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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

VBS Human Trafficking Curriculum, Upcoming Strip Club OutREACH, Breaking Free Support Group & More!

BFA PARTNERS WITH VBS TO EDUCATE CHILDREN ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Last week we appealed to our fans, partners and fellow abolitionists to help us come up with a creative way to speak about human trafficking to children ages 3-11 for a local church's Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. The huge challenge was to not use words like human trafficking, sex, abuse, victim, rape, prostitution, stripping, etc.  Our objective was to come up with blurbs to be read every day for VBS's 'Ministry Minute'. The church is having Beauty From Ashes (BFA) be their support ministry for VBS and wants to tell the children everyday about us, what we're doing, why, and ultimately educate the children to prevent them from becoming victims of human sex trafficking.  The response was awesome and we thank everyone that contributed and we want to especially thank Sanibel Community Church for boldly going, to our knowledge, where no other children's program has ever went before.  With the numbers of domestic minors being forced or lured into human sex trafficking an alarming 100,000-300,000 a year and the average age of entry into prostitution being 11-14, they recognized the need to implement preventative educational measures and we applaud them for doing such!  To read the five days of 'Ministry Minutes' for VBS, CLICK HERE.

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH:  This Saturday, June 11th the BFA OutREACH Team will be serving up a home cooked meal and delivering gifts that include Bibles, the Magdelena DVD, inspirational books, beauty and hair supplies, and human trafficking information in the locker room of our local "adopted" strip club.  BFA has been going into this club since 2005 and consistently serving up meals on monthly basis since 2009.  Our objective has been to share the Good News, teach about and demonstrate God's kindness and love, and establish relationships that will extend beyond the outREACH.  In the 1st 6 months of 2011, more women have quit and sought our services than ever before!  Additionally, not only are we able to educate the employees and staff about human trafficking, we are able to keep our eyes open for potential trafficking victims and initiate intervention that leads to restoration.

BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP:  Wednesdays at Barry University 1-3pm.  For women who are currently in the sex industry and for those who have been in it.   Child care and lunch provided.  Registration required.  Contact Julie Shematz at or call 239-939-9218 to register. 

BFA CURRENT NEEDS:  Want to help and get involved with Florida's first and only survivor led human sex trafficking service agency?  CLICK HERE for details.  

SCHEDULE BFA FOR AN EVENT:  BFA provides education, in services, and trainings on human trafficking for social service agencies, universities, churches, groups, businesses, and clubs.  To schedule a speaker and for more information, CLICK HERE

BFA JUNE PRAYER REQUESTS:  For details on how to pray for BFA clients, staff, and our programs, CLICK HERE

WEEKLY GLOBAL CORPORATE PRAYER:  Join BFA 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

BFA PRAYER TEAM:  To sign up, send your name, city, state, and country to

PRAYER REQUESTS:  We care for you and have a team that prays over your every need.  Submit your prayer request via our website CLICK HERE.


BFA FACEBOOK FAN PAGE & TWITTER:  :  Become a fan on the BFA facebook fanpage and follow us on Twitter.  Get informed and raise awareness by reposting and retweeting!

2010 AUDITED FINANCIAL REPORT:  In 2010 92.7% of all giving and income to BFA went to Program Services. Because people believe in our mission and vision, we had approximately 10,600 in kind items given and 5000 hours of services donated.  We don't use our partner's seed money to buy clothing to sell, for elaborately painted vehicles, extensive marketing, or grandiose salaries, we use it to meet the needs of the marginalized population we serve and to advance the kingdom of God.  This audited report demonstrates that BFA is committed to the highest standards of stewardship and financial accountability.  We want to thank our partners for assisting us to Educate the community, Advocate for, Reach, Rescue and Restore victims of commercialized exploitation and human sex trafficking. To view our 2010 Audited Financial Report, CLICK HERE.  

DONATIONS:  Your partnership is vital for us.  We currently rely on private donations to provide Program Services. Please consider becoming a partner by giving a 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, 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste, 56-623, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

Finally, I will leave you with this scripture from Acts 20:24, "My life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus-the work of telling others the Good News about God's wonderful kindness & love." 

Thank you for supporting me and the work our Lord entrusted to me since 2002.  Together we are fulfilling His mission for those entrapped in slavery. 

In His lavish love & committed service,

Julie Shematz & the BFA FREEdom™ Team

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

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