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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank You for 2010 & Happy New Year!

JANUARY GIFT ASSEMBLY DATE CHANGED from January 1st to January 8th due to holiday.  Beauty From Ashes™ (BFA) typically meets to assemble gift bags and care packages on the first Saturday of the month, however, we will be meeting on the 2nd Saturday, the 8th, from 9am - 1pm for the month of January due to the New Year's holiday.  The meeting is at Barry University and if you're interested in participating and/or contributing gift items, please contact Jenni Blye at jblye@beautyfromashes.org or call 239-939-9218.  Meetings will resume the 1st Saturday of the month in February.  

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH:  Saturday, January 8th from 7-midnight, the BFA outREACH team will again be serving a home cooked meal and distributing outREACH gifts inside the locker room of a local "adopted" strip club.  In 2010 we were able to do this outreach monthly and accomplished our goal of establishing relationships that would be extended beyond the club settings.  We currently have numerous ladies attending church and coming to our weekly Breaking Free Support & Life Skills Group.  

BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP for former and current sex workers will resume meeting on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm at Barry University on January 5th.  Free lunch and complimentary child care provided.  Registration required.  Contact Julie Shematz at julie@beautyfromashes.org or call 239-939-9218 to register.  

YEAR END REVIEW:  2010 has been a year that ended up being exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond what we ever dreamed or imagined and we want to thank YOU, our partners for this!  Some of the highlights and milestones were the monthly concentrated  outREACHES that included serving yummy meals to employees of a local 'adopted' strip club.  Partnering with RealOrange, we had our outREACH efforts extended to having a booth inside the East Coast's largest porn expo in Miami and we launched our publicly acclaimed, trend setting, new website.  Barry University became the home of BFA and we were awarded our first grant, a capacity building grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS).  We extended our partnerships with safe homes and programs locally and nationally, developed more community partnerships than ever before and gave Human Trafficking awareness presentations in venues that included universities,  public and social service agencies, businesses, social clubs, and churches.  Additionally, we were able to provide continued education credits (CEUs) for a 70 minute, multi-media presentation for healthcare workers.  BFA was announced as the official liaison for domestic sex trafficking with the Lee County Health Department and I miraculously completed my second semester as a full time graduate student studying mental health counseling with a 4.0 GPA!  We distributed hundreds of outREACH gifts and care packages locally and across the nation, that included bibles, inspirational CDs, DVDs, books, and lavish makeup and body care items.  We provided and facilitated intervention and recovery services to more domestic and international survivors than ever before and worked with task forces, coalitions, psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors, service agencies and local and national law enforcement entities to provide and advocate for victim's rights to a comprehensive, continuum of care.  Most importantly, numerous names were added to the Lamb's book of life, countless individuals were inspired that they are loved, valued, more than over-comers, and captives were set free to be all that God destined and planned for them to be!  

I had the privilege of staying at one of the safehomes this week and cannot think of a better way to end the year.  As I watched the women, teens, and staff open their Christmas gifts from BFA, the expressions of joy and excitement on their faces touched my heart deeply.  Hearing the survivor's stories, seeing the progress they have accomplished, recognizing eyes that were once dark with hopelessness were now filled with hope reminded me that THEY ARE WHY WE ARE DOING WHAT WE ARE DOING.  My heart filled with gratefulness to God and for those that have embraced the mission of BFA:  To reach, rescue and restore victims of commercialized sexual exploitation (CSE) and sex trafficking.  THANK YOU!  Together we have seen 2010 be the best year ever for BFA and we are making a difference.  Lives are being transformed from ashes to beauty.  Two words describe 2010: "Building Momentum" and we have great expectations for 2011.

2011 PLANS:  For starters, I have accepted the invitation to be on the planning committee of the National Preventing Abuse Conference and to be a keynote speaker for Women at Risk International's 5 day cruise/"FriendRaiser".  Since 2005 we have been presenting national training conferences locally and across the nation sharing our unique model's of outREACH and in 2011 we be launching our new curriculum that will include training modules for domestic human trafficking awareness,  outREACH, mentoring/aftercare, community engagement, program development, and a force multiplier model, thanks to the federal grant  we received.  Teaming with another lead social service and human trafficking agency, we are already writing for another capacity building grant  and are coordinating with more organizations to reach, rescue and restore CSE and sex trafficking victims.  BFA will also be expanding and saturating our outREACHes into the 7 county region of  Southern region of Florida and will begin doing our first international outREACHes in 2011.  We absolutely know that the BEST is yet to come!  Read more BFA Milestones, CLICK HERE 

On behalf of myself, the executive board, staff, and volunteers at Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries, THANK YOU for your partnership with us in 2010.  Together we are better and we have made a difference!  Please consider giving an end of the year, tax deductible contribution to assist us in continuing momentum as we go into the year 2011.  To give, CLICK HERE 

theCALL2XXX:  Join us weekly, locally and globally for prayer to abolish slavery and for the organizations reaching, rescuing, restoring and advocating for the victims.  Fridays 8-9am EST.  For more information and prayer guide:  CLICK HERE  To meet with team locally, contact 
Jenni Blye at 574-855-7215 or worshipperwithsong@yahoo.com.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need.  Please send them to prayer@beautyfromashes.org

For the LATEST NEWS REGARDING DOMESTIC SEX TRAFFICKING, visit our home page:  http://www.beautyfromashes.org

BFA E-NEWSLETTER SIGN UP:  CLICK HERE

Know that we love you, pray for you and are very grateful for your support and encouragement.  God bless you and yours and have a Happy New Year!  

In His love and service,

Julie Shematz 
CEO & Founder
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

Monday, December 20, 2010

Beauty From Ashes Christmas Party & More



BEAUTY FROM ASHES CHRISTMAS PARTY:  On Saturday, December 18th, Beauty From Ashes hosted it's first annual Christmas party at the Woodlands in Fort Myers, FL.  For more information and pictures, CLICK HERE

BEAUTY FROM ASHES CHILD OF GOD CD:  Use your Christmas buying power to fight human slavery.  What better gift than the Beauty From Ashes (BFA)  private label CD, Child of God, produced by Music for the Soul?  We've reduced the price and 100% of the proceeds will go to provide specialized programs for victims of commercialized sexual exploitation & trafficking.   The 10 song CD: Child of God, Not Too Far From Here, Time For a Breakdown, Every Single Tear, Somebody's Daughter, Keep Breathing, In the Image of God, Binder of the Broken, No One Can Love Me Like You Do & Twenty Three is available for minimum donation of $20 + $5 shipping.  For more information and to order:  CLICK HERE  

CAR NEEDED FOR SURVIVOR:  Thanks to our generous partners, we have raised $785 for the human sex trafficking survivor, single mother, that we told you about 7 weeks ago.  However, we sill need another $715 to purchase the $1500 car for her to use as transportation.  Will you please consider giving a tax deductible donation today so that we can provide to her a car for Christmas?  Any amount will be appreciated and it all adds up!  If you have a well running vehicle that you would like to donate, please contact Julie Shematz.  

BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP:   Wednesdays from 1-3 at Barry University BFA hosts a life skills and support group for victims and survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.  We will not be meeting this week or next due to the holidays.   Meetings will resume on January 5th.  Lunch and child care provided.  Registration required, c
all 239.939.9218 or email Julie Shematz for registration.  If you are a mature, stable, Christian woman and interested in being a mentor, fulfilling Titus 2:3-4, and the Great Commission, please contact Julie.  Application and background check required. 

DECEMBER STRIP CLUB OUTREACH REPORT: For more information and pictures, 
CLICK HERE.

theCALL2XXX:  Join us weekly, locally and globally for prayer to abolish slavery and for the organizations reaching, rescuing, restoring and advocating for the victims.  Fridays 8-9am EST.  For more information and prayer guide:  CLICK HERE  To meet with team locally, contact 
Jenni Blye at 574-855-7215 or worshipperwithsong@yahoo.com.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need.  Please send them to prayer@beautyfromashes.org

For the LATEST NEWS REGARDING DOMESTIC SEX TRAFFICKING, visit our home page:  http://www.beautyfromashes.org

BFA E-NEWSLETTER SIGN UP:  CLICK HERE

Thanks for your support and Merry Christmas! 

Julie Shematz
CEO and Founder
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

ACTION ALERT, Strip Club OutREACH Report, Christmas Gifts & More

DOMESTIC MINOR SEX TRAFFICKING DETERRENCE & VICTMS SUPPORT ACT ACTION ALERT:  On December 9, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved S.2925, the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act.  Now it needs to pass in the House of Representatives and we need your help to do this.  With only days left in the Congressional session, the House must now adopt the Senate bill and pass it by Friday, December 17!

This bill will aid victims of modern sexual slavery and give law enforcement the tools to investigate and prosecute sex traffickers who exploit underage girls and force them into the sex trade.  The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act would authorize block grants to 6 locations deemed to have significant sex trafficking activity, require a workable plan to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services to sex trafficking victims--including the establishment of a shelter facility--and require demonstrated participation by all levels of law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service providers.

Please contact your Congress member as soon as possible and let them know that they need to stand up for all the children who are being exploited for sex.

Tell them not to leave Washington without passing the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925), Call 202-224-3121 or email your member.  READ MORE

DECEMBER STRIP CLUB OUTREACH REPORT:  On Saturday, December 10th, the Beauty From Ashes (BFA) FREEdom™ OutREACH team delivered and served home cooked roasted chicken, red potatoes & carrots with tossed vegetable salad, potato rolls and baklava inside the locker room of our local "adopted" strip club to approximately 35 employees.  The team also distributed elegant Christmas gifts that included the BFA Child of God CD, leather New Testaments, custom jewelry, elaborate ornaments, candy canes, & make up.  To view photos, CLICK HERE.   Below is from a team member that this was her first experience ever being inside of a strip club:  

"As I walked into the club I immediately felt safe. God went before us, just as we prayed. I walked into a room where girls with immodest “clothing” sat doing makeup and hair. My heart broke as I saw how beautiful they were. I was humbled. As we served food and gave gifts my heart began to explode with the joy of the Lord. By the grace of God I got to pray with girls for physical healing and for 9-5 jobs. This meek Christian girl went into a strip club and boldly asked God to be with dancers. I am grateful I got to go and I can't wait to go back again. This is the kind of place Jesus would be." - Jenni Blye

This outREACH will conclude our outREACHES, a total of 13 for the year of 2010, and we want to thank everyone that has supported and enabled us to do these monthly, locally, and to set up our own booth at the Miami porn expo this year.  Because of your faithfulness to this vision, we have distributed 1000's of  Bibles, CD's, DVD's, and beauty supplies with the message of love, hope, and truth to countless victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and trafficking.  Additionally, hundreds of care packages have been distributed locally and nationally to survivors, individually and in shelters and residential programs, with the Truth that has and will continue to set the captives free to be all that God destined and planned them to be.  THANK YOU!  

BEAUTY FROM ASHES CHILD OF GOD CD:  Use your Christmas buying power to fight human slavery.  What better gift than the Beauty From Ashes (BFA)  private label CD, Child of God, produced by Music for the Soul?  We've reduced the price and 100% of the proceeds will go to provide specialized programs for victims of commercialized sexual exploitation & trafficking.   The 10 song CD: Child of God, Not Too Far From Here, Time For a Breakdown, Every Single Tear, Somebody's Daughter, Keep Breathing, In the Image of God, Binder of the Broken, No One Can Love Me Like You Do & Twenty Three is available for minimum donation of $20 + $5 shipping.  For more information and to order:  CLICK HERE  

BFA EDUCATION/AWARENESS PRESENTATIONS:  
One of BFA's  goals is to equip others to reach, rescue and restore victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and trafficking with the message there is help and a way out. Since 2005, we have been providing 'victim/survivor-centered' training locally and across the United States.  In the past 3 months we have given 12 presentations, in venues that include businesses, universities, churches, clubs, and government agencies.  Additionally, our presentation, Human Trafficking 101: How to Recognize & Respond for healthcare workers has been approved to provide CEU's.  
For more information and to schedule an event in 2011, CLICK HERE

BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP:  Every Wednesday from 1pm-3pm, at Barry University, BFA is currently presenting Beth Moore's Breaking Free:  The Journey, The Stories bible study.  If you are currently working in the sex for sale industry or a survivor desiring to acquire life skills and learn about who you were designed to be,  please call 239.939.9218 or email Julie Shematz for registration.  Registration required.  Free lunch provided.  Additionally, if you are a mature, stable, Christian woman and interested in being a mentor, fulfilling Titus 2:3-4, and the Great Commission, please contact Julie.  Application and background check required. 

CAR NEEDED FOR SURVIVOR:  Thanks to our generous partners, we have raised $785 for the human sex trafficking survivor, single mother, that we told you about 6 weeks ago.  However, we sill need another $715 to purchase the $1500 car for her to use as transportation.  Will you please consider giving a tax deductible donation today so that we can provide to her a car for Christmas?  Any amount will be appreciated and it all adds up!  If you have a well running vehicle that you would like to donate, please contact Julie Shematz.  

theCALL2XXX:  Join us weekly, locally and globally for prayer to abolish slavery and for the organizations reaching, rescuing, restoring and advocating for the victims.  Fridays 8-9am EST.  For more information and prayer guide:  CLICK HERE  To meet with team locally, contact 
Jenni Blye at 574-855-7215 or worshipperwithsong@yahoo.com.

BFA PRAYER:  May all who we influence receive the free gift and reason for the season, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  

PRAYER REQUESTS:  We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need.  Please send them to prayer@beautyfromashes.org

DONATIONS:  Your partnership is vital for us to continue providing awareness, advocacy and reach, rescue and restoration services to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation.  Please consider becoming a partner by giving a year end tax deductible gift today.  For  $25 or more we will send you our  Child of God CD.  For secure online donations, CLICK HERE or mail your check, cash or money order to Beauty From Ashes, 5100 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste, 318-148, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

For the LATEST NEWS REGARDING DOMESTIC SEX TRAFFICKING, visit our home page:  http://www.beautyfromashes.org

BFA E-NEWSLETTER SIGN UP:  CLICK HERE

Again thank you for a year that has been exceedingly, abundantly more than we ever dreamed or asked for.  Together we are better and we are making a difference!  

In The Reason for the season,
Steve and Julie Shematz and the BFA FREEdom™ Team

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

Use Your Christmas Buying Power to Help Provide Reach, Rescue & Restoration Programs for Victims of Human Sex Trafficking

BEAUTY FROM ASHES CHILD OF GOD CD:  Use your buying power to fight human slavery!  What better gift for Christmas than the Beauty From Ashes (BFA)  private label CD, Child of God, produced by Music for the Soul?  We've reduced the price and 100% of the proceeds will go to provide specialized programs for victims of commercialized sexual exploitation & trafficking.   

The 10 song CD: Child of God, Not Too Far From Here, Time For a Breakdown, Every Single Tear, Somebody's Daughter, Keep Breathing, In the Image of God, Binder of the Broken, No One Can Love Me Like You Do & Twenty Three is available for minimum donation of $20 + $5 shipping.  

For more information and to order:  CLICK HERE

Domestic Minor Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Passes US Senate

 The US Senate unanimously approved the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act.  The bill would aid victims of modern sexual slavery and give law enforcement the tools to investigate and prosecute sex traffickers who exploit underage girls and force them into the sex trade.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

Sponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas), the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act would create a 6-state pilot program to help law enforcement crackdown on pimps and traffickers and create shelters, provide treatment, counseling, and legal aid for  underage girls who are forced into sexual slavery.

According to the FBI, more than 100,000 underage girls are exploited for commercial sex in the U.S. each year--including underage girls who are forced into the sex trade.

“Senator Cornyn and I have long believed that sex trafficking is modern day slavery and the poor young women forced into the sex trade are victims of the real criminals--the pimps and traffickers,” Wyden said.  “Today, the United States Senate agreed with us.  Not only will this bill create a working model to help these young women break the cycle of exploitation for good, it will provide new tools for law enforcement and prosecutors to put these modern-day slave owners behind bars.”

Added Senator Cornyn, “Our nation must remain committed to ending the scourge of human trafficking. This legislation will provide valuable assistance to state and local governments on the front lines of battling organized criminal syndicates and violent gangs that traffic humans for labor and sex.”

The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act would authorize block grants to 6 locations deemed to have significant sex trafficking activity, require a workable plan to provide comprehensive, wrap-around services to sex trafficking victims--including the establishment of a shelter facility--and require demonstrated participation by all levels of law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service providers.

Each grant will be funded at $2-2.5 million per year with the option of renewal for 2 more years. Some of the items that can be funded by these block grants include:
  • A shelter for trafficking victims
  • Clothing and other daily needs to keep victims from returning to the street
  • Victims' assistance counseling and legal services
  • Education or job training classes for victims
  • Specialized training for law enforcement and social service providers
  • Salaries for police officers and prosecutors
  • Investigation expenses--wire taps, expert consultants, travel, other technical assistance expenditures
  • Outreach, education, and prevention efforts, including programs to deter offenders
  • The bill will help encourage and boost prompt reporting of missing and abducted children to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. With the help of more timely reporting, law enforcement will be able to identify repeat runaways who are statistically more likely to be lured into prostitution.
"Now it’s time for the House of Representatives to go to work and not leave Washington before this job is done," said Sen. Wyden. "I’m calling on all of you to contact your Congress member as soon as possible and let them know that they need to stand up for all the children who are being exploited for sex.

"Tell them not to leave Washington without passing the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act (S. 2925)," he adds. "Call 202-224-3121 or email your member. Sex trafficking is slavery pure and simple. Let’s end it now."

Source:  Diana Scimone

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Gifts, Human Trafficking Healthcare Presentation, Lisa Bevere, Strip Club Outreach & More

BEAUTY FROM ASHES CHILD OF GOD CD:  Use your buying power to fight human slavery!  What better gift for Christmas than the Beauty From Ashes (BFA)  private label CD, Child of God, produced by Music for the Soul?  We've reduced the price and 100% of the proceeds will go to provide specialized programs for victims of commercialized sexual exploitation & trafficking.   The 10 song CD: Child of God, Not Too Far From Here, Time For a Breakdown, Every Single Tear, Somebody's Daughter, Keep Breathing, In the Image of God, Binder of the Broken, No One Can Love Me Like You Do & Twenty Three is available for minimum donation of $20 + $5 shipping.  For more information and to order:  CLICK HERE  

HUMAN TRAFFICKING 101:  HOW TO RECOGNIZE & RESPOND,  HEALTHCARE WORKERS PRESENTATION - Friday, December 10th 9-10:30am, Lee County Health Department, Fort Myers, FL.  Continued Education Units available.  BFA Founder & human trafficking over-comer, Julie Shematz, will be the presenter.  Event sponsored by the Lee County Health Department.  For more information on BFA Community Awareness & Education Presentations, CLICK HERE

LISA BEVERE  "FIGHT LIKE A GIRL" LADIES/TEEN CONFERENCE:  Friday, December 10th 7pm & Saturday, December 11th 9am, Living Word Christian Church, Fort Myers, FL.  Lisa Bevere is a leading Christian slavery abolitionist and advocate for human trafficking victims.  She is also a world renown author and inspirational speaker.  Cost is $29 adults and $19 students.  For more information, visit www.LWCCFM.com or contact Pastor Kellie Williams  (239) 910-2766. 

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH: Saturday, December 11th, the BFA outREACH team will be serving a home cooked holiday meal and distributing elegantly wrapped Christmas gifts inside our local "adopted" strip club.  See gift assembly pictures, CLICK HERE

CAR NEEDED FOR SURVIVOR:  Thanks to our generous partners, we have raised $785 for the human sex trafficking survivor, single mother, that we told you about 5 weeks ago.  However, we sill need another $715 to purchase the $1500 car for her to use as transportation.  Will you please consider giving a tax deductible donation today so that we can provide to her a car for Christmas?  Any amount will be appreciated and it all adds up!  If you have a well running vehicle that you would like to donate, please contact Julie Shematz.  

BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP:  Every Wednesday from 1pm-3pm, at Barry University, BFA is currently presenting Beth Moore's Breaking Free:  The Journey, The Stories bible study.  If you are currently working in the sex for sale industry or a survivor desiring to acquire life skills and learn about who you were designed to be,  please call 239.939.9218 or email Julie Shematz for registration.  Registration required.  Free lunch provided.  Additionally, if you are a mature, stable, Christian woman and interested in being a mentor, fulfilling Titus 2:3-4, and the Great Commission, please contact Julie.  Application and background check required. 

theCALL2XXX:  Join us weekly, locally and globally for prayer to abolish slavery and for the organizations reaching, rescuing, restoring and advocating for the victims.  Fridays 8-9am EST.  For more information and prayer guide:  CLICK HERE  To meet with team locally, contact 
Jenni Blye at 574-855-7215 or worshipperwithsong@yahoo.com.

BFA PRAYER:  The holidays are typically a very challenging time for victims and survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation and trafficking.  The desire for family or grief of the loss of them is often compounded during this season.  Please agree with us that they receive the Spirit of Adoption, their heavenly Father, and the healthy family support systems have been provided to them.  May the love of the Father cover them with grace and they experience the revelation that they are loved, valued, and cherished.  Agree with us that the captives be set free to be everything God purposed and destined them to be. 

PRAYER REQUESTS:  We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need.  Please send them to prayer@beautyfromashes.org

DONATIONS:  Your partnership is vital for us to continue providing awareness, advocacy and reach, rescue and restoration services to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation.  Please consider becoming a monthly partner by giving a year end tax deductible gift today.  For  $25 or more we will send you our  Child of God CD.  For secure online donations, CLICK HERE or mail your check, cash or money order to Beauty From Ashes, 5100 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste, 318-148, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

For the LATEST NEWS REGARDING DOMESTIC SEX TRAFFICKING, visit our home page:  http://www.beautyfromashes.org

BFA E-NEWSLETTER SIGN UP:  CLICK HERE

Celebrating the Reason for the Holiday Season,
Steve and Julie Shematz and the BFA FREEdom™ Team

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Gift Assembly, Trainings, Conferences, Lisa Bevere, Outreach, Prayer Mtg & More!

CHRISTMAS GIFT ASSEMBLY:  Saturday, December 6th, 9am-noon, at Barry University, Beauty From Ashes (BFA) will assembling approximately 35 outreach gift bags and 50 care packages for victims & survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation.  These Christmas gifts will be distributed locally and nationally.   If you would like to participate, please contact us.  We are still in need of Bibles and holiday gift items to give away.  If you, your church, group, or business would like to partner with us, please contact Jenni Blye at 574-855-7215 or worshipperwithsong@yahoo.com.  

CAR NEEDED FOR SURVIVOR:  Thanks to our generous partners, we have raised $585 for the human sex trafficking survivor, single mother, that we told you about 4 weeks ago.  However, we sill need another $915 to purchase the $1500 car for her to use as transportation.  Will you please consider giving a tax deductible donation today so that we can provide to her a car for Christmas?  Any amount will be appreciated and it all adds up!  If you have a well running vehicle that you would like to donate, please contact Julie Shematz.  

BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP:  Every Wednesday from 1pm-3pm, at Barry University, BFA is currently presenting Beth Moore's Breaking Free:  The Journey, The Stories bible study.  If you are currently working in the sex for sale industry or a survivor desiring to acquire life skills and learn about who you were designed to be,  please call 239.939.9218 or email Julie Shematz for registration.  Registration required.  Free lunch provided.  Additionally, if you are a mature, stable, Christian woman and interested in being a mentor, fulfilling Titus 2:3-4, and the Great Commission, please contact Julie.  Application and background check required. 

ENHANCING RESILIENCY AMONG TRAFFICKING VICTIMS: Monday, December 6th 2-3pm EST the Department of Health & Human Services is hosting this WebEx Training.  To register, click on the link below (or place it into your Internet browser):
 https://mman.webex.com/mman/j.php?ED=141068327&RG=1&UID=1141192642&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

WAR ON PORNOGRAPHY ONLINE CONFERENCE:  Thursday, December 9th, 11am EST.  Find out from the leading experts how pornography leads to sex trafficking, affects individuals, family, and community as well as the need to prosecute obscene hardcore pornography.  This is an interactive conference.  For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177401435619129

HUMAN TRAFFICKING 101:  HOW TO RECOGNIZE & RESPOND HEALTHCARE WORKERS PRESENTATION - Friday, December 10th 9-10:30am, Lee County Health Department, Fort Myers, FL.  Continued Education Units available.  Julie Shematz will be the presenter.  Event sponsored by the Lee County Health Department.  For more information on BFA Community Awareness & Education Presentations, CLICK HERE

LISA BEVERE  "FIGHT LIKE A GIRL" LADIES/TEEN CONFERENCE:  Friday, December 10th 7pm & Saturday, December 11th 9am, Living Word Christian Church, Fort Myers, FL.  Lisa Bevere is a leading Christian slavery abolitionist and advocate for human trafficking victims.  She is also a world renown author and inspirational speaker.  Cost is $29 adults and $19 students.  For more information, visit www.LWCCFM.com or contact Pastor Kellie Williams  (239) 910-2766. 

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH: Saturday, December 11th, the BFA outREACH team will be serving a home cooked holiday meal and distributing Christmas gifts inside our local "adopted" strip club.  

theCALL2XXX:  Join us weekly, locally and globally for prayer to abolish slavery and for the organizations reaching, rescuing, restoring and advocating for the victims.  Fridays 8-9am EST.  For more information and prayer guide:  CLICK HERE  To meet with team locally, contact 
Jenni Blye at 574-855-7215 or worshipperwithsong@yahoo.com.

BFA PRAYER:  The holidays are typically a very challenging time for victims and survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation and trafficking.  The desire for family or grief of the loss of them is often compounded during this season.  Please agree with us that they receive the Spirit of Adoption, their heavenly Father, and the healthy family support systems have been provided to them.  May the love of the Father cover them with grace and they experience the revelation that they are valued and cherished.  Agree with that the captives be set free to be everything God purposed and destined them to be. 

PRAYER REQUESTS:  We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need.  Please send them to prayer@beautyfromashes.org

DONATIONS:  Your partnership is vital for us to continue providing awareness, advocacy and reach, rescue and restoration services to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation.  Please consider becoming a monthly partner by giving a year end tax deductible gift today.  For  $35 or more we will send you our  Child of God CD.  For secure online donations, CLICK HERE or mail your check, cash or money order to Beauty From Ashes, 5100 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste, 318-148, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

For the LATEST NEWS REGARDING DOMESTIC SEX TRAFFICKING, visit our home page:  http://www.beautyfromashes.org

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Lastly, congratulations to our founder, CEO, and human trafficking over-comer, Julie Shematz, for being awarded a Graduate Studies Scholarship for the Spring 2011 semester at Florida Gulf Coast University.  She currently maintains a 4.0 GPA in the College of Education, Mental Health Counseling Program, is a full time student, and a member of the 
 the 
Chi Sigma Iota Counseling and 
Golden Key Honor Society.   

Thank you for your continued support.  Together we are better and we are making a difference!

Celebrating the Reason for the Holiday Season,
Steve and Julie Shematz and the BFA FREEdom™ Team

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers
239.939.9218 
| 877.4BFA SOS (877.423.2767) Toll Free Help Line
Physical Address:  12381 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 506-1, at the site of Barry University | Fort Myers | FL | 33907 | 
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Mailing Address:  5100 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 318, PMB 148 | Fort Myers | FL | 33907 | USA