Dear Prayer Warriors,
Thank you for your commitment to pray for Beauty From Ashes (BFA) Ministries and those hurt by the sexualized culture. We know that it is ONLY by your prayers that God has protected us and we have seen many victories. In April, we would ask you to lift up the following items:
CLIENTS: Pray for healing, sound minds, and encouragement that their past does not define who they are or their future. That they have a revelation of who God is, how much He loves them and embrace the truth that will set them free to be everything they were destined to be. May they have open doors for alternative jobs that pay well.
LOCAL RESIDENTIAL SHELTER/HOME: Funding is needed to acquire property offered to BFA for a 4-6 bedroom, already zoned as group home, for $2800 a month plus funding for staff to run. May God's perfect will be done.
MENTORS: May God would raise up mature women to embrace and mentor victims and survivors locally and nationally.
OUTREACHES: Let us pray against the territorial spirit of jezebel, competition, jealousy, strife and division. Please pray for favor with management and employees of adult entertainment businesses. May outreach team members multiply as our territory continues to expand according to God's will. May donations of bibles and Easter gift items be provided.
VOLUNTEERS: Pray for strength, encouragement and perseverance for current volunteers and that God would raise up more called, anointed, and committed servants.
GRANTS & FOUNDATIONS: Pray that our current partnerships for grants would result in operational, program, and project funding. May God impart the wisdom to know which ones to apply for.
FUNDING: Funding for full time Executive Director and Executive Assistant would be acquired.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT: We seek God's perfect will to be done down to every detail. Also, we need funding for DVD production and marketing of project.
PARTNERSHIPS: Pray that churches would add BFA to their list of home missions support and begin to support with time, talent and resources. Community partnerships would continue to increase. Also pray for protection and strengthening of existing networking.
EVENTS: Wisdom and discernment is needed to know what and/or who BFA is to be involved with or not. Pray that an Event Coordinator would come forward to handle all details.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Pray for protection, wisdom, encouragement, and direction for BFA and their personal lives. May they have a divine connection to candidates for new directors and confirmation/affirmation from all board members. May unity and harmony reign.
JULIE SHEMATZ: Pray that our founder & CEO maintain balance, priorities and completes her final 3 weeks, of her 1st year, of graduate school with a standard of excellence. Pray for safe travels and a meaningful experience in Birmingham, Alabama 4/5-4/8. She will be going to a sex trafficking conference, touring a new safe home, and meeting with a local church interested in establishing after care programs for sex trafficking victims. Pray that she be refreshed and renewed at a women's retreat in Lake Placid, FL 4/8-4/11.
OTHER LIKE MINISTRIES: Pray for their funding and unity amongst one another. May they be sensitive to the need for respect, privacy and confidentiality of clients, so that the details of the client's lives would not be exploited. Pray for humbleness, wisdom and patience in reaching, rescuing and restoring victims. May the level of professionalism be raised and licensed counselors and professional service providers unite with them to provide restoration services and program development. Pray for balance, biblical priorities, and protection of marriages and families. Strong boundaries need to be established and maintained for outreach and aftercare providers. May God's strength and encouragement be imparted to all in the name of Jesus.
"For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come." (Ephesians 1:15-21) Amen.
Thank you for your fervent prayers about these matters during the month of April. If there is anything that we as a staff can pray for you, please submit your prayer requests via our website. We consider you a part of our family and are blessed to know you.
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BFA Prayer Coordinator
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries
Where Victims Become Over-Comers
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