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Sunday, September 30, 2012

October Prayer Alert

Dear Loyal Prayer Partners,

Thank you for your dedication to intercede for Beauty From Ashes™ staff, interns, volunteers, & clients. Your prayers are crucial to the healthy development of the individuals we are committed to serving!

CLIENTS: Pray that the faith of each woman we serve will increase immensely as they learn to put their trust in our Lord.  May they see themselves as God sees them and be capable of believing in His plan for their lives.  Pray that God would bless them with the hope necessary to live out His purposes. Agree with us that they will feel God's presence as they step out of darkness and into His light.  

OUTREACHES:  Pray that outreach team members would continue to multiply as our territory expands according to God's will.  In addition to our daily internet, weekly inner city, and monthly strip club outREACHes, we are in the process of coordinating weekly outREACHes into another strip club. Pray that God would give an abundance of favor as we work to build relationships with the management and employees in this club.  Thank God for the favor we have with club management and employees of our long-time "adopted" strip club. Pray that the Father's love will be evident in and through the teams as they operate in unity. 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. 

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

FUNDING:  Pray that many would be led to partner with us by donating much needed funds so that we can continue to sustain and build our client base and 30+ services and programs.

CURRENT NEEDS:   We are serving more local and national clients than ever before (42 individuals were served in one week recently).   Please pray that God would bring us partners with an ongoing desire to give consistently, as well as to supply bus passes, Bibles, gift cards, client sponsorship, pharmacy cards, refrigerator, etc.  CLICK HERE for entire list of our needs. 

EQUINE FACILITY:  Continue praising God, who has provided the horses and facility for equine assisted learning, an evidence based treatment for many of the symptoms with which our clients struggle.  Pray that our new horsemanship mentoring programs continue to help individuals develop trust, confidence, self esteem, and self control.  Pray that God would bring us funding so that we can renovate the horse barn by adding a restroom & mother in laws' suite ASAP.  Please pray for God's providence concerning the opportunity the owners have given us to purchase the 5 acre property which includes an 8 year old,  2250 sq foot 3/3 concrete block home, a pole barn, fenced and gated security system, and has a wooded hammock blocking the home from passing traffic.  Acquiring the property would fulfill the vision of establishing a Beauty From Ashes™ Therapy Center.  For more information CLICK HERE

PARTNERSHIPS:  Please pray that more churches will step up and support the first and only overcomer-led, faith based, human sex trafficking victim service agency in the state of Florida. Pray that churches would add BFA to their list of home missions support and begin supporting us with time, talent and resources.  May community partnerships continue to increase.  Also pray for protection and strengthening of existing networking, in addition to protecting our partners.  Where the enemy is trying to come against our partners, rejoice with us that a standard is being raised to protect them.  

EVENTS:  Wisdom and discernment to know what and/or who BFA is to be involved with or not. Pray for our October's events.  We are back into the season of multiple events.  Please pray that God would give our founder, Julie Shematz, the energy & strength to speak and present repeatedly in the next week.  Pray that many college students would be reached through the presentation at South Eastern University & pray for complete success during the Women At Risk (W.A.R.) event in Lakeland, Florida.  

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS:  God bless our new and existing directors and advisory board members!  Please pray for protection, wisdom, encouragement, and divine direction for BFA.  May all directors and advisors contribute their gifts and talents collaboratively as they operate in one accord.  

STAFF:  Pray that our Executive Director, Julie Shematz & Program Manager, Christa Hicks, would maintain balance and priorities as they work tirelessly to prevent, reach, rescue, & restore victims of sex trafficking & sexual exploitation.  Pray for Julie as she continues in her final year of graduate school and interns at the nation's largest Salvation Army Social Services Center as a Florida Gulf Coast University' intern in mental health counseling. 

OTHER LIKE MINISTRIES/AGENCIES:  Pray for unity amongst one another and humility, 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:  Please join us each Friday from 8-9am EST to intercede for victims of sexual exploitation, sex slavery, & sex trafficking, as well as the agencies servicing them.  CLICK HERE for Prayer Guide.  Locally, we meet in North Fort Myers at the Equine Facility.  Contact us for directions.

PRAYER REQUESTS:  Send us your prayer requests by CLICKING HERE.


May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:19-20, NLT

Thank you for your commitment to prayer & intercession for our staff, clients, governing board, & partners!  We appreciate each of you!

Nancy Sampson and Sandra Spencer
Prayer Team Coordinators

Where Victims Become Over-Comers
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"Survivors must be leaders in the development of services, shelter, and response protocols to s*x trafficking.” - National Report on Domestic Minor S*x Trafficking