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Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Strip Club OutREACHes, Human Trafficking Events & More!

Beauty From Ashes (BFA) Ministries did two strip club outREACHes in the Fort Myers area this month.  
On Thursday, March 10th the BFA outREACH teams delivered outREACH gift bags to one club and on Saturday, March 12th the team delivered gift bags and served up a home cooked meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mushroom and onion gravy, salad and rolls with vanilla and chocolate cupcakes in the locker room of their local "adopted" strip club.  The gift bags were decorated for St. Patrick's Day and included bibles, candles, beauty supplies, candies, invitations to BFA's weekly support/life skills group, testimony DVD's, and a scroll telling the recipients that they are treasured, valued and, loved.  With the management's permission, the team also distributed special mix CD's with the message of love, hope and trust to the customers in their "adopted" club.  The team prayed with the manager and employees, shared the gospel, and 
participated in communion with the
 dancers.  For pictures of gifts, outREACH and more information, 
CLICK HERE.  Our next outREACHes will be the second week of April and we will be celebrating Easter.  If you're a pastor or leadership in a local church willing to open your doors and arms to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and sex trafficking, contact us.  We would like to include your contact information for your Easter services in the outREACH gifts.  Our next gift assembly is Saturday, April 2nd 9am - 1pm at Barry University, Room 500-2.  We welcome volunteers and various gift items including bibles, devotionals, journals, candles, candy, confetti, Easter tracts, etc.  


UNITED METHODIST CHURCH HOSTS HUMAN TRAFFICKING EVENT:  A huge thanks to the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church for hosting a human trafficking awareness event on Monday, March 14th in North Fort Myers, FL.  The event was originally scheduled for 15-20 women and after the pastor decided the event needed to be opened up to men as well, nearly 100 attended the 75 minute, multi-media presentation, from other local Methodist Churches.   BFA Founder and human trafficking over-comer, Julie Shematz, shared her testimony and presented Human Trafficking 101 & Hearing From the Victims.   

AWARENESS, PREVENTION & INTERVENTION FOR TEENS:  BFA will be presenting the multi-media presentation, "It's Not Glamorous & Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking", to teens on Tuesday, March 29th at the Brookwood Girl's Home.  Additionally, the event will have in attendance teenage girls from Hind's Feet Mentoring and the Children's Network.  All three organizations work with foster care teens, nationally recognized as an extremely vulnerable populous for sex trafficking. 

SCHEDULE BFA FOR AN EVENT:  BFA provides education, in service, 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

DOMESTIC HUMAN SEX TRAFFICKING NEWS:  For the latest in domestic human sex trafficking news, national conferences, documentaries, television specials, movies and more, visit and/or join our facebook fanpage

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, 

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DONATIONS:  Your partnership is vital for us to continue providing education, 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, 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Ste, 56-623, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

Thank you for your continued support of BFA.  Because of you, together, we are making a difference in the SWFL region and nationally.  

In Him & His service,

Julie Shematz and the BFA FREEdom™ Team

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers