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Beautifully Flawed Amputee Retreat
Sunday, October 12 was a very good day. Fall had technically arrived, but there was still plenty summer weather for us. The Walking On Water crew gathered at Del Mar 18th St. for what has become one of our absolute favorite surf sessions of the year. Joined by many gracious volunteers, our friends at Surf Sessions, the Del Mar Lifeguards and of course the Friends of Bethany Hamilton organization, we prepared for the exciting challenge of teaching 25 young amputee women how to surf. Undaunted by the large surf on hand these 25 young women – who were flown in from all over the world to be encouraged at the Beautifully Flawed Amputee Retreat put on by the Friends of Bethany Hamilton – grabbed a board, got a private surf lesson from Bethany Hamilton and Mike Coots, and made their way for the water! Each girl, despite having lost a limb due to various circumstances, could only be described as determined, brave and as talented as they come. Bryan Jennings said, “Helping one of the girls who had only one leg stand up for her first time on a surfboard was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced in surfing!” Walking On Water loves Bethany Hamilton because she is always giving back to others and making sure that she shares with them her faith in Jesus Christ. We were honored for the second year in a row to help the Friends of Bethany Hamilton and their Beautifully Flawed Amputee Retreat in San Diego.
The world Premiere of Beyond Sight was March 7th, 2014 and for the past 8 weeks over 10,000 people have seen the movie in theaters throughout California, Idaho, Florida, and North Carolina. For many of these weeks Beyond Sight has been in the top 5 for per screen average in the box office! C3 Church in Sydney hosted a pre screening of Beyond Sight lately to get all the leaders ready for the Australia tour that will most like happen in November of 2014. Derek Rabelo and Bryan Jennings recently visited 12 schools and many churches in Orange County encouraging many people and inviting them to the movie theater. The next stops are the Brazil Premiere and showings of Beyond Sight happening on May 9th and 10th in Rio and May 13th in Sao Paulo! We were very honored that the Asp world tour of surfing and Billabong have invited our team to show Beyond Sight at their huge surfing event in Rio. Our team has worked hard to translate the movie into Portuguese for these Brazil showings. Our hope is to have the movie translated into 12 languages before July 1st. These subtitles will cost around $20,000 and we would greatly appreciate your prayerful consideration to donate funds to cover these expenses. Our past Walking On Water films have been toured to over 35 countries and we are expecting the same to happen with Beyond Sight. Invitations have already come in from Brazil, Switzerland, U.K., Sweden, Puerto Rico, France, Hong Kong, Spain, and many other countries. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO HOST A SCREENING OF BEYOND SIGHT IN YOUR LOCAL MOVIE THEATER! TO DO SO JUST [email protected] All upcoming tour dates are here: www.beyondsightmovie.com0 Discuss & Comment
What an amazing launch of the Beyond Sight movie in theaters!!!!! On March 7th we launched the theatrical release of the Beyond Sight movie in San Clemente, California and the theater has been packed out almost every night since that date!!!! We want to thank everyone who has attended the San Clemente, Newport Beach, Charleston, Idaho Falls, and Encinitas showings so far! Thanks to you the Beyond Sight movie has been #3 in the nation for "Per Screen Average" beating out the top hollywood films. More importantly many believers have been encouraged and many non believers have received Christ at the theaters. Our special guests have included Derek Rabelo, Magno Passos his surf coach, Damien Hobgood, and many of the producers of the movie. We were on the KUSI News, 91X radio, Kprz radio, Kwave radio, and other media outlets. We need volunteers who can help promote our upcoming theater showings through social media! If you would like to host a Beyond Sight movie showing in your city all you need to do is find at least four churches, schools, organizations, or business leaders who are willing to promote and host one showing time and our team will do the rest!!! So if you are interested just email [email protected] or go here to fill out the Screening Host Form: http://beyondsightmovie.com/for-potential-hosts/. Our next showings of Beyond Sight are listed below. We hope to see you in the theater in your city soon!!!0 Discuss & Comment
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.1 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