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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Domestic Sex Trafficking Rescues, Graduation, Gift Assembly this Saturday & More!

BFA ASSISTS IN DOMESTIC HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESCUES:  In the past 3 weeks, Beauty From Ashes (BFA) has provided assistance in rescuing and in recovery placement of 6 domestic victims of human sex trafficking, ages 17-28.  If it were not for our vast national network of community partnerships, we would not be able to provide these services to victims, service providers, and loved ones.   Within minutes, services were coordinated and provided.  Thanks to everyone that responded to phone calls, text messages and emails.  Together we are better and we are making a difference! 

GRADUATION:  It is with great joy that we share with you that one of our clients graduated from the recovery program she is in!  She is a resilient, intelligent, and creative, child sex trafficking survivor who is most certainly more than an over-comer & a beauty!  Congratulations to Haddasah* and a huge THANKS to the program directors, staff and volunteers, as well as the partnering agencies that contributed to her rescue and restoration.  (*name changed for confidentiality)

PASSING OF A CLIENT:  It was revealed this week that a client we served, while she was incarcerated, passed away.   As we reviewed her file, we were grateful to read that on 1/17/10, she wrote on an application to a safe home, that she had accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior during a visit we had with her there.  We extend our condolences to her family and are grateful that she is pain free and in heaven with her Savior.  

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

MAY OUTREACH GIFT & CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY THIS SATURDAY:  May 7th, 9am - 1pm, Barry University.  BFA is in need of individuals willing to assemble outREACH & care packages for survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation (CSE) and human sex trafficking.  We need help in making 50-75 gifts.  We are also in need of Mother's Day themed and inspirational books, bibles, jewelry, toiletries, candy, and gift items to be placed in the gift and care packages.  

BFA WISH LIST:  We have created the Amazon BFA Wish List to make it easiest for you to know what we want to give away in our outREACHes and care packages, CLICK HERE.  You can view and order items and have them delivered directly to us.  Items do not have to be identical and can be mailed to 13300 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 56-623, Fort Myers, FL 33907 or call 239.939.9218 to arrange for pick up.  To support the acquisition of these items, you can also give securely online at  Please notate 'OutREACH'.  As our gift to you, for a $25 donation, we'll send you the BFA private label musical CD, Child of God.  For more information, call 239.939.9218.  


BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP:  Wednesdays at Barry University 1-3pm.  For victims and over-comers of CSE and human sex trafficking.  Child care and lunch provided.  Registration required.  Contact Julie Shematz at or call 239-939-9218 to register. 

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

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 and state 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.


Thank you partnering with us in ministering to the girls, women, and families we serve.  Together we must ensure that the greatest impacted and the most marginalized are leading the fight in survivor- and community-led organizing and activism.  Empowering victims to become over-comers and world changers is what we are about.  

In Christ we serve,

Julie Shematz & BFA FREEdom™ Team
CEO & Founder
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers
239.939.9218 | 877.4BFA SOS (877.423.2767) Toll Free Help Line
Physical Address:  12381 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 506-1, at the site of Barry University | Fort Myers | FL | 33907 | USA | Monday-Thursday 10-5
Mailing Address:  13300 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 56-623 | Fort Myers | FL | 33907 | USA 

"Survivors must be leaders in the development of services, shelter, and response protocols to sex trafficking.” - National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking