Sergio Lima was raised on the island of Fernando De Noronha, in Brazil. Sergio’s life was not easy growing up; he was poor and he did not have a father involved in his life. But surfing became his great passion, and by 14 he was surfing professionally. When Christian Surfers, Brazil, came to his island to do surf schools for the community, Sergio took interest. At first he wanted to get involved with the group for the free surf boards they offered, but clearly God had another plan; soon Sergio was going to evening Bible studies, and hearing about the love of God. Sergio gave his life to the Lord when he was 17.

One thing Sergio remembers well from the Christian Surfers meetings was how they would show the Walking on Water movies. He was inspired to see really good surfers who loved Jesus. Soon Sergio realized, “Hey, I can do that! I can be a great surfer and share the gospel!” This inspiration never went away. Sergio met and married Carly, an American girl, and the two of them eventually moved to the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. There they started Island Style Surf School, and Sergio became involved in ministry at the Mission North Shore church. This last winter, Sergio became a Pastor. 2 kids, a lot of surf lessons and youth groups later, Sergio’s heart is very full.

This spring, Sergio and Carly, along with their friends Aaron and Corrine Gold, will be traveling back to Sergio’s home island in Brazil. Sergio looks forward to seeing the people he grew up with, and sharing the gospel every where he can. They will be showing the Surfers and Cowboys movie, which is great because not only are there a lot of surfers there, but many cowboys on the island as well!

Sergio mentions John 1:12 as a theme verse for the trip and for his life: “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” Because he remembers what it was like growing up without a father, Sergio wants to tell everyone that there is a Father whose love can change your life. No matter where you come from or who you are, God loves you. This is the message he hopes to share with the people back in Fernando De Noronha, and everyone else he meets. Find Sergio’s Surf School information at islandstylesurfschool.com

Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com