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 Jennings0 Discuss & Comment
“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.0 Discuss & Comment
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/12540 Discuss & Comment
Our last trip to Israel went amazing! We had a great team and a great time ministering back in the land where it all began. Our main ministry focus was to premiere the Promised Land movie in three locations and to make ourselves available to the Israelis we met along the way. The three locations were Jaffa, Haifa and Nahariya and took place in bars--right where Jesus wanted us. Our little team was a light to an area of Israeli society that is lost and broken and desperately needs the love of Jesus. Contrary to common belief most Israelis do not know much, if anything at all, about Jesus. This is hard for a lot of Christians to believe since we know that Jesus was an Israeli himself and lived and ministered to the Jewish people in Israel. For most of those in the audience it may have been their first exposure to Jesus!
After each premiere we gave a Promised Land DVD to everyone in the audience. Please pray with us that each person who saw the movie would revisit the DVD and that the Father would lead them to Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Messiah). Pray also that the DVD’s would circulate around the country and would reach many people with its message.
The process was grueling; we started with no budget and little to no support. I had almost given up several times but just when I thought the idea was dead, God would open up another door just wide enough to get me motivated.
I first had to identify a “Champion” in the church; someone besides me that thought this was a good idea. Once I had them I was able to gain support from key players (people that would volunteer to help out for free). These key people included sound, lighting, and other tech guys that usually charge money for their services.
In order for this to be a successful outreach I had to identify a local business outside of the Church to help spread the word. This came in the form of a local Surf Shop. They supplied prizes and helped make this outreach legit, and not just another “Church” event. With these key people in place we started to gain momentum. I put a few of the students in charge of the social media and watched God work.
We had over 350 people attend, not one, but two bands, and a handful of sponsors that gave away prizes and helped us spread the word. Walking on Water did more than their part. They came in and put on a professional show that was core enough for the surfers in the audience and tied God in perfectly. Bryan Jennings did a great job putting the message together. He did not come off as “preachy” or “uncool,” but was able to drive the message home enough for the most mature Christians in the audience.0 Discuss & Comment
It seems like every week we have new exciting things going on with the Beyond Sight movie production! Derek Rabelo was in Hawaii for December, January and February then he went home to Brazil for one week before coming here to California for six days of filming in March. We had a very productive week including being on the San Diego and Oahu news (Watch here: http://www.kitv.com/news/hawaii/Blind-surfer-inspires/-/8905354/19133354/-/k1xtb5z/-/index.html) and filming a scene at a Sambazon Acai restaurant, a Panera Bread restaurant, surfing sessions, and Derek's interview. Derek was also the guest speaker at a disabled technology convention (Thank you www.deque.com) where he really encouraged many people including the Denny family whose daughter was in a car accident and almost lost 100% of her sight. Bryan Jennings and Derek were both guest speakers at Shoreline Church in San Clemente, which is a church of about 800 people who were very excited to meet Derek. The next day they filmed with Shannon Quirk from the Surf Channel (www.thesurfchannel.com) and they also encourage about 100 young kids at a school where Derek led the blindfolded kids around the classroom. Another highlight of this trip was introducing Derek to the Graham family who has been very inspired by his story especially because their two year old son Kelptyn has a rare blood disease and has had two bone marrow transplants, many surgeries, and is now blind. Kelptyn's dad Matt is a surfer and he is very thankful to know through Derek's story that Kelptyn's life will also be full of adventures. To read more about Kelptyn you can go to his parents' blog here: http://thehoneygrahams.weebly.com/index.html. To finish the week we had a special Beyond Sight update night at the Wentz' home. Next steps are to film in Brazil as we edit the movie and plan out the world tour! Thank you for all your prayers and support! www.beyondsightmovie.com1 Discuss & Comment
God truly did more than we could have ever asked or imagined! God opened every door possible including being invited by Billabong to the Billabong Pipeline masters, spending time with current world champion Joel Parkinson, filming with Kelly Slater, Derek getting great waves at Pipeline, and surfing with many of the best surfers on planet earth! One of the highlights of the trip was showing the Beyond Sight movie trailer to a packed Surfer Bar just before Tom Curren played music. The crowd loved meeting Derek and watching the movie trailer and our team then passed out 150 free Walking On Water dvds. Derek was able to meet and film with Bruce Irons, Gerry Lopez, Sunny Garcia, Reef Macintosh, Makua Rothman, Kala Alexander, John John Florence, TJ Barron, Coco Ho, Lakey Peterson and many others. Billabong also made sure to feature our team and the Beyond Sight 1 minute video on the live webcast seen by every surfer in the world. On the final day of the trip I had the honor of introducing Derek Rabelo to Bethany Hamilton. They are both inspiring this entire generation so I am glad that they are now friends. We had a fun day filming for the Beyond Sight movie together. Thank you for all of your support and prayers! A big thank you to Billabong, S4J Hawaii Productions, Marty family, Duhs Family, Hamilton family, Paul Polakowski, Swanson Family, Clark family, Wentz family, Jay Schweitzer, Nathan Apfell, Faith Fay, Sean Marin, Jonty Bougas, Mike Stangel, Surfing the Nations, CR Studios, Cobian Sandals, and everyone who worked hard on this filming trip. www.beyondsightmovie.com for more info. Here is a KUSI news clip about the movie: http://www.kusi.com/video?clipId=8091202&autostart=true