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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Strip Club OutREACH, National Training, Breaking Free, Gift Assembly & More!

STRIP CLUB OUTREACH THIS SATURDAY:  On August 13th the Beauty From Ashes™ (BFA)  outREACH team will be serving up a home cooked Italian pasta meal to the employees of our local "adopted" strip club here in Fort Myers, FL.  Please keep the team in your prayers.  

BFA NATIONAL TRAINING:  Mark your calendars now for January 11-14, 2012!  We will be launching our new and improved strip club, XXX, and sex trafficking outREACH and ministry training here in Fort Myers, FL.  Since 2003, BFA has been doing strip club outREACHes and in 2005 we piloted our national training in Indianapolis, IN. Since then we've trained numerous pastors, churches, and ministries from across the nation how to implement our unique models of outREACH and what to expect when providing aftercare to survivors.  In 2010, we received a capacity building grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to improve our training curriculum.  And it's no coincidence that January is the national human trafficking awareness month.....more news coming soon!  

BREAKING FREE LIFE SKILLS & SUPPORT GROUP:  Wednesdays at Barry University 1-3pm.  For women who are currently in the sex industry and for those who have been in it.  Child care and lunch provided.  Registration required. Contact  Mary Lewis at or call 239-939-9218 to register.

OUTREACH GIFT & CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAYS:  On the first and second Fridays of the month from 9am-noon we will be meeting in Room 500-5 of Barry University, the corporate headquarters of BFA, to inventory beauty supplies and assemble outREACH and care packages. We will be meeting this Friday to assemble 50-100 gifts that will be distributed to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking. Last month we distributed over 25 outREACH gifts in a strip club and shipped two huge care package boxes to women residing in a safehome out of state.  
 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.

BFA IS SEEKING RESIDENTIAL SUPPORT STAFF for a comprehensive, integrated, faith based, rehabilitative, residential program for victims of human sex trafficking and commercia
lized sexual exploitation,

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.  Both agencies are founded by over-comers of human trafficking, check out

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 its 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.

 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 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 or a BFA informational meeting, CLICK HERE or call (239) 939-9218.

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.

All Christian power springs from communion with God and from the indwelling of divine grace. - James H. Aughey

Thank you for your continued support.  Together we are making a difference.  

Committed to seeing victims become over-comers,

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

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers