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Ivan van Vuuren
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ivan van vuurenOne of the most important days of our kids' lives is the day when they realize why they were born.

For Ivan van Vuuren, that moment came when he was barely old enough to carry his own surf board. Now, every day when he throws his feet over the side of the bed to go hit the waves, Ivan knows exactly why he was born. Ivan is one of the world's most recognized all-around extreme sports athletes and has won awards in surfing, windsurfing, and motocross racing. Born in South Africa to missionaries, Ivan surrendered his life to Jesus as an "arrow" at the age of five, and he has used his love of extreme sports ever since then to tell others about Jesus. Now he's the International Director of Xtreme Life International, and president of Premier Productions, one of the world's leading extreme sports production companies. His ministry produces extreme sports evangelistic movies, and also produces and hosts the weekly TV show, "Xtreme Life TV."

Not only does he know exactly why he was put on this earth, Ivan is the epitome of living with passion while pursuing his God-assigned mission. Now an adult, he travels all over the world, hosting and performing at extreme sports events for youth. After the local events, he gathers all the athletes and spectators, and shares a bold, straightforward, Gospel message. He invites volunteers from local communities to the scene to help the kids get into a local body of believers. The heart of his message to kids is to get them into a relationship with Jesus so they can also discover their purpose:

Over the years I've been fortunate to win many great things like cars and medals, attained fame and things that satisfy for the moment, but you know what? Nothing compares to that of living an XTREME LIFE for Christ! There might be times in your life when you feel like you can't go on and you want to quit your Christian walk or even quit at life. I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the finish line and the prize of eternal life that awaits you.

If you're tired of just "getting by" and you believe there must be more, and if questions like, "What am I here for?" and "What should I do with my life?" keep coming to your mind, it's a good time to sign up for the XTREME LIFE and to meet the most extreme Person who ever lived-Jesus Christ. No one has done, and no one will ever do what He has done for you. He loves you and has an amazing plan for your life! He forgives your sin and offers you eternal life if you believe and follow after Him. He's inviting you into the XTREME LIFE with Him. 

Some people think that you have to give up what you love to pursue God's will for your life, but people like Ivan know that nothing could be further from the truth. He totally gets it that God made him to love certain things, and that he can be an arrow while being exactly the person God made him to be. His life motto, picked up when he was a kid trying to get up the courage to surf the huge waves off the coast of South Africa and always his parting words to his audience: "If you don't go, you'll never know."


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