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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Beauty From Ashes' March Prayer Alert

Dear Faithful Intercessors,

Thank you for your continued commitment to intercede for Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries.  Your prayers are priceless to us and those we serve. Many great things are planned for March, and we are counting on your prayers to cover them all!

CLIENTS:  Please pray for our local and national clients' mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.  Agree with us 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 the security of knowing who they are in Christ. Thank God for the work He's done already in their lives and His faithfulness to complete it.  Please pray for our new clients as they begin their journey of healing and building new life through Christ, as well as for a surrendered heart ready to commit to His path. 

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 may they embrace the truth that will set them free to be everything they were destined to be. Pray His free gift of love and life through our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ will be shared during our March outreach!  Pray that in His perfect timing that He'd bring all the details together & open the doors into unreached areas we are considering for upcoming outreaches.

ASSESSMENT/RESOURCE CENTER:  Praise Him for our partnership with the United Way, the Salvation Army, and Lee Physician's Healthcare Systems, where we are providing comprehensive and integrated mental health, medical, dental, social, and spiritual services to victims of commercialized sexual exploitation. Thank Him for opening the door for us to hold our weekly life skills and support group at Lee Memorial Hospital in central Fort Myers. Lee Memorial Hospital is located within walking distance to areas ripe with prostitution, strip clubs, and other sex industry work. Agree with us that God would bring the women He wants us to serve to us in both locations and that the staff of Lee Memorial Hospital will be as welcoming to us as were the staff of the United Way House. 

STAFF: The staff returned from their first retreat this week, where they were able to spend 5 days in Northern Florida camping and horse back riding. Pray for them as acclimate back into their work schedules and for a spirit of unity and harmony to reign. Pray for new staff as we begin the search process for hiring an administrative assistant position(s). May God send us the perfect person(s) to assist our Executive Director and Program Manager in the day to day operations and events.

VOLUNTEERS and INTERNS: Thank you for your prayers in the month of February! God worked abundantly by raising up new volunteers committed to serving on a regular basis.  Please pray our new gift assembly leader feels His peace and energy as she begins serving. Pray for strength, encouragement and commitment for current volunteers and that God would raise up more called, anointed, and dedicated servants ready to reach more people for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  Please pray that God continue to instill a fire in the hearts of men and women to commit their time and resources in reaching, rescuing, and restoring victims as they become over-comers.

LONG TERM RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM:  Pray for God's direction, provision, staff, volunteers, and community engagement for existing programs and His perfect timing for ours. 

EVENTS: Praise God all of February's events were abundantly blessed by HIm! We are grateful for the events He has orchestrated for March. 
• Please pray for our upcoming Strip Club outREACH, taking place March 10th.  
• Pray for Life Focus TV as they film for a documentary on human trafficking, highlighting the work of Beauty From Ashes (BFA) Ministries on March 9th & 10th. As the show airs, pray victims from across the United States are moved with hope and that they reach out for help. 
• A group of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) students will be hosting 72 hours of prayer, March 12th through the 15th.  They've asked BFA to have a table present and our founder and Executive Director, Julie Shematz, to speak and pray on March 12th. Pray that He uses the event to stir the hearts of college students to action. Above all, pray that He uses this event to reach any and all FGCU students currently working or at risk of being sex trafficked or sexually exploited. 
• On March 17th, Julie will be presenting to Awaken Ministries women's group, Pure Passion.  
• March 21st through the 25th, BFA be at Sanibel Community Church's Missions Conference. On Friday and on March 23rd, Julie will be speaking at their dinner banquet.  May all the details of this months events come divinely into place with passion, purpose, clarity, and hope.  
• Agree with us that hearers at awareness events will be inspired to become doers in the fight against human sex slavery here in the United States.

FUND RAISING: Praise God for His unending faithfulness; He continually provides the necessary financial support, allowing Beauty From Ashes, Florida's first human trafficking, overcomer led, community service agency to reach, rescue, and restore victims for His names sake. Pray that God would continue to 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.  Agree with us that these relationships be protected and that our partners are blessed abundantly. Thank Him for churches that are partnering with BFA and supporting us as missionaries.  May God continue to lay on the hearts of pastors and parishioners a burden to raise awareness and support the work of BFA. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ADVISORS:  Praise Him for the 2012 budget that was approved!  Agree with us for God to provide health, protection, wisdom, encouragement, and divine direction for BFA.  May He continue to work through the Directors, as they operate in one accord and in tune with the Holy Spirit. 
OTHER LIKE MINISTRIES/AGENCIES:  Pray for humbleness and wisdom for all agencies, organizations, and ministries and a desire for unity in helping victims become overcomers.  May the level of professionalism and ethical concern for victims 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. 

"He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. He provides rain for the earth; He sends water on the countryside. The lowly He sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety."  Job 5:9-11

Thank you for your prayer support as we move into the spring season of 2012.  Know that we are praying for you.

Nancy Sampson & Sandi Spencer
Prayer Coordinators

Where Victims Become Over-Comers

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