History

October 31 2003

Origin

Bethany Hamilton, a 13 year old up and coming surfer loses her left arm to a tiger shark.
2006

Heart of a Soul Surfer

A documentary is released to dig deep into the heart of Bethany’s abiding faith in God, and tackles the difficult question ‘Why does God allow bad things to happen in our lives?
September 27 2007

Friends of Bethany

As the name implies, friends and family of Bethany started a 501(c)3 non-profit. After seeing how Bethany’s story impacted so many over such a short time, they wanted to get her inspirational story out to as many people as possible. God has given an amazing platform to share the source of the overcoming spirit so many people identify with.
2008-2010

A Time of Encouragement

Friends of Bethany began developing it’s program and focus. We began to send out encouragement packages to those who experienced shark attacks or suffered limb-loss. We also began highlighting and sharing other inspiring life stories, demonstrating God’s power and love.
2011

Soul Surfer

Eight years after the attack, the major motion picture Soul Surfer is released. The “buzz” about Bethany’s story is reinvigorated, and FOBH begins to grow in it’s potential to reach people with encouragement, comfort, and ultimately the Gospel.
June 2011

Kauai Scholarships

FOBH awarded four Kauai Graduates who were overcoming or had conquered a difficulty in life with $500 scholarships. The scholarship awardees were determined based on need, scholastic aptitude, healthy lifestyles, and essays written by the students.
May 2012

Growth

2011 brought an overwhelming amount of attention to both Bethany, and FOBH. In order to keep up with the increasing awareness of FOBH, Katie Ancheta, our Executive Director was hired. FOBH was now being represented at major events throughout the United States when Bethany would speak. The generosity of many donors continued to give FOBH the ability to reach more people.
June 2012

Kauai Scholarships

FOBH awarded four Kauai Graduates who were overcoming or had conquered a difficulty in life with $1000 scholarships. The scholarship awardees were determined based on need, scholastic aptitude, healthy lifestyles, and essays written by the students.
Arpril 15 2013

Restoring Hope Boston

The Boston Marathon is interrupted by two explosions. Over 250 are injured, including several who would become amputees. Tom (Bethany’s Father), Sarah Hill (Bethany’s Youth Leader) and Mike Coots (shark attack survivor and amputee), three members of our board were able to go to Boston to bring hope, comfort, and aloha. The generous Hawaii community donated a variety of island-made products to make gift bags which we delivered to the survivors and amputees we met. $10,000 was raised for medical scholarships which were distributed to the amputees we connected with.
June 2013

Kauai Scholarships

FOBH awarded four Kauai Graduates who were overcoming or had conquered a difficulty in life with $1000 scholarships. The scholarship awardees were determined based on need, scholastic aptitude, healthy lifestyles, and essays written by the students.
October 2013

Beautifully Flawed Retreat

FOBH hosted its first annual retreat for amputees. The Beautifully Flawed retreat was a weekend event for young women with limb loss and was hosted by Bethany, Lauren Scruggs, Sarah Hill, Becky Hamilton (FOBH Board President) and Katie Ancheta (FOBH Executive Director). The weekend was aimed at inspiring and encouraging young women who have suffered the loss of a limb.
January 2014

Moving Forward

God has continued to grow the organization’s reach and potential. Our desire to continue moving forward with the amazing platform God has provided requires internal growth as well. Michael Ancheta joins the FOBH team as Chief Operating Officer.
June 2014

Scholarships

FOBH awarded three Kauai Graduates who were overcoming or had conquered a difficulty in life with $1000 scholarships. The scholarship awardees were determined based on need, scholastic aptitude, healthy lifestyles, and essays written by the students.
September 2014

New Mission Statement

FOBH held a prayer and planning retreat, and developed a new mission statement to expand the focus of our ministry. Our new official mission statement is:

Friends of Bethany reaches out to encourage a broken world by offering hope to overcome through Jesus Christ.

October 10-13 2014

Beautifully Flawed Retreat

FOBH hosted its second annual retreat for amputees. The Beautifully Flawed retreat was a weekend event for young women with limb loss and was hosted by Bethany, Lauren Scruggs, Sarah Hill, Lisa Curlee, Becky Hamilton (FOBH Board President) and Katie Ancheta (FOBH Executive Director). The weekend was aimed at inspiring and encouraging young women who have suffered the loss of a limb.
October 11 2014

Anchored in Love Conference

Coinciding with our Beautifully Flawed retreat, FOBH partnered with Wonderfully Made and Maranatha Chapel to present an all girls conference. With nearly 3000 attendees, this was one of the largest all girls conferences San Diego has ever seen.