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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gift Assembly This Saturday, Program Director Needed, Help Over-Comers Marrying, TIP Report, & More!

UTREACH GIFT & CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY THIS SATURDAY:  July 2nd 9am - noon, join volunteers at Barry University, Suite 500-2,  in assembling 50-100 outREACH gift bags and care packages for victims and survivors of commercialized sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking.  The theme this month is FREEdom™!  We are also in need of July 4th/FREEdom™ themed and inspirational books, bibles, jewelry, toiletries, candy, and gift items to be placed in the gift and care packages.  Last month we had students from 4 universities and ages 16-64 working together as team making gifts of love, hope, and truth. Make plans today to partner with us and become a modern day slavery abolitionist!  

SEEKING PROGRAM DIRECTOR for a comprehensive, integrated, faith based, rehabilitative program for victims of human sex trafficking and commercialized sexual exploitation. READ MORE

Kelly and Tajuan met when The Village (a reentry agency) and The WellHouse (a survivor led human trafficking service agency) combined efforts to fight human trafficking in Birmingham, Alabama. A friendship was formed & these two fell in love. Both Kelly and Tajuan are survivors, over-comer’s and have beat-the-odds to achieve their education (both have Master degrees), and to reach back into the same dilemmas they are survivors of to rescue others. Kelly and Tajuan both lead these nonprofit ministries. The work they do is not for financial gain and if they earn enough votes they can win their dream come true wedding, all expenses paid!  Please take a moment and simple click twice, one on the link and then to vote for them and thanks!  

2011 U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS (TIP) REPORT: Read the complete report and victim's stories CLICK HERE


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 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 or call 239-939-9218.

BFA JULY PRAYER ALERT:  For details on how to pray for BFA clients, events, partnerships, and projects, 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. 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.

“ I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness,
      And will hold Your hand;
      I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
      As a light to the Gentiles,
      To open blind eyes,
      To bring out prisoners from the prison,
      Those who sit in darkness from the prison house
."  Isaiah 42:6-7 NKJV

In His love and commitment to freedom,

Julie Shematz and the FREEdom™ Team
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers

Beauty From Ashes™ July Prayer Alert

We continue thanking and trusting our Father in Heaven for great and mighty works for His ministry at Beauty From Ashes™. Please join us in praying through the points below this month. 

CLIENTS:  We're grateful for your prayers in the month of June that resulted in clients receiving open doors of employment they are proud of.  Please agree with us that others will have the hope, courage and strength to leave destructive lifestyles. Pray for clients in detox, that they would stay the course, and commit to completing a residential program. Agree with us for  healing, sound minds, strength, wisdom, and encouragement that their past does not define who they are or their future.  Pray they have a hunger and thirst for God's Word and get into churches that will provide a healthy community and support system.  

RESIDENTIAL SAFEHOME:  We asked you to begin praying a couple a months ago and God is moving!  Pray with us for God's direction, wisdom and perfect plan to be accomplished in His perfect timing.  Thank Him for being Jehovah Jireh! 

FUNDING:  Two months ago we asked you to begin praying for $45,000 for a full time Executive Director position. Our goal was $50,000 and we have $45,000 pledged for the new position!  Please agree with us for the remaining budget that includes operational funding for a residential rehabilitative program, an assessment/resource center, and supportive staff.  Currently, even though
 Florida is ranked 3rd in the nation for human trafficking,
 there is no such comprehensive programs providing a seamless continuum of restorative services to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking.

OUTREACHES:  Pray that outreach team members would continue to multiply as our territory expands according to God's will.  Thank God for the favor we have with strip club management and employees.  Our July outREACHes will focus on FREEdom™!  
May those we reach receive the 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. 

Thank God that we now have a local shelter that will provide 3 nights to 10 days of services that include comprehensive mental and physical health assessments! 
Please pray that more churches will step up and support the first and only survivor led, faith based, human sex trafficking victim service agency in the state of Florida.  May community partnerships continue to increase.  Also pray for protection and strengthening of existing Helping Hands Network.  

FREEdom™ HOMES BEST PRACTICES PROJECT:  Pray that God would continue to raise up multiple governmental and non governmental agencies to work collaboratively in the development of the Best Practices for residential homes for sex trafficking victims.  (Currently there is none).  Pray for a spirit of unity and harmony and that these agencies will work together in the best interest of victims.  

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT:  Please pray for the completion of the project, for the funding for the DVD production, and marketing of campaign.

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, what agencies to partner with, and that we don't miss submitting proposals to anything that is in God's will that we apply to. 

EVENTS:  Wisdom and discernment to know what and/or who BFA is to be involved with or not.  Pray that God will raise up a BFA Event Coordinator.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:  Please pray for His will be to be established through our Board of Directors.  Pray they be bonded through the yoke of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.  Agree with us for their health, protection, and active involvement with BFA.

VOLUNTEERS:  Pray for strength, encouragement and perseverance for current volunteers and that God would raise up more called, anointed, and committed servants.   

JULIE SHEMATZ:  Pray that she finish up another semester strong.  She has two more weeks of full time graduate school, interning at the Salvation Army, and four weeks off before the fall semester begins again.  May she rest during her time off, be refreshed, and renewed. 

OTHER LIKE MINISTRIES/AGENCIES:  Pray for unity and collaboration amongst one another, humbleness, wisdom, and patience in reaching, rescuing and restoring victims.  May the level of professionalism be raised.  Pray for balance, biblical priorities, and protection of leadership, marriages, and families.  May healthy boundaries be established and maintained for aftercare providers.  May God's strength and encouragement be imparted to all in the name of Jesus.  


"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners."  Isaiah 61:1

Thank you for your priceless partnership in prayer and intercession! 

Nancy Sampson, Sandi Spencer & Julie Shematz
Prayer Coordinators & Chief Executive Officer

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers