My wife and I decided to get involved with Walking on Water after Bryan Jennings shared an impactful message at our church. The message was titled “Just Go!” which encouraged us to act in faith upon God’s highest desire; for His children to share the gospel, in creative ways, with the community He has placed us in. I remember Bryan saying, “God desires to cooperate and collaborate with us, no matter what the cost.” then he added, “Even when it doesn’t make sense, just go! After being so moved by Bryan’s boldness to share the gospel we invited Bryan to be the guest speaker at our Billy Graham My Hope America outreach and we are looking forward to continuing to work with Bryan and his walking on water team for God used him mightily to save souls in our local community! Our next outreach with Bryan and his team will be “Project Theatre 300” and we encourage everyone to get involved because God is using Walking On Water to make an impact in every community.
Carrie and Jeff also hosted the Night Of Hope event!
Beautifully Flawed Retreat
Friends of Bethany Hamilton hosted a weekend retreat for young women with limb loss. Walking on Water and Surf Sessions hosted the surf lesson for the first annual Beautifully Flawed retreat on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The girls were nervous and excited as they watch a demonstration by pro surfer and fellow amputee, Bethany Hamilton. Anticipation soon turned to reality as each girl hit the water accompanied by volunteer surfers and lifeguards. The waves at Del Mar beach were the perfect size for learning and every girl inspired the beach by their courage, perseverance, and joy in riding waves! A few of the girls shocked us by their natural talent and even charged some waves on the outside!
“When we were planning the Beautifully Flawed retreat, we wanted it to be evangelistic, inspirational, and practical. I am thrilled to say that after the weekend is over, we accomplished each of these goals.
Many of the girls and their families have told me that the retreat was life changing for them.
Bethany and Lauren are able to relate to and speak to these young women in a way few other people can. Overall, we were all blown away with the weekend and the effects it had on all the girls and all of our staff as well!” Katie Ancheta, Friends of Bethany Hamilton Foundation
"I could not believe how well the girls did! Bethany and I were both expecting them to need much more help than they did! It was one of the most inspirational things I have ever seen in Surfing." Bryan Jennings
Psalm119:9 HOW CAN A YOUNG MAN KEEP HIS WAY PURE? BY LIVING ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD. Psalm 119:11 I HAVE HIDDEN YOUR WORD IN MY HEART THAT I MIGHT NOT SIN AGAINST YOU.
Recently, my husband and I were talking with our teenage son, and as we encouraged him, we talked about these verses from Psalm 119.
But even as we spoke, I couldn't help but consider how applicable these two verses are to each and every believer's life: Whether you're a kid facing the pressures and pains of growing up, or whether you're an adult just trying to live in the world (without being OF the world,) these two verses are power-packed.
Psalm 119:9 says that to keep pure, We must learn to LIVE according to God's Word.
Now that sounds good enough, but one thing is certain: When we most need God's Word, we don't often have the time to go find a Bible, and start looking things up. Most of the time that we need Godly Wisdom and Counsel the most--we need it NOW. Like: ten minutes ago NOW.
So how do we do that?
The verses that follow, help us put it together: Verse 11 says that it is by HIDING GOD'S WORD in our hearts that we will AVOID SINNING AGAINST HIM.
Hiding God's Word in our hearts: The things that are "hidden" in your heart are not easily forgotten. Your birthday. Your spouse's and children's birthday (you hope. :)) The things you love and cherish are all "hidden in your heart."
The same goes with the Word of God. When you really want to know His Word…then you take time to meditate on it…Study it…Write it down, learn it, and know it. THEN it is "hidden in your heart." You will know it well. And THEN it will spring up and naturally apply to your life when you need it the very most.
It may be a discipline at first, but the benefits of KNOWING, and LIVING ACCORDING to God's WORD are priceless: Walking in peace. Avoiding sin. Keeping your way PURE.
I recommend taking the time to read all of Psalm 119, and then choosing a new verse to memorize this week! With Aloha, Monica www.thegrommom.com
“Only weeks after Bethany Hamilton's shark attack accident her brother Noah gave me a phone call. Since that phone call our families have become very good friends and have worked together to produce and help distribute the Heart of A Soul Surfer documentary, Walking on Water movie, Soul Surfer feature film, and currently the Beyond Sight movies to the world! Bethany and I have done many outreach events together, but when I heard about how Friends of Bethany organization planning this Beautifully Flawed girls retreat I knew it would be the most powerful ministry event Bethany had ever done!”-Bryan Jennings
Friends of Bethany is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the hope and love of Jesus Christ worldwide by supporting and inspiring people through the life stories of Bethany Hamilton and others.
"There is so much that you can do. There is so much life after limb loss. She can recover from this attack and lead a very full life," says Katie Ancheta, Friends of Bethany Hamilton Foundation Executive Director.
Beautifully Flawed is a retreat that invited young women with limb loss to come together for an intimate retreat. The retreat focused on finding beauty even in their scars, and also shared practical tips for girls with limb loss.
In October Walking On Water full time staff members Kyle Lane, Todd Morehead, and Bryan Jennings all traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to host a pre screening of the Beyond Sight movie to the ministry leaders in the surf, skate, snowboard, and wakeboard industries. The audience of about 200 leaders really enjoyed the movie and gave us great feedback that we will apply for the final edit of the Beyond Sight movie. The wave of momentum and excitement is continuing to grow for the Beyond Sight movie to be released in theaters in March of 2014! Please visit www.beyondsightmovie.com for blog posts, trailer, and to sign up to be a screening sponsor or host. Thank you to Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale, Christian Skaters, and Christian Surfers for hosting us!
Bryan Jennings (Producer and Co-Director of Beyond Sight movie) was honored to share the message at all four services at Horizon North County church in San Diego this weekend. Derek Rabelo (Blind Surfer) was an inspiration for this message. You can watch and listen to the message titled "GO" here: http://www.horizon.org/archive/video/single/1254
"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."
Are you living for the Lord, right in the middle of your every day circumstances? Do you see the mundane tasks of life as an opportunity to serve the King? Or do you see it as drudgery?
I find it much easier to serve the Lord publicly, than to be patient with my children when no one is watching.
I find it a lot more fun to be involved in ministry, than to scrub dishes with a joyful spirit.
As I desire to do big things for God, I am reminded that the best place to begin is right where I am: Yes, In the kitchen, at a desk, driving my car, helping kids with homework.
Before he calls us to the big things, God often calls us to serve Him in the little things...In the humble places. In the places where no one may see, except God alone.
How are you doing in those quiet moments?
Jesus set an example for us when he served in the most humble way imagineable--washing the dirt off his disciples feet.
When my own kids ask for greater responsibilities, or a new privilege, I often respond by asking them if they have managed the freedoms that they already have well. They know that I am much more likely to grant them greater freedoms if they have been good stewards of what they already have.
Similarly, when I pray to God for more opportunities, influence, or blessings, I imagine His response to may be like mine with my children. Perhaps the Lord would ask ME how well am I managing the gifts, the influence, and the blessings he's already given me?
Am I a faithful steward?
John, 13:15, Jesus says "I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you."
So, the next time I long for greater, more exciting opportunities to serve, I want to first stop and ask:
Whose feet should I wash today? How might I serve better in the very circumstances I am in?
And when I answer these questions, I think I'll find that the greatest opportunities to serve, are the ones right in front of my eyes.
Keep Serving the King, wherever you are!