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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Strip Club OutREACH Report, Gift Assembly Rescheduled, Shoe Revolt & More!

On Saturday, July 30th, the Beauty From Ashes (BFA) outREACH team served up a home cooked meal of fried chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, salad, rolls, and Boston cream cake to the employees of our Fort Myers "adopted" strip club. The team also distributed gift bags that included Reach Up women's magazine, the Jimmie Bratcher Band Live July 4th CD, journals, pens, make up, manicure and pedicure kits, and human trafficking educational materials. The team had the opportunity to minister for nearly 2 hours directly to the manager, who has been allowing BFA to come in the club for over 7 years. As BFA founder, Julie Shematz, was praying for him, thanking God for the favor he has given us, with tears in his eyes, he stated repeatedly, 'if even in 20 years you can help just one girl, then allowing you in here will be worth it." He also advised the team that 3 dancers were able to acquire other employment last week and had quit. One of them came in that evening to say good bye and as she hugged Julie she told her 'you inspired me'. Two of them have followed up with receiving services from BFA.  Thank you to everyone that give of your time, talent, and resources to enable us to do these outREACHes consistently on a monthly basis. Together, we are making a difference!  Our next outREACH will be Saturday, August 13th.  To view pictures of outREACH, CLICK HERE

OUTREACH GIFT & CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY RESCHEDULED:  We have rescheduled this Saturday's outREACH gift and care package assembly to 
August 12th 10am - noon.
  We will assemble 50-100 gifts in Room 500-1 of a Barry University that will be distributed to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation during our monthly outREACHes and the care packages are given to survivors residing in safehomes locally and nationally.  Anyone is welcome to join us.  We are also seeking gift items such as handmade crafts and items, Bibles, journals, inspirational books, etc.  See our Amazon Wish List  for book details.  
Starting in September we will doing Beauty Supply Inventory on the first Friday of the month at 9-11am and Gift Assembly on the second Friday of the month at 9-11am at Barry University.
  We apologize for any inconveniences this schedule change may cause.  

for a comprehensive, integrated, faith based, rehabilitative, residential program for victims of human sex trafficking and commercia
lized sexual exploitation, READ MORE.  We are also seeking volunteers who want to be slavery abolitionists, for more information, CLICK HERE.

Shoe Revolt was founded by overcomer and philanthropist, Ateba Crocker. Shoe Revolt's goal is to financially partner with one organization in each state, plus Washington D.C., to create a network of comprehensive and integrated, long-term rehabilitative housing. BFA is the organization for the state of Florida. By shopping at Shoe Revolt, consumers (MEN and WOMEN) are taking a stand against the sexual exploitation of women and children here in the United States. 

Revolt: (v.) to fight, to rise up against the injustice of commercial sexual exploitation of women and children with purchasing power. 
Human sex trafficking is neither a religious issue nor a political issue; it’s a human right’s issue that we ALL need to fight for. So, how do we stop this injustice? The answer is right under our feet.  
When you purchase shoes from Shoe Revolt, proceeds will go to BFA.  Shoe Revolt will launch their new website this Friday. Check it out at

NOTE CARD CAFE has designed a set of "Beauty From Ashes" cards that are absolutely beautiful!  The best thing is that when you purchase them, they are donating 25% of the sale to BFA!  Check them out and order some today.  For more information and to see cards, CLICK HERE.

FUND RAISING: If you're passionate about doing something about human trafficking happening right here in the United States and want to support Florida's first and only human trafficking survivor led, community service agency, contact us today.  As we are expanding and developing the nation's first of it's kind: from the point of exiting the sex industry to full recovery, a seamless, comprehensive, and integrated program for victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking, our funding needs are rising.  Whether it's a bake sale, car wash, Sunday School class project, percentage of your business sales, or organizing a dinner party, 3-5K run, awareness event, etc., please contact us with your fund raising/awareness ideas today.  Together we can make a difference.  

 For details on how to pray for BFA clients, events, partnerships, and projects, CLICK HERE.

WEEKLY GLOBAL CORPORATE PRAYER ON FRIDAYS:  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. Locally, we meet at our home headquarters in Fort Myers, FL at Barry University, Room 500-1.  We welcome you to join us.  For more information and prayer guide, CLICK HERE

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 PRAYER TEAM:  To sign up, send your name, city, state, and country to


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!  Awareness leads to prevention, intervention, and restoration! 

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

DONATIONS:  Your partnership is vital for us.  We currently rely on private donations to provide Program Services and in 2010 92.7% of giving went to program services.  We are seriously victim centered and our financials demonstrate this.  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., Suite 56, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

"Vindicate the weak and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked."  
Psalm 82:3-4 NASB (emphasis added)

Committed to freedom and healing,
Julie Shematz & the BFA FREEdom™ Team
Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers