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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  

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):

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

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 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

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

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.



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 
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  
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