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Thursday, May 3, 2012

May Prayer Alert

Dear Faithful Intercessors,

Thank you for your continued commitment to intercede for Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries.  Your prayers play a critical role in the lives of those we serve.  
CLIENTS:  Pray that Christ reveal Himself in a mighty and powerful way to each of our clients and pray that they receive a vision of the amazing things that He desires to do in their lives.  Pray that they are able to see beyond their immediate struggles, hardship, and seemingly impossible circumstances and that they hold firmly to the vision of what He has planned.  Through keeping their focus on the big picture our clients are better able to make the necessary sacrifices that are often a part of life change.  Pray that through the love and support surrounding them they are able to surrender to the process and that they continue to develop trust in the people assisting them.  Pray that has they continue to do the next right thing doors open in the areas of housing, employment, and school.  Pray that when faced with a challenge they not feel discouraged, but instead use it as a chance to allow God to show His amazing power.  Above all, pray they become aware of their unique talents and gifts, that they feel a desire and passion to allow God to use their lives as an inspiration to others, and that their names be written in the Lamb's Book of Life. 
OUTREACHES:  Please pray that businesses and individuals would step up and have a desire to donate items which can be used to reach out to people in need of God's love.  Pray that God would continue helping us develop trusting relationships in the areas we are currently reaching out to, as well as the new areas we are entering.  Pray God continues to build our outREACH team with committed servants who are ready and willing to show a nonjudgmental love as they share the hope found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. 
SUPPORT & LIFE SKILLS GROUP:  Pray for those attending Breaking Free, our life skills & support group.  Praise God for His ongoing provisions in all we do.  We are abundantly grateful to Him for raising up a young lady who is passionate for little ones and who has committed to caring for members children while they attend group.  Thank God with us for a partnership with Grace Church, of central Fort Myers, who have opened their hearts and doors to us and have also provided us with the space to allow us to provide childcare while the group is in session.  Breaking Free is located in the same area we have been planning new  outREACH strategies, may those who are in this area and others,  attend this closed, Master's level clinician/overcomer, run group.  Agree with us that those attending will commit to the journey of healing and recovery and that everyone that is supposed to be there will be. Pray that a spirit of unity and harmony will reign in the meetings and healthy support systems will be established and sustained. 
ASSESSMENT/RESOURCE CENTER:  Praise God for the partnership we have with the United Way House. Daily we are blessed with the ability to provide our clients access to multiple services from one location. Being able to provide comprehensive, integrated and multidisciplinary services to our clients is vital to their well being. Pray for the staff of the United Way House, the Salvation Army and Lee Physician's Health Care as they partner with us in the delivery of services. 
STAFF: Continue to pray for us as we begin making decisions concerning the applicants we are currently considering.  Pray that we are able to effectively discern the individual that could bring the skills needed to efficiently run the office, which would allow us to provide services to more people in need.  Praise God ahead of time as we know He knows exactly who the right person is! 
Praise God that our Founder and Executive Director, Julie Shematz,  is receiving much needed rejuvenation time during a week long sabbatical with her husband and adorable dog Jehu.  Pray they receive rest, relaxation, and a rejuvenation that produces an abundance of energy to see her through her next semester of graduate school.  Pray for the rest of the staff and volunteers as they continue to serve clients, inspire others to take action, and plan for future programs and events.  Praise God for His faithfulness to allow our staff and volunteers the ability to put God first, their marriages second, children third, and still have an overflowing amount of passion to give to victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation!  We are daily in awe at what God can do when we allow Him to order our time, energy, money, and talents! 
VOLUNTEERS and INTERNS: Praise God for sending us Gift Assembly Coordinator and a comfort meal preparation team.  Pray for them as they prepare for May's outreach!  Pray for our summer intern, Kelly, as she prepares to move to South Florida this month.  Pray that she receives the peace that surpasses understanding as she transitions into this new position.  Pray that all of our staff, volunteers, and clients welcome her on board.  Continue to pray for us as we make decisions regarding Fall 2012 interns.  We are continually in awe at how God blesses us through the work of college students whether they are completing their internships, fulfilling volunteer hours through a class project, or just serving in their free time throughout the semester!  
LONG TERM RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM:  Pray for God's direction, provision, staff, volunteers, and community engagement for existing programs and His perfect timing for ours. Pray that He continue to guide us, and give us wisdom as we continue in the planning phase. Thank God for the partnerships we have with existing and developing programs.  May the best recovery practices be provided to survivors as they become over-comers. 
EVENTS: Praise God for May's events!  Pray for us next week as we present to the young mothers at Lifeline family center.  Praise God for opening the door for Julie to present to the Nurses Association this month!  This is a direct answer to our continual prayers as nurses are on the front lines when it comes to reaching victims of sex trafficking. 
FUND RAISING: Pray for our financial partners.  May their giving be returned to them with a 100 fold blessing! Pray for new partners and creative fund raising ideas.  Thank God with us for sending in the resources from the North, South, East, and West. 
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:  Agree with us for God to provide health, protection, wisdom, encouragement, and divine direction for BFA.  Pray for those that are struggling with health issues.  Stand with us in agreement that no weapon formed against them will prosper and by His stripes they are healed.   
OTHER LIKE MINISTRIES/AGENCIES:  Praise God for the partnerships He has provided for us and continue to pray diligently for new ones to be formed.  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. 
PRAYER REQUESTS:  Send us your prayer requests by CLICKING HERE.
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be given you." John 15:7
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer.  You are foundational to the work God has provided us.
Nancy Sampson and Sandi Spencer
Prayer Team Coordinators

Beauty From Ashes™ Ministries  
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