in simply building a snowman reached a sporadic ectasy as my expectations for the evening were far exceeded.
Regardless of the climate we are in, we are all making choices that snowball. Life tends to snowball both for good and bad. Written thousands of years ago, according to Solomon "Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out" (Proverbs 17:14). According to Solomon, conflict will snowball... we all have an angsty argument ready to snowball in to broken relationships if we're not careful... Nevertheless, positive choices snowball as well.
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Maybe you have friends that eat better than you, and when you spend time with them you tend to eat better too. We all can think of teachers who have a passion for their craft that inspires passion in their students. Just as Auburn helped me keep my eyes on the road yesterday, we all have blindspots that can be covered when we choose to put ourselves shoulder-to-shoulder in solid community.
Today, during my time downloading God's Word, I was encouraged that: Relationships are the most difficult & most important part of life. We all hurt others and get hurt, but "by steadfast love & faithfulness iniquity is atoned for" (Proverbs 16:6). In Jesus' steadfast love, we can receive & give #RealLove. #LiveOneLove #SeekTheMostHigh
Jesus said in Luke 10:42, "One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." That ONE thing. Mary's one thing was her relationship with Jesus. Like Mary, I want the One Love of Jesus to be my One Thing I pursue. Jesus' eternal love empowers us to love God and love others better than any amount of earthly time, talents, and treasures every could. I am a work in progress, but for me the main snowball I pray and work to keep in the center of my life is my relationship with Jesus.
“Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like the t-shirt that says: "Procrastinators unite... tomorrow." Lol. It's funny, but unfortunately it's true. Complacency kills our dreams and robs the world of creativity. So often, life is "now or never." Go for that one thing. You know what it is. Or you know who it is. Life is a vapor, and it's worth the work to start packing some snowballs of love and life to see the world around us experience new love and life.
What does it look like for you to commit to one?
What's the one thing that you can try that could radically change the direction of your life?
"Storms will surely come, but true love is a choice you must make."
Please stay in touch and let us know what's new in your life, friends.
When we go all in, others notice; and they enjoy the life-giving community that comes from our commitment. However, for this to happen, we need to try a blunt-slide, have a one love conversation, or do something else that will snowball. We hope you are encouraged to "COMMIT TO ONE" in at least one of these three ways aforementioned. Like the sticky snowflakes that can make snowmen or collapse roofs with their weight, we are better together when we spur one another on to #LiveOneLove.
Please act now so you will start to see a difference in your life tomorrow.
Commit to one! #LiveOneLove
In the One Love of the Most High (1 John 4:9),
Cheers to you, 1L fam! It has been our joy partnering with you this past year to #LiveOneLove and bring #OneLoveToTheNations!
God had used your prayers and financial support to expand this ministry with a fresh goal of launching life groups at every skatepark in the world!
Because of you, Joshua and I (Nicole) have been able to pour into creating 1L Discipleship curriculums and make progress on our 1L book (stay tuned in 2018 for the finished product!).
We have been able to further equip 1L reps to do weekly discipleship and monthly board giveaways.
We’ve connected with the greater community of faith and have cultivated more relationships and partnerships with local churches, community leaders, and fellow skaters. We’ve seen God bring together people and details for skate events and getting more 1L products. He is so good!
The purpose of all of these things is to connect with people to have conversations of eternal significance and then to disciple and equip them to live the One Love of Jesus wherever they go.
One Love, the only true and soul-saving love, changes lives and communities for eternity.
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We are thankful for you, 1L fam! We really appreciate all your prayer and financial support as we continue to #LiveOneLove wherever the Lord leads. This month that included: putting on a skate event specifically for kids at the Paia Youth and Cultural Center, sharing the light that casts out the darkness at a middle school “GLOW Night,” starting #OneLoveLegacy discipleship, doing a board give-away in NC, and testifying of His life-changing work through a faith story blog on oneloveskate.org. Here's our monthly mission Newsletter:
With the big move back to Maui, some were under the impression that the Marburgers were no longer “doing One Love.” To bring some clarity, it is for the One Love of Jesus that we moved back to Maui! God opened a full-time pastoral position for Joshua, but we are still “doing” and living One Love here. It is this very ministry and organization that allows us to live back in Hawaii on the island of Maui. So please keep us in your prayers!
Thanks if you lift up our weekly prayer requests (No Password Needed):www.oneloveskate.org/specificprayerrequests
And if you feel led to partner with us financially, visit us on our website, or feel free to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
It is our joy in Jesus to partner with you all to be messengers of the King!
At fourteen, I knew there was more to life than what my day-to-day looked like. I felt broken inside, and I desperately wanted things to feel “right.”
If you could be any vegetable, what would it be and why? That question, and the answer of a friend of mine, got me thinking about life in a whole new way. I know it sounds a bit wonky, but sometimes metaphors have a way of hitting me in ways that go far deeper than general conversation. My friend compared herself to a head of lettuce. Lettuce! She said that lettuce could continually have its top cut off and keep growing back. My mind was spinning. That’s me! I feel I’ve been cut off and cut down to my stump in the garden of life, but here I am! By God’s grace, I’m still here and still growing. Thank you, lettuce!
Growing up, I was your general go-with-the-flow kind of kid. I didn’t have any other choice, really.
The oldest and only girl with two younger brothers meant that at the young age of five, I was propelled into a world of responsibility when my parents separated. I grew up knowing I was loved, but brokenness still took its effect in my life. I lived moment by moment. I didn’t really have a sense of peace and childlike buoyancy like my peers around me. It wasn’t until God got a hold of my heart that my life had any sense of purpose. At fourteen, I knew there was more to life than what my day-to-day looked like. I felt broken inside, and I desperately wanted things to feel “right.” I had a good friend and neighbor at the time that kept inviting me to summer camp, and that particular summer I finally agreed.
Long story made short, God used Colossians 3:2 to still the unrest in my heart and introduce me to His perfect peace. It says, “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” Boom. There it was. My mind was the battlefield. God set me free by opening my mind to Him and things above, things beyond this earth. I remember praying something like this, “God, I know you’re in control of everything. So, why wouldn’t I give my life to you?!” That was that start of my life-changing belief in Jesus Christ.
Fast-forward a handful of years and I said, “Yes!” to God at a Missions Conference in college. It was a “Yes!” to whatever He had in store for my life. I didn’t know all the details, but I had a peace and clarity from the Lord that He was leading me in the direction of missions—working wholeheartedly for Him regardless of the specific vocation. Amidst all the options ahead and around me as a college junior, I just knew in my soul that He had it all under control.
…looks to outsiders like this crazy life-on-the-edge type of adventure. I was down with that. We’d live missionally together. He was called to ministry and I was called to serve alongside him.
Within that year, I had met, got engaged, and then married my awesome Joshua Michael. I was in the process of applying for a 2 year international mission service when God reminded me that my “Yes!” was to His plans and not my own. I was pursuing becoming a missionary, but God had marriage in mind (first, anyway). I was a bit like mental and emotional whiplash, but I was excited! My husband oozes the joy of Jesus and lives out his faith in a way that looks to outsiders like this crazy life-on-the-edge type of adventure. I was down with that. We’d live missionally together. He was called to ministry and I was called to serve alongside him.
About six years into our life in ministry together, we had gone from two jobs and no kids, to one job and two kids. We loved living with the mission of making Jesus known through the way we lived our lives; however, there was a holy discontent in our souls. Around that time, Joshua felt compelled to step away from his pastoral position and to put all his efforts and energy into a vision God had given him in college. We moved from Maui to NC to stabilize and better establish One Love Skate 501c3. It was an intense time of trusting the Lord when feeling like we were walking blind. About two months into the move, we were invited as One Love (1L) missionaries to speak to a youth group at a Disciple Now for Element Church in Forest City, NC.
I distinctly remember a moment during worship through music where I tangibly felt the peace of God wash over me. It was like He was confirming in my spirit that I was right where He wanted me to be. I had said, “Yes!” and I was living out that “Yes!” It was like a divine hug from the Lord reassuring me that He had it all planned out; I didn’t need to keep freaking out. It was that same peace and clarity I felt when I said “Yes!” all those years ago. I loved talking to people about Jesus. He reminded me of that in that moment. I had let years of ministry work cloud my memory of that. I loved it! I was called to ministry and I had already said “Yes!” I just need that reminder.
God constantly reminds me to “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” His ways and His peace are life. I’m called to share that.
I love how God works everything out for the good of those who are called according to His purpose! I was called to salvation at 14, called to missions at 20, and then reminded of my call to ministry at 29. Man, what a ride! Ephesians 2 talks about being dead in our sins, being made alive in Christ, and being His workmanship. That is my story. I am His workmanship, created in Christ to do the work He prepared for me in advance. Those works include being a missionary with 1L where we use the tools and opportunities God gives us to show people true love, God’s one love in Christ. Part of our mission is to walk with people on their journey to saying “Yes!” to God.
1L is a dynamic discipleship and evangelistic ministry dedicated to sharing the one love of Jesus outside the walls of church buildings by partnering with people, churches, and organizations. God constantly reminds me to “Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things.” His ways and His peace are life. I’m called to share that. In this word, we will have trouble—we will feel cut down and left stumpy, but Christ-followers have hope. He who is in us (Jesus!) is greater that he who is in the world. Like a head of lettuce, pieces of me have been done away with, but with Jesus at my core, I still have life—a life better than one I could have drummed up in my mind for myself. The love of Jesus created me and it sustains me; Jesus is my core. Just like lettuce, as long as I still have my core, I’ll keep growing.
We hope this Anthem inspires you to create art that will influence attitudes about the 1L of Jesus.
Create your own 1L Anthem:
1L Anthem Examples:
Aaron Beasley in Ohio:
Mark Addington in North Carolina:
We hope you're inspired to be #OnMission creating 1L Art.
Contact One Love Skate to share your 1L Anthems with us!
If you have ever stood on top of a huge ramp or paddled in to a huge wave and chose to “drop in,” you know that transitions can sometimes be fun and sometimes be painful...
Recently, a friend of ours, Joshua Knipple, asked us to write about "Fear And Faith" for his new book. This process was great for us as we continue to work on our #LiveOneLove book. We came up with this Fear & Faith by Joshua and Nicole Marburger.pdf which we are also posting on this blog. View Fear & Faith File: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwPBYk1RLn-HdXljc2EzOUxZYmM/view?usp=sharing
Joshua Marburger is a Pastor in Hawaii and Founder of the international discipleship ministry “One Love Skate” 501c3. He and his wife, Nicole, have been enjoying the ride together since meeting at North Greenville University in 2007 where they were first resourced and equipped to be “shoulder to shoulder with soldiers for the Kingdom.” They now have three boys and enjoy serving, speaking, and writing to help many experience the One Love of Jesus (1L). They work hard to provide resources to help as many people as possible #LiveOneLove as a positive presence in their communities through Life Groups and Discipleship.
Joshua & Nicole’s prayer and passion in life is to help resource and equip
disciples (1L Reps) to lead life groups at every skatepark in the world.
Connect with us to join the mission:
Through big transitions, we are continuing to live out the Most High's call "Shoulder-to-shoulder with soldiers for God's Kingdom" to serve as 1L Missionaries everywhere we go, & we can't do it without your prayer support!
Thanks those of you who lift up the Monday 3 each week. We appreciate your prayer support more than you know!
This month we removed the password to make these prayer requests more accessible:
Nicole has been working hard with her new roles "communicating, connecting, & creating" w/ One Love Skate 501(c)(3).
If you missed Nicole communicating at Unashamed camp last summer, here's a link from Unashamed Hawaii: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhM-rS-p10
Brody & "Mpact" Talk On Container Last Week
Dub, one of the bikers working security last Wednesday, sent this picture featured on @oneloveskateoutreach instagram of Brody (from Shelby) & Rodney (from Philly) sharin' the 1L of Jesus w/Shelby, NC community.
"Life-change happens in life groups," and we pray that this year we can train 1L Reps w/our "1L Leader Training" at all 5 Maui skateparks to rep the 1L of Jesus & help skaters "live through Him" (1 John 4:9).
- Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming event at Paia skatepark with Sam P!
Yesterday, Waipuna Chapel graciously welcomed our Marburger family! What a blessing to be prayed for in all three services last weekend! Joshua is the new "Associate Pastor of Life Groups & Discipleship," and we will also continue to serve full time as missionaries through "One Love Skate" 501(c)(3).
Let's join with Waipuna Chapel in prayer for housing Upcountry by the end of September. We are praying we can purchase a house close to the church and big enough for our family of 5. We also pray our house will be able to host missionaries and people in our monthly support team who come to visit and join us in ministry.
Thanks those of you who lift up the Monday 3 each week. We appreciate your prayer support more than you know, and we removed the password for this month's prayer requests to make them more accessible: https://www.oneloveskate.org/specificprayerrequests
Joshua & Nicole
Caleb, Paul, & Silas
As Joshua and Nicole (and all of us) transition, we rest knowing: "What is over our heads is under God's feet." As Isaiah 55 explains, God's ways truly are higher than our ways.
Last Sunday was "Experience 1L Day" at Hope Community Church, and Joshua shared that he recently accepted a position as Associate Pastor at Waipuna Chapel back in Maui, Hawaii.
Please pray for grace for the Marburger move:
- Family transition to Maui
- Nicole's new missionary roles with One Love Skate (501c3): Communicating, Connecting, & Creating
- Ministry of Waipuna Chapel - Great relationships with staff, lots of spiritual fruit through life groups / Waipuna's services, plus revival on Maui as Joshua serves as Associate Pastor of Life Groups and Discipleship
- Marburgers continue full-time work with One Love Skate, and Joshua's yearly month of unpaid leave (plus additional vacation time) from Waipuna to pursue 1L ministry opps
- 1L Reps to be Discipled, Resourced, & Equipped at all 5 skateparks in Maui this year as we partner with people, churches, and organizations
Last Sunday, during the services at Hope Community we saw people stand up and commit to share the 1L of Jesus this week.
We also celebrated a profession of faith, three baptisms, and people called to ministry.
About 11 Minutes in to last Sunday's message, Dr. Wilbanks, from North Greenville University, shares about "El Elyon" and mentions the One Love #SeekTheMostHigh Devotional from Hope Community Church.
Download Devotional by clicking here: https://www.oneloveskate.org/s/To-Print-HCC-One-Love-Devotional.pdf
Baptisms and more sermon videos can be viewed on Hope Community Church's Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClxe93esfa198qJwOqHnpEA
Audio file of "Experience 1L Day" may be downloaded here: https://soundcloud.com/hope-community-audio/one-love-day
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1L Oregon was an incredible time from July 26-31, and it included giving away 5 #OneLoveSkate decks. We also gave away 50+ One Love Devotional & Discipleship guides as well as 5 t-shirts and hundreds of conversation stickers. Joshua & Nicole shared about One Love during Ashland Christian Fellowship's service, and video is available on this blog.
Other #OneLoveSkate Oregon highlights on blog:
1.) Medford July 2013-2017
2.) Burnside 1L Seeds
3.) Putt-putt with Artist Andrew & his skilled bride Julie
4) Skate Church Oregon with Tim Byrne
5.) #SeekTheMostHigh last week in Shelby, NC
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to One Love Skate to help us continue this important mission in NC, HI, and around the world!
We believe asking the question: "What's One Love?" can be the difference between life and death because of the answer found in the question. Caleb, currently 5 years old, helps us understand One Love in this 19 second video from last Saturday:
We are celebrating 5 students in the last several months who have been saved, baptized, and discipled to live the One Love of Jesus in North Carolina.
Sam P. & Lahaina Baptist ministers are enjoying fruitful ministries in Maui as well...
Here's a video from Facebook live of the One Love Mission's Report at Pukalani Baptist last Sunday night (3/26/17) with more details of how God is using One Love to help people encounter the One Love of Jesus.
We are thankful for our new friend Peter and his ministries.
Peter has helped One Love Skate partner with the ministries of Made In Hope, Ambassador, Embassy, & #StirItUp808. Sam is especially excited about the possibility of a One Love Skate & Surf school partnership with Made in Hope! For now, stop in at 752 Lower Main Street in Wailuku, grab some delicious bubble tea, and check out some new 1L products.
What a huge blessing to be #ShoulderToShoulder with Pastor Kaipo at Waipuna Chapel
Pastor Kaipo, Waipuna Chapel, asked Nicole and me to teach on 1 Thessalonians 3 last Monday for Unashamed. We are so thankful to be #ShoulderToShoulder, #Unashamed with many ministers and ministries on Maui & around the world!
As the 1L Anthem shares, "We wanna be #ShoulderToShoulder with soldiers for the Kingdom"
This trip to Maui went too fast. We had great time with Maui family, and we are so thankful to have spent some time with amazing ministry partners and monthly supporters!
Lahaina Baptist was one of three churches that hosted One Love presentations during this trip, and they have been a huge blessing to the ministry of One Love Skate!
Sharing at Lahaina Baptist Church on March 19 was especially revitalizing to us because Pastor Jay teaches the members of LBC to be missionaries #OnMission to their community! Furthermore, Caleb & Elijah and the leadership team at Lahaina Baptist share the One Love of Jesus at Lahaina Skatepark (which is a short walk across the street) several times a month.
Please connect with us on oneloveskate.org if you have any questions or if you know of people who would be interested in repping 1L in your community!
We are so thankful for each of you who partner with us to #LiveOneLove! We have seen God provide in miraculous ways through your obedience to Him in your generosity to give to One Love Skate!
This ministry could not happen without the consistent investment of your prayers and finances!
Learn more about partnering with us to #LiveOneLove by clicking here: https://www.oneloveskate.org/contact/
In the One Love of Jesus (1 John 4:9),
Josh, Nicole, Caleb, Paul, Silas, & One Love Ministers all around the world!
We wanted to invite you if you are interested in attending any of the following 1L Presentations:
-Josh & Nicole at Waipuna Chapel tonight at 7pm.
- Josh preaching at Pukalani Baptist Church this Sunday at 10:15am.
- One Love Mission's Report this Sunday Night at 6pm at Pukalani Baptist Church.
This past week, our friend Mark Langford just sent us the 1L video below that was on his computer from #OneLoveSkate action in Brazil several years ago. So thankful for Mark & Auburn & their example to other One Love Skate reps! This vid's worth a watch.
Join us December 17 for another fun event with the County of Maui. 9:00am-12:00pm at Kalama Skatepark!
Update from Sam P:
This term I have been going out to skateboard at least once every other week. My body is heavier. But for some reason it gives me more incentive to land tricks because if I fall it will hurt more.
I can’t believe how much over the years this ministry [One Love Skate] has grown. It is such a radical thing to be a part of with Josh M. and I know the influence has been major.
Cool update is now we have a merchandise page on the website where you can directly support the ministry by buying some One Love gear.
I have been doing skate lessons at Hale Makana once a week and the kids are loving it. My passion for skate coaching has been reignited and my heart to share skateboarding with the Nations has been reimagined.
I was talking with one of my friends from “Moke Life” and we came up with an idea to ask fellow skateboarders to donate their used parts so I can take them on my missions trips. So with that in mind I have been working on projects to accumulate skate resources and teaming up with developing countries strategies how we can use skateboarding to develop strong leaders.
This is my favorite project yet. Some countries on the line up for this skate project include Burma, Australia, and DPRK. So exciting things to come. Would love to get some of our island skaters in these places so keep us in mind and will be putting some stuff out and ways you can support this cause.
In recent skate news here on Maui, I am doing our annual skate clinic day Dec 17 @ Kihei skatepark from 9am-12PM. Past few years we have been giving away over $1,000 worth of skate things. But not only that we have snacks, drinks, music, contests, and skate lessons by me.
So if you want to learn how to skate come for a visit and lets have some fun!
Mahalo. Thanks for reading and taking some time to catch up. Looking forward to all the adventures this winter break and looking forward to the new year 2017!!! Greater things are yet to come.
Just want to say thanks to the New Hope Maui team, One Eighty, Jarred, Josh M., and the UHMC campus team.
Thanks To Maui Skateboard Series for putting on another radical event for the skate boarders of Maui. A few weeks ago the M.S.S. team arranged a portable ramp skate jam and best trick contests in tribute for the new skate park being built in Kula.
Everyone is excited for this new skate park which rumors say it should be done in a year or so.
It was a beautiful Maui scenic day and there was an amazing crew of families and upcoming Maui skaters having a blast. The M.S.S. team did a great job with the arrangements of the ramps, providing snacks, pizza, and drinks, also setting the atmosphere and keeping the skaters hyped.
Not only where there the local skate groms and highly supportive parents on scene, the Keopulani locals arrived on scene as well with all of their skate boarding maneuvers.
What I loved about this even the most it was the right amount of competitiveness with the perfect amount of fun and enjoyment. No one was over aggressive and it truly felt like a Maui Ohana of skaters.
There was 3 divisions of “best trick” contests. The 8 and under, 8-15, and then the older kids. They had three skaters at a time go for about 2 minutes for the best trick and then ultimately until each division had the top 3 compete for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize.
There was over 100+ people who came out. And tons of prizes from Aloha skateboards, Maui groms, Hi-tech, Maui County, and One Love Skate. Also thanks to all the countless sponsors I forgot.
It was amazing to see the upcoming skaters of Maui is going strong and would love to see us (One Love Skate) being able to encourage and cultivate the skate scene on Maui and be a major influence in the lives of the skate culture here on the island. It seems that more families are involved with the skate scene here and it is so encouraging to see such support.
I feel as we continue to share life with each other through skateboarding, hopefully curiosity for eternity and the love of God can be shared through conversations, acts of kindness, and just being passionate about the gifts and talents given to us.
I believe in One Love Skate ministry a lot because its not a program or a kind of way to make people do something, it is simply people wanting to proclaim the good news of God that He is the true source of love.
Growing up on Maui I’ve seen many people come and go but the one thing that remains the same is the love of God and His reflection in the people here on the island.
I was actually able to join the best trick contest, which I haven’t really done a contest for at least 7 years. It made me realize how much fun skating with your friends and challenging yourself is. So keep challenging yourself and have fun!
Aloha ke Akua!