STRIP CLUB OUTREACH: Fort Myers, FL, Saturday, August 14th. The BFA outREACH team will be taking a home cooked meal of baked ziti, salad, bread and dessert into our local 'adopted' club. The team will also be distributing gift bags that include Christian books, beauty supplies and Julie Shematz's interview on Rod Parsley's Breakthrough entitled, Second Chance at Success. To view video, CLICK HERE
WEEKLY GLOBAL PRAYER: Every Friday 8-9am EST. Join us and others around the world praying for the victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and the organizations reaching, rescuing & restoring them. For a prayer guide, CLICK HERE
US LAW ENFORCEMENT FAILING ON CHILD PROSTITUTION: "One victim told Newsbeat the police treated her badly when they arrested her in Washington DC. 'There were five cops, all pointing guns at me,' she said. 'It was some type of drug bust and they were calling me like 'whores' and that I was just a little prostitute.' They just assumed I was doing this on my own free will . . . It's not enough to give these girls a hot meal and a week's stay in a shelter. They need comprehensive support, so we need law enforcement to have the resources and training and compassion to be able to identify these kids as victims and not perpetrators." Read more
LETTER TO CRAIG NEWMARK OF CRAIGSLIST: Craig . . . "simply put, we are appalled that you are requesting the police reports from young victims as proof of their trauma . . . if this were a bar and children were being raped in the basement we would close the bar down to protect the children. We are asking you to do what’s right, close down the adult services section until you have an effective solution that ensures children will not be bought and sold online." Read more
JUSTICE DEPT'S 'NEW STRATEGY' TO CURB SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN IGNORES THE ELEPHANT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM -- NAMELY, HARDCORE ADULT PORNOGRAPHY: "Strangely missing from Attorney General Holder's 'comprehensive threat assessment of dangers facing children' online is the proliferation of hardcore adult pornography which is contributing to sexual exploitation of children in variety of ways, including . . . " Read more
BFA PRAYER REQUESTS: Please agree with us in prayer for the women and children we serve and have influence in their lives to have a healthy revelation of who God is, who they are in Christ, that they have a hunger for His Word and that they fall in love with their Creator. May doors of opportunity be opened for them as they commit their lives to the journey of Christ centered healing and life transformation. Agree with us for resources to come in for BFA from the North, South, East & West and for the protection of our staff, board, volunteers and partners. Finally, thank God for being our Savior, Lord, Defender, Shelter, Provider and for what He has done through BFA and will continue to do as we pursue our mission: To reach, rescue and restore victims of commercialized sexual exploitation.
PRAYER REQUESTS: We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need. Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
DONATIONS: We need your help to continue providing awareness, advocacy and reach, rescue and restoration services to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation. Please consider giving a 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.
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Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Together we are better and are making a difference.
In His love & service,
Julie Shematz & the BFA FREEdom™ Team
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries
Where Victims Become Over-Comers