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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Freedom's Calling to Domestic Minors of Sex Trafficking ~ FREEDOM CHILDREN'S HOMES™

• Every minute 2 children are forced into sex trafficking.
• 100,000 - 300,000 minors a year are being sold for sex in the US.
• The average age of a prostitute is 12-14 years old.
• These children are forced to service 15 - 30 men a day.
• 90% of runaways/throwaways will be lured into prostitution within 48 hours.
• Currently there are only a handful of homes for minors that specialize in domestic minors of sex trafficking in the USA. All of them had a waiting list within one week of opening.
• "The need for homes & a place for these children is so great that what ever you build, it will be filled immediately; 5, 50, 500 or 5000 beds. You build it & we {law enforcement agencies] will fill it." Sergeant Britton, Atlanta Police Department Child Exploitation Unit
• View
2009 National Domestic Minors Sex Trafficking Report released July 21: CLICK HERE
• Sex trafficking documentary, END DEMAND. CLICK HERE

Three years ago, after Julie Shematz became aware of the problem, God gave her the vision of the FREEDOM CHILDREN'S HOMES™, where these children could go to receive the specialized emotional, mental, physical & spiritual residential care they need. The initial home will be established in Florida and models reproduced nationally and eventually in nations around the world. God is passionate about the fatherless, orphans & homeless.

"Vindicate the weak and fatherless;
Do justice to the afflicted and destitute.
Rescue the weak and needy;
Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked."
Psalm 82:3-4 NASB

Will you help to rescue & restore these victims of sexual exploitation?

In the past 8 weeks, in addition to our current advisors, God has brought together a very impressive 'Freedom Team' that are working with us to bring this vision to pass:

David Caton, President of the Florida Family Association
Laura Lederer, Former Senior Adviser on Trafficking the United States Department of State
Mary Lewis, L.C.S.W., Co-Chair Lee County Human Trafficking Task Force & Executive Director of Our Mother's Home of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Steve Siler
, Music for the Soul founder & Executive Director, Producer of Somebodys Daughter
Nola Theiss, Co-Chair Lee County Human Trafficking Task Force & Executive Director of Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc..
Patrick Trueman, Former Chief of Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section of the United States Department of of Justice

We also have a general medical/family doctor, a corporate business consultant, marketing director, law student, pastors, well known Christian musicians & others that have let us know they will help. We are also working with anti-trafficking grass root organizations such as Shared Hope International , Stop Sex Slavery Network, On Eagles Wings & the Hope House.

This is a HUGE undertaking, but we know God is opening the doors & 'NOW IS THE TIME'.
There are more victim assistance resources available for international victims here in the US than for our own residents. Freedom's Calling to 300,000 minors, will you help by partnering with us in establishing a solution to this national problem?

1. Pray. The prayers of the righteous availeth much!
2. Give one time and/or commit to monthly financial partnership with us. Any amount. It all adds up. Please give as you are able, whether it's $5, $50, $500, $5000, $50,000, $500,000 or $5,000,000. All donations are tax deductible. Note: Freedom Children's Home™ Make secure online donations:
CLICK HERE or mail check, money order or cash to 5100 S. Cleveland Avenue, Ste 318-148, Fort Myers, FL 33907.
3. If you have a service that could be used for this project, please donate your time to help. We need graphic designers, web designer, Florida family law attorney, grant writers, real estate agents/brokers, CPA, gynecologist, social workers, mentors, fund raisers, printer, administrative assistance, educators, social networking web page developers & moderators: myspace, facebook, you tube, etc., film producer and people with a heart to serve where the need is.
4. If you have a residential/commercial property, a business, trust or stock you can donate, please do so.
5. Talk to your pastor & mission's director, request we be added to your church's supported missionaries.
6. Invite Julie to speak @ your church, youth group, college, school, task force, social services or special event.

Julie Shematz, co-founder of Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries, is an over-comer of sexual exploitation & escaped trafficking 7 years ago. Since 2005 she has dedicated herself to reaching & assisting women, men and children involved and/or associated with the sex industry; commercialized sexual exploitation, trafficking and adult entertainment. Working with victims of sexual exploitation to offer them hope, Beauty From Ashes™ assists with practical needs by providing them and their families with support, inner healing, medical needs, life skill development, assistance with education, job placement, relocation, short term and/or residential housing, art therapy, mentors, as well as Christian discipleship and addiction rehabilitation.

Certified as a trainer of trainers for caregivers of sex trafficking victims with FAAST (Faith Alliance Against Slavery & Trafficking), she is working within the community and with local and national law enforcement, providing awareness and prevention, intervention, liberation, restoration and empowerment to the victims and their families. Julie speaks nationally, educating churches, colleges & organizations through means of statistics, testimonies and life experiences about sexual exploitation, victims and over-comers.

7. Talk to your friends, family, employer, etc., share the need, the vision & recruit. Blog on the issue, post bulletins & info on myspace, facebook & twitter.
8. Please forward this email to everyone you know.
9. Contact journalists, television stations, programs and newspapers to inform them about this endeavor. Request that they do a story to raise awareness & work collaboratively helping to establish the solution to this injustice.
10. If you have any creative ideas or concepts in this endeavor, please contact us.
them to help.


Follow Freedom Children's Homes on Twitter: CLICK HERE
Assistance for Victims of Sexual Exploitation News, including 4th Annual National Strip Club Outreach & XXX Ministry Training: CLICK HERE

In His love & passion to see victims set free & become over-comers,

Beauty From Ashes™ International Ministries
Where Victims Become Over-Comers
877.4BFA SOS (423.2767) International Toll Free Help Line