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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Strip Club OutREACH Report, Care Packages, TRAFFICKED Radio Interview, Mensa & More!

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH REPORT: On Saturday, May 11th, the BFA outREACH team served a home cooked meal of lasagna, mixed vegetable salad, rolls and eclairs to the employees of our local "adopted" strip club. Gift bags were distributed that included Magdelena DVD by the Jesus Project, hair and beauty supplies to employees and female customers. The team was welcomed into the club by management and had the opportunity to love on the employees and pray with the manager. Tears, hugs, and encouragement were shared as the message of love, hope, and truth was delivered. To view pics, CLICK HERE

CARE PACKAGES GIVEN TO SALVATION ARMY:  BFA presented the Fort Myers Salvation Army, the largest center in the nation, with 80 care packages for the female residents.  This populace are high risk due to homelessness, abuse, and addictions.  Each care packaged included human trafficking awareness information, bibles, and hair and beauty supplies.  To view pics, CLICK HERE

TRAFFICKED INTERVIEW WITH JULIE SHEMATZ:  To listen to this week's Here Women Talk Radio interview with BFA Founder and CEO, Julie Shematz, CLICK HERE.  Julie is Dotti Laster's second guest and discusses the development of collaborative, creative intervention programs and her mental health counseling internship with the Salvation Army.  

MENSA SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED TO OVER-COMER:  To read Julie Shematz's winning essay for Mensa CLICK HERE


FGCU HUMAN TRAFFICKING PRESENTATION:  Julie Shematz will be giving a Human Trafficking and Beauty From Ashes Ministries multi-media presentation at Florida Gulf Coast University on Thursday, June 23rd at 1pm.  The presentation will be to the Foundations of Civic Engagement Class in LIB 441. 

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

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.  

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.


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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 use funds 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.

"Thank God for darkness that is turning into day." -Smith Wigglesworth

Committed to His service,

Julie Shematz, Chief Executive Director & Founder

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

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