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Hudson’s Story We remember this young guy first walking into the skatepark so many years ago. Uncertain but excited all at the same time.  With a sense of caution to his new surroundings, Hudson became friends fast with Cinder and soon found out that community exists in Christ where you can tangibly experience God’s Love. Read the Full Story
Moving on a Promise Society says keep moving.  People tell me to look to the future. Things will change and get better.  All words that are presumably meant to keep me going.  These words don’t aid in the processing of current emotions; instead they tend to be words that remove these debilitating emotions or black them out from my [...] Read the Full Story
From Chile with Love About 2 years ago, while the park was still in operation, a young man walked into the shop and introduced himself as “Habacuc.”  After a couple back and forths of making sure I got the pronunciation correct, a conversation about skateboarding went down.  It eventually morphed itself into a conversation about God.  Low and behold, [...] Read the Full Story
Trevor’s Story Trevor shares his story about how his life changed through meeting Jesus at Cinder.  This is just one of many stories that we will be sharing in the up and coming months here at Cinder.   See what God has done and continues to do through the ministry of The Cinder Project.   Read the Full Story

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Hudson’s Story

We remember this young guy first walking into the skatepark so many years ago. Uncertain but excited all at the same time.  With a sense of caution to his new surroundings, Hudson became friends fast with Cinder and soon found out that community exists in Christ where you can tangibly experience God’s Love.

Moving on a Promise

Society says keep moving.  People tell me to look to the future. Things will change and get better.  All words that are presumably meant to keep me going.  These words don’t aid in the processing of current emotions; instead they tend to be words that remove these debilitating emotions or black them out from my mind so I can “make it through.”  What if the idleness of my current situation is not for me to look to the future, but instead to look at what is currently going on at this present passing moment?  How is it that I can so quickly dismiss what is going on in the now?  This poses a major problem. What is going on with me?  To figure that out, I have to really ask myself “How am I doing?” without the pretext that I am answering this question because I am going to be better.

The answer to that question… I am doing… well, honestly… I am frustrated. Frustrated and bored of idleness.  Is idleness my problem?  No, not necessarily, but I feel that my idleness is a result of failure and doubt. So if I am not moving and things are not progressing, then I am in an ongoing state of failure. This feeling is what eats me alive. I doubt that things will change.  Is this sense of failure true?  I mean, I have failed at things in my past. But does that mean that right now I am walking in perpetual failure?  I think this is where people speak statements that look to the future. Justifiably so, because the future brings tomorrow, and tomorrow’s possibilities can’t be the same as today or yesterday. In my case, it has been days of looking for tomorrow to bring something different. I am still waiting with an overarching doubt that anything is actually going to happen.

What does all of this mean? That I am a failure? No. It means that maybe in constantly looking for something to change for tomorrow, that my overarching desire for this change stops the progress of what is going on today. I miss out what God is speaking over me, what He has for me in this moment.  

Can I be a failure in God’s eyes? A constant question that rolls through my heart, but definitely not through the heart of the Father.  I believe this is the key. Understand the true heart of the Father. Not just for me but for so many of us who are in these “idle” seasons.  

This brings me to the story of King David of the Old Testament, only he wasn’t a king yet. Constantly going through rigors of battle, hiding, obedience to God, and holding on to a promise that seems hard to believe will come to fruition.  David doesn’t go through this waiting period as a totally outstanding heroic figure with an optimistic view of his distant future. Instead we see the story of man who goes through some serious hardships on the longer-than-expected journey to kingship. Yes, he doesn’t stray from the promise of God, but in that process, he doesn’t always come off as having it all together. Take for example, David acting insane in the presence of the Philistine king so he will not be killed. He was simply doing what it took to stay alive for that day. Sometimes he is even given what seems to be ideal opportunities to act and move to take his kingship by killing the current king.  In obedience to the promise, that opportunity was not how God was to have him take the throne. Patience. Patience to the point that the only thing that can be relied on is that he was the anointed one of God and that God does not go back on His promises. 

What am I left with, and what am I to do with it?  I know that the Lord has called me.  I know that I have been anointed for ministry.  I know that the promise of ministry is just that, a promise.  A promise that God does not renounce.  My doubts are human. My flesh wants to blame myself.  My heart is torn, and my mind is burned out.  I am simply holding onto the promise that God has laid before me and His constant words of hope and peace that keep me going and living for the day.  In the moment, I am learning to serve, love, and trust Him in every day. Trust not just for tomorrow, but fully for each day that I wake up. Whatever that day looks like. Whatever the task is for that day.  

Failure and doubt are not the promises that have been given to me. 

From Chile with Love

About 2 years ago, while the park was still in operation, a young man walked into the shop and introduced himself as “Habacuc.”  After a couple back and forths of making sure I got the pronunciation correct, a conversation about skateboarding went down.  It eventually morphed itself into a conversation about God.  Low and behold, Habacuc and his wife Liz were missionaries to Chile, sharing the love of Christ to the hundreds of street kids that were outside in the plaza near their home.  Part of this street culture was skateboarding, and this guy has a passion for these lost street kids.   I instantly was moved and wanted to help in any way that I could.  We started taking donations for Habacuc’s ministry: boards, wheels, trucks, whatever our customers didn’t want anymore that was still usable. We sorted, boxed, and shipped to Chile boxes of gear to Habacuc so he could distribute and bless his skaters.  Now as things look different for us here in the States,  the seeds of giving can still be seen, as they are being watered by Habacuc and Liz. You can check out their ministry at Urban Action.  Maybe we will see some new Cinders as a result of a possible future trip to Chile with our team!

It is the stories that we hear back from the people around us that keep the fires of Cinder going.  If you have a story, we would love to hear it.  Just drop us a line on our contact page.

These are just a handful of the girl skaters to which Habacuc and Liz minister.  It is amazing stuff. I think there are more skate girls in this picture than there are in the entire state of North Carolina! Keep up the great work Habacuc and Liz!

Trevor’s Story

Trevor shares his story about how his life changed through meeting Jesus at Cinder.  This is just one of many stories that we will be sharing in the up and coming months here at Cinder.   See what God has done and continues to do through the ministry of The Cinder Project.

 

Cinder skates at R.I.O.T.

Our booth at R.I.O.T.

David and I went to the R.I.O.T. youth conference last week in Huntersville, NC to set up a fundraising booth for Cinder. One reason for participating in R.I.O.T. was to share the passion that the Lord has given us to restart Cinder.  We had the opportunity to tell many people about the situation Cinder is currently in. We were amazed by how they genuinely responded in a positive and supporting way. We also brought a rail from the park and skated with the kids in the parking lot before the conference started. We got to meet a bunch of cool kids- Chris, Luke and more! It was really awesome seeing such young people living their lives for Christ!

Before the service started, Pastor Chris took David and I on a tour of the church, showing us all these neat things like the skate ramps they have, and the backstage room. When we got backstage, we reviewed some questions to to aid me so I would be prepared to share my testimony. Pastor Chris decided that he wanted to continue with his Saturday Night Live theme and have me sit on a couch, with him at a desk, asking me questions that pertained specifically to my testimony. By doing it this way, nothing was left out. The pastor who spoke at the conference was very energetic and had good points that were directly towards the student group there. The best way to describe him would be to imagine a stand-up comedian preaching the Gospel. There was an improv group that performed that was funny and great at their craft!

After the conference ended, we had a lot of people come and talk to us, wanting to know more about the ministry.  I also had people come up to me and share their testimonies that were similar to mine and how it gave them inspiration knowing they are not alone in their situations. The next day we brought Robert Thomas, a Cinder team discipleship member. Dave and I are not what we used to be on a skateboard, so we thought Robert could be more entertaining in that area. He had a really great time connecting with people and sharing the love of our Father.

Trevor and Robert messin' around

When the second day ended, Robert and I were skating in the parking lot in the dark. That in itself was a bad idea. We were doing tricks on one of those parking blocks. I tried to do a simple Axle Stall on it and my board flipped over it and my feet went above my head and I landed on my back on the concrete block. I immediately stood up out of reaction but then my body locked up.  I couldn’t move and I knew something was wrong. I hobbled to the car and Dave took me back to my car in Charlotte. My mom works with CT scanners, so she was able to tell me what was wrong. I had a small fracture in my sacroiliac joint causing extreme pain when I moved my right leg or back even a hair. I was on pain meds and muscle relaxers and I was told I would be on crutches for a few weeks. They said I should take it really easy when I walked for a month and no skating for 2 months. Well, I was really bummed out about this.  I asked David to pray for me, and 2 days went by of not moving. Then came Friday.  I hopped out of bed and put my clothes on and ran downstairs with my usual energy.  I got into my car and went to the gas station. As I was walking in I realized- wait a minute, I was walking!!!!!  So I called Dave and told him and we praised the Lord for healing me!

Not only was my story to be shared with the students, but the Lord also worked it out so that I could also have a token of His love this week also.  Just when I thought that this week would end with sadness (a lot of the people were bummed that I couldn’t make it there on Wednesday night), the Lord even knew how to redeem a lame accident.


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