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Saturday, October 1, 2011

11/11/11 iChallenge to Fight Human Trafficking

11/11/11 iCHALLENGE TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING: The Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) Student Abolitionist Movement (SAM), FGGU Honors Program, and the FGCU Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement are teaming up to put on a 3 part Fundraising Event to benefit Beauty From Ashes™ (BFA) Ministries, a not-for-profit charity dedicated to preventing, rescuing and restoring victims of sex trafficking and commercialized sexual exploitation.

In Part I, on Wednesday, October 5th, videos will be constantly streaming on the main campus of the university library lawn and SAM members will be distributing awareness materials and answering questions 11am-2:30pm. This event will kickoff the BFA fund raising campaign, the 11-11-11 iChallenge to Fight Human Trafficking

Part II is a movie night on campus featuring the documentary, "Very Young Girls", Wednesday November 2nd 7pm.  (Free popcorn!) 

Part III is a banquet featuring BFA founder, Julie Shematz, Salvation Army's, Myrna Molinari, Women at Risk (WAR) International's founder, Becky McDonald, and other local service agency representatives, on Friday, November 18th in the Student Union, Room 214 at 6pm. (Free food!) 

What is the 11/11/11 iChallenge?

For any person who donates at least $11 their name will be entered into a drawing for $111. And for the person who donates at least $11 and collects $11 from 11 of their friends ($121) their name will be entered into a larger prize drawing.  The winners of the prize drawings will be announced at the banquet on November 18th.  To give securely online, CLICK HERE and take the 11/11/11 iChallenge!  For more information, CLICK HERE 

MATCHING DONOR GRANT:  As of October 26th, for every donation you make in any amount, up to $25,000, we have a donor that will double it!   

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beauty From Ashes October Prayer Alert

Greetings Beauty From Ashes' Prayer Partners,

Thank you for your faithful and consistent prayers for Beauty From Ashes™ (BFA) Ministries.  The prayers of the righteous availeth much and your prayers continue to make up the foundation of this agency and are making a difference in lives of countless individuals.  Below are October's Prayer Requests.  

CLIENTS:  Please pray for our local and national clients' mental, physical and spiritual healing, that they have sound minds, and the courage to commit to the long term healing journey.  May they receive a revelation of God's love for them and who they are in Christ. 

OUTREACHES:  Thank God for the favor we have with sex business management and employees.  Pray that the Father's love will be evident in and through the team as they operate in unity and one accord.  
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.  
Agree with us that outreach team members would continue to multiply as our territory expands according to God's will.  

ASSESSMENT/RESOURCE CENTER:  Please agree with us for God's perfect will and provision of funding for a professionally run, integrated and comprehensive assessment/resource center for victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and human sex trafficking.  Pray that God would send in the resources and qualified staff from the North, South, East, and West. Thank Him with us that in His perfect timing this vision will come to pass.  

STAFF SEARCH:  Pray that God will send in those He has chosen for the positions to serve through BFA.  Grant the Search Committee and Board wisdom, discernment, and unity in choosing the Staff.   

LONG TERM RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM:  Pray for God's direction, provision, staff, volunteers, and community engagement. 

EVENTS: May all the details of this months events (Girl Scouts, Salvation Army, Florida Gulf Coast & Barry Universities, Cypress Lake Methodist Church, Gift & Care Package Assemblies & OutREACHes) come divinely into place and our Founder, Julie Shematz, share with passion, purpose, clarity, and hope.  Agree with us that hearers of awareness events will be inspired to become doers in the fight against human sex slavery here in the United States. 
May we have wisdom and discernment to know what and/or who BFA is to be involved with or not.  Agree with us that God will raise up a BFA Event Coordinator. 

FUND RAISING:  Pray that God would raise up more businesses, agencies, churches, ministries, and individuals to initiate creative fund raising for BFA.  

PARTNERSHIPS:  Pray that God would continue to align us with the professional, governmental, private, corporate and faith based partnerships that are of His perfect will and nothing less.  

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS:  Pray for health, protection, wisdom, encouragement, and divine direction for BFA.  May all Directors operate in one accord and in tune with the Holy Spirit.  Pray against a spirit of division, strife, and discord.  

OTHER LIKE MINISTRIES/AGENCIES:  Pray for unity amongst one another and 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.  May strong boundaries be established and maintained for aftercare providers.  May God's strength and encouragement be imparted to all in the name of Jesus.  

FRIDAY PRAYER:  Join us in the spirit every Friday from 8-9am EST to intercede for the victims of commercialized sexual exploitation and sex slavery, as well as the agencies servicing them.  CLICK HERE for Prayer Guide. 


Thank you for standing with us in prayer, for the establishment of God's perfect will for His ministry, Beauty From Ashes™.  

"We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts, knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance to God's will".  Rom. 8:26-27

Nancy Sampson & Sandi Spencer
Prayer Coordinators

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
Where Victims Become Over-Comers