At the request of the Shipibo people, we got involved with this ministry of teaching. From the beginning, the plan was to start up a school that meets for one week of intensive Bible teaching each quarter of the year for four years. While this is minimal time for a school it is reasonable for the context and resources available to the people.
So I’m sitting on a boat in the river port of Pucallpa waiting for departure on my 6-hour trip upriver to the town and pastor training school in Junin Pablo. It is a cool jungle morning and I’m sweating. You might think it’s a serene quiet morning in reference to this jungle river location but the quiet is shattered with all sorts of loading activity and raucous music (if you can call it that) blaring over the sound system. I try to tame this with headphones and my own music but the result may be going deaf early.
Dave Irby, Surge Founder and inventor of Sammy Surge is launching his first children’s book, officially, this Monday in Salzburg, Austria: Sammy Surge in Study Hard, Play Fair, Help Others
Dave will read from his book during storytime, at Surge’s first-ever English-speaking soccer camp in Europe.
Dave and Sammy Surge finished up a Dave and Sammy Surge finished up a great week of soccer camp and Vacation Bible School at Christ Pacific Church in Huntington Beach, California with Dave’s message to the congregation: “Together, We are writing the Future!” Children who attended VBS raised $852.01 to help support the soccer camp in Salzburg, Austria. We are so grateful for CPC’s tremendous support!, California with Dave’s message to the congregation: “Together, We are writing the Future!”
Meet Sammy Surge the wonderful mascot for Surge Soccer. Sammy Surge and his real-life teammates have visited and inspired children all over the world. As Sammy’s popularity has risen we felt it was time to write a fun “children’s” book.. As our story unfolds Sammy Surge has just been reunited with his long-lost twin brother Ralph; now it’s up to Sammy, Grama and Grampa Smitty, Mr Schulz, their 5th grade teacher, and soccer coaches Hansi and Matumbu, to help Ralph succeed – in the classroom, at home and on the soccer field.
An estimated 900 million viewers in 179 countries will view the upcoming Manchester United vs Manchester City English Premier League match. Surge founder Dave Irby will be at Old Trafford as the guest of longtime Man U Chaplain and Surge Advisory Board member, The Rev. John Boyers. (April 21-26)
Sadly Surge mascot Sammy Surge will not make the trek this time as he is having eye, leg and feet surgery at Kincaid Karacters in Atlanta, Georgia. Read More
We are so blessed to have Bree Williams back in Austria with us.
She has gone through some tumultuous times as she had to rush home as her dad was gravely ill and then passed away. After Bree touches down for a few weeks in Salzburg she moves to Schaldming (south of Salzburg) to serve at the Torchbearers Bible School. She will spend three months mentoring students and developing sports ministry.
I have labeled my recent trip to Peru one of extremes, and it was a real emotional roller coaster for me. Let me explain. We sleep in a house with thin wooden slats for walls and you can hear everything from the others in the next room. The first two nights we heard a baby and older sibling coughing and having difficulty breathing. Once I realized how bad it was we got the mother to take the 3-month-old baby to the clinic to receive a shot. But unfortunately it was too late and the baby died that night. Read More
As I look forward to 2019 the words of author Brandon Steiner in his book Living on Purpose resonate with me:
“Part of being extraordinary means helping others realize the extraordinary potential in their lives. It’s about adding value to the world by doing something for someone that they can’t do for themselves.”
Dave Irby, Surge Founder
At Surge Soccer we are so blessed to have so many great people praying for us and sponsoring us; so we can take the message of “hope that Christ can bring,” around the world! Today’s video is a greeting to some of our supporting churches and more specifically to the 4th grade Sunday School Class that prays for us on a regular basis. Read More
Surge International is pleased to announce that John Strauch, owner, and president of Mid-Valley Media, Inc. has joined our Surge International Advisory Board. A former Surge Board member John has been a part of the Surge Soccer community since the beginning, with the old Cascade Surge team. Read More
At Surge International we have “a calling” to serve others, that we connect with through soccer, the world’s most popular sport.
Long trips, dirt pitches, rough accommodations – no problem – we aren’t afraid to get in the mud. For example, Mike Tobie, who gives his all for Jesus, on and off the pitch and is shown in the video here covered in mud. Read More