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Thursday, August 13, 2009

PRESS RELEASE ~ Juie Shematz Appearing on Healing Today Show

SOURCE: The Healing Today Show

Aug 11, 2009 09:37 ET

First Faith-Based TV Show to Use Skype, Twitter and Facebook Set to Engage an Audience of 40 Million Households

The Healing Today Show
FORT MYERS, FL--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - "'The Healing Today Show' is not your typical faith-based show," says Randy Wecker, the show's executive producer and host. "Guests will share their own fascinating stories of faith healings to a potential audience of 40 million households."

Angelino Randy Wecker shares the stage with his co-host sister, Rhonda Lynn Wecker-Bilbrey. "It's definitely not unusual to hear people say we're the 'Donnie & Marie' of faith-based talk shows," says Randy jokingly. "Although, I can't dance and Rhonda can't sing."

"With my past experience in Los Angeles, I understand how mainstream television is produced," says Randy. "I have an unrelenting passion to produce revolutionary faith-based television programs and entertainment. My vision is to create a faith-based relevant television entertainment network appealing to a mainstream audience."

The show will incorporate hot technologies such as Skype, which will allow guests to appear on the show via a HD monitor without having to leave the comfort of their home or office. The show will also feature a watch & win giveaway, which incorporates an advanced voicemail application allowing viewers to answer a question at the end of the broadcast for a chance to win exciting gifts and prizes.

Upcoming guests include former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, as she shares her thoughts on marriage; eleven-year-old Zach Bonner, who founded The Little Red wagon Foundation and walked over 1200 miles across the US to raise funds for homeless children; Julie Shematz, co-founder of Beauty From Ashes, and former adult entertainer who now shares God's love directly inside sex clubs; and Hollywood actress Nancy Stafford, as she shares about her miraculous healing from facial skin cancer.

Viewers can also follow Randy and Rhonda daily on popular internet social networks like Twitter and Facebook, which are integrated into the show's website,

"Currently, I'm raising funds to purchase our first mobile satellite production vehicle which will allow us to travel and broadcast live at sports events and other venues," says Randy. "This advanced mobile studio will be another powerful cutting-edge tool to create relationships and attract a broad audience."

"The Healing Today Show" premieres through DIRECTV 376 and Dish Network 267 every Thursday at 12:30 PM, exclusively on CTN (Christian Television Network).

For more information about "The Healing Today Show," please visit

For Media Relations, please contact:
Lynn Maxcy

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

You Said She Wasn't Ready

Beauty From Ashes™ has been providing assistance to victims of sexual exploitation since 2005. Our latest initiative is the Freedom Children's Homes™ that will provide shelter for healing and restoration of domestic minors of sex trafficking. The United States of America is the #1 country to have sex with children today. This is no longer a third world problem. It's under our noses and in our communities. With an estimated 300,000 minors being forced into prostitution a year, these children are being treated as criminals, not as the victims they are. There currently are only 29 beds for these minors and our governmental system is not set up to care for them as victims. We will change this. Will you help us?

Working For The Enemy

Working For The Enemy

As I look around at the body of Christ, I believe that few things grieve the heart of God more than strife within the church. God has seen fit to make an entire chapter of His word dedicated to the opposition of division (1 Corinthians 12). Jesus said that he who does not gather with Me opposes Me. If we are allowing rifts to drive us apart, surely we are opposing the work of Jesus. He has called us to be one body under one Head, Him, led by one Spirit. If we truly are, how can we have contradictory goals? God does not contradict Himself, and as Jesus said, "a house divided against itself cannot stand. (Matthew 12:25)" However, when we exalt ourselves or we honor our wishes above God’s plans for us, no matter how good our intentions, we may end up conflicting with someone who is truly being led by the Lord.

Unfortunately, all too often we are so wrapped up in our own interests and blinded by pride that we cannot see the simple truth that we are actually fighting against God and in fact, serving the enemy by backbiting, slandering, and even going to the extent of praying against brothers and sisters in Christ. Just like Jesus did, right? When He prayed that God would ruin the Pharisees? Of course not, He told us to pray for our enemies. Later, the Holy Spirit, writing through the apostle Paul, wrote, "for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." These principalities are our true enemy and they want nothing more than division and strife in the body.

This aim of theirs is evident all throughout scripture, from the persecution suffered by the prophets to the Pharisees’ murder of Jesus to the repeated jailing of Peter, John, Paul, and all of the apostles. God’s purpose has always been to strengthen, edify, and empower his people while the enemy seeks to weaken, tear down, and incapacitate the body. This actually serves 2 purposes. The first, by diverting our attention from the real foe, satan gets us to expend our energies fighting each other rather than building the kingdom. However, worse than that, think of the witness we are living when the lost see us cutting our brothers and sisters to pieces. James compared it to a fountain that alternately gives fresh and bitter water. We are called to provide refreshment and renewal to the weary with the river of living water springing up within us, not to further pollute them with the muddy cisterns of our fleshly attitudes (Jeremiah 2:13).

Just as the father grieved over the unforgiveness in the heart of the prodigal son’s older brother; as surely as David was crushed by the hatred, deceit, and strife between his own children; as certainly as Adam was devastated by the realization that one son was dead and the other was his murderer; our Father in heaven’s magnificent heart is undoubtedly broken by our petty squabbles, thoughtless gossip, unremitting bitterness, stony unforgiveness, black-hearted slander, and outright character assassination. We must make the choice within our hearts: to not perpetuate this attack on the body of our precious Lord and Savior.

If you are already entangled in strife, then you must decide to be the one to humble yourself, to reach out to those who you have attacked or who have attacked you, to bind their wounds and begin to mend the damage created by the ravages of the enemy feeding our own insatiable flesh. If we truly trust in the Lord, we are able to release any grievance to Him, knowing that He will resolve it. All you have to do is obey Jesus’ command to bless those that curse you, do good for those that hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you. (Matthew 5:44) Jesus even went so far as to reach out and heal one of the very soldiers who came to arrest and crucify Him. (Luke 22:51) Anyone can keep a feud going, but it takes a true child of God to be a peacemaker. (Matthew 5:9)

God’s will is for us to be a strong, unified body moving together in common purpose toward a single goal: advancing the kingdom of God one soul at a time. Please stand with me against this tragic snare of the enemy and let us pray for God’s perfect will to unite and strengthen every member of the body of Christ. Stop doing the devil’s job (Revelation 12:10) for him. Freedom's calling, will you respond?

© Steve Shematz

Steve Shematz is the co-founder of Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries and is married to Julie Shematz. Both over-comers, they have been assisting victims of sexual exploitation since before they were married six years ago. Steve is also a graduate of Teen Challenge International and served on staff there for five years. Both reside in Fort Myers, FL with their dachshund, Jehu.

Monday, August 10, 2009

American Children Forced Into Sex Trafficking - Playground Documentary

FREEdom Children's Home LOGO CONTEST

CALLING ALL DESIGNERS . . . especially those with a burden to do something about the injustice of children being forced into the sex industry!

We have launched a Freedom Homes LOGO DESIGN CONTEST at 99 Designs

Contest ends on Friday, August 14, 2009

If you're a designer, we'd love to see your ideas and work with you to develop this logo.

For those who are just interested, we'd love to hear your input as the logo is developed.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

40 Days of Prayer & Fasting Aug 10 - Sept 19

Beauty From Ashes™, located in the heart of Lee County, SWFL will be
participating in the 40 days of prayer for our region.
Will you join us?

Mission Statement

Unite the Church of Lee County to pray as one Church for an outpouring of God’s Spirit and divine favor to revive the Church and awaken the lost to the total sustaining power, provision and purposes of God Almighty.

"If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land." 2 Chron. 7:14 AMP

In 2 Chronicles 7:14 the Lord has given us access to the promise to heal our land. He decreed it and we can access it.



Rally churches with the 17 pre-existing Fire Districts to unify the prayers they are praying; recruit 5-7 (100+) churches in each region to pray for 40 days, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week - praying specific unified petitions to the Lord.


  • Organize the people of God through their own church and/or business affiliations.
  • Organize through grids in the 17 Fire Districts mapped out by State of Florida for Lee County
  • Encourage and support churches to take ownership of their district—link arms with other churches and business leaders.
  • Each church shall encourage and lead it's members to fill one hour time slots to cover 24 hours per day for 7 days per week for 40 days.
  • Smaller churches can combine for effective coverage in a district.
  • Larger church can lend missionary support to smaller churches that cannot get internal coverage or unity.
For more information visit Pray Lee County